Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard in the United States in a second libel case after losing his case against
The Sun’s publishers in the United Kingdom in 2020.
Following delays caused by the pandemic, the six-week trial is set to begin this week, this time with a camera in the courtroom.
Even if Depp had won, the details revealed during what was dubbed the “trial of the century” would have been extremely damaging to his career.
He ultimately lost, with the judge arguably sounding the death knell when he concluded that a
Sun newspaper headline labeling the actor a “wife-beater” was “substantially true.”
Despite this, he is repeating the process in order to clear his name.
The actor has consistently denied allegations of abuse and claims that he has been boycotted by Hollywood as a result of the allegations.
He sued the publication in the United Kingdom. In the United States, he is suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard,
for a December 2018 column she wrote for the Washington Post. While she did not name him in the article,
she did describe herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
In 2019, Depp filed a $50 million (£38.2 million) defamation lawsuit against Heard,
claiming that her article falsely implies she was a victim of abuse during their relationship.
Heard has requested that the case be dismissed,
and he has also filed a counterclaim for defamation against Depp, accusing him of a smear campaign.
Following delays caused by the pandemic, the trial is finally set to begin on Monday at the Fairfax County courthouse in Virginia,
with the two stars set to square off once more.
The former Hollywood power couple is expected to testify in person at the trial,
as are high-profile figures such as James Franco, Paul Bettany, and Elon Musk.