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For $25K, Casey Anthony avoids sale of rights to life story

ORLANDO — Casey Anthony has agreed to pay $25,000 to her bankruptcy estate to avoid having to sell her life story.

A judge in her bankruptcy case in Tampa approved the agreement between Anthony and her bankruptcy trustee in court papers made public this week.

The trustee had considered the possibility of selling Anthony's life story to help pay off her debts to creditors. Anthony had opposed the idea, and her attorneys had argued it would give the purchaser of the rights control over Anthony for the rest of her life.

Anthony was acquitted two years ago of murder, manslaughter and child abuse charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in Orlando. She has kept a low profile since.

Papers filed in bankruptcy court said the compromise was reached to avoid protracted litigation over whether the trustee could legally force Anthony to sell her memoirs.

The proposal to sell the rights to Anthony's life story was "novel," and lawyers for both sides were unable to find any precedents in case law, according to the court documents.

Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida in late January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court papers list Anthony with no recent income.

It wasn't clear where the money for this settlement would come from. Anthony has said she is unemployed and living with friends and that they — and strangers who send her gift cards and cash — help her survive.

For $25K, Casey Anthony avoids sale of rights to life story 08/01/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2013 2:28pm]
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