Amber Heard will testify subsequent week as the primary witness for her protection in the $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp. As soon as Depp’s staff finishes their case, the Aquaman actress may start her trial testimony as early as Monday, Deadline experiences. Heard tried a number of occasions, however unsuccessfully, to have the lawsuit filed in March 2019 by her ex-husband and Run Diary co-star dismissed or moved to a different jurisdiction earlier than the April 11 trial started. She filed a $100 million countersuit towards Depp in the summertime of 2020.
“There’s a likelihood that Heard’s time on the stand might be modified if a considerable shift happens within the plaintiff’s closing witnesses,” Deadline experiences. However that’s seen as unlikely at this late within the recreation. “It is arduous to see how Amber will not show to be a extremely efficient weapon towards Depp in her personal advocacy,” an trade insider with connections to each camps advised Deadline. “No matter how they’ve tried to characterize her, she has been nothing however effectively composed and fairly conservative in courtroom with out having mentioned a phrase.”
The previous Pirates of the Caribbean star testified for 4 days and vigorously denied repeatedly Heard’s accusations of home violence. The actor has additionally mentioned Heard’s allegations throughout their 2016 divorce and the Washington Publish op-ed about home abuse that sparked his lawsuit value him profitable roles resembling within the yet-to-be-made sixth Pirates movie. Heard’s legal professionals disputed that declare. In his testimony, Depp said that he wouldn’t return to the franchise even when Disney supplied him $300 million and extra. Final 12 months, the 2 gave stay testimony throughout Depp’s failed 2020 UK libel swimsuit towards Rupert Murdoch’s The Solar for calling him a “wife-beater.” This time round, Heard is an precise defendant within the Virginia trial.
The witnesses Heard’s staff listed final month earlier than the trial began included James Franco and anticipated Twitter proprietor Elon Musk. It’s unclear whether or not they are going to be referred to as to testify. Avengers actor and Depp pal Paul Bettany was on his buddy’s witness record however did not testify regardless of the threatening and violent textual content alternate that they had again in 2013 garnering a lot media consideration. The trial runs Monday via Thursday from 10 a.m. till round 5 p.m. ET, with no proceedings on Fridays. Choose Penny Azcarate has a prescheduled convention to attend from Could 9-12, so the trial will likely be paused throughout that week.