Johnny Depp LIVE trial: Jury chosen as Amber Heard and actor face off in $50 million defamation case

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at the High Court as libel hearing continues

Johnny Depp’s multi-million libel lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, began in Virginia on Monday morning with jury selection. Seven jurors and four alternates were chosen to hear the case.

It claims a 2018 article written by Heard in The Washington Post – in which she spoke about domestic violence against women – implied that Depp, her former husband, was an abuser.

Although the 35-year-old didn’t name the actor, Depp’s lawyers say Heard’s allegations have made it difficult for the 58-year-old to land the roles he had before.

Depp is known for starring in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Sweeny Todd and Charlie and the chocolate factory. Heard has appeared in titles such as Aquaman and driving angry.

He is seeking $50m (£38.2m) in damages at the trial in Fairfax County Courthouse. Heard has meanwhile filed a libel counterclaim against Depp, whom she divorced in 2017, for nuisance.

Depp has already lost a UK libel case against a British newspaperThe sun regarding the claims in Heard’s 2018 article.

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‘No one is immune to cancel culture’: Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp claimed ‘no one is immune to cancel culture’ while accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain in September last year.

At the time, Depp was responding to a question about Disney pulling him out of his career-defining franchise Pirates of the Caribbean films after abuse allegations were made against him by ex-wife Amber Heard in 2018.

Four days after Heard The Washington Post editorial, in which she alluded to the physical and sexual abuse of the 58-year-old actor, Disney announced that Depp would not be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Depp sued Heard for “no more than $50 million,” saying the “categorically and demonstrably false” abuse charges in the opinion piece had a negative impact on his Hollywood career.

Maanya SachdevaApril 12, 2022 08:00

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Johnny Depp pictured outside the Fairfax County Courthouse ahead of trial

The actor, 58, was pictured outside the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia before his libel trial against Amber Heard began on Monday (April 11).

Johnny Depp pictured outside the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia, USA

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Depp and Heard, who were married from 2015 to 2017, face off in court after the Pirates of the Caribbean The actor sued Heard for defamation over an op-ed she wrote in 2018.

In The Washington Post article, Heard recounts her experiences as an abuse survivor – but does not directly name Depp.

In 2020, the Aquaman The star’s younger sister told the High Court in London that she began noticing “signs of physical abuse, such as bruises, cuts or burns on [Heard’s] arm – and that was at the beginning”.

Depp is suing Heard for “no more than $50 million” for alleged damage to his career, according to court documents.

Maanya SachdevaApril 12, 2022 07:15

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Elon Musk for Heard, Paul Bettany for Depp: Testimonies expected during the trial

Elon Musk, who dated Amber Heard between 2016 and 2018, is set to testify about the Aquaman on behalf of the actor in the $50 million defamation lawsuit that began on Monday (April 11).

The Tesla CEO reportedly offered Heard 24-hour security to protect her from Depp. The testimony of actor James Franco would also be part of Heard’s legal strategy. Franco reportedly knew of the bruises Heard suffered during an alleged fight with Depp.

Meanwhile, actor Paul Bettany is listed as a witness for Depp and is expected to appear in court via video link. The actors reportedly exchanged text messages about “burning Amber” and “drowning her” in 2013.

Asked about the text messages during an interview last year, Bettany said The Independent“Can you imagine what it would be like, honestly, to have a bunch of lawyers go through every one of your emails and text messages for 10 years? All I can tell you is that it was a sensation unpleasant.

Maanya SachdevaApril 12, 2022 06:30

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Jury selected to hear evidence in Depp v Heard libel case

An eleven-person jury, including four alternates, has been selected to hear Johnny Depp’s libel case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 05:45

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Revisiting Amber Heard’s op-ed that spawned a $50 million defamation lawsuit

In 2018, Amber Heard wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post titled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change.

The actor, who is currently being sued by former partner and actor Johnny Depp for defamation over the editorial, wrote of being physically and sexually abused in the article.

“I was exposed to abuse at a very young age,” the 35-year-old actor revealed, adding, “But I kept quiet – I didn’t expect that filing a complaint would do justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.

“Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s anger for women speaking out.”

Without naming Depp directly, Heard recounted the consequences of “speaking out,” including being dumped by production houses and fashion labels, receiving death threats and near-constant surveillance by paparazzi.

Maanya SachdevaApril 12, 2022 04:47

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As It Happened: Jury Selection

The Independentit is Clemence Michallon reported from the courthouse:

Jury selection is underway for the defamation lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Fairfax.

Proceedings began around 10 a.m. ET with jury selection. Depp and Heard are both present, each seated on one side of the courthouse with their legal team.

Potential jurors were first asked if they would face any difficulty if they were asked to take part in a trial that is expected to last six weeks. Some were excused on this basis.

Next, the judge and attorneys for each side asked the prospective jurors if they had read or heard anything about the case, and if so, if they would still be able to make an objective decision in this case.

Some jurors admitted knowing about the case, but generally said they would be able to keep an open mind if they were on the final jury.

Seven jurors and four alternates will be chosen in total.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 03:45

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Depp and Heard: a timeline of their relationship

From the meeting on the set of a film in 2011 to the request for divorce in 2016, the story between Depp and Heard will likely be heard from again when the trial in Fairfax, Va. begins.

The Independents Clemence Michallon has a timeline, here:

Olivier O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 2:45 a.m.

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Heard said she wanted to be ‘left alone’ at the 2020 libel trial in London

Appears as a witness in Depp’s trial against a British newspaper The sun in 2020, Heard said she wanted to be “left alone” and wanted her ex-husband to end the domestic violence lawsuit to “save her embarrassment.”

“I didn’t want to do this, I didn’t want to expose the full extent of what really happened to me,” Heard told the Royal Courts of Justice in London. “I didn’t want to talk about everything that happened in our marriage and in our relationship.”

While Depp denies the allegations, Heard told the court of 14 allegations of “abuse” by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in places such as a rented house in Australia, his private island in the Bahamas and a private jet, such as The Associated Press reported two years ago.

The judge ruled against Depp, who accused the publisher of The Sun of defaming it with a headline including the words “battered woman”. His lawyers later called the judge’s decision “perverse.”

Olivier O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 01:45

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ICYMI: Dispatch from outside the courtroom

Writing from outside the courtroom in Fairfax, The Independents Clemence Michallon said:

“Spectators, supporters and potential jurors began gathering at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.

Today begins Johnny Depp’s $50 million libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. He alleges she defamed him in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. Heard countersued for $100 million and asked for immunity from his claims.

Potential jurors line up inside the courthouse, as do spectators seeking access to the courtroom. The procedure should begin at 10 a.m. with the selection of the jury. Jury selection, in turn, is expected to be completed by the end of the day.

Outside, television cameras are installed. Supporters also showed up early. During Johnny Depp’s trial against The Sun in the UK, he was known to occasionally stop to greet fans, occasionally picking up flowers and stopping for photos.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 12, 2022 12:45 a.m.

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