The court docket listening to would be the newest in a really public authorized battle of the divorced couple, with each Heard, 35, and Depp, 58, claiming to be victims of home violence. The preliminary court docket case started when Depp filed a $50-million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Post op-ed penned by Heard in late 2018 about home abuse.
Heard didn’t point out Depp by title on this article, although in court docket paperwork he alleges his popularity and profession have been nonetheless “devastated” because of this.
Heard’s $100-million countersuit towards Depp remains to be looming.
According to Deadline, Virginia courts intend to pick out a jury by the top of the day. Opening arguments are set to start tomorrow in entrance of Virginia Judge Penney Azcarate.
Ahead of the trial, Heard launched a press release on social media, saying she can be “offline for the next several weeks.”
“As you may know, I’ll be in Virginia where I face my ex-husband Johnny Depp in court,” the Aquaman star wrote.
Speaking of her Washington Post op-ed, she wrote, “I never named him, rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power.”
“I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny,” Heard wrote.
She added she has “always maintained a great love for Johnny” and stated the authorized battles have “caused great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world.”
Heard concluded her assertion, saying, “I recognize the ongoing support I’ve been fortunate to receive throughout these years, and in these coming weeks I will be leaning on it more than ever.”
The trial is predicted to final roughly six weeks and the proceedings can be televised.
Jurors will hear from a number of potential witnesses, together with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, actor James Franco and Marvel WandaVision star Paul Bettany.
Franco and Musk have been introduced into the case when Depp accused each of getting an affair with Heard. Both Franco and Musk are on Heard’s witness checklist. Bettany, who had a number of personal and disturbing textual content messages with Depp learn in court docket in 2020, will testify as a part of Depp’s staff.
It can also be unclear how a former London-based libel case involving Depp — the place a decide discovered “overwhelming evidence” Depp had assaulted Heard repeatedly throughout their five-year relationship — will come into play throughout the American trial.
According to The New York Times, legal professionals for Heard tried to persuade Azcarate to embrace the British court docket findings, although this was denied. The decide cited the rationale as being that Heard was not a defendant on this case (fairly, it was Depp vs. British tabloid The Sun) and that Depp was not tried by jury in England.
Since the start of the couple’s public authorized battles, Depp, too, has alleged he was the sufferer of home violence, claiming that amongst different issues, Heard bodily abused him and defecated in his mattress.
Depp beforehand resigned upon request from the Fantastic Beasts film franchise, the place he portrayed the darkish wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
Both Depp and Heard are planning to take the stand in particular person at their new trial.
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