Actor Johnny Depp is poised to testify in a Virginia courtroom within the US defamation trial the place he accuses ex-wife and actress Amber Heard of ruining his profession with false accusations of violence throughout their relationship.
Depp, who is anticipated in courtroom on Tuesday, alleges Heard defamed him when she penned a December 2018 opinion piece within the Washington Submit about being a survivor of home abuse. He filed a $US50 million ($A68 million) lawsuit in opposition to Heard in 2018.
The article didn’t point out Depp by identify, however his lawyer Benjamin Chew instructed jurors per week in the past it was plain Heard was referencing the Hollywood star.
Legal professionals for Heard have argued she instructed the reality and her opinion was protected as free speech beneath the US Structure’s First Modification.
Witnesses known as by Depp’s legal professionals have included buddies of the Pirates of the Caribbean star, and a physician and nurse who stated they handled him for substance abuse.
The witnesses testified they had been conscious of arguments between the couple however had not witnessed bodily abuse.
“Their arguments had been a set off for him emotionally,” Debbie Lloyd, who labored as a nurse for Depp when he was engaged to Heard, stated in a videotaped March 8 deposition performed for the jury on Monday.
“They might trigger him to be upset, add stress.”
When requested by a lawyer for Depp if she was conscious of any of the arguments between Depp and Heard changing into bodily, Lloyd replied, “No”.
The trial, which is in its second week, is anticipated to final for six weeks.
Lower than two years in the past, Depp misplaced a libel case in opposition to The Solar, a British tabloid that labelled him a “spouse beater”.
A London Excessive Court docket decide dominated the actor had repeatedly assaulted Heard and put her in concern for her life.
Within the US case, Depp and Heard each submitted lengthy lists of potential witnesses they might placed on the stand.
Heard’s record consists of her ex-boyfriend and Tesla Chief Govt Elon Musk, with whom she texted about Depp. Additionally on the record of potential witnesses is actor James Franco.
The Washington Submit isn’t a defendant within the case.
Depp’s legal professionals have stated they filed the case in Fairfax County, outdoors the District of Columbia, as a result of the newspaper is printed at a facility there.
Depp and Heard met whereas making 2011 movie The Rum Diary and married 4 years later.
Heard accused Depp of home abuse after submitting for divorce in 2016.
Heard, identified for roles in Aquaman and Justice League, has introduced her personal libel declare in opposition to Depp, saying he smeared her by calling her a liar.
Heard’s counterclaim will probably be determined as a part of the trial. She is in search of $US100 million ($A136 million) in damages from Depp, in accordance with courtroom papers.
Following the November 2020 ruling within the London libel trial, Depp was changed with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen within the third movie within the Improbable Beasts franchise, a spin-off from the Harry Potter books and movies.