Casey Anthony Tells Piers Morgan: 'Obviously, I Didn't Kill My Daughter': [ send to a friend ]
Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in the death of her two-year-old daughter last July, declined an on-air interview with CNN's Piers Morgan but spoke with him in a 10-minute conversation that he relayed to viewers.
"She said 'Well I mean, there's obviously several misconceptions,'" Morgan quoted Anthony as saying. "Obviously I didn't kill my daughter'. She said that very firmly."
"'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,'" he said she told him.
The CNN host said Anthony, who is currently living in Florida, told him she was sober except for "a handful of beers since I've been on probation."
"'I've looked back at some of the interviews I did and the way I've come across. The public perception of me is bad, absolutely horrible. I was a stupid kid. I've never been a party girl, and I've gone through hell,'" she added, according to Morgan. "'I'm ashamed in many ways of the person I was.'"
"I didn't trust law enforcement because of my relationship with my father, who is ex law enforcement himself,'" she said. "'I didn't give them the benefit of the doubt, which is probably why they didn't give me the benefit of the doubt.'"
"'I'm not making gazillions of dollars at the hands of other people, or trying to sell myself to anyone willing to throw a couple of dollars at me,'" she insisted.
This despite Anthony's attempts to sell "paid interviews" to broadcast and news networks after her acquittal. The networks denied the requests fearing public backlash. CNN says it did not pay her for the interview.
Anthony's lawyer, J. Cheney Mason, sat with Morgan as he relayed his chat and said Anthony spends her days indoors, reading and watching television. He said she was currently reading The Hunger Games trilogy.
When Morgan pointed out the books were about the brutal killing of children for sport, Mason replied he hadn't read the books, but knew they were popular "like Harry Potter."
"When the time comes she will have her story to tell," Mason said.