US Diary: 'Hated' Casey Anthony's book plan backfires
Though Casey Anthony was acquitted of the 2008 chloroform and duct tape murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, she can't seem to get that many people on her side. And that includes the writer originally hired by her lawyer, Cheney Mason, to write a book based on her side of the story that involved a sensational 2011 trial and worldwide outrage when she walked free.
The plan, according to non-fiction author Rick Namey, was to use the book as a vehicle to rehabilitate Casey's image as the "most hated person in America," and enable the ostracised 28-year-old to finally come out of hiding.
Instead, Namey has just released a dramatically different book called Casey's Ghost: The Story of the Man Who Decided Not to be Casey Anthony's Ghost Writer, after he says he lost faith in Anthony's innocence.
"I was Casey's ghost writer right after the trial," Namey tells Radaronline. "Cheney and I have known each other since the early 1970s and I was sending him some free advice over email. Right after the verdict he sent me an email asking me to come in...He proposed I be the ghost writer."
As he got deeper into researching the book, Namey, who says he believes the prosecution in Anthony's trial didn't do their job in proving her guilty without a doubt, decided he wanted out of the deal he came to believe was a cynical attempt to make millions from Casey's notoriety.
"It finally occurred to me that I'm going to be associated with the person that is most the hated women in America and I just don't want to be there," Namey said, adding, "I really didn't care how much money was involved, I bailed!"
Mason, who maintains his client's innocence, says Anthony - who is holed up under cover somewhere in Florida - deserves sympathy. "I think Casey has a lot of world left to have to deal with," he told CNN.
"She hasn't been freed from her incarceration yet 'cause she can't go out. She can't go to a beauty parlour, she can't go shopping to a department store, she can't go to a restaurant, she can't even go to McDonald's. She can't do anything."
Mason's book, natch, about the case (Justice in America: How the Media and Prosecutors Stack the Deck Against the Accused) is due out next month.
Jen goes into loved-up detail
Jennifer Aniston sure has a way with words. The actress, who is usually so disciplined about keeping her personal life private, let loose on Tuesday night when she joined fiancee Justin Theroux at a party to celebrate his cover story on the August issue of Details magazine.
"He's just so beautiful and handsome to me," Aniston gushed to reporters about her husband-to-be. "I love that his eyeballs are so beautifully captured because those eyes just knock me out every day." Deep.
Theroux, who is earning critical raves for his turn in HBO's hot new sci-fi thriller series The Leftovers, is also getting love from co-star Liv Tyler, who admitted she's been distracted by his "large bulge," a reference to Theroux's penchant for going commando while jogging.
"I'm like, 'can't help but look there,'" Taylor told Bravo TV on Wednesday night by way of explaining why, in a hypothetical game of "marry, shag and kill" she would "marry Justin Theroux, shag Ben Affleck and kill (rumoured beau) Orlando Bloom."
Jennifers Aniston and Garner, as well as Miranda Kerr, probably want to kill her.
Kanye is a model perp
Kanye West is carrying out his court-mandated community-service with surprising aplomb. Even the judge who ordered the rapping fashionisto to put in 250 hours of hard labour as punishment for attacking a paparazzo last summer seems impressed by West's determination to do the right thing.
But instead of just taking a routine cleaning gig (think: Naomi Campbell) Kanye has opted to spread his love - and extensive knowledge - of the inner workings of the fashion industry with third-level design students who, by all accounts, have been delighted to see Yeezus pitch up to play professor.
During an LA court hearing last week, the community service supervisor praised West's participation in the programme as "an excellent display of work." It was also noted that the model perp is "performing excellently" in his anger management regime, with 10 of his 24 sessions already completed.
Now all he has to do to avoid jail time altogether is get through the next two years without smacking anyone.
Kim must be so proud.
The Crow road to marriage
Sheryl Crow says she hasn't been put off by the idea of settling down - despite painful break-ups with high-profile boyfriends including cyclist Lance Armstrong, actor Owen Wilson and musician Eric Clapton.
"I had always gone out with guys who were highly successful, which would seem like it would put me at an equal level," the 52-year-old singer tells the new edition of Good Housekeeping magazine.
"But what ends up happening is that one of you becomes smaller - and it was always me. It's always the woman. I mean, I don't know if it's always the woman, but I do think that sometimes in order for one person's light to shine, everyone else has to dim theirs," she said.
Crow, who has created her own family unit with adopted sons, Wyatt (7) and Levi (4), admits: "I would love to get married...But I don't think marriage is the be-all and end-all."
Still, she joked, "It's better to have three broken engagements than three divorces."