Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard to begin

Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard to begin
Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard to begin
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Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard to begin Johnny Depp’s lawsuit ​Johnny Depp’s multimillion-dollar US defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard is due to begin at a court in Virginia. Tribun24- Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, has begun. Johnny Depp’s lawsuit airs on television. Johnny Depp’s lawsuit is worth millions of dollars and it is natural that each party will do its best to win. Johnny Depp’s lawsuit has launched a social media storm. The former Hollywood power couple are expected to give evidence in person at the trial, and high-profile figures including James Franco, Paul Bettany and Elon Musk are scheduled to give testimony. Depp is suing Heard for libel over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post in which she discussed her experiences of domestic abuse. The actor’s lawyers say the article falsely implies Heard, 35, was physically and sexually abused by Depp when they were married. Depp, 58, has said the accusations have made it difficult for him to get the sorts of roles he once did. The piece was headlined: “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” The article does not mention Depp by name. Heard’s lawyers are expected to argue she should be immune from the libel suit because of a Virginia law known as an anti-Slapp provision (strategic lawsuit against public participation). The provision is designed to protect people from nuisance lawsuits when they speak about matters of public concern. Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, has argued the article addresses a very serious issue of public concern: domestic violence. The actor has also filed a counterclaim for defamation against Depp because of statements his lawyer made about her. The case is being brought in Virginia, rather than in California where the actors reside, because the Washington Post’s online editions are published through servers located in Fairfax County. Depp’s lawyers say one of the reasons they brought the case in Virginia is because the state’s anti-Slapp law is not as broad as the one in California. The lawsuit, taking place at the Fairfax County district courthouse, seeks $50m (£38.2m) in damages. It comes after Depp lost a similar defamation case in the UK, which he brought against the publisher of the Sun newspaper, News Group Newspapers. An article written in 2018 by the Sun’s then executive editor, Dan Wootton, referred to Depp as a “wife-beater” in the headline. After a 16-day trial in July 2021, a judge found the content of the article to be “substantially true”. Depp has been refused permission to challenge the decision at the court Of appeal. Johnny Depp’s lawsuit and Amber Heard Legal experts question the wisdom of alleged domestic abusers suing their accusers In December 2018, actor Amber Heard published a column in the Washington Post that was a clarion call for providing more support to women who speak about domestic violence. Heard, now 35, described personal experience in arguing for change. “Like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted by the time I was of college age. But I kept quiet – I did not expect filing complaints to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim,” Heard wrote. “Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.” “Friends and advisers told me I would never again work as an actress – that I would be blacklisted. A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me,” Heard continued. “Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role of Mera in the movies ‘Justice League’ and ‘Aquaman.’” Heard did not mention her alleged abuser by name, but the timing of this piece indicated that she was talking about her ex-husband, Hollywood star Johnny Depp. Heard had publicly accused Depp of domestic abuse in 2016. Depp filed a $50m defamation lawsuit against Heard in March 2019, arguing: “The op-ed’s clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser is categorically and demonstrably false.” Depp’s suit alleged that Heard’s piece left his reputation and career in tatters, so much so that he was dropped from the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s wildly popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp not only denied Heard’s allegations, but claimed that she abused him. Heard has since filed counterclaims against Depp, alleging that he defamed her. Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard to begin | Tribun24 Source The Gardian The Gardian

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