Amber Heard will respond to explosive allegations made against her by Johnny Depp when she takes the stand next week. Here’s what to expect.
Amber Heard is expected to take the stand next week as the first witness for her defense in the blockbuster libel lawsuit brought by her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
The Aquarius The actor could begin her testimony at the Fairfax County Courthouse, close to Washington DC, once Mr. Depp’s team has finalized their case, the website Deadline reports.
Heard’s representatives have not yet commented on the actor’s testimony or his schedule.
An insider told Deadline: “It’s hard to see how Amber will not prove to be a very effective weapon against Depp in her own advocacy.”
“As much as they’ve tried to characterize her, she’s been nothing but well-composed and quite conservative in court without saying a word.”
Depp sues Ms Heard for defamation over a column she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018. In the article, she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Ms Heard, 36, has never named Mr Depp, 59, but he claims she clearly implied he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million ($A67 million) in damages. Ms. Heard contradicted the request for $100 million ($A134m) claiming that she had suffered “rampant physical assault and abuse” at his hands.
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On Monday, Depp concluded a grueling four days on the witness stand, calmly telling the jury that he had filed his libel suit against his ex-wife because it was his best chance at reclaiming his reputation. During his testimony, Depp accused Heard of everything from intentionally defecating in his bed to cutting his finger and other physical abuse.
His witnesses, including his business adviser and his security guard, testified that Heard was, in fact, the aggressor who “weared the pants” in quarrels and instigated physical altercations.
On Tuesday, an expert witness who testified for Depp accused Heard of “grossly exaggerating” symptoms of mental health problems and diagnosed the actor with two personality disorders.
Psychologist Dr. Shannon Curry told the court that her personal evaluation of Heard found that she had “borderline personality disorder (BPD) and histrionic personality disorder”.
In court papers, Heard has accused Depp of abusing her throughout their relationship, alleging that he punched, kicked, headbutted her and tore clumps of hair from her scalp.
Both Heard and Depp, who met in 2009 and were married from 2015 to 2016, have accused the other of physical assault during their relationship. Both have rejected the claims.
Key witnesses have yet to testify
The process has now been running for three weeks and is expected to be completed on May 19. Judge Penny Azcarate has a conference scheduled for May 9-12, when the trial will be adjourned for a week.
The witness list originally included Elon Musk and James Franco. However, Mr Musk’s attorney confirmed this week that the Tesla chief — who was in a relationship with Heard for a year after her relationship with Depp ended in 2016 — would not take the position.
A source with knowledge of the process attached to the New York Post that Franco will no longer testify. His name was mentioned in the previous lawsuit that Depp filed against the British newspaper The sunabout an article that called the actor a “wife beater” based on Heard’s abuse allegations.
Heard had testified in that case that Franco, 44, asked her “what happened to her face after Depp allegedly threw a phone at her.
Several other key witnesses are listed who will take the stand after Heard.
British actor Paul Bettany, a friend of Depp, will reportedly testify via a video link.
Communication between Bettany and Depp has already been admitted as evidence.
During the first week of the trial, text messages between the two were shown in court, including one in which Depp wrote about drowning and burning then-girlfriend Heard.
“Let’s burn Amber,” read a text Depp sent to Bettany on June 11, 2013.
‘Let’s drown her before we burn her. I’ll fuck her burned corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead.”
Depp claimed the lyrics were a reference to the movie “Monty Python.”
American actor Ellen Barkin previously testified at Depp’s libel claim against… The sunthat he lost that the actor once threw a bottle of wine at her head while they were dating in the 1990s, Fox News reported.
At the time, Depp tried to discredit her by saying she held a “grudge” against him after he ended a casual relationship between the two.
“Mrs Barkin and I had been friends for a number of years. A few years later (after her divorce) Ellen and I were hanging out, just spending time together, a relationship,” Depp said in court at the time.
“There was a sexual element that started with Mrs. Barkin, which lasted for months, really because she was making the movie, which I was making at the time, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,’ and I suppose her desires were… she wanted more than a relationship, she wanted a good relationship with me and I didn’t want that.
“I didn’t feel the same for her as she did for me, and I suppose she got really angry from that point on and I haven’t spoken to Mrs. Barkin since,” he said.