Amber Heard’s legal team has announced that they will not be recalling Johnny Depp on the witness stand.
In a statement to the press, Ms Heard’s lawyer said that “recalling Depp to the helm would be as relevant to us as a bicycle to a fish. Everything Depp has testified so far has nothing to do with the crux of this case, and there’s no reason to believe it would be any different now.”
Chanley Shá Painter, legal correspondent for Court TV tweeted that “this statement comes from a source close to Amber Heard this afternoon after her team changed its mind when calling Depp to the stand”.
The defamation lawsuit between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard began on Monday, April 11 in Fairfax, Va., following Mr. Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr. Depp argues that she l libeled in a December 2018 op-ed published in The Washington Post titled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change”.
Law and crime Correspondent Angenette Lévy tweeted that Ms Heard’s team “will not be calling Johnny Depp to the stand as they had originally planned. He will be back during his rebuttal brief. Is it a matter of time? [Ms Heard’s] the team has less time than [Mr Depp’s]”.
“We said it would be risky. Their time is running out and Johnny Depp was widely considered an uncontrollable witness by Amber Heard’s lawyers. Many legal observers felt that he did well on the stand,” she said. added.
“Heard’s team is running out of time to present their evidence…at the start of the week, they only had about 8 hours to use on their main case and rebuttal this week,” Ms Painter said. added.
In her 2018 op-ed, Ms Heard wrote that “like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted when I was of college age. But I kept silent – I didn’t expect the filing of complaints to do justice, and I didn’t see myself as a victim”.
“Then two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s anger for women speaking out,” she added to the time.
Although Mr. Depp is not named in the article, his legal team says it contains a “clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and patently untrue”. Mr Depp is seeking damages of “no less than $50 million”.
Ms. Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr. Depp for nuisance and immunity from his claims.
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