By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
The lawyer, representing the woman suing Casey Anthony for defamation, is warning the infamous “Tot Mom” that if she doesn’t appear for her testimony during her civil trial, she could be held in criminal contempt, which could send her back to jail, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Zenaida Gonzalez is suing Casey for defamation after the Florida mom told cops that a woman with a similar name had kidnapped her missing daughter Caylee.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Anthony will be forced to answer key questions about Caylee’s disappearance and death under oath during the civil trial which is scheduled to begin in January 2013 — something she is vehemently opposed to.
Anthony was deposed briefly last year, and despite the court allowing her testimony to be videotaped so she did not have to appear in person, she wore a wacky disguise throughout the proceedings and refused to answer the majority of the questions.
Anthony’s lawyers have said it isn’t safe for their client to appear in public, leading some pundits to predict she won’t attend the civil trial. However, Gonzalez’s lawyer, John Dill has issued a stern warning to the Florida woman.
“Casey Anthony could potentially be held in criminal contempt if she fails to appear,” Dill tells RadarOnline.com. “I wouldn’t tempt this judge if I were her.”
Under Florida law, the judge has sole discretion to determine what the sentence is for contempt of court and jail time is one resolution if someone is convicted of the charge.
Meanwhile, Casey has been unable to land a book deal because publishers are afraid of the backlash from the public.
“Casey’s camp have been in talks with major publishers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and the response has been lukewarm at best. All of the publishers have expressed reluctance to work with Casey Anthony because of the anticipated backlash from the public,” a source close to the situation previously told RadarOnline.com.
“Casey was recently voted one of the most hated people in the United States and the publishers are aware of this. Casey has a story to tell and wants to get it out there, but it’s looking like it’s going to be a laborious process to lock down a deal for her.”