If the multi-million-dollar defamation lawsuit that Johnny Depp launched in opposition to Amber Heard this spring hasn’t already gotten messy sufficient, a brand new ruling may expose a number of soiled laundry for the Crimes of Grindelwald star and his ex-wife.
Late final week, a Virginia decide agreed with attorneys for the Aquaman actor that Depp wants at hand over “related medical data” and different materials associated to his alcohol and drug use. “By November 15, 2019, Plaintiff should produce all non-privileged, responsive paperwork requested by Defendant’s doc requests,” ordered Fairfax County Chief Decide Bruce White on October 18 (learn it right here) of the movement filed by Heard’s crew on September 13 within the $50 million motion.
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“Mr. Depp can’t search to litigate the reality of Ms. Heard’s allegations about his violent and abusive conduct whereas intoxicated, insist on continuing with no protecting order, after which blithely refuse to supply proof that confirms the reality of these allegations on grounds of relevance and ‘privateness,’” declared Heard’s Virginia lawyer J. Benjamin Rottenborn final month in a memorandum that accompanied the now profitable movement to compel.
Earlier in September, having misplaced an try and shift the matter to California, Heard additionally filed paperwork to have the entire matter dismissed. With Time’s Up Authorized Protection Fund co-founder Roberta Kaplan now main Heard’s authorized crew, that facet of the case hasn’t been addressed but by the courtroom.
Having stated in a earlier listening to final month that their consumer “has nothing to cover” about his previous indulgences and actions below the affect, one among Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew famous his objection in writing on the October 18 order. Nevertheless, taking the aggressive perspective that they’ve in different authorized actions the as soon as Pirates of the Caribbean star is engaged in, Crew Depp are additionally saying they are going to adjust to Decide White’s order as a result of it is going to unveil what actually went down within the couple’s quick marriage that unraveled in public just a few years in the past.
“Amber Heard now not feigns any effort to show her abuse hoax,” major Depp legal professional Adam Waldman instructed Deadline in very stark phrases, and the Endeavor Regulation Agency legal professional hardly ever minces his phrases. “If she wished to try this, she and her co-conspirators would cease working from their depositions.”
“As a substitute, Ms. Heard’s #TimesUp authorized crew have moved on to the techniques their former consumer Harvey Weinstein perfected – smear the sufferer with PR innuendo,” Waldman doubles down. “For the avoidance of doubt, the one individual on this case who beat a girl is the self-appointed #MeToo spokesperson Amber Heard, and he or she was arrested and incarcerated for it. And he or she savagely beat others, as will probably be proven at trial.”
Even earlier than he took Heard to courtroom over her December 2018 Washington Publish op-ed about home violence and the backlash girls usually endure once they converse out about such conditions, Depp was claiming that it was he was the one abused within the relationship. Although he’s not truly talked about by title, Depp and his attorneys have moreover stated that the op-ed within the Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper tarnished his good title and value the actor a spot in a deliberate Pirates reboot – a declare the franchise’s studio Disney by no means confirmed nor denied.
This week Heard’s predominant lawyer Kaplan took a extra measured response to the ruling releasing the specified data to her crew, in a fashion of talking. “We’re very happy that the Courtroom granted our movement to compel in full,” stated Kaplan of the October 18 ruling within the Outdated Dominion.
“Mr. Depp’s place on discovery on this case has been nonsensical, as if he have been the one being sued,” the Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP founding accomplice with no small quantity of snark. “However it’s Mr. Depp who began this lawsuit on the speculation that Ms. Heard one way or the other made up all of the abuse that pressured her to acquire a restraining order in opposition to Mr. Depp again in 2016.”
“Now that the info in his personal lawsuit are making him uncomfortable, Mr. Depp desires to cover proof generally understood to be related to incidents of home violence: his decades-long abuse of medication and alcohol, his previous historical past of violence, and medical data displaying amongst different issues the laundry record of prescription drugs he takes each day and accidents from his drug-induced rages,” the NYC-based Kaplan continued completely. “However that isn’t how litigation works. Mr. Depp began this struggle. Ms. Heard intends to complete it by proving, if obligatory, the reality of what actually occurred.”
Level of truth, Kaplan did do authorized work for the a lot accused Harvey Weinstein as Waldman says. Nevertheless, the activist legal professional was not related to issues associated to the handfuls of accusations of sexual assault and harassment over the many years in opposition to the producer.
Whether or not as status window dressing or not, Kaplan’s job was to take care of questions round cash that Weinstein allegedly moved from a charity to one among his not so profitable Broadway efforts – questions that federal prosecutors proceed to probe as Weinstein awaits the beginning of a prison trial that would see him behind bars for all times.
As this defamation case on the East Coast strikes deeper into the invention part, Depp additionally has two trials arising on this facet of the nation. With Heard, Elon Musk and others going through depositions within the coming weeks, Depp has a December 2 trial begin for his two-year-old, $50 million malpractice lawsuit in opposition to his previous attorneys at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP.
Wanting unlikely to settle, that dust-up will quickly be adopted on Might 11 2020 with a trial on allegations that Depp punched a location supervisor on the set of but to launched Metropolis of Lies.
In his filed grievance of July final yr, Gregg “Rocky” Brooks claims he was repeatedly hit by Depp “within the decrease left facet of his rib cage” after having to tell the actor that filming that evening in L.A. was going to need to wrap late. The 10-claim go well with, which additionally names director Brad Furman and producers Miriam Segal, Good Movie Productions and Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, seeks damages for hostile work setting, retaliation, and wrongful termination among the many claims.
Triple menace or not, relying on the way you have a look at these newest turns in Depp’s lengthy authorized highway of the previous revealing few years.