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Depp/Heard defamation trial set for next week in Virginia court

Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against his former spouse Amber Heard over an opinion piece she wrote in The Washington Post begins in a Virginia court on Monday (April 11).

The Hollywood star filed the lawsuit after Heard wrote the December 2018 piece under the headline “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change”.

The article did not mention Depp by name, however the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star said it had hurt his reputation and career.

In the article, Heard said she had become “a public figure representing domestic abuse”. She has also filed a counterclaim.

Both parties are expected to appear in person at the Fairfax County, VA court, according to media reports.

Heard is known for roles in “Aquaman” and “The Rum Diary”, where she met Depp on set. The two married in 2015 but Heard filed for divorce 15 months later.

The former couple have faced off in court before.

In a separate case, in late 2020, Depp lost a libel battle with a British tabloid that labelled him a “wife beater”, after a London High Court judge ruled he had repeatedly assaulted Heard during their relationship and put her in fear for her life.

He was refused permission to challenge the verdict by London’s Court of Appeal.

(Production: Hanna Rantala, Lisa Giles-Keddie, Marie-Louise Gumuchian)

Courtesy: Julia Quenzler

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