Johnny Depp’s Defamation Trial Against Amber Heard Pushed to Next Year
Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s 50 million dollar US defamation trial against his estranged wife Amber Heard has been postponed.
Depp is charging Amber, 34, in a Virginia courtroom after writing an article in the Washington Post accusing him of domestic abuse.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl cast launched legal proceedings against Heard in March 2019. After some days, the case was set for trial in May 2021. The Fairfax County Circuit Lawsuit chief judge Bruce white has released a new date for April 11, 2022.
Already rescheduled several times, the high-profile trial that had been set to last for 16 days was pushed to September 2020. While the 58-year-old had been advocating for a new delay, filming for his latest Fantastic Beasts Movie, White pushed the date from January 2021 to May because of backlogs in the state’s court system to the covid-19 pandemic.
The April 2022 date was the first available slot for a civil jury trial. As with September 2020, criminal cases are still the priority in Virginia. In that context, and with proceedings slowly starting up again as coronavirus rages across the nation.
With Depp’s British lawyers anticipating an oral hearing March in their attempt to appeal their loss in the actor’s libel suit against The Sun tabloid, the particular date shift in Virginia court hardly lowers the volume in the loud matter.
Heard she once countersued her ex-spouse for $100 million last summer after failing to get the initial suit canceled. In fact, Heard’s team filed an opposition to the appeal in the UK, and Depp’s barristers have until February 28 to reply.
Depp sued the Aquaman star after she wrote an op-ed on being a domestic violence victim. Though the article did not mention his name, the actor alleged it cost him a lucrative part in Disney’s planned Pirates of The Caribbean reboot.
Johnny Depp bowed out as evil wizard Gelert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter spin-off franchise after losing a claim against a British tabloid over an article referring to him as a “wife-beater.”
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