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 report for the Fairfax County trial accommodates everyone from Elon Musk to James Franco and the warring ex-couple themselves.
On the center of the case is the piece that Heard, 35, wrote for the Washington Put up, throughout which she spoke out about being a sufferer of “sexual violence.”
Whereas Depp shouldn’t be named inside the op-ed, the actor who as quickly as made upwards of $20 million per film, says it ruined his fame and occupation after it was extensively assumed Heard was writing about their five-year relationship.
Defamation circumstances as high-profile as this one are usually litigated behind closed doorways, nonetheless a jury of 12 Virginians will lastly resolve whether or not or not they uncover Heard’s allegations credible.
Merely days after Heard’s op-ed printed, Disney dropped Depp from its “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, which collectively grossed higher than $4.5 billion inside the subject office. And after shedding his 2020 courtroom case in UK in opposition to The Photo voltaic — over its description of Depp as a “partner beater” — the actor withdrew from his place inside the Harry Potter spin-off “Unbelievable Beasts,” apparently on the behest of Warner Bros.
Not just like the case inside the UK, which had fewer witnesses nonetheless the place the resolve dominated that Depp had bodily abused Heard, the case in Virginia has a protracted witness report and is anticipated to ultimate six weeks.
Jury selection inside the case begins Monday.
Heard has claimed that Depp was on a regular basis 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 introduced on Instagram that she will be off social media whereas in Virginia for the trial, together with: “I’ve on a regular basis maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me good ache to ought to reside out the small print of our earlier life collectively in entrance of the world.”
Every Heard and Depp are anticipated to take the stand — although it was not immediately 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. along with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Los Angeles Police Division are amongst these anticipated to testify. Some will in all probability testify remotely.
Two LAPD officer who responded to the ex-couple’s residence in Might 2016 for a house disturbance are presupposed to take the stand and may play body-camera footage from the scene that day, primarily based on insiders.
A person acquainted with Heard’s case talked about to there’ll in all probability be “further docs and psychiatrists, further photographs, further audio, further video and additional paperwork exhibiting there was abuse” than on the UK trial.
Heard’s 1,530-item exhibit report contains a textual content trade between Depp and Paul Bettany, throughout which Depp writes: “Let’s burn Amber!!! … Let’s drown her sooner than we burn her!!! I’ll f—okay her burnt corpse afterwards to confirm she’s ineffective.” The disturbing message was revealed on the UK trial.
“These are two people who had troubled, abusive childhoods,” a provide acquainted with every Depp and Heard instructed The Publish. “Amber had a troublesome father that she as quickly as compared with Johnny, and Johnny’s mother was very highly effective on him. It may be why every of them protect stopping it out and by no means letting it go.”
A spokeswoman for Heard instructed The Publish that “the UK Extreme Courtroom of Justice has already found that Mr. Depp engaged in in any case 12 acts of residence abuse in opposition to Amber in his libel swimsuit in opposition to the London Photo voltaic. Now he’s in search of a particular finish 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.
Famous person lawyer Claire Gill advised The Hollywood Reporter that this courtroom battle, which will be televised and accessible for public viewing, could possibly be very distinctive.
“It’s merely really unusual for any person to sort out this diploma of menace. You could say that suggests that presumably he’s telling the fact. The notion is ‘Why would anyone try this till what’s being talked about about him is untrue,’” she talked about. “Others would say he’s decided and has no choice to adjust to by the use of. Each strategy it’s really unusual.”
Further reporting by Dana Kennedy