The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will begin its fifth week in Fairfax, Virginia, district court on Monday after a week off.
Depp sued Heard, his ex-wife, for alleged defamation over a 2018 opinion piece published in Washington Post titled “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change” (I spoke out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.) Although Depp was not named in the op-ed, he says her accusations made it difficult for him to land movie roles.
heard countersued her ex-husband, accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his own lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
Depp is asking for $50 million in damages; Heard asks for $100 million and immunity from Depp’s claims.
The trial for Depp’s lawsuit began on April 11. The first four weeks of testimony have painted a harrowing portrait of the former couple’s tumultuous relationship, as the jury heard testimony from both actors, as well as a host of other people who knew them.
Heard will resume her testimony on May 16.
These are the media where you can see the trial:
The YouTube channel of The Independent
The Independent will have a live broadcast of the trial every day on our Youtube channel.
Law & Crime Network
Sky News is broadcasting the trial on its Youtube.
In her 2018 op-ed, Heard wrote that “like many women, I was sexually harassed and assaulted by the time I was college-aged. But I kept quiet, I wasn’t going to file complaints to do justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”
“Then two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women speaking up,” she added at the time.
While Depp is not mentioned in the article, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Depp is a domestic abuser,” which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false.” Depp is seeking compensation of “no less than $50 million.”