Casey Anthony has officially gone broke. “Toddler mom,” as the media dubbed her during the highly mediated murder trial which saw her accused of killing her own 2-year-old daughter, has filed for bankruptcy in Florida, where she’s currently in hiding.Anthony cites as reason for her dire financial situation the lack of a steady income, which more than makes sense if you consider she’s been in hiding for months, reportedly so afraid she might be recognized on the street that she hardly ever leaves the house.
“Anthony, who had two of her convictions for lying to authorities tossed out on Friday, filed for Chapter 7 protection in a Tampa court on the same day,” TMZ reports.
Turns out Anthony owes a lot of money to a lot of people and has practically zero means to pay them back. As expected, the bulk of her debt is represented by legal fees.
“In the docs, Anthony says she owes almost $800,000 [€594,530] to about 80 creditors and has no income to speak of,” TMZ reports after seeing the court documents.
“Among her debts: $500,000 [€371,581] to lead defense attorney Jose Baez; $145,660 [€108,249] to the Orange County Sheriff's Office; $68,540 [€50,936] to the IRS,” says the same media outlet.
“Anthony is also in the middle of defending herself from a defamation lawsuit from Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, who claims Anthony ruined her reputation,” TMZ further says.
If found guilty, she will most likely have to pay Zenaida damages.
While police were still looking for Caylee, Anthony’s daughter, whom she reported missing, she told them that she’d left the child with a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.
Further investigation revealed that, while a woman with this name existed, she wasn’t a nanny, had never met Anthony and was never in her employment.
Now, the woman is going after Anthony saying that her association with the murder trial was damaging to her reputation, to the point where people would stop her on the street to yell nasty things at her.