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Spherical two of the explosive, protracted battle between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp will kick off Monday in Virginia courtroom — the place the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is suing his ex-wife for $50 million claiming she defamed him in a 2018 op-ed.
The star-studded witness record for the Fairfax County trial contains everybody from Elon Musk to James Franco and the warring ex-couple themselves.
On the heart of the case is the piece that Heard, 35, wrote for the Washington Post, during which she spoke out about being a sufferer of “sexual violence.”
Whereas Depp shouldn’t be named within the op-ed, the actor who as soon as made upwards of $20 million per movie, says it ruined his fame and profession after it was extensively assumed Heard was writing about their five-year relationship.
Defamation circumstances as high-profile as this one are normally litigated behind closed doorways, however a jury of 12 Virginians will finally resolve whether or not they discover Heard’s allegations credible.
Simply days after Heard’s op-ed printed, Disney dropped Depp from its “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, which collectively grossed greater than $4.5 billion within the field workplace. And after shedding his 2020 courtroom case in UK in opposition to The Solar — over its description of Depp as a “spouse beater” — the actor withdrew from his position within the Harry Potter spin-off “Unbelievable Beasts,” apparently on the behest of Warner Bros.
Not like the case within the UK, which had fewer witnesses however the place the decide dominated that Depp had bodily abused Heard, the case in Virginia has a prolonged witness record and is anticipated to final six weeks.
Jury choice within the case begins Monday.
Heard has claimed that Depp was all the time the aggressor and any bodily response from her was to defend herself, whereas the actor has accused his “sociopathic” ex-wife of being the perpetrator of the violence that marred their marriage.
On Saturday, Heard announced on Instagram that she can be off social media whereas in Virginia for the trial, including: “I’ve all the time maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me nice ache to should reside out the small print of our previous life collectively in entrance of the world.”
Each Heard and Depp are anticipated to take the stand — though it was not instantly clear if Depp will attend the trial.
Heard’s former lover Elon Musk, actor James Franco, “WandaVision” star Paul Bettany, actress Ellen Barkin, representatives from Disney and Warner Bros. in addition to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Los Angeles Police Division are amongst these anticipated to testify. Some will probably testify remotely.
Two LAPD officer who responded to the ex-couple’s home in Could 2016 for a home disturbance are presupposed to take the stand and can play body-camera footage from the scene that day, based on insiders.
An individual acquainted with Heard’s case mentioned to there’ll probably be “extra docs and psychiatrists, extra photos, extra audio, extra video and extra paperwork exhibiting there was abuse” than on the UK trial.
Heard’s 1,530-item exhibit record features a text exchange between Depp and Paul Bettany, during which Depp writes: “Let’s burn Amber!!! … Let’s drown her earlier than we burn her!!! I’ll f—ok her burnt corpse afterwards to verify she’s useless.” The disturbing message was revealed on the UK trial.
“These are two individuals who had troubled, abusive childhoods,” a supply acquainted with each Depp and Heard instructed The Publish. “Amber had a tough father that she as soon as in comparison with Johnny, and Johnny’s mom was very powerful on him. It might be why each of them preserve preventing it out and never letting it go.”
A spokeswoman for Heard instructed The Publish that “the UK Excessive Courtroom of Justice has already discovered that Mr. Depp engaged in at the least 12 acts of home abuse in opposition to Amber in his libel swimsuit in opposition to the London Solar. Now he’s looking for a special end in his libel swimsuit in opposition to Amber.”
Heard filed a $100 million countersuit in opposition to Depp when he filed his $50 million defamation swimsuit.
Superstar lawyer Claire Gill told The Hollywood Reporter that this courtroom battle, which can be televised and accessible for public viewing, could be very distinctive.
“It’s simply actually uncommon for somebody to tackle this degree of threat. You may say that implies that presumably he’s telling the reality. The notion is ‘Why would anybody do that until what’s being mentioned about him is unfaithful,’” she mentioned. “Others would say he’s determined and has no option to comply with by way of. Both approach it’s actually uncommon.”
Extra reporting by Dana Kennedy