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Casey Anthony asks to dismiss defamation claims

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: October 4, 2013 at 01:26 PM

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Casey Anthony asked a judge this week to dismiss two claims in her bankruptcy case that her attorneys say are baseless.

Anthony’s attorneys on Thursday filed motions to dismiss the claims brought by Zenaida Gonzalez and meter reader Roy Kronk. Both say they were defamed by Anthony and they should be considered creditors in her federal bankruptcy case in Tampa.

Anthony told detectives that a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The detectives were investigating the girl’s 2008 disappearance. Anthony was acquitted in 2011 of murdering her daughter.

Kronk found Caylee’s remains in woods near Anthony’s home. He says he was defamed when Anthony’s defense team made false statements, including that Kronk killed Caylee and that he moved the remains.

Anthony’s bankruptcy attorneys dismissed the claims as false.

“Over the years, many persons have pursued actions in which they so ught to profit, one way or another, from Ms. Anthony’s ordeal,” her attorney, David Schrader, wrote in the motion. “All of the claimants have been rebuffed and turned away empty-handed, though most of them enjoyed their ‘fifteen minutes’ of fame while their claims were pending, which was the real objective.”

Anthony is scheduled to be deposed next week as part of Gonzalez’s claim, although that could be delayed if her attorneys ask a judge to stop the proceeding.

Schrader didn’t return an email and phone call seeking comment on whether he would file a request to stop the deposition.

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