The judge refuses to dismiss Johnny Depp’s defamation suit

The judge presiding over Johnny Depp’s defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Tuesday dismissed a motion for dismissal filed by the actress’s lawyers.

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After a three-week trial in Fairfax, Washington, D.C., the 36-year-old actress’s lawyers had asked the judge, Penney Azcarate, to dismiss the complaint, given that the star of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise had not provided evidence. for defamation.

“The court must accept this motion to dismiss because of the indisputable evidence that he was, in fact, the one who attacked Amber,” the actress’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, explained before calling his first witness.

Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, in turn asked the judge to dismiss the claim, saying Amber Heard “is aggressive in this courtroom.”

This requirement, common in the American legal system, is rarely accepted.

Judge Azcarate considered that there were sufficient elements to continue the trial and to leave the seven members of the jury the power to decide the outcome of the appeal.

Johnny Depp, 58, says his ex-wife ruined his reputation and career after he wrote an article in the Washington Post in 2018 in which she described herself as a victim of domestic abuse without quoting her ex-husband saj. He is seeking $ 50 million in damages.

The actor, who testified for four days, denies ever raising his hand against his ex-wife, ensuring she was the one who was raped.

Amber Heard has counterattacked and is seeking $ 100 million, claiming she suffered “physical abuse and assault” before and during their troubled marriage, which lasted only two years, from 2015 to 2017.

She is expected to testify this week.

Specializing in accounting operations and the last witness called by Johnny Depp’s lawyers, Mike Spindler estimated on Tuesday that the actor had suffered a shortfall of about $ 40 million after the editorial was published, particularly being removed from the “Pirates” saga in 2019 from Disney Studios.

The star’s fees had exceeded $ 30 million in 2017, his agent had estimated the day before.

In April 2018, the British tabloid The Sun accused Johnny Depp of being “an abusive husband”. The actor sued the newspaper and lost in a trial that exposed his drug and alcohol abuse.

Amber Heard suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after abusing Johnny Depp, says expert

Actress Amber Heard suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of “intimate violence” exercised by Johnny Depp, a psychology expert claimed on Tuesday in the defamation lawsuit filed by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor against his ex-wife his.

Johnny Depp displayed an “obsession with control” and “obsessive jealousy” throughout their “very volatile” relationship, Dawn Hughes added.

A clinical and forensic psychologist, she was the first witness called by the 36-year-old actress’s lawyers in this trial, which began three weeks ago in Fairfax court, near Washington.

Dr. Hughes explained to the jury that she had made a “final diagnosis” of post-traumatic stress disorder after four tests with Amber Heard that she demonstrated, according to her, “violence from her partner in this relationship”.

Her findings contradict those of another psychologist, Shannon Curry, who claimed last week that the ‘Aquaman’ actress was suffering from personality disorders and had ‘extremely exaggerated’ the PTSD symptoms from which she said she was suffering.

According to Dr. Hughes, Amber Heard spoke of “physical violence behavior” and “acts of sexual violence.”

“He pushed her, pushed her, hit her on the back and with the palm of his hand,” she said. “He strangled her, pushed her against a wall, pushed her and she fell. “He kicked him in the back.”

Her testimony will continue Wednesday and Amber Heard will hold a stand this week.

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