Two people suing Casey Anthony for defamation filed complaints in federal court on Monday arguing their lawsuits should survive Anthony's bankruptcy, because she was "willful and malicious" in damaging their reputations.
Roy Kronk and Zenaida Gonzalez are the second and third Anthony creditors to object to the discharge of her debts, following Texas EquuSearch, the search-and-recovery group that looked for Anthony's daughter in 2008.
Gonzalez sued after Anthony said a similarly named nanny had kidnapped 2-year-old Caylee. Authorities determined the nanny didn't exist and the girl was dead, but not before Gonzalez was linked to the case.
In her complaint filed Monday, Gonzalez's attorneys write that Anthony "intended to subject [Gonzalez] to heightened police and media scrutiny in connection with Caylee's disappearance to reduce the authorities' suspicion that [Anthony] was involved in her daughter's disappearance."
Kronk, who alleges that Anthony's criminal defense lawyers made statements implicating him in Caylee's death, used similar language in his complaint.
"In an attempt to find someone other than herself to blame for the tragic death of her child," Kronk's complaint says, "Casey Anthony authorized and permitted her attorneys, as her agents, to make the false and malicious Statements against Kronk, and to portray him as the murderer of her child."
The complaints ask U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May to rule the Gonzalez and Kronk claims exempt from Anthony's Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which seeks to wipe clean her more than $790,000 in debt.
Anthony, 27, has been in hiding since her 2011 trial in the death of her daughter. She was found not guilty of murder, convicted only on four misdemeanors for lying to law enforcement, two of which were reversed on appeal.
She filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January.
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