ORLANDO -- A disguised Casey Anthony, described as angry but composed, was deposed Saturday in the defamation suit filed against her by Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez.
She answered few questions and her attorney repeatedly invoked Anthony’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, according to attorney John Morgan, who represents Gonzalez.
Morgan asked the questions of Anthony via video link from Morgan & Morgan’s downtown offices. Anthony’s location has not been revealed.
Anthony answered general questions, such as whether she was present during her trial and whether she was in court for her attorney’s opening statement, Morgan said. But more specific questions were met with the Fifth Amendment assertion by Casey’s Orlando-based attorney, Charles Greene.
Greene, citing the pending litigation, declined comment.
Casey wore a Philadelphia Philllies baseball cap, “gigantic sunglasses” and what appeared to be a long, dark-haired wig during the deposition, Morgan said.
“She did not want to be there,” Morgan said in response to a question about her demeanor, but she was “composed” and “courteous.”
“Deep breathing, nostrils flaring,” Morgan said of her comportment.
The questioning lasted about forty-five minutes, Morgan said. “We didn’t want to turn this into a two-hour circus,” he said. “We asked enough questions and got her to invoke the Fifth enough times that we feel we got enough to take a motion to the judge to compel her to answer these questions.
“We didn’t want to go bit by bit through case details such as the trunk and the chloroform; that would have served no purpose.”
Morgan plans to file a motion in the next week or so asking a judge to compel Anthony to answer his questions.
As for Gonzalez, Morgan described Anthony’s invocation of her name as her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie’s nanny as “a scar on her life and on her soul probably until the day she dies.”
When Caylee was first reported missing in mid-July 2008, Anthony told authorities that a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez had taken the child. This prompted massive searches and attempts to track down the nanny, who never materialized.
The defamation suit against Casey Anthony was filed by Fernandez-Gonzalez after she was sought out during the investigation into Caylee’s disappearance.
Anthony, 25, was acquitted in July of the major charges against her, including first-degree murder, in connection with Caylee’s death. She was convicted of four counts of lying to law enforcement.
Morgan said he supported the decision to hold the deposition via video, given public outcry over Anthony’s acquittal and concerns about her safety.
Given those security fears, he said of Anthony, “whether she ever has to come face to face with me or Zenaida Gonzalez, I would doubt it.”