E! Online (US), July 7, 2008
Keanu's Depo Won't Leave Legal Matrix
Keanu Reeves' next court date will remain his own private session.
A judge has granted the actor's request to seal the transcript and tape of his deposition pertaining to a paparazzo's negligence lawsuit, deeming it a "reasonable request."
"I expect everyone to comply in good faith," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth A. Grimes said Monday. "I do not view this as an attempt by the defense to take unfair advantage of the plaintiff."
Reeves' attorney had argued that, if a video of the Q&A session got out, it would "undoubtedly be analyzed frame by frame in an attempt to embarrass Mr. Reeves."
Meanwhile, legal eagle Joseph Farzam, who's representing shutterbug Alison Silva, said that the public was unlikely to give Reeves the fine-tooth comb treatment reserved for celebs such as "Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Anna Nicole Smith."
The Street Kings star is "certainly not more important than the president of the United States," Farzam argued.
But, per Grimes' order, only the warring parties' lawyers and expert witnesses will have access to the depo transcripts and an unnamed third party will hang onto the tape.
Silva sued Reeves in November for unspecified damages, claiming that "in a sudden, erratic and dangerous manner" Reeves hit him with his Porsche in March 2007 while pulling out of a parking space in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., leaving him with "serious injuries to body and severe shock and injuries to the nervous system and person, all of which...have caused and continue to cause Plaintiff great mental, physical and nervous pain and suffering."
The case is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 27, but the judge expresed her belief that the two sides will settle up before then.