Lee Anthony deposed in defamation case
Questions center around baby sitter named Zenaida Gonzalez
ORLANDO, Fla. – Lee Anthony on Friday said in a deposition in the defamation case against his sister, Casey Anthony, that he had never heard the name Zenaida Gonzalez until the day his sister was arrested.
Casey Anthony, 22, remains jailed on first-degree murder charges in the death of her daughter, Caylee, whose remains were found in December. Gonzalez filed a civil lawsuit after being linked to the case when Casey Anthony told Orange County sheriff's investigators that she left Caylee with a baby sitter named Zenaida Gonzalez at an apartment complex. Casey Anthony said the two were not there when she returned to pick up Caylee.
Casey Anthony has said the woman who took Caylee is a different woman who shares the same name. Lee Anthony reiterated that statement in the deposition, but also said that his sister told him that the baby sitter took Caylee from Blanchard Park, not the Sawgrass Apartments.
"Because of the age, because of all the other things that were listed out -- the description that my sister gave my parents ... and police -- (and) the fact that my sister said when they showed a picture of her 'No,'" Lee Anthony said in the deposition. "If there was a chance that that was the Zenaida, her and I would have had conversations well prior to this."
Lee Anthony refused to answer questions asked by Local 6 News reporter J.R. Stone upon arriving at the building, only looking down and once cracking a smile.
"He's not making any statement at this time," said his attorney, Tom Luka. "Mr. Anthony is complying with a subpoena which he was issued, so therefore he is complying as per the court."
While waiting for the deposition to begin, Lee Anthony could be seen yawning, tapping fingers and sitting with his arms crossed.
Gonzalez's attorneys had said the media would be allowed to attend the deposition, which was held at the offices of Morgan & Morgan in downtown Orlando, but on Friday they asked the media not to be present in the room where the questioning took place.
Luka had said he would not allow his client to be deposed in front of the media.
Meanwhile, Casey Anthony will appear before a judge on Monday when her attorney, Jose Baez, attempts to block images from an online account from being released to the media.
Baez said pictures from Casey Anthony's Photobucket account, which include images showing her partying, are at least a year old.
"These images are irrelevant to her case. If they were to be disseminated, they will only sensationalize the life of a young woman and may be used to attempt to paint her in a negative light," said Marti Mackenzie, Baez's spokeswoman.
About 1,000 pages of newly released documents are expected to be released next week as part of discovery in Casey Anthony's criminal case.
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