Johnny Depp, ex-wife Amber Heard head to courtroom once more, this time in US

After a high-profile libel case in London, actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard are headed again to courtroom Monday, this time in the USA, for a blockbuster defamation case revolving about allegations of spousal abuse. The case pitting the 58-year-old Depp towards Heard, 35, will probably be broadcast dwell. Each are anticipated to testify, together with actors James Franco and Paul Bettany-and billionaire Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk. The case facilities on a column written by Heard and printed in The Washington Submit in December 2018 during which she describes herself as a “public determine representing home abuse” who was pilloried on-line after her assault claims.

The column was entitled: “I spoke up towards sexual violence-and confronted our tradition’s wrath. That has to vary.” The actress by no means names Depp, who she met on the set of the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary” and was married to from 2015 to 2017 — however he sued her for defamation for implying he was an abuser, searching for $50 million in damages. “The op-ed’s clear implication that Mr Depp is a home abuser is categorically and demonstrably false. Mr Depp by no means abused Ms Heard,” the grievance says.

Depp accuses Heard of searching for to “generate optimistic publicity for herself” forward of the discharge of the movie “Aquaman,” during which she had a starring function. Heard countersued, asking for $100 million, saying she suffered “rampant bodily violence and abuse” at his palms. “The frivolous lawsuit Mr Depp has filed towards Ms Heard continues that abuse and harassment,” her counterclaim says.

Intimate particulars laid naked

After an ardent authorized battle at every section of the US case, jury choice begins Monday in a county courtroom in Fairfax, exterior Washington.  Depp filed his case in Virginia as The Washington Submit is printed there. The state additionally has defamation legal guidelines thought-about to be extra favorable to plaintiffs than these in California, the place the 2 actors dwell. The trial, presided over by Choose Penney Azcarate, is predicted to final a number of weeks. Opening statements may start as quickly as Tuesday. Depp and Heard are anticipated to testify in individual, whereas different witnesses may very well be heard through video hyperlink.

Extra particulars in regards to the non-public lives of the 2 actors are anticipated to emerge. Beginning in 2016, Heard sought a restraining order towards Depp amid abuse allegations. Their divorce was finalized in 2017. Depp misplaced the London case, which he introduced towards The Solar for branding him a “spouse beater.” His try to attraction was rejected in March final yr. That trial laid naked particulars of the couple’s risky relationship, together with Depp’s battle with medication and alcohol.

Heard testified that she cherished the sober Depp-but that he turned a “monster” after days-long binges on highly effective prescription and different medication. Depp’s profession has suffered within the wake of that case. He left his function as Captain Jack Sparrow within the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Depp additionally has mentioned he was requested to step down from the “Implausible Beasts” movie franchise based mostly on the e-book by Harry Potter writer J.Okay. Rowling. He has been changed by Mads Mikkelsen. In a quirk of timing, the following film in that collection opens in US theaters on April 15. – AFP

 

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