Published July 09, 2013
Casey Anthony has reportedly agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a dispute in her bankruptcy case pertaining to the rights to sell her life story, documents show.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Anthony filed for bankruptcy protection early this year. In March, trustee Stephen Meininger filed a motion seeking permission to sell "the exclusive worldwide rights ... of Anthony's life story."
Meininger said Anthony's story is property and an asset that could be sold to pay the more than $790,000 she owes others. Anthony's bankruptcy attorneys, meanwhile, have opposed Meininger's motion, claiming it creates a "slippery slope that would have dangerous repercussions far beyond the scope of this case."
In May, Meininger withdrew his motion. A joint-party filing indicated Meininger and Anthony's attorneys were discussing potential resolutions of the issue.
In another joint filing on Wednesday, the parties asked a judge to enter an order authorizing Meininger to "compromise a controversy between the Estate and the Debtor relating to intellectual property rights, the right of publicity and commercialization of the Debtor's life story ... "
Meininger says Anthony has a right to commercialize her story, which became property of the bankruptcy estate when she filed. Anthony, however, "adamantly opposes" the concept that her story is property that can be commercialized.
In July 2011, Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. She was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. She was later released on July 17, 2011.