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Judge rejects Amber Heard’s bid to dismiss ex-husband Johnny Depp’s $50m defamation lawsuit



Amber Heard has misplaced her bid to have Johnny Depp’s $50million (£39m) defamation lawsuit towards her dismissed.


The actress’ authorized staff made a movement to dismiss the case on Tuesday Might 3 but it surely was disputed by Depp’s legal professionals in a prolonged speech.

Depp launched a lawsuit towards his ex-wife over her 2018 op-ed within the Washington Submit, wherein she wrote about her expertise of struggling home abuse.

Whereas she didn’t identify the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, his legal professionals argued that this falsely implies that he sexually and bodily abused her – one thing he has fiercely denied.


Judge rejects Amber Heard

Choose Penney Azcarate, presiding over the case on the Fairfax County Courtroom in Virgina, dominated that enough proof had been introduced to proceed the case towards Heard.

‘If there’s a scintilla of proof {that a} cheap juror might weigh, then the matter survives a movement to strike,’ she mentioned.

She additionally defined that there was ‘proof that jurors might weigh that the statements have been concerning the plaintiff (Johnny Depp) that the statements have been printed and that the assertion was false, and that the defendant made the assertion understanding it to be false or that the defendant made it so recklessly as to quantity to willful disregard for the reality.

‘The load of that proof is as much as the very fact finders.’

Heard’s legal professionals known as their first witness, Dr Daybreak Hughes, a medical and forensic psychologist.

Heard was because of be the opening witness within the protection however will reportedly be second on the stand her legal professionals mentioned.

The 36-year-old Heard has countersued for $100million (£76m), claiming that her former associate libeled her by calling her a liar.

The trial started in April, with Depp amongst these taking the stand beside alongside different witnesses, together with Heard’s former nurse, their former couple’s therapist and the actor’s safety guard.

The trial continues.

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