The libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will begin its fifth week in Fairfax District Court, Va., on Monday after a week-long hiatus.
Depp sued Heard, his ex-wife, for alleged defamation over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 in The Washington Post, titled: “I spoke out against sexual violence — and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change. Although Depp was not named in the op-ed, he claims his allegations have made it difficult for him to land movie roles.
Heard counterattacked her ex-husband, accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his own lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.
Depp sought $50 million in damages; Heard asked for $100 million and immunity from Depp’s claims.
The trial in Depp’s trial began on April 11. The first four weeks of testimony painted a harrowing portrait of the former couple’s tumultuous relationship as the jury heard testimony from both actors as well as a range of others who knew them.
Heard will resume testimony on May 16.
Here’s how to watch the trial live:
The Independent’s YouTube channel
The Independent will have a livestream of the proceedings each day on our Youtube channel.
Law and Crime Network
The Law & Crime Network is streaming the trial on its YouTube channel and website.
Court TV is also streaming the trial on its YouTube channel and website.
Sky News is streaming the trial on its YouTube channel.
In her 2018 op-ed, Ms Heard wrote in part that “like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted when I was of college age. But I kept the silence – 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 era.
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”.
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