Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, the angry ex-lovers, are presently locked in a vicious legal battle in Virginia. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s ugly stories keep surfacing one after another. It seems Heard’s legal team is shifting tactics to toss Depp’s $50 million case.
Amber Heard’s attorneys plan to ask a Virginia judge on Tuesday to dismiss Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation suit against their client. The defense team, on the other hand, is almost certain to fall short, and they are well aware of it. According to Old Dominion statutes, lawyers for the defense in civil cases are “required,” as one legal source put it, to file a motion to strike once the plaintiff has wrapped up their case and witnesses.
According to Deadline, Heard’s legal team, led by Elaine Bredehoft and Ben Rottenborn, will likely make the motion on Tuesday before Judge Penny Azcarate to agree with, reject, or take under advisement, focusing on the specific claims of plaintiff Depp and the evidence presented to support those claims. With the jury removed from the courtroom, lawyers for both sides will have a short period of time to present their arguments to Azcarte.
Following that, unless she makes the unlikely decision to dismiss the case, the judge will inform the attorneys that she will either immediately deny the motion to strike or will take some time to consider it. She will then reconvene the jury to hear the defense’s case. The primary goal of the motion, which is almost certain to fail in this high-profile case, is to ensure that the defense has certain appeal rights if necessary.
When Deadline reached out to Heard’s representatives and lawyers today, they had no comment on the rumored move. Depp sued his ex-wife and Rum Diary co-star in March 2019 for a large sum of money after Heard wrote a Washington Post op-ed about being a survivor of domestic abuse. The 2018 piece in the Jeff Bezos-owned paper never mentioned Depp by name, as all sides have stated and anyone who can read can see.
The case was delayed by the pandemic and other issues, and Heard challenged it several times with little success before the five-week trial began on April 11 in the Fairfax County Courthouse. The Aquaman star countersued Depp for $100 million in the summer of 2020. Later that year, in another legal snafu, Depp lost his UK libel suit against The Sun tabloid for calling him a “wife-beater” in print.
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