Pirates of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp failed to keep ex-wife Amber Heard away from the court in the libel case over Domestic abuse allegations.
The most controversial ex-couple lately, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, are again in the news over the libel case for Domestic abuse allegations. The actor has taken it to court to sue The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), over an article published in 2018. The article stated Johnny Depp as a “Wife Beater”. With the publisher, Depp is also suing its executive editor Dan Wootton.
- Johnny Depp wanted Amber Heard out of court over his Domestic Abuse Testimony.
- Court refused Johnny Depp’s request.
- The tabloid declared Johnny Depp as “Wife Beater”.
What’s hot is that the actor tried to get his ex-wife banned from the trial. However, the court has ruled against him.
Johnny Depp wanted Amber Heard out of court over his Domestic Abuse Testimony
In an attempt to exclude Amber Heard from the trials, Johnny Depp submitted an argument in the court. As per the argument, he asked to bar Miss Heard from attending the trail until she has been called from the Defense as a witness. According to the Hollywood star, Miss Heard being present during his testimony could influence her statements later.
As per the rules for criminal cases in The UK, witnesses aren’t allowed to attend the testimony of others before they have testified. Following the same clause, Depp and the team hoped to keep Amber out of it.
Eleanor Laws QC, one of Depp’s lawyers in this trial, also claimed that Miss Heard neither belongs to Prosecution and nor to Defendant in this trial. Thus, she shouldn’t be allowed to attend the trails.
Court refused Johnny Depp’s request.
A court order published today gave the Hollywood star a shock. As the court refused his argument of banning Miss Heard from the trial. The published order, led by Justice Nicole, rejected the request by stating the ban as “unfair” towards the Defense.
The order stated: ‘She (Ms. Heard) will not be in a position to give instructions to (NGN’s lawyers). But she can provide information on which the defendants may choose to act.
‘There is a benefit to the defendants in her being able to do that near-instantaneously in the course of Depp’s cross-examination. And, in my view, it would be unfair to the defendants to deprive them of that advantage.’
Though, while ruling out the argument, the Justice noted that Miss Heard has no direct role in being a defendant, as the defendant is Mr. Wootton, and the publisher NGN. However, the Judge claimed, ‘they rely heavily on the information which Miss Heard can provide’.
The tabloid declared Johnny Depp as “Wife Beater”.
In April 2018, The Sun, a tabloid published by NGN, referred to Johnny Depp as a “Wife Beater”. The Headline of the article stated:
“Gone Potty – How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”
In the article, Wootton clearly accused Johnny Depp of performing domestic abuse against his ex-wife Amber Heard. He also questioned JK Rowling for her interest in casting Johnny Depp in the latest Harry Porter universe movie.
Johnny Depp, the 57-year-old actor, who will be seen in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3’, has denied all the charges of domestic abuse by Amber Heard. And he has sued NGN over the allegations. The trial is due since March in the effect of Pandemic. But will now be taking place in the UK court this Tuesday.