Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, has reportedly agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a dispute in her bankruptcy case pertaining to the rights to sell her story, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday. After Anthony filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, trustee Stephen L. Meininger filed a motion seeking permission to sell "the exclusive worldwide rights ... of Anthony's life story."
The trustee claimed Anthony’s infamous story is property and an asset that could be a tool to help pay off the nearly $800,000 she owes. The 27-year-old’s bankruptcy attorneys, however, opposed Meininger’s motion by saying it created a "slippery slope that would have dangerous repercussions far beyond the scope of this case." As a result, he withdrew the motion in May. Since then, Anthony’s attorneys and the trustee have been trying to find a resolution, according to a joint-party filing cited by the Orlando Sentinel.
So can she or can’t she make a profit off of selling her story? Meininger maintains that Anthony has a right to commercialize her story but that it became property of the bankruptcy estate when she filed in the beginning of the year. “Tot mom,” as she was dubbed by HLN host Nancy Grace, "adamantly opposes" that her story involving Caylee is property that can be sold.
Both sides agree that selling "alleged property interest is novel and has not been addressed by any case law that the parties have been able to discover." The parties also agreed on Anthony paying $25,000 to her creditors to settle her debts.
It’s unknown how Anthony will be able to pay the $25,000 to her creditors, and according to the Orlando Sentinel, her lawyers could not be immediately reached for comment. The bankruptcy judge has not issued an order regarding the joint proposal.
Casey Anthony made headlines in 2008 when her daughter Caylee was reported missing in Orlando, Fla., in July and her remains were found in December. Anthony was the main suspect in the 2011 murder trial but was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter. She was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. She was released from prison on July 17, 2011.