Johnny Depp’s defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, who appeared as Mera in Aquaman and Justice League, started this Monday and is being televised.
Amber Heard split from Johnny Depp in 2016 and sought a domestic violence restraining order against him, amidst allegations of abuse. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor denied these allegations, with the divorce eventually settled out of court. The current defamation trial concerns an op-ed piece written by Heard, in which she talks about her experience with domestic violence. While Heard did not mention Depp by name, he has claimed that the piece written by Heard implies he abused her and that this has negatively impacted his career.
In the op-ed piece mentioned, Amber Heard also mentioned how Johnny Depp’s allegations that she had abused him had impacted her own career. This included questions over whether she would be allowed to continue playing the role of Mera in the Aquaman franchise and other DC movies. While Walter Hamada, President of DC films, has said Heard was initially not picked up for the Aquaman sequel due to concerns over her chemistry with her co-star, Jason Momoa, Heard’s legal team claim that the allegations made against her by Depp were the real issue.
The current lawsuit follows Johnny Depp’s previous attempt to sue The Sun, a British tabloid that referred to Depp as a “wife-beater.” Amber Heard testified in the case, which Depp lost.
The defamation trial is being broadcast live on Court TV. The trial is also being live-streamed on Court TV’s website, though is not available on any other online or streaming platforms. The trial is taking place in Fairfax, Virginia and is expected to last several weeks.
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