OTR Interviews

Casey Anthony's Family: Divided and Torn Apart By Caylee's Murder Case

Attorney for George and Cindy Anthony addresses defense theory on Florida toddler's death, abuse allegations


This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," June 6, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Casey Anthony is also pointing the finger at her family. She's accusing her father George and her brother Lee of sexually molesting her. You may remember Casey's defense attorney Jose Baez made those allegations during opening statements.

Joining us Cindy and George's attorney, Mark Lippman.


VAN SUSTEREN: Tell me, that whole business about the allegation of the molest against George and Lee. Did that come out of left field or did you know it was coming?

LIPPMAN: We knew it was coming. Several weeks ago, Mr. Baez and two of his attorneys came to our office and explained how they alleged Caylee passed [away]. And about six weeks ago, we found out from the prosecutors, what the defense was going to be.

VAN SUSTEREN: How does that relate to the issue whether this was accidental or murder?

LIPPMAN: Nothing. It is just more stuff to throw out there. Something maybe for the jury to hang their hat on to try and hide the issue of what really happened and to attack the family.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did the prosecution object to that?

LIPPMAN: The openings are not evidence by any means. You can pretty much say what you want. Whatever you say, you have to prove. I think that's what the prosecutors are looking for.

VAN SUSTEREN: How are Cindy and George doing?

LIPPMAN: You can see in court they have good days and bad days. Certainly on the day that Miss Anthony testified it was a difficult day. Today was more of just to see how [forensics expert] Dr. Vass was going to do.

VAN SUSTEREN: When you observe from the outside, when you think you observe may not be true. In terms of how you think people are taking things or their reaction. In some ways, I'm lucky to meet the people and get a better idea. It is so different.

LIPPMAN: It is. The perception that the general public had about my clients at the beginning certainly has changed for the better where people are understanding now just what pain this family has gone through and what they are still going through.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why do you think people felt a little aggressive towards them or hostile? I can't think of the word. There has never been any allegation that the parents did anything wrong, except in the opening statement allegation about George. But from three years ago people roughed up Cindy a little bit.

LIPPMAN: Sure. You see them in the beginning trying to motivate law enforcement. Motivate the media, to try get the word out when the idea -- to try and get the word out when they thought Caylee was a missing child. So just because of the anger, anxiety, and frustration the family was feeling, you could feel betrayed, and the general public was picking that up.

VAN SUSTEREN: I should clarify. Did George and Lee deny the allegation?

LIPPMAN: Absolutely. Initially, I did not represent Lee. We came out with a statement six weeks ago that George had nothing to do with the murder. Following that we came out -- with the murder. Following that we came out there has never been allegations supported of molestation. He denies any molestation occurred. Same with Lee, there has never been any molestation in that family.

VAN SUSTEREN: When was the last time the parents were able to speak to their daughter?

LIPPMAN: In October of 2008.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why haven't they spoken to her since?

LIPPMAN: Everything has been disclosed by the media. It has been difficult, even letters have been let out to the press. In Florida, we have the public records press that the press has made use of.

VAN SUSTEREN: Even jailhouse interviews.

LIPPMAN: Sure. We've seen that. They are actually in the trial. I was difficult for them to talk to their daughter.

VAN SUSTEREN: Mark, thank you.

LIPPMAN: Thank you very much.