Casey Anthony, the Florida mom acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee and who’s since been dubbed “The Most Hated Woman in America”, refused to answer most of the questions that were thrown her way during a video deposition on Saturday in a civil defamation case filed by a woman who claims Anthony ruined her life.
Zenaida Gonzalez claims in her defamation suit that her life was ruined after Anthony falsely told authorities that someone by that name kidnapped little Caylee.
Back in July, Anthony, 25, was acquitted of murder but was found guilty of lying to investigators. At her trial, an attorney said Caylee died in 2008 in an accidental drowning in the family’s backyard pool, and that Zenaida Gonzalez was a merely figment of Anthony’s imagination.
Gonzalez’s lawyers said Anthony got their client’s name and details from a visitor card filled out by Gonzalez at an Orlando apartment complex.
Anthony, who sported a baseball hat and giant sunglasses, appeared for yesterday’s deposition via a video-conference arranged for her protection.
She has been living at a secret, undisclosed location while serving one year of probation on check fraud charges, a condition permitted by a judge due to threats and public anger after she was cleared of the murder charges.
Orlando attorney John Morgan, who represents Gonzalez, said Anthony appeared to be uncomfortable and irritable during the 45-minute deposition.
“You could see where there’s points where she starts to hyperventilate, nostrils flaring. But there was never an outburst,” he said.
As expected, Anthony often invoked her Fifth Amendment right to avoid incriminating herself. Morgan said he plans to ask a judge to order Anthony to answer the questions.