The defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is set to begin on Monday (April 11).
The meetings will be held in Fairfax, Virginia and are expected to last approximately two weeks.
Here’s everything we know about the case so far:
What allegations are made?
Johnny Depp filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard in March 2019.
He alleges that Heard defamed him in an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018.
The op-ed, which appeared in December of that year, is entitled: “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change.”
In it, Heard wrote, among other things: “Like many women, I was molested and sexually assaulted when I was college. But I was silent – I didn’t expect that filing complaints would bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.
“Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full brunt of our culture’s anger at women speaking out.”
Depp is not credited by name in the comment, but his legal team have argued that it contains a “clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser” which is “categorically and demonstrably false”.
What’s at stake?
Depp is seeking “at least $50 million” in damages.
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In August 2020, in response to his defamation lawsuit, Heard filed a countersuit against Depp, accusing him of allegedly organizing a “defamation campaign” against her and calling his own lawsuit a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
Heard has asked for immunity from Depp’s complaint and for damages of “no more than $100 million,” which is “twice the amount Mr. Depp claimed against Ms. Heard.”
Hasn’t there already been a court case?
Yes, but in a different jurisdiction and with a different defendant.
In 2018, Depp News Group sued Newspapers, the company that publishes The Sun, for allegedly defaming an article published in the tabloid in April of that year, headlined: “Gone Potty: How Can JK Rowling Be ‘Really Happy’ be? Casting wife thug Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts movie?”
The case went to trial in 2020. Heard testified as a witness for The Sun.
Depp lost the libel fight in November 202 when Judge Andrew Nicol said the defendants had proved their allegations against Depp to be “essentially true,” as reported by The Associated Press at the time.
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