Johnny Depp has been given access to ex-wife Amber Heard’s phone records in a bid to prove pictures of his alleged assault were posed.
His libel lawsuit against Heard is set to go on trial next year, following his libel loss against The Sun in November 2020, with the judge ruling the paper’s claim that he was a ‘wife-beater’ as ‘substantially true’. Despite attempts by Heard’s legal team to dismiss his case, a judge denied their motion.
Update: Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard (Fairfax)
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Now, the actor’s attorney plans to prove that she doctored photos – in which she has ‘two black eyes’ – to make it look like he’d assaulted her. ‘Ms. Heard’s counsel has repeatedly used these phony photographs at deposition,’ Depp’s lawyer Benjamin Chew said in a court filing, claiming that the Los Angeles Police Department ‘disavowed the photographs’ and ‘did not depict what they saw’.
When the LAPD responded, Chew said ‘they found no injury upon Ms. Heard and no disruption to the penthouses. Ms. Heard and her friends then fabricated photos that she used to obtain an ex parte TRO [temporary restraining order] and a $7 million divorce settlement which Ms. Heard falsely testified in London she gave to the ACLU and, more scandalously, to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; sick children with cancer,’.
The Circuit Court of Fairfax County has since ruled that Depp’s team can look at Heard’s phone records by an expert Brian Neumeister for any signs of tampering.
Depp’s lawsuit concerns a Washington Post op-ed written by Heard that he considers to be a libellous piece against him.