San Francisco – Sony (NYSE: SNE) is claiming that George Hotz, whom the
company has sued for allegedly distributing code that can be used to hack its
PlayStation 3 console, has skipped town to South America, Wired.com reports. "Hotz
conveniently traveled to South America in the midst of jurisdictional
discovery, including his court-ordered deposition," the company alleges in
a court filing.
For his part, Hotz claims he is on a vacation to South America
to see a friend that has been planned since November.
Sony is also alleging
that the drives Hotz surrendered to the court as part of Sony’s lawsuit were
rendered "completely non-functional" by Hotz.
Hotz’s attorney told
Wired.com the issue was an oversight, and that Hotz has since delivered to the
court the "controller cards" needed to access the drives.