Johnny Depp won’t be happy with this.
His long-awaited defamation trial against Amber Heard has been delayed again, and will now not be heard until 2022 at the earliest.
Johnny has been waiting for his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard to start sooner rather than later.
Now the Pirates Of The Carribean star will have to wait a bit longer to see the Aquaman actress in court. Depp’s trial had already been delayed several times, and was due to start on May 7.
The new date was decided Tuesday by Fairfax County Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce White.
Back in September, Depp had pushed for a delay because of his Fantastic Beasts 3 shooting schedule. However, Judge White actually pushed the date from January 2021 to May due to backlogs.
The pandemic has caused delays in the state’s court system. The backlogs are being cited for this new delay too.
April 2022 date was reportedly the first available slot for a civil jury trial, according to Deadline.
Understandably, criminal trials are being prioritised instead.
Because of this, a murder trial with a defendant who is already behind bars was given the Depp-Heard May 7 date instead.
This defamation trial is running alongside Depp appealing their loss in the UK courts, with the libel suit against The Sun.
Depp’s UK team are predicting an oral hearing next month for that case. Heard’s team have recently filed an opposition to the appeal, and Depp’s barristers have until February 28 to reply.
Non-profit organisation the ACLU is once again being looked at. Heard said she was donating half of her $7 million divorce settlement years ago.
Earlier this year it was revealed that her donations had been “delayed,” according to her attorney Elaine Bredehoft back in January.
Depp sued Heard in Virginia state court for $50 million back in March 2019.
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The decision came after she wrote an article for the Washington Post where she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse.
The article didn’t specifically name Depp, but he claims the article damaged his reputation and cost him a role in Disney’s planned Pirates of the Caribbean reboot.
The paperwork filed by Depp’s team insists it was Depp who was the real victim in the marriage, not Heard. Part of the documents read: “Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator,”
The case may yet still be pushed back further, but Depp’s fans are still supporting him.
It remains to be seen what will happen with Heard’s move to countersue, and with Depp’s appeal for The Sun trial.
The stakes are high for both of them.
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