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Friday
Jan062012

Can Casey Anthony Find Redemption?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Casey Anthony's sudden reemergence via an online video journal, in which she speaks of the optimism she feels about her future, has sparked controversy across the web and left many wondering if it's possible for the 25-year-old acquitted of killing her daughter to find redemption.

In the black and white video diary posted to YouTube on Thursday, Anthony, sporting a new blonde bob and thick-framed glasses, spoke about her life in hiding, her new pet dog, buying a computer and her excitement for her future.

Late Thursday, a second clip emerged, reportedly from the same user that posted the first clip, featuring a stream of never-before-seen photographs of Anthony supposedly taken while she has been in hiding.

"Casey Anthony is in hiding.  These are photos that Casey gave to her 'friends' online," the text accompanying the video from user ameliathenbrooks1 states.

"[The first clip] is almost like a therapy session, in a lot of ways.  'I am feeling better … got a dog, love my dog.'  This was really her attempt at catharsis," Howard Bragman, a veteran Hollywood publicist, told ABC News.

The video, in which she states it is Oct. 13, is the first time the public has heard Anthony speak since a Florida jury found her not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee.  Anthony's highly publicized trial and July acquittal gripped the nation and left millions of people feeling that the Orlando, Fla. mother got away with murder.

"I'm extremely excited that I'll be able to keep a video log, take some pictures and have something that I can finally call mine," Anthony says in the video.  "I know it's going to be a while since I leave, I'll be here for many, many months more -- even if I'm only here for six months, even if I get off probation early."

Not once in the clip does Anthony mention her dead daughter Caylee.

The whereabouts of where the video was shot is unclear, although it is known that she is currently serving one year of probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction.

Bragman, who is now vice-chairman of Reputation.com, an online service that helps people downplay harsh things that have been written about them on the Internet, says, "If this was her attempt to tell her own story for public consumption, she did it badly.  If something bad about you is online, there is not statute -- it's like herpes.  It's something you have to live with for the rest of your life."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan052012

Casey Anthony's Parents 'Concerned' Video Diary Endangers Her

Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Casey Anthony's parents said Thursday they did not know about their daughter's online video diary, and worry that it could put her in danger from people who are angry about her acquittal in the death of her daughter.

Casey Anthony has been in hiding since a Florida jury acquitted her in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in July 2011. A restyled Casey Anthony debuted in the video circulated Thursday, speaking about her new pet dog, buying a computer and the optimism she feels about her future.

ABC News confirmed from a source close to Anthony that the video was genuine.

The video took her parents by surprise.

"Cindy and George were made aware of the video diary of their daughter this morning, January 5, 2012," their attorney Mark Lippman said in a statement.

"They are concerned that the release of this video or any future videos could endanger their daughter," he wrote. "Cindy and George hope that Casey remains safe wherever she may be."

Cindy and George Anthony have a famously tense relationship with their daughter, a family drama that played out in public during Casey Anthony's murder trial.

The parents were divided regarding their daughter and what happened to their 2-year-old granddaughter Caylee.

Casey Anthony's defense attorney, Jose Baez, accused George Anthony of molesting Casey Anthony as a child and George Anthony said publicly that he was disappointed that she was acquitted. Cindy Anthony supported her daughter and was elated when she was acquitted.

The video blog that surfaced Thursday thrust Casey Anthony back into the spotlight as the first time she has spoken publicly since being released from jail.

Anthony was acquitted last July of murder in the death of Caylee, but was convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement for claiming that 2-year-old Caylee had been stolen by a babysitter. She is currently serving one year of probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction.

After being released from jail, Anthony went into hiding amid death threats from people who were shocked that she was not convicted of killing her daughter.

Anthony does not mention her daughter or her parents during the video blog. She is estranged from her parents, who made it clear that she cannot come home after Anthony's lawyer accused her father of molesting her as a child and helping to dispose of Caylee's body.

Anthony must stay in Florida as she serves out her year-long probation and checks in monthly with a probation officer. There is a possibility that she could get off probation early, but she says in the video, "It's going to be a while [before] I leave."

After speaking on and off for just over four minutes, Anthony signs off, but not before suggesting that there will be more to come from her.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio







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