The judge presiding in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Tuesday dismissed a motion to set aside the actress’ lawyers.
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After a three-week legal battle in the Fairfax, Washington, court, the 36-year-old actress’s attorneys asked Judge Penney Azcarate to dismiss the lawsuit because the star of Pirates of the Caribbean franchise No had produced no proof of defamation.
“The court should accept this motion for an overturn given the undeniable evidence that it was indeed he who assaulted Amber,” said actress attorney Ben Rottenborn before calling his first witness.
For his part, Johnny Depp’s attorney, Benjamin Chew, urged the judge to dismiss the motion, saying Amber Heard was “the attacker in this courtroom.”
This request, common in the American legal system, is rarely granted.
Judge Azcarate found there were sufficient elements to proceed with the trial and allow the seven jurors the authority to decide the outcome of the complaint.
Johnny Depp, 58, says his ex-wife ruined his reputation and career after writing a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post in which she described herself as a victim of domestic violence without citing her ex-husband. He’s asking for $50 million in damages.
The actor, who testified for four days, denies ever raising a hand against his ex-wife and insists it was she who was violent.
Amber Heard has launched a counterattack and is demanding $100 million. She claims to have suffered “physical abuse and assault” before and during their tumultuous marriage, which lasted just two years from 2015 to 2017.
She is due to testify this week.
Mike Spindler, who specializes in accounting operations and was the last witness summoned by Johnny Depp’s attorneys, estimated Tuesday that the actor suffered a shortfall of about $40 million after the editorial’s publication, largely as a result of his removal from the “Pirates.” ‘ saga in 2019 from Disney Studios.
The star’s earnings would have exceeded $30 million in 2017, his agent had estimated the day before.
In April 2018, British tabloid The Sun accused Johnny Depp of being “an abusive husband”. The actor sued the newspaper and lost in a lawsuit that exposed his drug and alcohol abuse.
Amber Heard suffers from post-traumatic stress after abuse by Johnny Depp, says an expert
Actress Amber Heard suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by Johnny Depp’s “intimate violence,” a psychology expert claimed Tuesday in the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife.
Johnny Depp displayed an “obsession with control” and “obsessive jealousy” during their “very volatile” relationship, added Dawn Hughes.
A clinical and forensic psychologist, she was the first witness summoned by the 36-year-old actress’s attorneys in this trial, which began three weeks ago in court in Fairfax, near Washington.
dr Hughes told jurors that after four tests with Amber Heard, she made a “definitive diagnosis” of post-traumatic stress, which she said showed “violence from her partner in the relationship.”
Her findings contradict those of another psychology expert, Shannon Curry, who last week claimed the ‘Aquaman’ actress suffers from personality disorders and ‘grossly exaggerated’ the symptoms of the PTSD she claimed to be suffering from.
according to dr Hughes spoke to Amber Heard of “acts of physical violence” and “acts of sexual violence.”
“He was poking him, shoving him, hitting him with his back and his palm,” she said. “He strangled her, pushed her against a wall, pushed her and she fell. He kicked him in the back.”
Her testimony is set to continue on Wednesday and Amber Heard is due to comment this week.