Do you remember Keanu Reeves hitting some pap back in March 2007? I don't either, but Keanu allegedly drove his Porsche into a pap in a parking lot. So, things being how they are here in the US, the pap sued Keanu. Keanu has been delaying this thing as long as possible and it isn't even scheduled to go trial until October of this year.
Anyway as part of the process, Keanu had his deposition taken. Now in a case like this I'm sure that all kinds of personal questions were asked of Keanu like if he had been drinking or taking drugs or listening to The Carpenters on the radio while he was driving. Whatever they asked and I'm sure the pap's lawyers asked everything, the answers must have been nice and juicy. How juicy? Well Keanu's lawyers got the deposition and the video taken at the deposition sealed from the public. Only the attorneys from both sides will get to see it.
Now, the interesting thing here is that normally the deposition is used to gather evidence, but it is also used as backup in case Keanu would decide that maybe he wanted to change his story while on the stand. Now, although the deposition was sealed, the trial in October as it stands would be open to the public and presumably the exact same juicy questions would be asked in the trial. So why the sealing of it you ask?
Very good question. My guess is that there won't be a trial and that Keanu is going to end up writing the guy a check and wants any and all records of whatever was asked hidden away for good. It just doesn't make any sense to seal a deposition and then have a public trial with the same questions being asked.