If Casey Anthony ever decides to sell her story, two Los Angeles-based producers say they're interested in buying.
The producers, who spoke to the Orlando Sentinel, say they've already offered as much as $1 million for Anthony's account, and remain hopeful that a deal could be worked out.
Anthony's civil attorney, Charles Greene, strongly denied that anyone authorized to speak for his client had fielded any such offers.
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"We're not looking for any offers, we're not soliciting any offers... I never received one from either one of those names," Greene said when asked by the Sentinel.
One of the producers, Howard Schultz of Lighthearted Entertainment, says he made an offer for Anthony to appear on a special edition of "The Moment of Truth." In that show, which ran on Fox, participants take lie detector tests while being asked uncomfortable personal questions — usually in front of family members — and win money for truthful answers.
"The prize money on the original version went as high as a half million," Schultz said. "In her case, I was prepared to increase that to like $1 million."
Richard Aaron of Aaron Media Group said he made his offer — which involved Anthony sitting for recorded interviews with a therapist — in August 2012.
Both producers say they have never talked directly to Anthony, who was acquitted of murder in daughter Caylee's death.
Aaron told the Sentinel he discussed his offer with Michael Wright, a publicist for attorney Jose Baez, who defended Anthony in her murder trial. Wright said he sent the offer to Greene.
Schultz said he has reached out to Greene, but never received a response, and also talked to Baez.
Greene told the Sentinel he recalled hearing something like the Aaron offer "through the grapevine," but "thought it was a joke... It's just so absurd to think that somebody would even consider such a proposal."
Aaron says he offered $50,000 to be paid when Anthony arrived for a recorded interview at a therapist's office, $450,000 upon completion of the filmed interview and $500,000 from any network deal to present the interview.
"The whole point was to somehow create a million-dollar advance," Aaron said.
Schultz said a "Moment of Truth" special could give Anthony a way to clear her name and answer the public's questions.
"If she had nothing to do with the death of her child, if that were to come out on the show, and she could come out of hiding, it would be good for her," Schultz said. "I think many people assume she's guilty. I have no idea. I believe in the power of the polygraph."
Greene said he believed Schultz and Aaron were among several people purported to have made offers that Anthony's bankruptcy trustee investigated and determined weren't legitimate.
Allan Watkins, the attorney representing Anthony's Chapter 7 trustee Stephen Meininger, didn't return a call seeking comment.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy in January, citing few assets and more than $790,000 in debts. Meininger and Watkins in March filed a motion seeking permission to sell off the "rights in perpetuity to the commercialization" of Anthony's life story as an asset, to repay creditors, a proposal Anthony's lawyer blasted as an "terrifying Orwellian prospect."
The trustee later abandoned that plan, and Anthony agreed to pay $25,000 to settle the issue. She stands to retain the rights to her story after the conclusion of her bankruptcy.
The two producers who spoke to the Sentinel said they remain interested in paying her to tell it.
Aaron said he sees value in learning from "this terribly dysfunctional person... I believe Casey Anthony could help millions of girls just like her," Aaron said. "Casey Anthony might be able to teach us something."