Will warring exes Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finally come face to face at a trial over his alleged abuse at London’s High Court?
Despite the worldwide travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, Depp plans to fly in from his French chateau to be at the court in person for the anticipated start of the trial Monday. He has suggested Heard should be there too. Depp is suing British paper the Sun over a 2018 story stating he is a “wife-beater,” which he claims cost him the role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Depp, who finalized his divorce from Heard in 2016, is also suing her in the US in a $50 million defamation case. Depp strongly denies abusing Heard, claiming she was the “aggressor.”
Depp is currently practicing social distancing at his sprawling $63 million chateau in the South of France, while Heard is in LA. A British judge will rule on Friday if the trial can proceed, given the risk of gathering a large group of lawyers and media in a courtroom.
A rep for Heard told Page Six, on the heels of a series of leaked tapes from the stars’ toxic marriage, “Amber … is very eager for the UK trial to proceed. In the lead-up to trial, Mr. Depp and his team have engaged in a daily press campaign to selectively leak materials, spin them in every way possible and embarrass and harass Amber and the people around her, including potential witnesses.
“Ms. Heard believes that the truth coming to light through the presentation of evidence in court will finally put an end to this abusive campaign. If she is required to testify in person, Ms. Heard will travel to London if she is legally permitted to do so … Otherwise, Ms. Heard will make sure that she is available to testify [via] video.”
Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman — after another day of allegations about the events leading up to the actor suffering a severed finger in 2015 — said, “Our opponents are so lost in their lies, they can’t even get their fake sequence of events, times or dates straight.”
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