A lower court judge engaged in “an improvident exercise of discretion” when he authorized Chuck Jones to conduct a videotaped deposition of his former employer, Marla Maples, in his breach of contract suit against her, the Appellate Division, First Department, ruled yesterday

The unanimous four-judge panel reversed Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Louis York’s decision to allow the deposition, calling it “a frightening prospect” given Mr. Jones’s history of harassment of Ms. Maples, including his conviction earlier this month for burglarizing her apartment