Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Secrets Secrets


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.

27 comments:

selenakyle said...

I have a real soft spot for Keanu but I hope he ratchets down the drinking and driving, whether on a bike or not.

irishstayc2 said...

I just love it when you get all Lawyerly... Not only do we get entertainment and snarkiness but we learn something too!

kris said...

why would he want to keep it all hidden? was he with somebody he wouldn't want the public to know about??

Lisa said...

I saw the Keanu picture and I though "OH NO. What's he done?!" I second selenakyle's sentiments though, and I loves me some Keanu since I don't have to smell him, lol. I'm sure the pap had it coming too. I liked the juicy, interesting lawyerly info. Thank you Enty :-)

RagDoll said...

Yeah, he was probably drunk and high as a kite. But if the police didn't perform a field sobriety test or take him to the hospital for a blood test, there's nothing anyone can do or say.

Now, my guess? A depo that is made part of the public record would UNDOUBTEDLY make the rounds of AAAAAAALLLLLL the gossip-websites, TV shows, on and on and on and on.

This idiot will pay the pap off, yes.

But this is his management team on damage-control duty. All his drooling fans would see this a-hole for what he REALLY is (and it's probably NOT the "Mr. Aw-shucks-nice-guy" he pretends to be) , and the "team" who depends on him for paychecks won't dare chance any harm to his (already tenuous) image.

Nothing juicy. merely unflattering.

kris said...

good point ragdoll...thanks.

adrian said...

This should have been a blind item, so we could have guessed him!

Nathaniel Engelsen said...

i thought that he could decide not to take the stand, and therefore not be cross-examined? it's definitely that way in a criminal trial....

doris said...

Keanu and his burrito. That's what's missing from this deposition!

MontanaMarriott said...

Irish,
I could not agree with you more, GO ENTY YOU BETTA SCHOOL THE CHILDREN, lol

Grace said...

ENT, isn't it normal to settle a lawsuit? That's the norm, no matter how much Keanu would want to seal the depo.

A Pimp Named DaveR said...

Sorry to get technical here....

I'm admittedly not a trial attorney, but I'm not as suspicious here as you seem to be, Ent. There may be plenty of non-juicy plausible reasons for requesting that the depo be sealed.

If memory serves, you (the opp atty) are perfectly entitled to go fishing in a depo. Yes, 99% of what you ask will be objected to as irrelevant and excluded from use at trial if the deposed person is unavailable, but you can theoretically do it. The p's attorney could have gone on a deep fish into financial, etc., details as part of the depo, and Keanu's attys could reasonably have asked that the depo be sealed because (a) large parts of it stand a strong chance of being inadmissible and (b) the inadmissible portions may be prejudicial to the D and/or his defenses to the tort claim.

Which doesn't mean that it isn't sealed because his PR people are panicky and will settle ASAP because Keanu ran his mouth off about some bizarre toast-fucking fetish... but I don't think it's as red a flag as you're making it out to be. Just my $.02.

heavensmee said...

The incident where the paparazzo claims he was run over has been in the press for awhile. The owner of this Web site is the first person in any discussion of the topic to ever suggest that Mr. Reeves was under the influence while he was driving. In fact, if any of you wishes to take the time to search online for the various articles written about the event, you'd learn that the photographer drove a considerable distance from Hollywood to follow the actor. Every report of the incident details how Mr. Reeves got into his car after attending to presumably some personal matter and then was careful to very slowly inch forward in his car, to make it known to the pap who'd tracked him, that he would be driving away. In spite of recognizing that the actor was trying to leave, the paparazzo placed his hand on the departing car. At some point, the photographer stumbled and fell to the ground. Mr. Reeves got out of his car to check on the man. Someone else who was in the area asked the photographer what had happened. The photographer identified Mr. Reeves as a movie star and apparently said "it was an accident". Nowhere aside from this site -- run by an entertainment lawyer!!! -- has it ever been suggested that Mr. Reeves was in any way intoxicated.

