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During the same time, she has gone through one publicist and attorney after another. At one point she even spurned six months of free child care by the group Angels in Waiting that had been arranged by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred. The group’s co-founder, Linda Conforti-West, said at the time that Suleman seemed more interested in lining up a reality TV show than caring for the kids.

“Clients have to be willing to accept advice from those who have the experience and expertise to provide for them,” said Suleman’s first publicist, Joann Killeen, adding Suleman never seemed willing to do that.

“I think it’s obvious why she’s gone through so many managers and attorneys and professional staff in the three years she’s been Octomom,” Killeen added. “Clients who don’t listen don’t make good clients.”

Suleman declined to be interviewed for this story, her current spokeswoman, Gina Rodriguez, saying, “She is not interested in having any filming or doing any interviews of any sort, especially entering her home and filming her kids for no compensation.”

Documents filed in court Monday for Suleman’s bankruptcy case list her creditors as including her parents, her gardener, a babysitting company, a private school, a cable TV provider, a pest control company, her mortgage holder, her utility companies and the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Orange County businessman Amir Haddadin, who sold Suleman’s father the La Habra home that’s about to be auctioned, said he’s owed $483,000, including 11 months of unpaid rent and a $450,000 note that she never paid off. He says he has no sympathy for her, adding her actions destroyed his own credit.

“She’s not only using the system, she’s abusing the system,” said Haddadin. He added that he’s contemplating suing her.

Meanwhile, the Suleman Circus continues, at least for now. Sociologist Dorian Traube of the University of Southern California sees a couple reasons for that.

First, there’s the fascination with watching the human equivalent of a train wreck.

“Once you’re in the media spiral people really like to see people struggle, especially these faux celebrities,” said Traube.

And then, she added, there is also some genuine concern for Suleman’s children. Remarkably enough, she has managed to keep those children generally out of the spotlight as she has embarked on her own wacky adventures. Now that she could be on the brink of losing them, that has people concerned.

“I think Americans in general have a very profound level of concern for child welfare,” Traube said. “And here you have 14 children whose mom is living on welfare, who has now declared bankruptcy, who is going in the media and posing topless and who most recently said she would be willing to do porn films if it meant that she could provide for her children. And I think that piques people’s interest, much in the same way that people are concerned and interested in reading stories when children go missing.”