Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been in a legal battle for long now. There are updates around it every single day. This time, it’s about the libel suit. For the unversed, the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor has slapped a defamation suit on the newspaper, The Sun. It happened after it termed him as a ‘wife-beater.’
Not only the Sun’s publishers, New Group Newspapers (NGN), but the editor Dan Wootton is being sued too. In the last proceeding, the judge had ruled out NGN newspaper’s request to strike off the case.
Amidst it all, Johnny Depp had requested that his ex-wife, Amber Heard be refrained from being present while he testifies. The actor was asking the court to prohibit Heard from being present unless she is called to give evidence. Depp’s lawyers argued that his ex-wife’s testimony would be more reliable if she doesn’t witness him being cross-examined.
However, this request has been ruled out by judge Andrew Nicol. He maintained that the defendants are Dan Wootton and The Sun, and not his ex-wife. Judge Nicol added that excluding Amber Heard before she testifies “would inhibit the defendants in the conduct of their defense.”
The Johnny Depp libel suit was earlier scheduled for March. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it got pushed. The case will be beginning from today, is set to last for three weeks in London’s High Court. Both Amber and Johnny are expected to provide their evidence.
It is also stated that other evidence will include Johnny Depp’s ex-partners – Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder. Both of them had supported the actor in the court previously. They had also quashed rumours against any kind of physical abuse that they experienced while in the relationship.