Amber Heard’s legal team is now claiming that the lawsuit should be dismissed. The 12th day of hearing in Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation action against ex-wife Amber Heard took place this week in a Virginia courtroom, after rumors that Heard had dismissed her public relations staff over the weekend, UNILAD reports.
In the defamation trial against Amber Heard, the lawyers for Johnny Depp have declared they’ve rested their case after 13 days of testimony. A lawsuit against Heard, his ex-wife, alleges that an opinion piece she wrote in 2018 defamed Depp and led him to lose employment in the entertainment industry, CNN reported.
More than two dozen witnesses, including Depp himself, were asked to testify in front of the jury by Depp’s counsel. Many others testified about the two of them getting into fights.
In his last testimony, Depp’s forensic accountant Mike Spindler discussed his estimate of the profits Depp lost as a consequence of the 2018 op-ed. “I concluded that Mr. Depp suffered lost earnings of approximately $40 million,” Spindler testified.
It is believed that Heard’s legal team will file a move to dismiss. The procedural maneuver, in which Heard’s legal team would argue that she should not have been held liable, is frequent in civil cases and is done in order to maintain the ability to appeal a decision made against her.
It is possible that Judge Penny Azcarate may decide to hear arguments on the motion right away or will schedule them for a later date. If the matter proceeds to trial, as is likely, Heard’s lawyers will begin presenting her case, which will include evidence from clinical psychologist Dawn Hughes, reports CNN.
Former Nxivm founder Keith Raniere and singer R. Kelly were both convicted after Hughes testified as an expert on abusive relationships in their respective trials. Hughes’ testimony was essential in securing both of their convictions.
Update: The judge has denied Heard’s motion to dismiss the case. A Virginia court will hear testimony from actress Amber Heard on Tuesday as the first witness in her defense in the $50 million defamation lawsuit brought against her by actor Johnny Depp. The case was filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, reports ABC7 news.
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