Casey Anthony makes bombshell claims about daughter’s death in new Peacock docuseries

It’s been more than a decade since Casey Anthony’s name dominated headlines around the country. Now, she’s finally speaking out in her first on-camera interview since she was famously acquitted in 2011 of murder, manslaughter and child abuse charges following the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

“Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies,” a three-part limited docu-series, premiered Nov. 29 on the Peacock. Peacock is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.

In the series, Anthony maintains some of the same claims her legal team made in her defense all those years ago — including that she was sexually abused by her father, George Anthony, and that he lied to cover up Caylee’s death. George Anthony has previously denied both of these claims in court.

Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008, investigators have said. Cindy Anthony, Caylee’s grandmother, reported the child missing on July 15, 2008 – 31 days later. The next day, police arrested Casey Anthony on neglect charges. At the time, she told investigators the toddler had been taken by a babysitter.

Six months later, Caylee’s skeletal remains were found less than a mile away from her grandparents’ home in Orlando.

In her bombshell interview with Alexandra Dean, showrunner and director, Casey Anthony makes several other revelations.

She lied to the investigators

Anthony was eventually convicted of four misdemeanors for lying to investigators investigating her child’s 2008 disappearance.

She falsely told investigators her daughter had disappeared with a babysitter she later said did not exist, saying she worked at Universal Studios in Orlando when she did not.

“It was the right guilty verdict. I lied to law enforcement, I admitted I lied to law enforcement, so I am a convicted liar. That’s the truth,” she said in the new series.

Trying to explain why she had lied, Anthony said it stemmed from being abused as a child and still following her father’s instructions – even after seeing her daughter’s limp body.

“I lied to everyone because that was my whole life up to that point,” she said in the series. “Acting like everything is fine but knowing that nothing was ok. I’ve had years of therapy and I’m trying to analyze my own behavior and explain my own behavior, all of this is a response to trauma.”

Casey Anthony in a black t-shirt looks slightly away from the camera in front of an iPad.  she gestures with her left hand, palm up.  (Peacock/NBC Universal)

Casey Anthony in a black t-shirt looks slightly away from the camera in front of an iPad. she gestures with her left hand, palm up. (Peacock/NBC Universal)

“I made myself look crazy. And gave law enforcement absolutely no reason to believe or trust anything I said,” she continued.

“I understand why all of this looks from an outside perspective so…” she concluded. “Because even to me it still feels that way. As far as I am concerned, there is no justification for my actions or conduct, except to say that I did what I was conditioned to do.”

She claims she was abused by her father

In the documentary, Anthony repeated her earlier allegations that her father abused her between the ages of 8 and 12, which her father denied.

“When I was 8 years old, my father started coming into my room at night,” she said. “I was physically hurt, scared because I was physically hurt and I ‘can’t tell mom what happened (or) she’ll be mad at me.’ That’s what I was told.”

George Anthony declined to be interviewed for the Peacock series. He did not respond to multiple requests for comment from TODAY.com.

She claims Caylee was the product of rape when she was 18

In the documentary, Anthony said her family also asked her to hide the fact that she was pregnant at the age of 18.

She said she was raped at a house party after being drugged.

“(I) had a couple of beers, completely lost my memory because I was drugged,” she said. “I woke up with my top on, my jeans on the floor with my underwear and my bra still inside my shirt but up over my breasts.”

She added that she was “lethargic” and “extremely disoriented” from the drugs and “could feel like (she) had had forced sex.”

She said she initially claimed the baby was her ex-boyfriend’s, but he eventually got a paternity test and discovered he was not the father.

“I lied to everyone,” she said. “That’s what I’m saying, it’s so f—-d up, it’s just years of feeling like I needed to live a certain life or show people that I was living a certain life because I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me and I didn’t want my child to grow up thinking she was a product of something so bad and that I didn’t want her.”

What she remembers about that fateful morning: ‘It’s not much’

Anthony recounted the morning her daughter likely died for the cameras. She said that morning she woke up to make breakfast for her daughter but “wasn’t feeling too well.” She went back to bed, turned on the TV and Caylee got into bed with her.

