Amber HeardI made the last-ditch effort in order to get Johnny DeppAfter his side had settled their case, he side’s defamation claims were dismissed. But a judge said no… now it’s her turn to tell the court.
Tuesday’s motion by Depp’s legal team asked the judge to dismiss several claims — which was expected and seems fairly common in these types cases.
Ben Rottenborn said that Depp, Co., couldn’t win because they hadn’t proved Amber had acted with actual malice by her op-ed piece. He claimed that Amber wasn’t the one who came up with the headline. The ACLU wrote a first draft of the headline for her.
Amber’s team insists that Amber’s underlying claims of DV were true. Depp’s testimony, among other evidence, essentially proved how he had abused Amber in some capacity… even if it wasn’t physical abuse but verbal/emotional.
Johnny’s lawyers offered their rebuttal in fervent terms. Ben Chew was out swinging right from the beginning as he attempted to defeat Amber’s attorney’s framing… shouting in the courtroom that Amber was the abuser.
The judge sided with Johnny in the end, as she refused to strike his claims. She did, however, table a single issue regarding the WaPo headline for later, since that evidence hadn’t been presented yet.
Amber and her team will now have to present their side. So far, it’s been all Johnny. Amber is expected to testify for Depp this week.
A rep for Johnny said that Johnny would prevail in keeping the case alive. “Numerous witnesses have testified that Ms. Heard engaged in psychological, verbal and physical abuse towards Mr. Depp and we are pleased at Chief Judge Azcarate’s ruling to continue with the trial after Mr. Rottenborn failed to convince the court that there was reason to dismiss the case.”
The rep add, “We stand confident in the future of the case and for the truth to be continued to be shared.”