Ten months after she went into hiding, Casey Anthony has been found and now may have to face tough questions under oath in a courtroom.
Investigators have been waiting outside Anthony’s residence in Florida for several days to serve her with a subpoena in a defamation action filed by a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez.
“Our investigation team had her whereabouts pinned down,” says Gonzalez’s attorney, Matt Morgan. “Their backs were against the wall, so her attorneys said that they would accept service on her behalf.”
Gonzalez filed suit over Anthony’s comments in 2008 that a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez had kidnapped Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter Caylee, who turned up dead. There was no babysitter by that name, but Gonzalez – who had nothing to do with Anthony – claimed defamation because the two names are the same.
While Anthony has been hiding since her highly publicized acquittal on murder charges, the defamation case has proceeded. A judge finally ordered that Anthony’s attorneys must disclose her whereabouts.
Although Anthony had planned to leave the country after her probation was finished in September, she now will must return to Orlando to face Gonzalez, who wants Anthony do something she never did at the criminal trial: face questions under oath in court about Caylee’s death.
During a deposition, Anthony repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment in refusing to answer questions. Now, Anthony is required to appear at trial on Jan. 2.
“Ms. Gonzalez is happy to hear that Casey Anthony finally will be held accountable just like everybody else,” says her attorney.