EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp could imagine that he has handed Amber Heard all of the documentation he must within the former couple’s multi-million-dollar defamation battles, however the Aquaman star is now going fishing in some very deep seas.
In subpoenas submitted at the moment, Heard needs to know what the Los Angeles Police division and Walt Disney Motion Picture Group have on the ex-Pirates of the Caribbean actor. Information that she and her Virginia lawyer need produced within the coming weeks.
In truth, within the case of Disney, Heard and her Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C. legal professionals need not simply paperwork on what actually was occurring with Depp throughout the “filming, together with capturing and re-shooting, on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” however they’re searching for a February 18 digital deposition from the House of Mouse on the matter.
The documentation that Team Heard needs from Disney within the $50 million defamation swimsuit and the actress’ $100 million counterclaims casts its web fairly vast.
Already in one other discovery squirmish within the lengthy conflict between the Run Diary co-stars, Heard needs “all info regarding paperwork and communications of any nature” on Depp and “incidents of drug or alcohol use (together with suspected drug or alcohol use).” As properly, they’re searching for particulars about “any delays or tardiness attributable to Mr. Depp,” “any incidents of violence or abuse by Mr. Depp” any data on impute the actor had or “hiring, casting” and “disagreements with the writers, administrators or producers with the filming, modifying and/or launch of Pirates 5.”
As properly, to twist the knife slightly extra and deepen the potential public spectacle, Heard’s legal professionals need “all info regarding all paperwork and communications of any nature between Disney and Mr. Depp from January 1, 2018 by the current.”
The lowest grossing of any of the Captain Jack Sparrow franchise movies, Dead Men Tell No Tales got here out in May 2017 after what was seemingly a sequence of disruptive manufacturing points. At one level the entire Australia shoot got here to a grinding halt and value Disney thousands and thousands as Depp needed to be flown Stateside after slicing off the tip of considered one of his fingers off is a what was reportedly substance fueled altercation with Heard.
In truth, the Pirates franchise performed a giant function on this authorized mayhem from the very starting.
Depp sued Heard in Virginia state court docket for $50 million in March 2019 after she wrote a Washington Post op-ed about being a sufferer of home abuse.
The December 2018 piece by no means really named Depp, however the already pretty litigious actor alleged that it broken his rep and value him a gig in Disney’s deliberate Pirates of the Caribbean reboot. The filed paperwork went on to say that in truth it was Depp who was the actual sufferer within the couple’s short-lived marriage that led to 2016: “Ms. Heard will not be a sufferer of home abuse, she is a perpetrator.”
After a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt to get the matter tossed out, Heard countersued final summer season. Recently, Depp has come up brief himself in attempting to get the countersuit dismissed. In November final yr, he additionally misplaced his high-profile libel case in Britain towards Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun for calling him a “spouse beater.”
Additionally, in a subpoena of its personal, the LAPD has been requested to ship “physique cam footage” from two officers and “all paperwork and communications of any nature generated, despatched or obtained regarding the 911 calls regarding the Eastern Columbia Building on May 21, 2016 regarding Ms. Heard.” Referring to the pivotal and contested incident that led to requires a restraining order and Depp and Heard’s divorce quickly afterwards, the wide-ranging subpoena goes on to say “this consists of all inside and exterior reviews, communications, and different paperwork.
In possibly probably the most telling of each subpoenas’ goals, the request of the LAPD additionally needs “all paperwork and communications of any nature with Mr. Depp, and/or any of Mr. Depp’s brokers, attorneys or others appearing on his behalf, from May 21, 2016 by the current. Heard’s legal professionals have set a February 8 deadline for the City of Angels cops to supply the fabric.
Following the ping pong techniques that each side have deployed repeatedly within the Virginia case(s), at the moment’s subpoenas towards the LAPD and Disney fly out of one other movement on paperwork from Depp to Heard, which is about for a January fifteenth listening to
Seeking a brand new libel trial over on the opposite facet of the Atlantic and having did not get the Old Dominion’s anti-SLAPP utilized in his favor, the fired Fantastic Beasts actor needs to roadblock Heard from digging for extra particulars.
“Defendant’s movement is an inexcusable abuse of the invention course of, and is suffering from false representations to the court docket,” asserts Depp’s January 8 filed opposition. “Ms. Heard licensed that she had met and conferred in good religion.,” the 10-page submitting says. “That is fake.”
“Ms. Heard claims that Mr. Depp ‘refused’ to offer full manufacturing or supplemental responses, can also be false,” the paperwork from Brown Rusnick LLP’s Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez goes on to say. “Ms. Heard asserts that Mr. Depp has refused to adjust to this Court’s Orders and failed to supply paperwork, false as properly.”
“In brief, Ms. Heard continues to burden this Court with frivolous, pointless motions that violate the Rules if the Virginia Supreme Court. Mr. Depp respectfully requests that the Court deny Ms. Heard’s newest movement and sanction her. Enough is sufficient.”
Otherwise, shining a brand new harsh highlight on Heard’s lengthy held insistence, out and in of court docket, that she donated the $7 million settlement she obtained in 2017 of their divorce to the ACLU and L.A.’s Children Hospital, Depp scored a PR win on the very least not too long ago. Heard’s Virginia lawyer Elaine Bredehoft admitted on January 7 that her consumer “has already been answerable for seven figures in donations to charitable causes and intends to proceed to contribute and ultimately fulfill her pledge.”
Whether that has any have an effect on in both the USA or the UK, at the moment’s subpoenas actually will trigger ripples on the very least at Police HQ in DTLA and over in Disney’s Burbank company hub. On one other degree, Team Depp could also be funding authorized faith over Heard’s doc calls for, however they made certain to present themselves a facet door if you recognize what I imply?
“Of course, no litigant can ever utterly rule out the likelihood that extra responsive paperwork may be found at a later date, and Mr. Depp appropriately reserves his proper to supply after-discovered paperwork,” says the opposition to Heard’s movement within the footnotes.