USA TODAY - Casey Anthony has come out of seclusion for a meeting with the creditors in her bankruptcy case in Tampa.
Dressed all in black, Anthony arrived with her attorney several hours early for the bankruptcy meeting Monday. Her hair was long and dark and she was carrying a black hat and wearing black heels and stockings. She appeared flustered and hurried and did not address the media following her. She was led inside by her attorney Cheney Mason, who wrapped his arm around her.
Anthony has not made any public appearances since she left jail after being acquitted of murder in 2011 in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida in late January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court papers list Anthony as unemployed, with no recent income.
The brief glimpse of Anthony, who has been in hiding since she her acquittal, will likely be all the public will see of her, outside of courtroom sketches. The hearing in Tampa is in the federal courthouse and cameras of any kind are not yet allowed in federal court.
Why has Anthony laid so low? Death threats, said her lawyer. He told WTSP in Tampa that there has been a $50,000 bounty on her head ever since July 2011, when she was found not guilty of killing Caylee. That's why she's been in hiding, he said. Safety concerns are also why the judge has allowed the hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday to stay in Tampa instead of moving it to her hometown of Orlando.
Anthony will be trying to declare bankruptcy. She says she has just a thousand dollars in assets and almost a million dollars in debts, with more than half of that from legal fees and court costs.
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