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Hollywood stars Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are set for another court battle this week after Depp sued his ex-wife alleging she defamed him in an op-ed. The trial begins on Monday and many celebrities are listed as potential witnesses.
Depp sued Heard in 2019 for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post alleging she was a victim of domestic violence. She never directly identified Depp in the article, but wrote that she was “a public figure representing domestic violence.”
Lawyers for Depp say the article falsely implies that she was physically and sexually abused by Depp when the actors got married.
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Depp previously filed a similar suit in England against a newspaper there and lost after the judge determined Depp assaulted Heard a dozen times and made him fear for his life on several occasions.
The list of witnesses for this trial includes actors such as James Franco and Paul Bettany, as well as billionaire Elon Musk. Representatives from the ACLU, Los Angeles Police Department, Disney and Warner Bros. are also listed. Some witnesses will appear remotely.
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Musk and Heard were previously romantically linked between 2016 and 2018. He is listed as a potential witness for Heard in this trial, and text messages he sent to Heard were previously read out in a UK court in 2020 during a trial. a libel suit.
In May 2016, Musk offered Heard “24/7 security” after he said she would file a restraining order against Depp, according to text messages read that year by Depp’s attorney, Eleanor Laws.
Depp claims Heard had an affair with Musk”no later than one monthafter their marriage. Heard denied having an affair with Musk during her marriage to Depp.
Bettany is listed as a potential witness for Depp and is expected to appear via video link.
Bettany is a friend of Depp and was dragged into the UK trial when text messages between the pair describing ‘burning’, ‘drowning’ and having sex with Heard’s ‘burnt corpse’ were read, Deadline reported.
Franco is listed as a potential witness for Heard and is expected to appear at trial via video link.
He should be asked about his former relationship with Heard. Depp’s attorneys previously subpoenaed some of his communications and documents detailing his relationship with Heard.
Barkin is listed as a potential witness for Heard.
Heard is listed as her own witness list. She doesn’t appear on Depp’s list, according to the Guardian.
Depp is listed as a witness on both his list and Heard’s. He should appear in person.
Jurors will hear testimony over the next six weeks in a courtroom in Fairfax, Va. The trial is taking place in Virginia due to its proximity to the Washington Post newsroom. The judge allowed cameras in the courtroom, unlike the UK trial.
Heard posted on Instagram Sunday that she “always harbored a love for Johnny” despite their years of public bickering.
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“I never named him, rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power. I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case ends I can move on. to something else and Johnny too,” she wrote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.