A federal judge has ordered The Daily to take down exclusively obtained video clips of deposition testimony by former BP chief Tony Hayward. But The Daily is refusing to comply:
Judge Sally Shushan issued the order on Tuesday, saying the release of the video may be in violation of a pretrial order stating that no “part of the video or audio record of a video deposition shall be released or made available to any member of the public unless authorized by the court.”
Hayward gave three days of deposition testimony in a London law office last month as part of a federal lawsuit filed by several states and hundreds of plaintiffs against the oil giant for damages in last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Daily said in a statement yesterday: “We have not removed the clips … and have no intention of doing so until we’ve had the opportunity to present our case to the court.
“The Deepwater Horizon disaster is one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history and there is tremendous public interest in the complete disclosure of all of the surrounding facts.”
The Daily published the clips on Saturday on its app and website.