Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at the High Court while the libel hearing continues
Johnny Depp’s multimillion-dollar defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, began in Virginia Monday morning with the election of a jury. Seven juries and four deputies were selected to deal with the case.
He claims an article from 2018 written by Heard in Washington Post – where she talked about domestic violence against women – suggested that Depp, her ex-husband, was an addict.
Although the 35-year-old did not name the actor, Depp’s lawyers say Heard’s allegations have made it difficult for the 58-year-old to get roles he previously did.
Depp is known for appearing in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Sweeny Todd and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Heard has appeared in titles including Aquaman and Drive angry.
He is asking for $ 50 million (£ 38.2 million) in compensation during the trial in Fairfax County District Court. Heard, meanwhile, has filed a defamation suit against Depp, from whom she was divorced in 2017, for nuisance.
Depp has previously lost a lawsuit in the UK against the British newspaperThe sun regarding the allegations in Heard’s 2018 article.
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At the time, Depp was answering a question about Disney having to remove him from his career-defining franchise The Pirates of the Caribbean films after allegations of abuse were raised against him by ex-wife Amber Heard in 2018.
Four days after Heard’s Washington Post op-ed, alluding to physical and sexual abuse from the 58-year-old actor, Disney announced that Depp would not repeat his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Depp has sued Heard for an amount of “no more than $ 50 million” and claims that the “categorically and demonstrably false” allegations of abuse in the statement have negatively impacted his Hollywood career.
Maanya SachdevaApril 12, 2022 at 08.00
Johnny Depp pictured outside the Fairfax County Courthouse before the trial
The actor, 58, was photographed outside Virginia’s Fairfax County Courthouse before the trial for his defamation case against Amber Heard began Monday (April 11).
Depp and Heard, who were married from 2015 to 2017, face each other in court after The Pirates of the Caribbean The actress sued Heard for defamation over an op-ed she wrote in 2018.
IN Washington Post In the article, Heard talks about his experiences as a survivor of the assault – but does not mention Depp directly.
In 2020 became Aquaman Star’s younger sister told the London High Court she began to notice “signs of physical abuse, such as bruising or cuts or burns on [Heard’s] arm – and it was early ”.
Depp is suing Heard for an amount “no more than $ 50 million” for alleged damage to his career, according to court documents.
Maanya SachdevaApril 12, 2022 7:15 AM
Elon Musk for Heard, Paul Bettany for Depp: Expected Testimony at Trial
Elon Musk, who dated Amber Heard between 2016 and 2018, is expected to testify Aquaman on behalf of the actor during the defamation case of 50 million. USD, which began Monday (April 11).
The Tesla boss reportedly offered Heard security around the clock to protect her from Depp. The testimony of actor James Franco is also believed to be part of Heard’s legal strategy. Franco reportedly had knowledge of bruises Heard sustained during an alleged fight with Depp.
Meanwhile, actor Paul Bettany is listed as a witness for Depp and is expected to appear in court via video link. The actors reportedly exchanged text messages about “burning Amber” and “drowning her” in 2013.
When Bettany was asked about the text messages in an interview last year, Bettany told The independent: “Can you imagine what it would be like, honestly, to get a bunch of lawyers to review every single one of your emails and text messages for 10 years? The only thing I can tell you was that it was an unpleasant feeling. “
Maanya SachdevaApril 12, 2022 06:30
Jury selected to hear evidence in Depp v Heard defamation case
A jury of eleven people, including four deputies, has been selected to handle Johnny Depp’s defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 5:45 AM
Revisits Amber Heards op-ed, which raised $ 50 million. injuriesag
In 2018, Amber Heard wrote another opinion piece Washington Post with the title: “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. It needs to change.”
The actor, who is currently being sued by former partner and actor Johnny Depp for defamation over the up-ed, wrote about having been subjected to physical and sexual abuse in the article.
“I was abused at a very young age,” the 35-year-old actor revealed, adding, “But I kept quiet – I did not expect to file complaints to bring justice. And I did not see myself as a victim.
“So two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s anger over women speaking out.”
Without mentioning Depp directly, Heard talked about the consequences of “speaking out,” including being dropped by both production houses and fashion brands, receiving death threats and almost constant paparazzi surveillance.
Maanya SachdevaApril 12, 2022 04:47
Oliver O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 04:45
As it happened: Jury selection
The independent‘s Clémence Michallon reported from the courthouse:
Jury selection is underway for the defamation case against Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Fairfax.
The cases began around noon. 10 ET with jury selection. Depp and Heard are both present, each sitting on one side of the courthouse with their legal team.
Potential jurors were first asked if they would face any difficulties if asked to take part in a trial that is expected to last six weeks. Some were apologized for that background.
The judge and each party’s lawyers then asked potential jurors whether they had read or heard anything about the case and, if so, whether they would still be able to make an objective decision in this case.
Some jurors have acknowledged previous knowledge of the case, but have generally said they would be able to keep an open mind if they are part of the final jury.
A total of seven juries and four deputies will be elected.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 3:45 AM
Depp and Heard: A timeline for their relationship
From meeting on the set to a movie from 2011 to divorce filing in 2016, the story between Depp and Heard are likely to be heard again when the trial in Fairfax, Virginia, begins.
The Independent’s Clémence Michallon has a timeline here:
Oliver O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 02:45
Heard said she wanted to be ‘left alone’ in the London libel case in 2020
Appeared as a witness during Depp’s trial against the British newspaper The sun in 2020, Heard said she wanted to be “left alone” and wanted her ex-husband to end trials over allegations of domestic abuse to “save him the embarrassment.”
“I did not want to do this, I did not want to reveal this whole of what really happened to me,” Heard told the London Royal Courts of Justice. “I did not want to talk about everything that happened in our marriage and happened in our relationship.”
While Depp denies the allegations, Heard told the court about 14 allegations of “violence” on Depp’s part between 2013 and 2016, in places like a rented house in Australia, his private island in the Bahamas and a private jet, which Associated Press reported two years ago.
The judge ruled against Depp, who accused the publisher of The sun off slander of him with a headline with the words “wife butcher”. His lawyers subsequently called the judge’s decision “perverse.”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 1:45 AM
ICYMI: Dispatch from outside the courtroom
Writes outside the courtroom in Fairfax, The Independent’s Clémence Michallon say:
Spectators, supporters and potential jurors have begun gathering at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
Today marks the opening of Johnny Depp’s $ 50m defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. He claims she slandered him in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. Heard has sued for $ 100 million and asked for immunity from his claims.
Potential jurors line up inside the courthouse, as do spectators seeking access to the courtroom. The cases are expected to begin at 10.00 with jury selection. The jury selection, in turn, is expected to be completed by the end of the day.
Outside, television cameras are set up. Supporters also showed up early. During Johnny Depp’s trial against The Sun in the UK, he was known for occasionally stopping to greet fans, occasionally collecting flowers from them and stopping to take photographs. “
Oliver O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 12:45 AM