Depp vs Heard: argument over, Heard suffers defeat

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Depp v Heard: Depp lawyers conclude evidence, Heard suffers defeat

Johnny Depp has accused ex-wife Amber Heard of damaging his career with false allegations of domestic violence.

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The libel lawsuit in the United States is entering the next phase. The team around Johnny Depp has completed its evidence. Shortly after, a motion by Amber Heard to dismiss the lawsuit was denied.

In the civil lawsuit between actor Johnny Depp, 58, and his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, the team around Depp have completed their case. On Tuesday, after a dozen days of trial in a court in Fairfax, Va., the last of Depp’s two dozen witnesses testified. Heard’s attorneys asked that the case be dropped. However, this request was not granted. That means team evidence around Heard could begin as early as Wednesday.

Depp wants $50 million, Heard asks for $100

The actress filed for divorce from Depp in 2016 after just 15 months of marriage. She accused the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star of domestic violence. Depp testified under oath that he never hit Heard. In his civil lawsuit, he accuses his ex-wife of making false statements in a 2018 op-ed on domestic violence published by The Washington Post.

This damaged his reputation. Depp is not mentioned by name in the article. He claims approximately 50 million dollars (a good 45 million euros) in damages for defamation. Heard responded with a counterclaim against the 58-year-old, seeking $100 million in damages. She accuses him of “unbridled physical violence”.

Testimony expected from Heard this week

Heard’s attorneys had asked Depp’s attorneys to dismiss the lawsuit as unfounded after the evidence concluded. Depp failed to prove that Heard slandered him in a late 2018 Washington Post article.

Judge Azcarate said enough evidence had been presented in the ongoing proceedings to justify continuing the proceedings. Ultimately, the jury should decide the evidence. Requests to dismiss a case are common in the United States, including at trial. They rarely succeed.

The trial between Depp and Heard in Fairfax near the capital Washington began three weeks ago. Depp and numerous witnesses called by his attorneys have already testified in the process. Amber Heard herself is expected to testify this week.

In the process, which was accompanied by great media interest, tech billionaire Elon Musk and actor James Franco were expected to testify as witnesses. The two ultimately refused.

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