Johnny Depp to face Amber Heard in court during U.K. libel trial

by WENN July 5th, 2020, 10:35 am


Johnny Depp will come face-to-face with ex-wife Amber Heard in court, after a judge ruled the actress could be present while Depp gives evidence in his libel case against Britain's The Sun newspaper.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing the tabloid's publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article which referred to him as a "wife-beater" in relation to domestic violence allegations made by Heard, which Depp has repeatedly denied.

The article related to Heard's claims that he was violent to her during their marriage – which he strenuously denies – and, despite the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas actor requesting Heard not be present while he's in the witness box, High Court judge Mr Justice Nicol has ruled against him.

A pre-trial hearing has heard numerous claims, including Depp allegedly begging his assistant for "happy pills" and "whitey stuff" " which lawyers claim meant ecstasy and ­cocaine " days the alleged assault.

Meanwhile, another claim sees Heard described as a Gone Girl " referring to the 2012 thriller in which a wife goes missing and leaves a trail of faked evidence which frames her husband for her murder.

The trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, with Depp's exes Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis expected to give evidence in Depp's defense.

Depp and Heard split in 2016, and finalized their divorce the following year, with Heard receiving $7 million in a settlement