TAMPA, Fla. - For the first time in nearly two years, Casey Anthony came out of hiding Monday to face her creditors in federal court after filing for bankruptcy in January.
It was the first time Anthony has been forced out in public since being acquitted of killing her daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2011.
Anthony's attorney, Cheney Mason, wrestled away cameras as she walked inside to the mandatory hearing in Tampa for the bankruptcy case.
Once in the lobby, Anthony appeared disheveled, even missing one of her shoes. But she quickly regained her composure and headed past security.
In the hearing, Anthony said she doesn't pay rent or utilities and is living off the kindness of others. She said she is living off of money given to her by her former attorney and through unsolicited gift cards and money.
Anthony claims she owes nearly $800,000 but only has about $1,000 in assets.
The hearing was held in a special room in the courthouse that had been set aside. Cameras were not allowed inside the room.
The hearing was expected to be contentious, because Anthony is trying to avoid paying any settlement that might come from civil suits that she's facing from people who were wrapped up in the web of lies that played out during the search for Caylee.
Anthony openly admitted that she was filing for bankruptcy to make the Zenaida Gonzalez lawsuit go away.
Anthony claimed Gonzalez kidnapped her daughter, so Gonzalez is now suing Anthony for defamation.
"Because there was a delay for the trial in the Zenaida Gonzalez hearing, and I needed closure," she said.
In the bankruptcy proceeding, Anthony swore to tell the truth but often consulted with her lawyer, Charles Green, before answering, which infuriated R. Scott Shuker, Gonzalez's bankruptcy lawyer.
"I'm asking questions, Mr. Green," said Shuker. "You don't get to interrupt my questions. I'm asking your client questions."
"Take a deep breath," said Green.
"You're not under oath. You don't get to do that. That's improper, and you know it," said Shuker.
Through it all, Anthony remained calm and composed.
Anthony said her defense lawyer, Jose Baez, gave her $34,000 to live on.
She said he billed her $500,000 and that she paid him $200,000 by selling photos and videos of Caylee to ABC network.
On Monday, though, Anthony said she doesn't owe Baez anything else, but she listed the $500,000 as a debt.
Her case could turn on this issue.
"Have you relinquished any of your rights to any book or movie, any book deal?" asked bankruptcy trustee Stephen Meininger.
"No, sir," Anthony responded.
"And have you relinquished your rights to any movie, movie rights to your story?" asked Meininger.
"No, sir," Anthony replied.
"And have you relinquished any rights, anything regarding your story to any third party?" Meininger asked.
"No, sir," said Anthony.
"We all know the world wants to know her story and there's someone, somewhere who's willing to pay for it," said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer.
Gonzalez's lawyer said his next step is to depose Anthony and question her under oath again in greater detail about her finances.
Shakur said one of the things he wants to find out is whether Anthony is involved in any secret deals to profit off of the story about her daughter's death.
Anthony's bankruptcy case could take up to 120 days to finalize.
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