Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

In deposition, combative Casey Anthony insists nanny is real

Casey Anthony refused to answer many questions in her Jan. 23 deposition.

Casey Anthony refused to answer many questions in her Jan. 23 deposition.

TAMPA — Attorneys spent more than two hours last month asking Casey Anthony many of the lingering questions about the lies she told after her daughter Caylee's 2008 disappearance and the circumstances of the girl's death.

The result: Anthony's most expansive publicly available comments since she was acquitted of murder in 2011.

A transcript of the Jan. 23 deposition was filed Tuesday in Tampa federal court, where the case is being heard as part of Anthony's bankruptcy petition. It reveals often-combative exchanges between Anthony and attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman suing her for defamation.

Anthony refused to answer many questions, prompting Gonzalez's lawyers to ask a judge to compel her replies. A hearing on that motion is set for next week.

In the deposition, Anthony asserted that Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the nanny she claimed had kidnapped her daughter, was a real person — someone she'd last seen in 2007 and who had babysat Caylee just once.

"I met her at Universal Studios in 2006 … through a mutual friend," Anthony said, adding, "We were friends a little over a year."

That woman didn't actually kidnap Caylee, she said. Neither did the woman suing her for defamation: "I completely agree," she said.

Keith Mitnik, an attorney for Zenaida Gonzalez, expressed skepticism at Anthony's claim that the nanny, who Anthony's defense attorney Jose Baez acknowledged at trial was fictional, was a real person.

"Now, is there any way in the world that you could suggest to me that I might find this person to see if she ever existed?" Mitnik asked Anthony.

Anthony replied: "I don't know if you could or not, sir."

Mitnik reminded Anthony that Baez said at trial that she had difficulty telling the truth: "Do you have a significant problem with not telling the truth?"

"No, sir, I do not," Anthony replied. She rejected the theory that "Zanny" was a code word for the prescription drug Xanax.

"I have never taken Xanax, I have never seen Xanax and I did not give Xanax or anything else to my child," Anthony said.

Anthony said it was an "interesting coincidence" that the Gonzalez suing her had filled out paperwork at the same apartment complex where Anthony told law enforcement she dropped Caylee off with the nanny.

"It's a place that I was familiar with because I had friends that used to live there," she said.

Some of Mitnik's questioning drew emphatic objections from Anthony defense attorney Cheney Mason, who at times invoked Anthony's rights against self-incrimination.

"So at the time you were making up the entire story (about) Zenaida having Caylee, where was Caylee?" Mitnik asked.

"At the advice of counsel, I decline to answer any questions about my daughter," Anthony replied. "If you ask me again I will walk out of this room."

Several other lingering questions about Caylee's death also went unanswered or drew objections: When did Anthony know her daughter was dead? Did she invent the nanny to protect herself? Someone else?

Why, Anthony was asked, did she make up a story rather than tell detectives the truth about Caylee's whereabouts?

"That was my personal choice," Anthony said. But why? "I'm not going to answer that question."

The deposition was part of ongoing legal wrangling surrounding Anthony's Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Gonzalez argues her lawsuit should survive the bankruptcy because Anthony was "willful and malicious" in damaging her reputation.

At the crux of the suit are comments Anthony made to her mother, Cindy, during a jailhouse visit. Anthony allegedly said she hadn't ruled out Gonzalez as a suspect, information her mother relayed to reporters.

"I could very easily have been confused at the time, not having a picture of this person in front of me, not knowing who they were even speaking about," Anthony said.

Anthony said she didn't authorize her parents to represent her in the media: "I had zero control over that. I was in jail, Mr. Mitnik. I had no control over anything."

As the deposition neared its end, Anthony emphatically said she never blamed the woman suing her for Caylee's disappearance.

"That's never been the case and that will never be the truth. So let's get that straight right here and now. You can ask a hundred more ridiculous questions. I'm not going to answer them," she said. "I'm done here."

Casey Anthony Defamations (PDF)


Casey Anthony Defamations (Text)

In deposition, combative Casey Anthony insists nanny is real 02/26/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.
  2. Mayor Rick Kriseman endorsed by another police union

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman is already backed by the city's largest police union, the Suncoast Police Benevolent Association.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman has secured another police union endorsement
  3. Drinking alcohol on St. Pete beaches now allowed — for hotel guests only

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Guests at gulffront hotels here can now drink alcoholic beverages in permitted hotel beach cabana areas.

    Guests at the Don CeSar Hotel relax Tuesday on St. Pete Beach. That night, the City Commission unanimously passed an ordinance to allow hotel guests to drink alcohol in permitted beach areas.
  4. Man found floating in 'Cotee River in New Port Richey

    Public Safety

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A body was found floating in the Pithlachascotee River on Tuesday morning, police said.

  5. More than 13,000 fact-checks later, PolitiFact celebrates 10-year mark

    National

    ST. PETERSBURG — Bill Adair still remembers the moment when he realized his idea to fact-check politicians could turn into something big.

    From left, Aaron Sharockman, PolitiFact executive director, introduces a panel featuring Angie Holan, PolitiFact editor; PolitiFact founder Bill Adair; and Neil Brown, Tampa Bay Times editor and vice president, at the Poynter Institute on Tuesday.