Depp’s defamation suit against Amber to continue

Los Angeles, May 4:A US judge denied Amber Heard’s request to dismiss a defamation trial, in which her former husband Johny Depp is suing Heard for allegedly ruining his reputation by “choosing to lie about him for her own personal benefit”, as was argued by the lawyers of “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor.
“We are pleased at Chief Judge Azcarate’s ruling to continue with the trial after (Heard’s attorney) Benjamin Rottenborn failed to convince the court that there was reason to dismiss the case,” a spokesperson for Depp told E! News in a statement on Tuesday.
“We stand confident in the future of the case and for the truth to be continued to be shared.” On May 3, Rotternborn argued that there was no “clear and convincing evidence” on Depp’s part, explaining that he “can’t meet his burden of proof” for the trial. Rotternborn continued, “He (Depp) can’t prove Heard acted with actual malice,” CourtTV reported.
In 2018, the “Aquaman” actress wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post titled “Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence?and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” Although Heard did not name Depp in the article, he accused her of defamation of character for detailing alleged domestic abuse in the op-ed, which he describes as an “elaborate hoax”.
Depp is arguing that the op-ed cost him a $22.5 million deal for a sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film and a loss of $40 million total since the article’s publication, his spokesperson told E! News.
According to court documents, Depp seeks to prove that three aspects of the piece are defamatory: the headline’s reference to “sexual violence”; the paragraph in which Heard describes herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”; and the paragraph in which she mentions “institutions (that) protect men accused of abuse”.
Heard filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp in 2020, alleging that he “unlawfully targeted” her and defamed her in statements calling her allegations a “hoax”.
Rotternborn argued that the headline was not written by Heard and that the statements in the piece are not disputable because of a video showing Depp being verbally abusive towards Heard. Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, argued that Depp’s losses prove defamation and that Heard, in fact, physically abused the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” actor. Azcarate denied the dismissal of the statements within the piece, but has yet to rule whether to dismiss or continue trial for the claim regarding the headline, explaining more evidence is needed, as per Variety. Since the beginning of trial, followers have been shocked by the many revelations that have emerged about Heard and Depp’s marriage from 2015 to 2017. (UNI)