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Damon Dash Is Ordered To Be Deposed In LA In Film Dispute COVID Lockdown Travel Cited

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 3– Damon Dash has been sued in a dispute about a film called "The List" or, "Dear Frank." But he has been avoiding being deposed, or questioned under oath, in person.  

 Inner City Press covered and live tweeted a proceeding on December 3 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger, here:

Plaintiff is complaining he canceled deposition - then appeared on IGTV and Dame Dash Studio's "We Vote. We Won. Now What?" event. 

Judge Lehrburger: Oh, there is a basis for an in-person deposition.  Dash's lawyer: Los Angeles has a stay at home order. Judge: The big picture is, we've had too much avoidance by Mr. Dash in terms of his deposition. 

Judge: Would an in-person deposition be a health risk to his child? Plaintiff: Coulda done it before the child was born.

And he's still traveling, to Wyoming in October 2020 with his fiancee. That's a red herring.  Judge: Let's -- 

Plaintiff's lawyer Christopher Lloyd Brown: I'm not done. They wanted to do what they wanted to do, their townhall, on IG TV. They've traveled in July 2020, during COVID, in Wyoming. 

Defense lawyer: There's not a single instance of Mr. Dash traveling since the baby was born. The IG TV was from home. LA Mayor issued the order on December 2.

We could do it in mid December, remotely Judge: Deposition could be done with masks  Judge orders that Damon Dash be deposed.

Dash's lawyer asks that it be declared "essential," for purposes of the Los Angeles lock-down order. Done. Plaintiff's lawyer will get his canceled rent-a-car and hotel room paid for. 

 In the underlying case, Josh Webber says Dash is attempting to steal the film from him, citing among other things Instagram posts.

 The case is Webber v. Dash, 19-cv-610 (Liman / Lehrburger)


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