Casey Anthony has been gaining weight as she serves her probation in hiding somewhere in southern Florida, two sources told People magazine.
“Quite honestly, she’s gained a few pounds,” the source told the magazine. “She does nothing but sit in front of her computer and eat.”
Anthony, 26, was acquitted last July of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee, but was convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement for claiming that 2-year-old Caylee had been kidnapped 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. She has maintained a very low-profile, but might soon be forced to take the stand in a civil suit against her.
The suit was filed by Zenaida Gonzalez, a Florida woman suing Anthony for defamation. During the search for Caylee, Anthony told investigators her daughter had been kidnapped by a fictional babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez. The real Gonzalez has never met Anthony, but claimed that her reputation was ruined by the association to the case.
The case goes to trial in January and Anthony so far has avoided any in-person appearances related to the case. In October, she filmed a video deposition from an undisclosed location in which she was disguised in sunglasses, a baseball cap and what appeared to be long, black wig. Her attorney invoked the Fifth Amendment for nearly every question so she did not have to respond.
Sources told People that Anthony is dreading her possible court appearance in January.
“Casey was really hoping to leave Florida and never look back,” the source said. “She was really ready to move on with her life. This has ruined everything.”
Her probation is scheduled to be complete in August, but a required court appearance could force her to stay in the area, at least until January.
“Casey just wants this case to go away,” the source said. “She definitely doesn’t want to testify, and she’s annoyed that she has to.”
Anthony’s attorney, Cheney Mason, was not available for comment.
Monthly probation reports have shown that Anthony remains unemployed and broke.