Phaedra Parks will no longer get to avoid a legal matter over accusations that she ran a criminal enterprise.
According to Radar Online, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star has been slapped with a court order stipulating that she sit for a deposition in her ongoing defamation lawsuit within 45 days, or face the wrath of a judge.
Parks sued former friend Angela Stanton in 2012 over claims Stanton made in her e-book, Lies of a Real Housewife. Stanton alleged Parks oversaw a “criminal enterprise” that included auto title fraud and more.
Two years later, Stanton’s attorneys are still trying to get Parks to sit for a deposition and divulge just what she knows. According to court records, they “began asking for available dates to take Parks’ deposition” back on November 15, 2013. From that date forward, they tried to “work with Parks, by and through her counsel, on numerous occasions to schedule her deposition, but [have] met with nothing but excuses, refusals and empty promises…”
All told, the attorneys claimed Parks has shown a “refusal to participate in good faith in the discovery process.”
Now, Radar has learned, a judge agreed that Parks’ deposition is a “necessary step” in the case, issuing an order on June 19 for Parks to set a date for a deposition by July 4, and to sit for the deposition by August 3.
Stanton claimed in her book that “there was criminal activity involved in our relationship” as she and Parks became business associates in a scheme involving “fraudulent bank accounts, insurance checks, fake IDs, chop shops, stolen cars, fraudulent titles and fraudulent registration cards.”
Parks has never been charged, questioned, or named in connection with such schemes by the authorities, and insists all of Stanton’s claims are the libelous rantings of a bitter woman.