A “chance encounter” at the airport
by Jamison Koehler on June 16, 2020
Q: So you knew Ms. Jones was seeing someone else?
THE COURT: You’ll need to provide a timeframe for the witness.
Q: Of course, Your Honor. At the time of what you have described as your chance encounter at Dulles, you knew that Ms. Jones was seeing someone else?
A: Uh huh.
Q: You need to say yes or no.
Q: And you knew that this was a serious relationship?
A: I didn’t know how serious it was. Just that there was someone else.
Q: And she had asked you not to contact her?
Q: In any way?
A: That’s right.
Q: But you decided to send her an email?
THE COURT: Again. Timeframe
Q: On the day before your chance encounter at the airport, you sent her an email?
Q: And in the email you sent her a link to a song?
A: Yes. It was a link to an Adele song.
Q: There was no message? Just the link?
A: That’s right.
Q: And it wasn’t just any Adele song?
A: Any Adele song? I’m not sure what you mean.
Q: Adele has recorded many songs, right?
A: I guess so.
Q: And there was a reason you sent her a link to this Adele song and not another Adele song?
A: It was a nice song. I thought she would like it.
Q: You assumed she would listen to the song?
Q: That she would appreciate the music?
A: Uh huh.
Q: Yes or no?
Q: And you assumed she would listen to the lyrics?
A: It was a popular song. I assume she had already heard the lyrics.
Q: I see. So you were sending her a song, the lyrics to which she had already heard, to send her a message?
A: I don’t know what you’re talking about. It was a nice song. I know she appreciates music. I thought she would like it.
Q: The song is about a stalker, right? It is about stalking someone?
A: I don’t know what the song is about.
Q: Had you listened to the song before you sent it to her?
A: Of course. It is a nice song. I sent it to her.
Q: Well, let’s go through this. The song is called “Someone Like You,” right?
A: If you say so.
Q: This is not what I say. It is what you remember.
A: Yes, that is what the song is called. I guess.
Q: And it is about the end of a relationship?
Q: Quote. I heard that you’re settled down, that you found a girl and you’re married now. Unquote. Right?
A: I guess that’s how it goes. I mean, I can’t remember the words exactly.
Q: And now the key part. Hold on. I’m sorry. Here we go. Quote. I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited. But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it. I had hoped you’d see my face. And that you’d be reminded that for me, it isn’t over. Unquote. That is in the song, right?
A: Your Honor? This —
THE COURT: –You need to answer the question. If you know.
A: Yes, I guess that is in the song. But that’s not –
Q: –and in fact this is what happened at the airport, right?
A: I don’t know what you mean.
Q: Well, let me spell it out for you. At the airport, you showed up out of the blue, uninvited. Just like in the song.
A: I was going to Denver. I had no idea she and her boyfriend were going to be there.
Q: It is a big airport, right? Dulles? There are many gates?
A: I don’t know how many gates there are.
Q: And it is your testimony it was just coincidence that you ran into Ms. Jones and her boyfriend?
A: I had no idea they were going to be there.
Q: Her boyfriend. Her new boyfriend. The boyfriend who wasn’t you.
THE COURT: Counsel —
Q: — So you were on your way to Denver?
Q: Did you have any bags with you?
A: I had checked my luggage.
Q: Why were you going to Denver?
A: I was going on vacation. I had been working really hard –
Q: –You bought a one-way ticket to get through security?
A: I had a return ticket.
Q: You were going on vacation?
Q: By yourself?
A: Yes. I heard Denver is very nice this time of year.
Q: Did you go to Denver?
A: No. In the end, I decided not to go.