LOS ANGELES—Adult movie and magazine mogul Larry Flynt has confirmed that he's made an offer to Casey Anthony, the Florida mom acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee and dumping the body, to appear nude in Hustler magazine (and possibly other venues) for a payment of $500,000—and possibly millions more in residuals.
"I've never been one to shy away from controversy," Flynt assured an interviewer on CNN Headline News, "because when nobody else in the country would, I published nude photos of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1975 and I made over $20 million off of them, so if something works, I don't have a problem doing it. Now, in the offer that we made to Casey through her attorney, the half million dollar payment's only part of it, we're willing to pay 10 percent of the profits, so if this thing goes viral, and it could be as big as everybody thinks it would, because of how big the trial is, she could make millions, more than's ever been discussed with her in any of the other possible interviews that she would be involved in."
Several sources have reported that Anthony and her attorney are actively looking for a $1.5 million payout for her first post-trial interview, and that even Anthony's parents have been offered a quarter-million to appear on a syndicated talk show.
Meanwhile, Florida prosecutors will be going to court on August 25, seeking a judge's order to force Anthony to pay at least $140,000 to cover part of the costs the Orange County Prosecutor's Office laid out to bring the woman to trial. Some of the expenses they're looking to be reimbursed for include airfares and hotel accommodations for witnesses and payments to experts—and that may not be all. Reportedly, the work done on the case by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation came to about $82,000, while the Orange County Sheriff's Department has yet to submit a total of its expenses.
Flynt wouldn't disclose whether his people had made the first move, or whether Anthony's attorney had first contacted Flynt/LFP, and in fact, told CNN that originally, he dismissed the idea of featuring the woman.
"Right after the verdict, I was asked if I wanted to do something and I felt what a lot of Americans did: Although I didn't necessarily agree with the verdict, I felt she might have been responsible for the death of her child, and I just felt that the people wouldn't necessarily want to see her with her clothes on or off," Flynt recounted. "So I kind of forgot about the idea, but I just recently got off a book tour. Dozens of people would come up to me in Philadelphia, Austin, Houston and say, 'Why haven't you made an offer to Casey Anthony? Why don't you want to pose her pictures?' And many of them came up and asked me—would say things like, 'Look; she's a really attractive person. You don't realize this because she's been in jail, she was in a courtroom; the clothes that she was wearing, all this—a great hairstylist and makeup artist could have her looking really fabulous'."
Later, he reportedly added that the men he spoke with find her "really attractive" and "want to see her in her birthday suit... There may be some sick individuals... but that's what life is all about."
Playboy owner Hugh Hefner has received similar suggestions, telling CNN's Piers Morgan, "It is amazing the number of people that have Tweeted me immediately afterward, asking whether or not we would do a pictorial on her. And the answer is simply no. I wouldn’t reward someone like that for what has happened."
It is probably worth noting that earlier this month Vivid co-founder Steven Hirsch rescinded an offer he had made to Casey Anthony following her acquittal to star in a Vivid movie, saying, "It has become obvious to us that Vivid fans, and people in general, want nothing to do with her and that includes a XXX movie.
"We were ready to make an offer to Casey to star in one of our feature films," he added. "It's clear to me now, however, that there has been an overwhelmingly negative response to our offer and so we've decided to withdraw it."