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Celebs to testify as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continue legal battle in US

Several high-profile celebrities are set to testify in a US courtroom next month during a multimillion-dollar legal battle between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard.

Ames Franco, Paul Bettany and Elon Musk are on witness lists alongside representatives from The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Hollywood heavyweight Depp launched a $50million (£39million) defamation lawsuit against Heard in 2019 after the Aquaman star wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in December 2018 describing himself as a victim of domestic violence designated.

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Actor James Franco is on a witness list for the trial scheduled for April 11, 2022 in Virginia (Ian West/PA)

The trial is scheduled to begin April 11 at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.

Both Depp and Heard are expected to testify in person, although Avengers star Bettany, Franco and Tesla founder Musk will do so virtually, according to documents filed March 14 and 15.

Depp and Heard began dating after meeting on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015.

In May 2016, Heard obtained a restraining order against Depp after accusing him of molestation, which he denied.

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Tesla founder Elon Musk will also testify virtually at the trial (Susan Walsh/AP)

The couple settled their divorce out of court in 2017, with Heard donating their $7million (£5.5million) settlement to charity.

The pair also met before the Royal Courts of Justice in London in 2020 after Depp slandered the editor of The Sun for calling him a “wife beater”.

After a three-week trial, a judge ruled that the April 2018 column was “essentially true.”

The actor asked the Court of Appeals to allow him to appeal the verdict with a view to overturning his findings and ordering a retrial, but the appeal was denied in March last year.

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