Audio: Casey Anthony testifies in Tampa bankruptcy court

By Amanda Evans, Jason Lanning and Brett Rosner, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 8:03 AM EST

Casey Anthony was forced out of hiding for the first time since leaving jail after her murder trial in 2011 to meet with the creditors in her bankruptcy case.

Casey hid her face from a flurry of photographers outside the federal courthouse in Tampa as her attorney, Cheney Mason, walked her under his arm through the crowd Monday morning.

In court, Casey was under oath, testifying about her secret life since leaving jail -- and the public eye -- two years ago.

Casey pulled up in the back of a black SUV around 10:30 a.m. Monday. She was wearing a large-brimmed hat and black jacket in an attempt to cover her face. Only Cheney Mason and an unidentified driver were in the vehicle with her.

The driver was not allowed to use the courthouse's garage to drive under the building. Casey was made to walk in the front door, just like everyone else.

Mason had his arm around Casey, shielding her face from the cameras. Casey's hair was dark and about shoulder-length, a far cry from the short, blond hair she had in a video blog she recorded that leaked online more than a year earlier.

It was Casey's first public appearance since she walked out of the Orange County Jail in July 2011, less than two weeks after she was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008.

Casey filed for bankruptcy in Florida in late January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court papers listed her as unemployed, with no recent income.

Mason is not representing Casey in her bankruptcy hearing. It appears he accompanied Casey to court to show his support and protect her from the media.

In the meeting room, Casey sat between her civil attorney, Charles Greene, and bankruptcy attorney David Schrader. She wore a cream, "flowy" top and a high-waisted skirt with black high heels. She wore black nail polish.

In court, Casey appeared calm and confident, saying she has no income, and lives off donations and help from others.

"I don't pay rent. I don't pay utilities," Casey admitted. "So, I guess you could say I live for free, or off the kindness of the people I stay with."

When asked if she had any possible book or movie deals, Casey answers, "Not to my knowledge."

Casey said one of her biggest creditors was her former attorney, Jose Baez, saying she owes him $500,000. But she added she doesn't think he wants her money, and even said it was Baez who has given her cash and a computer.

When asked about photographs transferred to Baez, Casey said she sent "a few photos for him to sell to use to pay the defense." Casey said Baez sold those pictures to ABC News in 2008 for $200,000.

She rarely answered a question without consulting Greene first, something that infuriated attorney Scott Shuker, who is representing Zenaida Gonzalez in this bankruptcy case.

"I think it's improper for her attorney to answer her questions for her," said Shuker. "She is allowed to ask for clarification and advice from her attorney, but when her attorney jumps in before she says a word -- or even worse, on a couple of occasions interrupted her -- that's not proper."

Casey said she lives off of gift cards and cash given to her, estimated at less than $2,000. She added she has not been out of Florida for more than 30 days over the last five years.

She said she has no bank accounts and no car. If she needs to go somewhere, she said she takes the bus -- though we watched as she walked out of the courthouse in Tampa and got into her attorney's black Mercedes Benz.

Creditors now have 120 days to file a lawsuit to stop Casey's bankruptcy.

Her list of creditors also includes Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee's remains in the woods, who is suing Casey for defamation after her defense team accused him of having something to do with killing Caylee.