Amber Heard made a surprise appearance in a Virginia courtroom for a hearing in the $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, according to reports.
Depp’s team is reportedly refusing to turn over records stemming from his “domestic violence” arrests and drug/alcohol rehabilitations, which Heard demanded access to as part of her defense. Depp filed the suit in March after Heard wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post alluding to domestic abuse. She didn’t name Depp, but he was understood to be the abuser, and he claims the story cost him his job in Pirates of the Caribbean.
“Mr. Depp cannot seek to litigate the truth of Ms. Heard’s allegations about his violent and abusive behavior while intoxicated, insist on proceeding without a protective order, and then blithely refuse to produce evidence that confirms the truth of those allegations on grounds of relevance and ‘privacy,'” said Heard’s lawyer in the documents.
“Amber Heard, previously arrested and jailed for violent domestic abuse, and then caught on tape and by dozens of eyewitnesses for her hoax accusing Johnny Depp of violent domestic abuse, is staring at her trial,” Depp’s representative Adam Waldman told Deadline. “Now her new #Timesup lawyers try to thread a difficult needle — desperately fight to get the case dismissed out of court for the 3rd time, sweep the unambiguous testimonial evidence of her crimes under seal to hide it from the public and embolden her (curiously silent) hoax-enablers, and smear Johnny Depp with additional false innuendo. All while arguing the abuse defamation she inflicted on Johnny Depp was somehow not about Johnny Depp.”