Act II begins in America

published on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 04:06

After the great unpacking of his private life in a London court, the American actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard meet again this Monday in court, this time in the United States, to accuse each other of defamation.

This second act, filmed and broadcast live, should be well attended, especially since the cast of witnesses is worthy of the great Hollywood movies: billionaire Elon Musk, actors James Franco and Paul Bettany, actress Ellen Barkin… .

The lawsuit stems from a 2018 Washington Post column in which Amber Heard described herself as a “domestic violence victim” hounded by society after coming out of silence two years earlier.

The actress did not name Johnny Depp, whom she met in 2009 on the set of “Rum Express” and married in 2015. But as early as 2016 she had tried to get a protective order to keep him in line. She had dropped the charges as part of her divorce, which concluded strongly in 2017.

Following the posting of this forum, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, who denies ever hitting his wife, filed a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, seeking $50 million in damages.

“The platform, which implicitly accuses Mr. Depp of being an abusive husband, is categorically false” and aims to “generate positive publicity” around Mrs. Heard, a few days after the premiere of the movie “Aquaman” of which she is an actress . star, she argued.

The actress had fought back, filing a defamation lawsuit for $100 million. “Mr. Depp’s useless complaint against Mrs. Heard prolongs the abuse and harassment” she inflicted on him during her marriage, she wrote.

– Intimate details –

Johnny Depp had filed his complaint in the state of Virginia, where the Washington Post is printed and where the legal framework is more favorable to defamation complaints than in California, where the two actors reside.

After a true legal guerrilla war at each stage of the procedure, the selection of the juries in charge of deciding between them will begin on Monday in a court located in Fairfax, near Washington.

Judge Penney Azcarate, who oversees this extraordinary trial, hopes to be able to start the substantive proceedings the following day. They could last several weeks.

Johnny Depp, 58, and Amber Heard, 35, are expected to appear in person, their witnesses rather by video link.

Photos, account statements, medical examinations, text messages… Many intimate details are at risk of being leaked during the hearings and once again exposing the excesses of the hero of “Edward Scissorhands.”

– “Freak” –

This scenario strangely resembles the one that played out in 2020 in London. Except at the time, the Hollywood star had sued the publisher of The Sun tabloid following an article that portrayed him as an abusive husband.

To demonstrate its good faith, the tabloid had called his ex-wife to the bar. She had described a dozen attacks committed, according to her, by a husband transformed into a “monster” by his excessive use of drugs.

At the helm he admitted to having used too many drugs and alcohol, but claimed to have never raised his hand to a woman, supported in this regard by the written testimonies of his former teammates Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder.

British justice had finally ruled in favor of the tabloid, considering that “the vast majority of the alleged attacks had been proven.”

Following this setback, the American actor had to give up his role in the next film in the “Fantastic Beasts” series, an adaptation of the works of “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling.

On Saturday, Amber Heard claimed on Twitter that she “always had love for Johnny” Depp.

“It pains me so much to have to relive the details of our past lives in front of the world,” she added, saying she would stay away from social media for the next few weeks.

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