Amber Heard’s legal team believes a jury verdict in her favor will send a message to victims of domestic violence everywhere as she prepares to testify in a blockbuster trial that will be televised in living rooms around the world.
t comes almost 18 months later Johnny Depp lost a similar high-profile defamation case in the UK against News Group Newspapers, News Group’s publisher The sunabout an article in which he is referred to as a “wife beater”.
In the US court case, Depp is suing his ex-wife Heard for $50 million.
He claims she defamed him when she wrote an article in the Washington Post In 2018, she described herself as an abuse survivor.
Depp accuses his ex-wife of trying to “generate positive publicity for himself” before releasing a film.
Unlike London, the US trial will be decided by a jury, not a judge.
The selection of the jurors was carried out yesterday.
“We believe that in the end the jury will look at all the evidence – which is even more extensive than that presented in the UK – and come to the same conclusion that the UK court came to,” said a source involved Heard’s legal team is familiar vanity fair.
“A jury verdict against Johnny will send a message to the millions of women out there who suffer from intimate partner violence every day that they can safely get on with their lives. And it will allow Amber to continue as well.”
Both Depp, 58, and Heard, 35, came to court in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside Washington, for jury selection before Judge Penney Azcarate.
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Depp wore a gray suit and glasses while Heard wore a black jacket and white blouse.
Dozens of Depp fans gathered outside court and began before dawn, with one waving a sign that read “Justice for Johnny.”
A woman who traveled from Australia told Deadline: “I said goodbye to come and stand by Johnny’s side, mainly after the UK farce because I was really disgusted with that result. I think Johnny Depp is a pure soul.”
Yvonne De Boer, who traveled from Los Angeles, said: “I’ve been a fan for 36 years, I’ve met him many times. I love him. I want to be there for him and hear him speak his truth.”
The case was tried in a court in suburban Virginia rather than in California, where Depp and Heard both live.
That was because the Washington PostThe online editions of are published from servers located in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Evidence from high-profile figures including Elon Musk and actors James Franco and Paul Bettany are expected from both sides in the six-week trial.
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https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/actors-amber-heard-and-johnny-depp-face-off-again-in-50m-court-case-41543746.html Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp face each other again in a $50 million lawsuit