Casey Anthony Pays $25K —for Rights to Her Own Life

Bankruptcy trustee wanted to claim them to pay off her debts
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
Casey Anthony leaves the federal courthouse in Tampa in this file photo from March.   (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

(Newser) – Casey Anthony says she has almost literally no money, owes about $800,000 in legal bills and other liabilities, and is living off the charity of friends and strangers. But she does have one potential big asset—the rights to her life story, assuming she ever decides to sell them. And this week in Florida, a bankruptcy court allowed her to keep those rights, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The decision came after the bankruptcy trustee in her case floated the possibility of assuming ownership of the rights and selling them to pay off her debts.

Anthony's lawyers countered that her story "exists solely within (her) mind," and forcing her to sell it would amount to an invasion of her privacy and free-speech rights. Under this week's settlement, Anthony agreed to pay $25,000 (it's not clear how) to avoid turning over the rights, reports AP. The trustee agreed to the deal. So far, Anthony hasn't revealed any potential plans to sell her story. (Read more Casey Anthony stories.)

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