Depp alleges Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote, falsely accusing him of domestic violence. The editorial does not mention Depp by name. Depp claims the play made it difficult for him to find work and is suing Heard for $50 million. Heard counterattacks Depp for $100 million.
Following testimony from two witnesses Tuesday morning, Depp’s side are expected to close their case and Heard’s attorneys are expected to file a motion to strike.
The procedural move, in which Heard’s team would argue it should not be held liable, is common in civil cases and is done to preserve appeal rights.
Judge Penny Azcarate could decide to hear arguments on the motion immediately or schedule them for a later date.