Casey Anthony broke her silence Tuesday in a ten-minute telephone interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan in which she maintained her innocence and says she’s “gone through hell.”
It’s the first time the 26-year-old Florida mom has spoken to the media since her infamous acquittal last July in the 2008 death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee.
Morgan did not broadcast his conversation with Anthony (she reportedly declined to appear on air), but he did share the details of the phone call with viewers on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” where he had Anthony’s lawyer Cheney Mason on as a guest.
“Well, there’s obviously several misconceptions,” Morgan quoted Anthony as saying about the notorious murder case that captured national attention.
“Obviously, I did not kill my daughter,” Anthony said, according to Morgan. “If anything, there’s nothing in this world I’ve ever been more proud of, and there’s no one I loved more than my daughter. She’s my greatest accomplishment.”
Anthony also acknowledged how unsympathetic she came across during the murder investigation and subsequent trial, fueling the public’s poor perception of her as she eventually became known as the vilified “tot mom.”
“I’ve looked back at some of the interviews and the way I’ve come across — it’s horrible. It looks absolutely horrible. I’m ashamed in many ways of the person I was because, even then, that wasn’t who I am … I’ve never been a ‘party girl’.”
Anthony is currently living in Florida and has kept a very low profile, virtually going into hiding since her release from jail. However, Casey’s still imprisoned in many ways, according to her lawyer.
“She’s in a different prison,” Mason said. “She’s in a home where she can’t go outside. She can’t be seen so she spends the day in the house, cooks, cleans, reads books, exercises, watches programs on TV, movies mostly.”
Dismissing any notions that she stands to profit from selling her story, Morgan said Anthony insisted, “I’m not making gazillions of dollars or trying to sell myself to anyone … I don’t care about money anymore … I’ve gone through hell.”
But, “When the time comes she will have her story to tell,” her lawyer said.