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Yet another motion to compel. Phaedra was extremely uncooperative at her deposition.
Phaedra refuses to answer pretty much every question about Apollo.
Phaedra has amnesia. She can’t remember she has a workout DVD business with Apollo. She can’t remember her accountants name, she can’t remember her bank branch, in fact she denies every going into a bank.
In this chapter we will focus on Phaedra’s relationship with Angela. In one of the depositions of Angela’s former boyfriends he seems to think that Phaedra and Angela had a more intimate relationship than just friends. Let’s see what Phaedra has to say…
Q. Describe it to me. I know you probably don’t know the date of it, but describe to me the context the occasion the first time you met her.
A. She was dating my client and he introduced me to her.
Q. Do you remember where you where when he introduced you?
A. I don’t recall where we were specifically.
Q. Do you dispute that after meeting her whether as friends or social acquaintances or however you want to put it, that you had contact with her in a social setting?
A. I would dispute ongoing contact. I had contact with her.
Some back and forth over how often she would drop by her office. Sometimes she would need Phaedra to give her a ride somewhere. How did she get to the office to ask for the ride?
Q. Alright, do you remember about how often you would give her a ride, as you stated?
A. No. But during that time I was traveling about 75% of the week because I was on tour during that time. So it couldn’t have been that often because I was usually out of town Tuesday through Sunday. (So Monday is 25% of the week? Why would you come back for just one day every week?)
Q. Do you recall any other reasons she would come by other than needing a ride?
Q. Do you remember where she needed a ride to?
A. I mean that was over ten years ago. Home usually, you know,to her house.
Q. So you can’t recall any other reason why she would have come by your office other than to ask you for a ride?
A. Well, I mean no. I mean to talk about him, the boy.
Q. Just to hang out?
A. What I’m saying is, it wasn’t like it was something that was an appointment. She might just drop in, drop by. It wasn’t like it was scheduled. It might be a random pop up. Oh, do you know where he is? Has he been by here today? Have you seen him? They were dating. (Okay, is anyone buying this? I would think the person dating Drama would have a better idea of where he was every minute than his attorney.)
Lots of back and forth about how many times Angela has been to Phaedra’s house and why. Short version. At least once, she doesn’t remember because it was 14 years ago. Phaedra claims disputes that she attended events at Angela’s grandmother’s house. But then says….
A. I’ve been…I’ve obviously dropped by her grandmothers house. And I did meet her grandmother obviously from dropping her off there. I’d met her mother. And, you know, there could have been other family members that I met. But, you know, I definitely met her mother on a couple of occasions.
Q. What were those occasions.
A. When I dropped her off to her grandmama’s house.
Q. Okay, why would you go inside if you were just dropping someone off?
A. If someone invites you inside and says, “hey meet my relatives” I mean, I’m from the south. That’s a very southern thing to do.
And now pages of back pedaling about Angela’s children coming with her to the office.
Q.Do you ever recall having her children in your office?
Radford whips out a photograph to enter into evidence. And shows it to Phaedra. He’s like Matlock! 🙂
Q.Does this appear to be the interior of an office that you maintained at any point?
Q. No? Do you recognize the person in the doorway in that photo?
A. That looks like me but that doesn’t look like an office that I maintained.
Q. What about that little statue there in the foreground, does that look familiar to you?
A. It doesn’t to be very honest to you–or with you.
Q. This isn’t your office space at 1069 Peachtree?
A. I had an upstairs office that definitely was small and with just two chairs.
Q. I see one chair there.
A. I didn’t have a couch.
Q. This looks like a lobby area. Was there a lobby area in that office?
A. I mean, the office was pretty big. So this could be somewhere in that office, But I don’t recall this. Just being very honest with you. I don’t.
Q. I looks like you are holding a child and then there’s another child in the foreground asleep on the couch. Do you recognize those children?
A. I don’t (At this point Angela must be losing her mind.)
Q. You recognize those children to be Ms. Stanton’s children don’t you?
A. I don’t recognize those to be her children.
Q. This is a photo of you and Ms Stanton’s children in your office isn’t it?
A. I don’t recognize them to be her children.
Radford pulls out another picture and enters it into evidence.
Q. Do you recognize this to be part of some office space where you once maintained some space?
A. It could be…but…I mean..I don’t, I don’t recognize it, just to be honest with you, but it could be. I don’t recognize it though.
Q. Do you dispute that that’s an image taken somewhere where you maintained office space?
A. I have to dispute it because I don’t recognize it as being part of that office.
Q. And do you know who that little boy in the chair is?
A. I do not.
Q. In fact this is a photo of one of Ms. Stanton’s children in your office, isn’t it?
A. I don’t know it to be so. I don’t know that this is my office and I don’t know this to be her child.
Lots of painstaking back and forth with Phaedra where she keeps saying that Angela was always pregnant and had lots of babies, but she didn’t think she had custody of them. Every time Radford asks if she ever saw Angela’s kids she says, “No I mean she was usually pregnant.”
Q. Who is Everett Tripodis?
A. As far as?
Q. Is that someone you know?
A. Yes, I know him. He’s one of my husband’s friends.
Q. And Mr Tripodis has appeared on the Real Housewives television show with your, hasn’t he?
A. I can’t say that for sure to be honest. He might have, he might not have.
Q. Did Mr Tripodis drive you to the hospital at some point when you were delivering one of your children?
A. He might have.
Q.That seems like something you would remember I guess, right?
A. Well, when you are in labor you don’t recall a lot. (I wish Radford would have asked, “Are you in labor now?)
Q. Do you dispute that Mr. Tripodis drove you to the hospital? That was featured on television.
A. Oh no. You know what? He didn’t drive me to the hospital.
A. He did not.
Q. Do you dispute that he was on television alongside you?
A. I mean I don’t know how they showed it on TV but I know he didn’t drive me to the hospital. After thinking about it, he did not.
Q. Do you think the show may have concocted a scenario to make it look like he drove you to the hospital.
A. I can’t say because obviously that’s been four years ago. So I don’t want to say because that’s been every episode. It’s been over 100 episodes. So I can’t say that I recall that episode. But I know he didn’t actually drive me to the hospital.
Q. You don’t dispute that Mr Tripodis has been shown on this television show and depicted as someone associated with you, correct?
A. I’d sort of have to say I don’t agree with that.
(Lots of back and forth where Phaedra doesn’t remember if he was on the show or if he was depicted as someone close to her.)
Q. It wasn’t like they did a pan down the street and there were just random people on the street with no relation to anyone and he happened to be among the people I’m saying, in contrast, he was depicted on the show and by merit of the fact that he knew you or had some relationship with you. Do you recall that?
A. I mean he possibly could have been on the show. (Oh it’s time to play anything’s possible again. YAY!)
And Phaedra continues to have no recollection of whether or not Tripodis was on the show or not. Newsflash: He was. This is important because Everett and Angela were arrested together in a car stealing ring that Angela discusses in her book. She alleges that Phaedra was somehow involved in the crimes.
This stuff is super tedious to post because it’s just of bunch of Phaedra no remembering, not knowing, and/or denying. I need a break. We will pick up with Everett again in Chapter 5.