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Johnny Depp’s defamation dispute with ex wife Amber Heard is going to trial

Johnny Depp‘s defamation case against ex Amber Heard is set for trial. 

The civil case has been scheduled for February 3 2020 by a Virginia judge, according to The Blast.

Depp accused Heard of defamation over a Washington Post op-ed where the actress wrote about her experience with domestic abuse, an account which Depp claims implied he was the perpetrator.

Going to court: A trial date has been set for Johnny Depp's defamation case against ex Amber Heard. The actor is seen in March above

Going to court: A trial date has been set for Johnny Depp’s defamation case against ex Amber Heard. The actor is seen in March above

The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor contended that the piece was defamatory because it ‘depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.’

His legal team went on to say how her accounts were ‘conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos.’

Though a court date has been set, there will be a Friday hearing for Heard’s motion to dismiss the case.

The judge estimates the case will take about 12 days. 

Depp is asking for $50million in damages, alleging the essay negatively affected his career.

The dispute: Depp accused Heard (above May) of defamation over a Washington Post op-ed where the actress wrote about her experience with domestic abuse, an account which Depp claims implied he was the perpetrator

The dispute: Depp accused Heard (above May) of defamation over a Washington Post op-ed where the actress wrote about her experience with domestic abuse, an account which Depp claims implied he was the perpetrator

In addition to calling her accounts of abuse ‘fabricated’ and ‘categorically’ false, Johnny has alleged that Amber was actually physically abusive to him.

Last month Depp submitted court documents with photos of injuries he accused Heard of inflicting.

He provided a shocking account, claiming that ‘while mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol’ Heard ‘hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.’

‘Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator,’ Depp’s documents went on to state.

Contentious: In addition to calling her accounts of abuse 'fabricated' and 'categorically' false, Johnny has alleged that Amber was actually physically abusive to him. They are seen in 2016 above

Contentious: In addition to calling her accounts of abuse ‘fabricated’ and ‘categorically’ false, Johnny has alleged that Amber was actually physically abusive to him. They are seen in 2016 above

Though Heard did not explicitly name Depp as her abuser in her Washington Post piece, she offered meticulously detailed accounts of abuse during the couple’s divorce proceedings in 2016.

During the divorce, she presented photos of herself with bruises on her face and body, as well as photos of trashed rooms and text messages recounting the violent incidents.

She also detailed a 2016 incident where the actor allegedly attacked her at their downtown Los Angeles penthouse. The incident lead to Heard being granted a temporary restraining order against Depp. 

Complicating the matter, however, two police officers who were dispatched to the scene told reporters that they found no evidence of a scuffle. They later repeated their accounts in a subsequent deposition.

Johnny and Amber reached a $7million settlement by August of that year. Heard reportedly donated her portion of the settlement to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

At odds: Though Heard did not explicitly name Depp as her abuser in her Washington Post piece, she offered meticulously detailed accounts of abuse during the couple's divorce proceedings in 2016

At odds: Though Heard did not explicitly name Depp as her abuser in her Washington Post piece, she offered meticulously detailed accounts of abuse during the couple’s divorce proceedings in 2016

After the settlement Amber retracted her abuse allegations. Explaining their relationship dynamic in a joint statement they called the union ‘intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.’

‘Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain,’ they continued. ‘There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future.’

Their settlement reportedly included a nondisparagement agreement between the two parties.

Johnny and Amber first met on the set of their film The Rum Diary in 2011.

They were married in 2015 but by May of 2016, Heard filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

Daily Mail UK

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