(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.”
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