Johnny Depp Is Called To Witness For Amber Heard Defense In $50 Million Trial – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Looks like there’s going to be a sequel to Johnny Depp’s testimonial in the previous one Pirates of the Caribbean star’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.

More than two weeks after he last appeared in the stands at the Virginia trial, Depp will be called as a witness by the defense on Monday, we’ve learned. the layoffs Fantastic Beasts star will be the third witness on May 23. Depp will follow an anatomy expert and an IPV expert in the final week of the trial, which begins April 11.

Representatives for Amber Heard and her legal team had no comment when contacted by Deadline about the witness schedule. However, a source close to Depp’s legal team confirmed that the actor will almost certainly take the stand next week.

The bold move of Heard’s defense carries as much risk as it does advantage. Though he was criticized for being slick and unpredictable at times, he delivered a fairly convincing articulation of his persistence that he was never abusive to his Rum Diary costar during their relationship and subsequent marriage. Aquarius star Heard was the second witness for the defense and took the stand for two days before the trial was suspended for a week, and two days after it returned earlier this week.

The defense is expected to rest their case early next week.

Judge Penny Azcarte has said she wants closing arguments to take place on May 27.

This widespread lawsuit over airing dirty laundry all stems from Depp’s March 2019 lawsuit against Heard in late 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote. In that piece for Jeff Bezos’ broadsheet, Heard referred to himself as a survivor of domestic violence. While he didn’t say anything to that effect during the couple’s divorce-filled divorce in 2016, Depp has maintained for the past three years that he never abused Heard, and is in fact a victim of abuse himself.

Heard proved unsuccessful in getting the lawsuit dismissed and filed a $100 million counterclaim in the summer of 2020. That counter-claim came just a few months before Depp proved unsuccessful in his UK libel suit against The sun tabloid for calling him a “wife beater.” Depp has also proved unsuccessful in all efforts to appeal that verdict.

It is almost certain, regardless of who is on the witness stand and who the jury ultimately finds, that the Virginia libel case will be appealed.

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