Johnny Depp has been ordered to take a seat for a deposition in his defamation case in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard.
Fairfax County, Virginia Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce White has advised the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star he can now not postpone a sit down with the actress’ attorneys, insisting he ought to seem for “three successive days” at a venue to be determined by Heard’s authorized group “from November 10-12, 2020, starting at 10.00am every day.”
The ruling follows a request from Heard’s attorneys, insisting they wanted to talk with Depp “on or earlier than October 30, 2020” to present them sufficient time to plan their defence earlier than the rescheduled trial date in May (21).
Depp beforehand cited his commitments to filming the newest “Fantastic Beasts” film in the U.Okay. as his cause for delaying the trial, asking the choose to reschedule to mid-2021.
He even had the backing of high Warner Bros. lawyer Wayne M. Smith, who wrote, “We require Mr. Depp to be in the United Kingdom from September 17 by way of the anticipated finish of manufacturing in mid-February, 2021.”
That prompted Judge White to maneuver the trial from January to May subsequent 12 months.
Earlier this month (Oct20), the choose ordered Depp to pay his ex-wife near $7,000 to cowl administrative charges and hand over paperwork her authorized group had requested. Meanwhile, Heard filed a countersuit over the summer season as she unsuccessfully tried to get the case initiated by her ex-husband dismissed.
Depp launched his swimsuit in opposition to Heard in early 2019 after she wrote an article about home violence for the Washington Post, in which she claimed to be a sufferer. The actor insisted the piece price him a task in a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
The former couple lately confronted off in court docket in London throughout Depp’s libel trial in opposition to The Sun newspaper. He sued the publication’s bosses over an article that referred to him as a “spouse beater.” He has at all times maintained claims he was abusive in direction of his ex-wife all through their short-lived marriage are unfaithful.
A call in that case was anticipated final month, however has but to be made public.