Johnny Depp’s Motion To Delay Trial A ‘Campaign Of Terror’ Says Amber Heard!

The $50 million defamation Trial

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are at loggerheads over Depp’s request for a delay in the trial dates of the $50 million defamation trial that he himself brought against Heard. Johnny Depp’s ex-wife, Aquaman star Amber Heard’s lawyers have called the delay as a part of a “campaign of terror.”

The said trial for defamation brought by Johnny Depp against Amber Heard was actually stipulated to start sometime in mid-January but due to COVID 19 restrictions there has been considerable delay.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star has now requested for the trial to be pushed back further in order to suit his filming schedule for the upcoming installment of the Fantastic Beasts film, which is scheduled to start filming in October in the UK, with plans to continue through February of next year.

What is this $50 million defamation Trial about?

The trial under discussion is over a piece that Amber Heard penned in the Washington Post wherein she talked about an abusive partner who physically abused her during their marriage. Interestingly, she did not actually, specifically, name Johnny Depp in her composition, but Depp’s Legal team have contended that it’s pretty clear she’s smearing the 45 Year-old.

In the piece titled ‘I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change,’ Amber Heard wrote: “I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”

The Legal Conundrum: Lawyers’ Statements

The pending Defamation suit says: “Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator.”

“Mr. Depp never abused Ms. Heard (Read the suit here). Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016.” The Alice in Wonderland star’s legal team has filed the motion to delay the hearing up till March and June of 2021 saying anytime during that time window would work. 

As a response to Johnny Depp’s motion to delay, Heard’s lawyers wrote: “Plaintiff should not be permitted to delay the trial and continue causing this damage simply because there is a scheduled movie shoot conflicting with trial and for which he has made no effort to schedule around his deposition and this trial. This case needs to end, and end soon.”

If the motion for delay is accepted, the fresh dates are likely to clash with Amber Heard’s filming schedule for Aquaman 2. Heard’s lawyers continued, “Defendant’s career has virtually halted, with the exception of Aquaman 2 – which she was told months ago would begin filming in February 2021. Warner Bros counsel said that they do not know when Aquaman 2 will begin filming, but it will be sometime in the spring of 2021, which is also a basis for denying the continuance.”

Johnny Depp also has a libel claim pending in the UK against The Sun, which published an article calling Depp a “Wife-beater”.

Needless to say, the turn of events is for the future to decide. Check this space for more updates relating to Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s legal battle.

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