Casey Anthony's estranged parents, George and Cindy Anthony, are deeply "hurt" by the 30-year-old's first interview since her murder acquittal in 2011, releasing a public statement on the family matter.
"After years of silence, Casey Anthony has decided to complete an interview and has once again pointed to George Anthony, her father, as a suspect in the disappearance and death of his granddaughter, Caylee," Casey's parents said in the statement.
"George, who has continued to try and move forward from this tragedy and who was vindicated on multiple occasions, is once again forced to relive the hints, rumors, lies and allegations that are being made by Casey Anthony," they continued. "He has specifically stated that 'his heart hurts even more now.'"
As Radar readers know, Casey spoke of her dad during her bombshell interview with the Associated Press, seemingly tying him to her murder case, though she never overtly accused him of having any involvement in her daughter's killing or disappearance.
"Cops believe other cops," she told the AP. "Cops tend to victimize the victims. . .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."
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.
According to a 2016 deposition from private investigator Dominic Casey, who Anthony's legal team hired in 2008 to help with her defense, Casey "was insistent that" her father George, mom Cindy and brother Lee "be implicated and blamed for the murder of Caylee" during her trial.
"Everyone has their theories, I don't know," Casey said in the interview, adding, "The last time I saw my daughter, I believed she was alive and was going to be okay, and that's what was told to me."
After Casey's acquittal, she briefly reconciled with her parents, but it was short-lived. According to reports, George and Cindy haven't spoken with their daughter in over a year.
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