Casey Anthony said she doesn’t want to sell the rights to her life story, despite a suggestion that such a sale could wipe out the mountain of debt that came from her trial.
On Wednesday Anthony agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a dispute in her bankruptcy case over whether she can sell her story for money. Trustee Stephen L. Meninger had file a motion seeking permission to sell “the exclusive worldwide rights … of Anthony’s life story.” He argued that the Casey Anthony life story could fetch more than the $790,000 she currently owes.
But Anthony wanted no part of it. She was reportedly “adamantly opposed” to the idea of making money from her life story, and her attorneys had argued Meninger’s motion, saying it could have dangerous ramifications beyond the scope of the case.
In May Meninger withdrew the motion and was in talks with Anthony’s attorneys about ways to settle the issue. On Wednesday the parties came to a $25,000 settlement in an effort to avoid further litigation on the issue.
There was no word on how Casey Anthony would pay for the settlement.
Casey Anthony has been in hiding since being acquitted in the death of her daughter Caylee, but emerged earlier this year to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
In a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Tampa last month, Anthony was revealed to be deeply in debt and without resources to pay. Anthony said she had $1,000 in assets and $800,000 owed to defense attorneys. She also had no job.
Casey Anthony already had at least one offer to purchase her life story. Court documents from earlier this year showed that her legal team received a $10,000 offer from a man who wanted to buy the exclusive rights to her life story. The documents showed he had no plans for a movie or book, but rather wanted to shelve the story to “prevent Ms. Anthony or others from publishing or profiting from her story in the future.”