Shame on everyone here who took this sad innuendo and ran with it.

Judi said...

Since when is discovery a matter of public record?

RagDoll said...

heavensmee...Oh LAWD-a-Mercy! I'm a-gonna take a wild guess and say you're not a regular type visitor of the 'ol CDAN?

WE AIN'T GOT NO SHAME!!. There ain't a famous personage out there who we don't totally skewer, kiddo! Don't get all sore about your guy. It's not like we're on the jury or anything like that ;D

P.S. For the record, I think the shooter is the bigger a-hole here, but I've seen ya boy out-n-about drunk as a skunk and falling all over himself, and it was recent. And he stank like a sewer. Sorry....

mothmaam said...

This is the second time I've seen a posting by an industry flack of some sort. Mr Reeves, indeed. Where do I get a job posting on blogs in defense of drunken celebrities?

RagDoll said...

mothmaam:

I guess to work for (or even dig) "Mr. Reeves" (hey man, I'd be "Ms. Ragdoll" if I had three hundred million beans)

..you have DEFINITELY gotta be hobosexual....

RagDoll said...

not a typo. HOBO..yeah.

link88 said...

Once again I am awed by Ent's brilliant legal mind.

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DetroitRocker said...

Maybe the reason Reeves wants his depo kept secret is that it will come out that he is married to that women overseas hidden away? Ent never did tell us who the actor was in his blind. Something about being married for tax purposes, and the wifey didn't know he was famous.

That to me would be a good reason not to let the cat out of the bag.

214894eae said...

mothmaam, I'm not an industry flack. My semi-formal speech is one of my oddities. I deal with it.

Speaking up to denounce the uncalled-for speculation that Mr. Reeves was under the influence of any substance during the event in question shouldn't be suspicious. This Web site's owner should be asked why he added that rumour to the story he inaccurately relayed here. Does he tweak the truth as a matter of habit?

HeavensMee said...

Oops. I posted yesterday from a Google account I'd just opened, but created a Blogger profile today using a random number and thought my posts here would still show "heavensmee".

RagDoll said...

Heavensmee, kiddo, babe, love, darling....this is a GOSSIP website. Not a Keanu fanguuurl drool-a-torium. Enough people have seen that jackass drunk and drugged up to the hilt in person (myself included). We say whatever we want about whoever we want. It's THAT kinda site. It just is. It ain't gonna stop us.

"Mr. Reeves" (oh, how that cracks me UP! As if he's done anything to earn that kind of respect. As if he wouldn't spit on you and then kick you in throat if he had his druthers...come ON!) has had a drunken driving arrest as an adult, too, so...he's no shiny penny, there Heavensmee....

Your devotion is riveting, though. Kind of like a menstrual cramp.

I will give you this: you're certainly an articulate, polite Keanu crazy. Your torch and pitchfork aren't so hot or pointy. Thank you for that.

link88 said...

Ragdoll, kiddo, darling, babe: Shut up. Who made you moderator, anyway, there Ragdoll...you "ain't" speaking for me.

HeavensMee said...

ragdoll, why so much hostility towards someone who presumably isn't a part of your life? Based on the inaccuracies in this version of events, you're quick to say, "he was probably drunk and high as a kite." You call him an "idiot". You apparently know "this a-hole for what he REALLY is" and state that he has an "(already tenuous) image". Seriously, what's up with your hate-on for the man?

I'm aware of trolling just for the sake of trolling, but your insults seem to come from a place of personal injury. Did you have a run-in with him? Did he vomit on a pair of your Jimmy Choos? I don't get the animosity.

HeavensMee said...

Re: "...As if he wouldn't spit on you and then kick you in throat if he had his druthers...come ON!)"

Funny. He never spit on me or kick me in the throat. Maybe I needed to insult him to get that reaction.

Re: "you're certainly an articulate, polite Keanu crazy. Your torch and pitchfork aren't so hot or pointy."

Yeah, we Canadians are known for our politeness. Keanu's a shining example of that.