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Johnny Depp set to take a stand in defamation case against Amber Heard



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Johnny Depp is set to speak on Tuesday in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp, known for his work in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, is suing Heard for $50 million in Fairfax County, Va., court over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which he wrote about his experience of domestic violence.

The article was published about two years after Heard alleged that Depp bruised his face after throwing a phone at him in their Los Angeles home. Depp has denied the allegation and has not been charged with any crime.

Depp was not mentioned by name in Heard’s article. Still, Depp says it resulted in financial losses for him, including his withdrawal from future “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies after leading the franchise for 15 years.

The trial began last week.

Depp and Amber met on the set of “The Rum Diary” in 2009, tied the knot in 2015 and continued to be embroiled in a contentious split for months, with accusations of misconduct being filed by both parties.

The couple settled their divorce in August 2016, releasing a joint statement that read in part, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and volatile at times, but always bound by love.”

Heard had failed in his attempts to have the lawsuit dismissed. She filed a $100 million counter-libel lawsuit against Depp in 2020, which is ongoing.

Late last year, Depp lost a case in the UK against News Group Newspapers and Dan Wootton, editor of The Sun, over a story claiming Depp was violent towards Heard when they were together. The UK High Court ruled in favor of the publisher.

Lawyers for the news group argued in court documents that Depp “beat his wife Amber Heard, causing her serious injury and at times causing her to fear for her life”, citing evidence including photos, audio recordings and Depp’s own text messages. .

During the trial, Depp said the tabloid’s claims that he was violent towards Heard were “completely untrue”.

Judge Andrew Nicol said in his judgment that the newspaper’s claims were found to be “substantially true”.

Heard posted a note ahead of the ongoing defamation lawsuit on his verified social media accounts, writing “I never named [Depp], I wrote instead about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I continue to pay this price, but I hope that when this case is over, I can move on and Johnny can too. »

“I have always had a love for Johnny and it pains me very much to have to go through the details of our life together in front of the world,” she wrote. “At this time, I acknowledge the continued support I have been blessed to receive throughout these years, and in the weeks to come, I will be leaning on it more than ever.”


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