Years after being acquitted of murder for her baby daughter’s death, Casey Anthony is reportedly working on a movie telling her side of the story.
Anthony faced national scrutiny during her 2011 trial, which surfaced photos of her partying before and after 2-year-old Caylee went missing in 2008. While the search for her daughter was still ongoing, she participated in a “hot body” contest and got a tattoo reading “Bella Vita,” which means “Beautiful Life” in Italian.
In 2017, Nancy Grace dubbed Anthony the “most hated mom in America.”
Anthony revealed her plans to participate in the biopic about her last week in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“I could care less what people think of me,” she said. “I just feel my truth needs to be out of me. I need to close the book.”
Anthony also claimed that her controversial behavior in the wake of Caylee’s death was not her idea. She said that the movie “will show a man saying, ‘Live your life as normal, I will take care of it.'”
”Yes I drank and carried on like nothing happened. The movie is called ‘As I Was told’ because I’d done what I was told to do. I had to put on a fake persona throughout those 31 days,” Anthony explained in a text message to the British tabloid.
“A normal me is to go to bars. However, I didn’t go to many bars, those pictures the media have are from my life before Cays was even born…and while she was still with us.”
According to the Mail, the man Casey refers to cannot be named for legal reasons.
Regarding the “hot body contest” and tattoo controversies, Anthony was dismissive.
“How many pictures have they got of me really partying for 31 days? Wow a hot body contest to promote a club, with several pictures of the same night,” she said.
“People can spin that around as they like I don’t care. I always wanted to get that tattoo so I got it. I’ve even drawn that on pieces of paper before Caylee was even born.”
Anthony said that “As I Was Told” is set for a 2020 release and will “make it clear that I had no part in Caylee’s death as far as how she died.
“It will show the tears and the turmoil that I truly went through and the anxiety and hardship after I was released when I actually had time to mourn,” she added.
Remember the Casey Anthony media circus
Anthony’s interview with the Mail did not touch on other details that helped paint a damning public portrait of her.
Back in 2008, when she was 22 years old, Anthony waited 31 days before reporting her daughter missing. After Caylee’s skeletal remains were found in a trash bag near their Florida home, prosecutors alleged that Anthony had neglected her daughter and killer her to escape being a mother.
But after a circus-like trial, the court found Anthony not guilty of first degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. It convicted her only of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement. She was sentenced to four years in prison with credit for time served, and released in 2011.
Earlier this year, Anthony weighed a $500,000 offer from Larry Flynt to pose nude in “Hustler,” local Florida newspaper The Ledger reported in February. Soon thereafter, it was reported that she was back to her hard partying ways.
“I like to think I have what it takes to pose in a girlie magazine … I work hard on keeping fit. I may take him up on his offer,” she said at the time, adding that she thinks her nudes would “fly off the shelf.”
Look forward to the Casey Anthony movie
Anthony’s movie announcement comes at time when liberal leaders of culture are revisiting the recent past from a newly woke perspective. That has often meant more sympathy for those targeted by the criminal justice system.
One example is Ava DuVernay’s damning new Netflix series about the railroading of the Central Park Five, called “When They See Us.”Another is “Bobbitt,” the Amazon Prime documentary series that has helped rehabilitate Lorena Bobbitt’s image and even make her something of a feminist icon.
However, there are still limits. Two 2016 movies about the O.J. Simpson trial – ESPN’s docuseries “O.J.: Made in America” and FX’s miniseries “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” – did little to help the main character’s case.
Whether Americans are ready to view Anthony as a victim of misogyny, as Poynter’s Julie Moos argued for in 2011, remains to be seen.