Casey Anthony Speaks Out for the First Time: “I’ve gone through hell”

For the first time since her July 2011 acquittal in the death of her daughter Caylee, Casey Anthony has come out of hiding and spoken via telephone to CNN’s Piers Morgan. During her 10-minute conversation, which was not played on air, Anthony took the time to assert her innocence and try and shed some light on who she really is. Morgan quotes Anthony as saying: ‪”I did not kill my daughter. There’s nothing in this world I’ve ever been so proud of. There’s no one I loved more than my daughter. She’s my greatest accomplishment.” ‬ Anthony, 26, also told Morgan that she’s never been a party girl, despite her public image. She said she’s “never done drugs, apart from a bit of marijuana” in her early 20s, and has maybe had a handful of beers since being on probation. “The public perception of me is bad, absolutely horrible,” she said. “I was a stupid kid. I’ve never been a ‘party girl,’ and I’ve gone through hell. I’m ashamed in many ways of the person I was.”‬ Anthony says since living in hiding with solitary seclusion, she has reflected on many of her mistakes. “I didn’t trust law enforcement because of my relationship with my father, who is ex law enforcement himself,” she said. “I didn’t give them the benefit of the doubt, which is probably why they didn’t give me the benefit of the doubt.”‬ For more on the interview, visit Piers Morgan’s blog. getty images