On April 11, the extremely publicized defamation trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard, kicked off in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Depp has already taken the stand for hours of soft-spoken testimony. Heard is scheduled to testify someday later throughout the six-week proceedings. Additionally on the star-studded potential witness checklist are James Franco, Paul Bettany, Ellen Barkin, and Elon Musk (if he is not too busy shopping for Twitter).
Jury responsibility or film premiere? Between the celebrities, followers posted up outdoors the courtroom, and a set of information with the makings of an “E True Hollywood Story,” this high-profile defamation trial continues to make headlines. If you wish to be a spectator, wristbands can be found on the court docket on a first-come, first-serve foundation. Do they promote popcorn?
Competing Defamation Claims
Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit towards Heard alleging statements she made in a 2018 opinion piece for the Washington Publish falsely implied he was a home abuser. Though the piece didn’t point out Depp by title, his attorneys argue the piece clearly references him and induced huge injury to Depp’s appearing profession and his popularity.
To not be outdone, Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim alleging Depp engaged in an ongoing smear marketing campaign and defamed her a number of instances by calling her a liar. The trial may even tackle her counterclaim.
Did Depp or Heard Commit Defamation?
As a result of Depp’s lawsuit is predicated on the Washington Publish piece, the trial is happening in Virginia, the place the newspaper is printed. To ascertain defamation in Virginia, Depp should show with clear and convincing proof:
- Heard’s statements towards him have been revealed
- Depp’s popularity and profession suffered due to the false and defamatory statements in Heard’s op-ed
- Heard revealed her op-ed with “precise malice” realizing her allegations of home abuse have been false
There is not any dispute the statements have been revealed. Depp asserts he misplaced his long-running main function as “Captain Jack Sparrow” in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise because of the Washington Publish piece. He argues that Heard knew her allegations have been unfaithful and primarily based on lies she instructed to acquire a false restraining order towards him in 2016. Depp testified he was the sufferer of home violence dedicated by Heard and recounted that the highest of his finger was minimize when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him.
Heard’s attorneys keep that Depp abused her on a number of events, usually whereas beneath the affect of medicine and alcohol. In addition they introduced recordings of Depp kicking and punching cupboards in his house.
Their former marriage counselor additionally stated in her testimony that she believed Depp and Heard engaged in “mutual abuse.”
In the end, the end result of this case comes all the way down to who the jury believes.
All of the Courtroom’s a Stage…
The courtroom has usually been in comparison with the theater. The trial is a scripted manufacturing, the decision-makers are the viewers, and attorneys know that appearing can be utilized (their very own appearing, the efficiency of the plaintiff and defendant, and many others.) to win. In a defamation case involving actors recognized for taking part in “Edward Scissorhands” and “Princess Mera” in “Aquaman,” is it potential to win the Oscar for courtroom theatrics with out trying like film stars competing for the function of a lifetime?
A choose in the UK beforehand dominated Heard’s claims towards Depp have been true in Depp’s libel case towards The Solar newspaper in 2020. The drama will certainly proceed to unfold earlier than a call is made within the Fairfax Circuit Courtroom.
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