“I’ve been a light sleeper my whole life,” she said in the documentary. “Because I’m used to someone opening the door while I’m sleeping. I am used to being on alert, especially with my child by my side. That’s part of the reason she slept in bed with me so much.”

She said she knew her father was home, but she fell asleep and “slept for a while.”

The next thing she remembers, she said, is her father shaking her and asking where Caylee was. She said it “didn’t make sense” to her because she thought her toddler had been next to her in bed.

Anthony added that her daughter “would never leave my room without telling me, even if she had to go to the bathroom.”

“She knew she couldn’t just be in the house by herself,” she said.

Anthony said she began looking around the house and then the yard for her daughter. When she returned from searching outside around the house, she said her father “was standing there with her.”

“She’s soaking wet,” she said tearfully. “I can see him standing there with her in his arms and handing her to me and telling me it’s my fault. That I did it. that I caused it.”

She said she “collapsed” with Caylee’s body in her arms, which felt “heavy” and “cold”.

Instead of calling 911 or trying to revive Caylee, Anthony said her father picked Caylee up and told her it was “going to be OK.”

“I don’t know how long I sat outside, I don’t know where he went, he took her from me and he walked away,” she said. “I don’t know where he went and I don’t know what he did.”

A close up of Anthony's face, she looks emotional but not crying, lips pursed.  her long brown hair is straight and falls past her shoulders, framing her face.  (Peacock / Peacock)

A close up of Anthony’s face, she looks emotional but not crying, lips pursed. her long brown hair is straight and falls past her shoulders, framing her face. (Peacock / Peacock)

Why she didn’t call 911

Anthony said she understands people will question why she didn’t call 911 or wait to tell her mother.

“I know people are going to question why I didn’t call, why didn’t I call 911, why did I wait to tell my mom but I didn’t tell her, why lie?” she said. “Knowing that I failed to protect my child and I continued to fail her even after that. I failed her again and again and again. Because I was still protecting the person who hurt me.

“It was as if I was brainwashed. And it wasn’t until much later that I really began to realize why,” she said. “It’s like I had Stockholm Syndrome.”

Casey Anthony (Josh Repogle/AP)

Casey Anthony (Josh Repogle/AP)

Anthony thought her daughter was okay until her body was found

“During those 31 days, I really believed that Caylee was still alive. My dad kept telling me that Caylee was still okay,” she said in the new docuseries. “There were no threats, I knew just that I had to do what he wanted me to do, for the same reason I knew since I was 8 years old. Just do what he wants, it worked before, do it now. I did what I had to do to survive.”

She added that her father would tell her that Caylee was “fine” and to just “keep doing what I tell you to do … You’ll be reunited soon. That’s what sticks with me — he told me at one point that we would soon be reunited.”

Anthony said she was “conditioned” by her father and wanted to believe her daughter was alive.

“I really wanted to believe in him, and maybe that’s the separation. Maybe it’s trying to protect myself from the pain of having known deep down all along that something happened and I didn’t want to face it,” she said. “I wish it was a simple answer and a simple explanation, but nothing about trauma or abuse is ever simple because you’re just trying to survive.

“The whole time he told me she was going to be fine. That’s what I chose to accept because there was that little girl inside of me that wanted to believe that he wasn’t going to hurt her the way he hurt me.”

Anthony says she still doesn’t know “what the truth is”

Anthony never said directly in the new Peacock series what she believes happened that morning and says outright that she doesn’t “know what the truth is.”

“That’s why all of this is so hard. I live with the guilt of feeling like I let her down and didn’t protect her and protect her. I’ve always wanted the truth because I’ve lived so long without it,” she said. “But I don’t know if I can handle it all. I don’t know if it would be better to know or just keep not. Because I don’t know what the truth is. All I know is that something happened.”

What’s next?

In the years since her trial, Anthony has worked for her defense attorney, Pat McKenna. She also said in the documentaries that she lived in his home with his family after her trial when she got back on her feet.

Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies - Season:1 (Peacock / NBC Universal)

Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies – Season:1 (Peacock / NBC Universal)

She said she will always wonder what could have been if she handled her daughter’s death differently.

“It’s a hard thing to live with every day because nothing will bring her back,” she said emotionally. “Even if one day I get the answers I need, it will never be enough. It will never be enough.”

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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