Actors Johnny Depp, 58, and Amber Heard, 35, proceed the ugly fallout from their contentious divorce. This time, jurors in Fairfax County, Virginia will resolve whether or not Heard defamed Depp in a Washington Put up op-ed from 2018. Opening statements started at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 12.
Court docket has been darkish on Fridays, however closing arguments are scheduled for Friday, Could 27.
It’s the subsequent stage of their raucous break up. Heard filed for divorce in 2016 and claimed he was abusive all through their relationship. Depp has mentioned that the allegations broken his popularity and profession. He answered again with recriminations. Heard was the precise abuser, he mentioned.
He filed the lawsuit in query after The Washington Put up revealed an op-ed she wrote in 2018. Although she didn’t identify Depp within the article, she wrote about getting blowback for stepping ahead along with her abuse claims.
“Pals and advisers instructed me I might by no means once more work as an actress — that I might be blacklisted,” she wrote. “A film I used to be hooked up to recast my position. I had simply shot a two-year marketing campaign because the face of a world style model, and the corporate dropped me. Questions arose as as to whether I might be capable to preserve my position of Mera within the films ‘Justice League’ and ‘Aquaman.””
Depp’s grievance mentioned Heard had a historical past of being an abuser.
“With a previous arrest for violent home abuse and having confessed underneath oath to a collection of violent assaults on Mr. Depp, Ms. Heard shouldn’t be a sufferer of home abuse; she is a perpetrator,” the lawsuit acknowledged. “Ms. Heard violently abused Mr. Depp, simply as she was caught and arrested for violently abusing her former home companion.”
Heard was arrested in 2009 for allegedly hanging then-girlfriend Tasya Van Ree on the Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport. Prosecutors in King County, Washington, declined to formally press expenses although police took her in for misdemeanor assault within the fourth diploma/home violence, based on USA At present.
When information of the arrest surfaced in 2016, Van Ree mentioned Heard was “wrongfully” accused.
“It’s disheartening that Amber’s integrity and story are being questioned but once more,” she reportedly wrote. “Amber is a superb, trustworthy and exquisite lady and I’ve the utmost respect for her. We shared 5 great years collectively and stay near this present day.”
Depp misplaced a separate libel lawsuit in the UK. Tabloid The Solar described him as a “spouse beater” in a headline. The trial court docket dominated that the headline was “considerably true.” His enchantment failed in March 2021.
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