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Judge denies Amber Heard bid to dismiss Johnny Depp defamation suit

Judge Penney Azcarate has denied Amber Heard’s bid to dismiss Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit.

The defamation trial between Mr Depp and Ms Heard started on Monday 11 April in Fairfax, Virginia following Mr Depp’s lawsuit in opposition to his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr Depp is arguing that she defamed him in a December 2018 op-ed printed in The Washington Submit titled “I spoke up in opposition to sexual violence — and confronted our tradition’s wrath. That has to change”.

Heard lawyer Ben Rottenborn argued that the one subject within the case is that if Ms Heard will be held chargeable for defamation due to her 2018 column and nothing else.

He claimed that there’s “ample proof” that Mr Depp bodily abused Ms Heard, however he famous that this notion is disputed, including that non-physical abuse having occurred isn’t disputed.

If Mr Depp abused Ms Heard “even one time, then she wins. It’s that straightforward”, Mr Rottenborn stated.

The lawyer made a movement to strike – requesting that the choose take away all or a part of the proof put ahead by the plaintiff from the file.

He requested the courtroom to “strike the plaintiff’s proof and award abstract judgment to Ms Heard”.

Mr Depp’s lawyer Ben Chew then opposed the movement to strike, saying that “she’s the abuser on this courtroom”.

He added that Ms Heard’s “false allegations” reached the extent wanted to sue for defamation.

Judge Penney Azcarate stated she denied the movement to dismiss the case on two elements however that she’ll take recommendation on a 3rd.

In her 2018 op-ed, Ms Heard wrote that “like many ladies, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted by the point I used to be of faculty age. However I stored quiet — I didn’t count on submitting complaints to deliver justice. And I didn’t see myself as a sufferer”.

“Then two years in the past, I turned a public determine representing home abuse, and I felt the total power of our tradition’s wrath for girls who converse out,” she added on the time.

Whereas Mr Depp isn’t named within the piece, his authorized group argues that it accommodates a “clear implication that Mr Depp is a home abuser”, which they are saying is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Mr Depp is in search of damages of “not lower than $50m”.

Ms Heard has filed a $100m counterclaim in opposition to Mr Depp for nuisance and immunity from his allegations.

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