Throughout Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s shared history, a series of ongoing legal proceedings have marked the dissolution of the couple’s marriage and personal relationship. With the most recent defamation suit starting just yesterday through jury selection proceedings, opening arguments have now commenced in the trial taking place in Fairfax, Virginia. Depp’s legal team has taken aim at Heard’s believability in the matter, while the Aquaman star’s legal team has their own take on the matter.
How Johnny Depp’s Legal Team Approached Amber Heard’s Believability
Said opening arguments have been reported on by numerous outlets, with Deadline being among them. As the proceedings have begun after being first filed back in 2019, one of the major points being debated in this case is the validity of Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed “I Spoke Up Against Sexual Violence – And Faced Our Culture’s Wrath. That Has To Change.” In part of the opening statements from Johnny Depp’s team, attorney Camile Vasquez had written notes prepared, and read out the following:
Contributing to that statement is another from attorney Benjamin Chew. Laying down further groundwork for their overall cast, Chew provided an alleged timeline that started with Johnny Depp’s request for a divorce. According to the attorney, the following chain of events followed:
This comes after Amber Heard made four attempts to have this defamation suit thrown out, which resulted in the final attempt being rejected last October. Now that matters are moving ahead, Heard’s legal team has made their own opening statements, and they tell a different story.
The Response From Amber Heard’s Legal Team
Defence attorney Ben Rottenborn, a member of Amber Heard’s legal team, addressed two major claims that have sat in the middle of the entire legal saga that ensued. Taking into account both the content of Heard’s op-ed, and Johnny Depp’s claim that it caused his removal from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Rottenborn made the following statement:
It’s only the latest step on the path that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have walked upon in their judicial disagreements. Previously, Depp lost a libel suit in the UK, which ruled that The Sun calling him a “wife beater” was “substantially true.” That loss apparently resulted in Johnny Depp’s removal from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, though that does not seem to be mentioned in the proceedings at this time.
An estimated six-week trial awaits both parties, with the potential for even more revelations to be made in the public eye. For now, all anyone can do is observe the ongoing defamation suit, and wait for the final judgement to be made at the conclusion.