After months of slipping out of getting to truly sit down for the $50 million defamation lawsuit that he launched in opposition to Amber Heard, Johnny Depp might have run out of strikes.
“Plaintiff John C. Depp, II shall …seem for 3 successive days in counsel for Defendant’s places of work in Virginia …or at such different place in Northern Virginia designated by counsel for Defendant, from November 10-12, 2020, starting at 10:00 a.m. every day,” declares an order yesterday from Fairfax County VA Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce White (READ IT HERE).
No phrase but from the Depp camp if the Fantastic Beasts star plans to struggle this order, but. However, if the Oscar nominee does show up, it seems like it’s going to contain him having to skip out of among the UK filming of the most recent sequel within the WB franchise from J.Ok Rowling.
It was the coronavirus delayed begin of capturing on the David Yates-directed Fantastic Beasts 3 that was why Depp sought in August to have the graduation of the trial within the contentious
matter pushed again to mid-2021 and why he has been supposedly unable to take a seat with Heard’s attorneys beforehand. Though the actor has been conducting a mini-grand tour of European movie festivals the final month or so, WB SVP for Corporate Legal Wayne M. Smith wrote in a September 8 letter that “we require Mr. Depp to be within the United Kingdom from September 17 by the anticipated finish of manufacturing in mid-February, 2021.”
Citing the backlogs COVID-19 has induced within the courts, Judge White on September 11 shoved the beforehand a lot delayed trial from its anticipated January 2021 begin to May 3 subsequent yr. Under that timeline, Depp’s deposition desired dates would have taken place mere weeks earlier than the trial started – a state of affairs that Heard’s attorneys declare gave them little time.
Late final month, the Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C. attorneys and Aquaman star Heard filed paperwork to have Depp face their questions “on or earlier than October 30, 2020 on dates and instances agreeable to counsel for Defendant.” Having launched a $100 million counterclaim this summer time, Heard was additionally unsuccessfully making an attempt but once more to get the case initiated by her ex-husband tossed out.
There was a listening to in Fairfax County on the matter on October 9.
Following that, clearly Judge White, who additionally ordered Depp pay his ex-wife just below $7000 in some administrative charges and hand over lengthy sought paperwork, break up the distinction on the deposition.
For these of you who have not been following with bated breath, this all began when the litigious and far sued Depp went after Heard in early 2019 for an op-end Heard wrote about home violence for the Washington Post in December 2018 . A bit that, whereas Depp believes value him a task in Disney’s Pirates reboot, by no means truly mentions him by identify.
The Rum Diary co-stars’ quick and media spotlighted marriage got here to an finish in 2016 with a short lived restraining order slapped in opposition to Depp amid home violence claims. The relationship was formally over with a $7 million divorce settlement, most of which Heard in the end donated to charity – although Depp contests if she truly did make the donations she claims
This new delay within the Virginia case comes as Depp, Heard and all their attorneys await the lengthy anticipated verdict in Public Enemies star’s UK libel battle in opposition to Rupert Murdoch-owned The Sun. Touted as the most important English libel trial of the twenty first century, the 16-day trial in opposition to the tabloid over tales about “spouse beater” Depp allegedly abusing Heard ended in late July.
The High Court’s Judge Justice Nicol was anticipated to make public his verdict by final month – but the clock retains ticking.