LOS ANGELES: A judge has ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) will not have to give a live deposition in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed that his gubernatorial campaign defamed her after she publicly accused the actor of groping her.
Schwarzenegger and campaign spokesman Sean Walsh are named in the woman's lawsuit. The judge ruled that the governor will have to answer written questions.
Hours after Rhonda Miller made her allegations in October, Walsh sent an e-mail to reporters suggesting they should run Miller's name through the Los Angeles County courts database. Some did and found a different woman by the same name with a history of prostitution and drugs. But some in the media assumed it was the same woman and reported the information as such.
Miller, who sued in December, claims the campaign purposefully tried to mislead the media to tarnish her reputation. Walsh has disputed that, although the Los Angeles Times reported that the e-mail "chastised Miller's attorney for not checking the 'facts and background' of her client."
Walsh is currently working for former Secretary of State Bill Jones' campaign for a seat in the US Senate.