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Hollywood stars Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are up for an additional courtroom battle this week after Depp sued his ex-wife alleging she defamed him in an op-ed. The trial opened with jury choice Monday and a slew of celebrities are listed as potential witnesses.
Opening statements start at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Fairfax, Virginia, the place Depp supporters rallied outdoors the courthouse Monday.
Depp sued Heard in 2019 for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post alleging she was the sufferer of home abuse. She by no means recognized Depp straight within the piece, however wrote that she is “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Depp’s legal professionals say the article falsely implies she was bodily and sexually abused by Depp when the actors have been married.
Depp beforehand filed the same lawsuit in England towards a newspaper there and misplaced after the choose there decided that Depp assaulted Heard on a dozen events and put her in worry for her life on a number of events.
The witness record for this trial consists of actors comparable to James Franco and Paul Bettany, in addition to billionaire Elon Musk. Representatives from the ACLU, Los Angeles Police Department, Disney and Warner Bros. are additionally listed. Some witnesses will seem remotely.
Musk and Heard have been beforehand romantically linked between 2016 and 2018. He is listed as a potential witness for Heard throughout this trial, and textual content messages he despatched Heard have been beforehand learn in a British courtroom in 2020 throughout a libel trial.
In May 2016, Musk supplied Heard “24/7 security” after she mentioned she would file a restraining order towards Depp, in response to textual content messages learn that 12 months by Depp’s lawyer Eleanor Laws.
Depp claims that Heard had an affair with Musk “no later than one month” after their marriage. Heard has denied having an affair with Musk throughout her marriage with Depp.
Bettany is listed as a possible witness for Depp and is predicted to look through video hyperlink.
Bettany is a good friend of Depp’s and was pulled into the UK trial when textual content messages between the 2 describing “burning”, “drowning,” and having intercourse with Heard’s “burnt corpse” have been learn, Deadline reported.
Franco is listed as a possible witness for Heard and is predicted to look throughout the trial through video hyperlink.
He is anticipated to be questioned about his former relationship with Heard. Depp’s legal professionals had beforehand subpoenaed a few of his communications and paperwork detailing his relationship with Heard.
Barkin is listed as a possible witness for Heard.
Heard is listed as her personal record of witnesses. She doesn’t seem on Depp’s record, in response to the Guardian.
Depp is listed as a witness on each his record and Heard’s. He is predicted to look in particular person.
Jurors will hear testimony over the approaching six weeks in a Fairfax, Virginia, courtroom. The trial is being held in Virginia attributable to its proximity to the Washington Post’s newsroom. The choose has allowed cameras within the courtroom, not like the UK trial.
Heard posted to Instagram Sunday that she “always maintained a love for Johnny” regardless of their years of public feuding.
“I never named him, rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking against men in power. I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny,” she wrote.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.