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Amber Heard called several famous acquaintances for her upcoming libel trial with her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
The 35-year-old ‘Aquaman’ star was sued by Depp58, for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about surviving domestic violence.
Heard never named Depp in the op-ed, but he did. accused the actor of domestic violence during their breakup in 2016, which he denied.
After several postponements since Depp originally filed the $50 million lawsuit in March 2019, the trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 11 in Virginiaaccording to the sites Deadline and TMZ.
In November 2020, Depp lost his UK libel lawsuit case against British tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife beater”.
The court confirmed that the outlet’s claims were “substantially true.” In March 2021, his attempt to overturn the decision was rejected.
Heard called for Depp’s lawsuit in Virginia to be dismissed, arguing that the UK ruling should take precedence over the US proceedings, as both suits center on allegations of mistreatment of the actor. However, in August, a Virginia judge granted Depp the right to pursue his lawsuit, denying Heard’s supplemental motion to dismiss the case.
Deadline reported that Heard plans that her ‘Pineapple Express’ co-star and friend James Franco, actress Ellen Barkin and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, testify virtually as witnesses at trial.
For his part, the ‘WandaVision’ actor, Paul Bettany will testify virtually for Deppafter the star’s texts with the actor were also made public in the previous trial.
Heard previously told the UK court that she once confided in Franco, 43, about bruises he suffered from an alleged fight with Depp.
In the suit, Depp also claims that his ex-wife had an affair with Musk, 50, “no later than one month after” they married in 2015.
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