A 107-page transcript has been released in a recent deposition of Casey Anthony, related to a defamation lawsuit filed in United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division by Scott Shuker, an attorney for Zenaida Gonzalez.
For nearly two-and-a-half hours on January 23, Anthony came out of hiding to answer questions for Gonzalez's attorneys. Gonzalez shares the same first and last name as the nanny whom Anthony claimed took her child, Caylee.
Video was also recorded of the deposition. That was not filed, but even without the audio and visuals, it was apparent just by reading the deposition that it was filled with drama. During much of it, Anthony refused to answer questions, most of the time at the advice of her attorney Cheney Mason. The time and location were kept secret until they were over.
During opening statements of Anthony's 2011 murder trial, her attorney Jose Baez said his client fabricated the story that her daughter was kidnapped by a nanny and that the person named Zenaida Gonzalez did not exist.
Anthony claimed that her former fiance, Jesse Grund, had introduced her to a woman named "Zenaida Fernandez Gonzales," who babysat her daughter.
Several times, attorneys for Gonzalez asked Anthony why she said she had never seen a picture of "that woman in Kissimmee that police interviewed," and why she said she dropped Caylee off at the Sawgrass Apartments with a Zenaida Gonzalez. The Zenaida Gonzalez who filed this defamation suit looked at unit in the Sawgrass Apartments on the day Caylee was last seen.
Anthony had been shown more than 50 pictures of women named Zenaida Gonzalez, including the woman now suing Anthony. Anthony told attorneys she had cleared all of the woman of any involvement in her daughter's disappearance.
"I never harmed anybody, I cleared your client the first day. She brought this on herself. You're making this very large assumption, and I am more than insulted," Anthony said.
As for the tie-in to Sawgrass Apartments, Anthony said she had friends who had lived there, but she had not been there in more than a year.
When attorneys asked Anthony where Caylee was when she was making up the entire story about the nanny, Anthony's attorney Cheney Mason objected saying, "I'm instructing you not to answer. It's scandalous. It's not relevant. It's not material and you're invoking your 5th amendment rights."
Attorneys for Gonzalez have also filed a motion to compel responses to deposition. They are asking the judge to force Anthony to answer the questions she refused to during this deposition.