Casey Anthony has spoken out publicly for the first time since she was accused of killing toddler daughter Caylee, sitting down for a tell-all interview with the Associated Press.
"I'm still not even certain as I stand here today about what happened." she said of the controversial case. "Based off what was in the media, I understand the reasons people feel about me. I understand why people have the opinions that they do."
As Radar readers know, Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter back in 2011, despite being dubbed as "the most hated woman in America" during her trial .
Since the acquittal, the shamed mother has been living a quiet life in Florida, where she assists Patrick McKenna, a private detective who was leading the investigation on her defense team, on assignments and has started her own photography business, Case Photography.
"The queen is proclaiming: 'No, no, sentence first, verdict afterward,'" Anthony continued of her tarnished public image. "I sense and feel to this day that is a direct parallel to what I lived. My sentence was doled out long before there was a verdict. Sentence first, verdict afterward. People found me guilty long before I had my day in court."
During the trial, Anthony's defense argued that the 30-year-old's daughter accidentally drowned in the family's pool and that someone else hid the body, while prosecutors insisted she used chloroform to put Caylee to sleep before suffocating her with duct tape.
Anthony admitted to AP that she lied to cops during the investigation, but insisted, "Even if I would've told them everything that I told to the psychologist, I hate to say this but I firmly believe I would have been in the same place. Because cops believe other cops. Cops tend to victimize the victims. I understand now. . .I see why I was treated the way I was even had I been completely truthful."
"Cops lie to people every day. I'm just one of the unfortunate idiots who admitted they lied. My dad was a cop, you can read into that what you want to," she added.
Despite her reputation, Anthony says she isn't bothered by the world's opinion of her.
"I don't give a s**t about what anyone thinks about me, I never will. I'm OK with myself, I sleep pretty good at night."
As for Caylee, Anthony keeps photos of her daughter up in her bedroom, becoming emotional when she showed off the girl's artwork to AP.
"Caylee would be 12 right now. And would be a total badass," she said. "I'd like to think she'd be listening to classic rock, playing sports."
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