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TODAY   |  March 05, 2013

Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy

In her first public sighting since July of 2011, when she was acquitted of murdering her daughter Caylee, Casey Anthony headed to court for a bankruptcy hearing Monday, saying she is unemployed and has no income. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>>> casey anthony back in the spotlight following a federal bankruptcy hearing in florida on monday. this marked her first public appearance since she was acquitted of murdering her young daughter caylee in 2011 . kerry sanders is down in tampa this morning. good morning to you.

>> reporter: matt, it's been more than a year and a half since casey anthony walked out of jail a free woman . now she's filed for bankruptcy in the tampa federal court , claiming she has no job, no income and not a whole lot of assets. this is the first glimpse of casey anthony in public since july 2011 when she was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, caylee. back then, she walked out of jail. on monday, a bankruptcy hearing brought her out of hiding. the 26-year-old arrived, dressed in black, wearing a hat to help shield her face. as she walked to court, one of her six lawyers tried to protect her from the media crush.

>> get out of the way. get out of the way.

>> reporter: during the 33-minute hearing, anthony said she's unemployed and has no income.

>> i don't pay rent. i don't pay utilities. so i guess you could say that i'm living for free or off the kindness of the people that i'm staying with.

>> reporter: her bankruptcy filing claims she owes almost $800,000, mostly in attorney and court fees. she lists about $1,000 in assets, including $474 in cash, $100 of clothing and $200 worth of jewelry as well as her bedroom furniture , two digital cameras and a bike listed at $60.

>> the biggest potential source of income is a book deal and a movie deal some day. that's why it would be vitally important from her standpoint to keep that asset away from the creditors that she owes money to.

>> reporter: as anthony left the courthouse, one thing was clear. her legal problem and her time in the public spotlight are not over. casey anthony and her lawyer said nothing as they walked out of the courthouse. it's now up to the trustee to make a recommendation to the judge in the bankruptcy case for this to move forward. meantime, there are three civil cases pending against casey anthony , none of which will move forward until this bankruptcy is resolved. savannah?

>> kerry sanders in tampa this