According to a court transcript obtained by Radar, on Friday, Depp and Heard’s lawyers were fighting in Virginia Court for a hearing in the actor’s lawsuit.
The actor is suing Heard over an op-ed in the Washington Post. The article, which never mentioned Depp by name, spoke about sexual violence. In the piece, Heard wrote, “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change”
Depp claims the article tarnished his reputation and cost him work.
Earlier this year, the Pirates of the Caribbean star lost a separate lawsuit against a UK tabloid that labeled him a “wifebeater.” The court ruled Depp didn’t have a case because 12 of the 14 alleged incidents of violence against Heard “had been proven to a civil standard.”
Heard’s lawyer asked the court to allow them to amend their motion to dismiss. They also wanted a stay of discovery in the case. She argued the ruling in the UK court should cause the current case to be dismissed. Her lawyer argued the court determined the tabloid had the right to use the word “wifebeater.” Heard argues she had the right to write the article about the same topic.
Depp’s lawyers fired back arguing the UK case has nothing to do with the Virginia case. The actor’s attorney said Heard was not a party to that case and the statement at issue are different.
He also takes issues with statements Heard made in a declaration submitted to the UK case. In her affidavit, the Aquaman actress said she donated the $7 million she received from Depp in their divorce to the ACLU. Depp says this is a lie.
He says the UK court made their final ruling without knowing the truth about the $7 million. His lawyer wrote,”The court had no way to verify that, and the appellate court, by the way did confirm that that was a falsehood.”
At the end of the hearing, the judge allowed Heard to amend her motion but said it will most likely be “futile.”
Interesting to note, Heard’s lawyer also revealed the parties have both spent millions on the case.
He wrote, “The amount of judicial resources expended in this case and still ahead is mind-boggling. Ending or significantly curtailing this litigation would absolutely promote the ends of justice.”
He continued, “There are many discovery motions still to come, six currently that we have queued up and ready to file. Databases of documents have been exchanged. 26 depositions have already been taken and many, many options have been filed and argued.”
“There will likely be over 20 experts in this case. The parties have each spent literally millions of dollars in attorney’s fees and costs will continue this pace into the next year leading up through the trial unless the litigation is curtailed,” the attorney wrote.