Casey Anthony now faces a second defamation suit from another person she implicated in the death of her daughter Caylee. Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee’s remains in December 2008, is suing Anthony for pointing the blame at him after the discovery. Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman Anthony claimed kidnapped Caylee, filed her defamation suit back in September 2008. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the other characters Anthony implicated in her web of lies also followed suit.
According to Kronk’s lawsuit, Casey Anthony’s attorneys inferred several times in media interviews that he had something to do with the toddler’s disappearance. Kronk’s complaint says her attorney’s even went so far as to claim he killed Caylee and took part in placing her remains. The complaint adds that Anthony refused to retract the statements made about Kronk, telling her attorneys the statements were not false.
“If Casey Anthony’s story is true that Caylee Anthony drowned in the family swimming pool on June 16, 2008, then she knew that the statements she authorized and permitted her agents to publish were false. In an attempt to find someone other than herself to blame for the tragic death of her child, Casey Anthony authorized and permitted her attorneys, as her agents, to make false and malicious statements against Kronk, and to portray him as the murderer of her child,” reads the six-page suit. Kronk is now suing for more than $15,000 in damages, claiming his reputation was tarnished and he was humiliated and embarrassed.
Fernandez-Gonzalez filed her defamation suit after Anthony named her as a suspect in Caylee’s disappearance. Anthony had told detectives she last saw her daughter when she dropped her off with a woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, whom she said was the toddler’s nanny. It turned out Anthony had never met Fernanez-Gonzalez, who was later cleared by police. Still, she said she lost her job, had difficulty finding an apartment and received threats from Anthony supporters. She was questioned by Anthony’s civil attorneys in the defamation suit in November, telling them she filed the suit not to seek money, but closure. “I’ve been accused of kidnapping,” Fernandez-Gonzalez said. “It hurts ’cause you have to look at your daughter’s face and explain to them why you’re getting accused of kidnapping a child.” Fernandez-Gonzalez’s defamation suit will likely go to trial in early 2012.
In the weeks and months after Caylee’s disappearance, Casey created an entire cast of characters to try to throw off detectives. Even her own defense admitted during the murder trial this summer that she created an elaborate story, including “imaginary friends,” to cover up the death of her daughter. They claimed the bizarre behavior was due to the trauma she endured as a child – sexual molestation at the hands of her father, requiring her to learn at an early age to lie and hide awful secrets.
I would not be surprised if Jeffrey Hopkins filed a third defamation suit for dragging him into her elaborate story. He’s the man Anthony claimed introduced her to Fernandez-Gonzalez. She also told detectives Hopkins knew about Caylee’s “kidnapping.” Anthony bizarrely claimed she had dated Hopkins, and told her mother a picture of a man and a boy on her phone was Hopkins and his toddler Zachary. It turned out Hopkins had never introduced the two, did not have a child, and never dated Anthony. He testified in court they knew each other from middle school, but hadn’t seen each other, except for a brief run-in in July 2008.
And this is a stretch, but even Orlando-area women named Juliette Lewis could have defamation claims since Anthony said she told a Universal Studios co-worker of that name about her daughter’s disappearance. When asked by detectives why she hadn’t told anyone about the kidnapping, Casey told them “Juliette Lewis” knew about the kidnapping. Yet, when detectives asked for Lewis’ phone number, Casey said she didn’t have it at the moment, but could get it. It turned out not only did Anthony never work at Universal Studios, but neither did a woman named Juliette Lewis.
The only catch in these defamation suits against Anthony is the plaintiff’s attorneys would have to prove Anthony made the false claims with the intention of doing harm to their client. However, Anthony had never met Fernandez-Gonzalez before she implicated her in the disappearance so it could be argued she never directed the harmful and malicious statements at Fernandez-Gonzalez. We’ll keep you updated as this case goes to trial and as Kronk’s suit develops.