NEW ORLEANS — Once the object of ridicule and focus of outrage after the 2010 oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, former BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward made a cameo appearance Wednesday in a trial to decide how much blame the company must shoulder for the disaster.
Hayward didn’t attend in person. Instead, he showed up just briefly on a videotape in what may be his only appearance in the courtroom.
Hayward, who famously said, “I’d like my life back” at the height of the disaster, isn’t expected to take the witness stand in the high-stakes trial.
Hayward did testify in person before Congress and gave a videotaped deposition for this trial, but his role may be limited here by his lack of direct knowledge of the drilling operations on the Deepwater Horizon.