Johnny Depp Victory In $50 Million Amber Heard Defamation Lawsuit
Johnny Depp has scored a victory in his battle with Amber Heard as to which court his $50 million defamation lawsuit should be argued.
According to legal documentation, seen by unCrazed, on Thursday, a Virginia judge has ruled that the case will remain in Virginia, and won’t be transferred to California as per Amber’s request.
The decision was made after the judge agreed with Johnny that due to Amber’s Washington Post op-ed being published in Virginia — which is at the centre of the lawsuit — the case should remain there.
Johnny sued Amber for defamation over an op-ed that she wrote last year where she refers to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
In Johnny’s defamation lawsuit, he takes issue with the article, published in December 2018 — he claims the entire article “depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
He was never named within the article, but claims that Amber’s abuse allegations were “conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos.”
In a declaration submitted by Amber in response to the defamation lawsuit, she goes into detail about their short marriage, claiming Johnny began to abuse drugs and alcohol and alleges that he frequently went in and out of “alcohol dependency medical care.”
She also claims that in March 2015, during a trip to Australia, Johnny allegedly went on an ecstasy bender, saying he hit her “multiple times, shoved and pushed [her] to the ground, choked me, and spit in [her] face.”
Other alleged incidents are cited, and she also denies any claims that she abused Johnny, saying she “never attacked Jonny other than in self-defence (and in defence of my little sister).”
The trial date has been set for Monday, February 3, 2020, and will last around 12 days.
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