The John C. Depp, II v. Amber Laura Heard is as massive as it gets, as it would seem the world’s eyes are nowhere but here. The world has 7.9 million people and #justiceforjohnny has gotten about 6 billion views. The former couple has torn into each other with accusations, abuse, and a severed finger. Both are big-time stars so, of course, their professional life suffered a great deal. And this is almost all behind them with the divorce settlement in January 2017.
Washington Post got involved in December 2018, when Amber wrote an op-ed article about the “alleged” abuse she faced at the hands of Johnny Depp. Following that Depp sued Amber for her Op-ed with the Washington Post in February 2019. August 2020, Amber countersues Johnny for “allegedly” assaulting and abusing her and of having an alcohol drug addiction, and substance abuse. They all talked about the same times with different stories and perspectives.
Why Is The Trial In Virginia?
The trial is taking place in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County in the state of Virginia. Even though the former spouses or their relationship has no connection to Virginia. The Washington Post, which is in the center of the whole thing, its Op-ed led to the trail. And as the servers of The Washington Post’s online edition are situated in the county. Johnny’s lawyers Benjamin G. Chew and Camille Vasquez brought this to Virginia because the commonwealth’s anti-SLAPP law is pretty wide and broad in this state.
Who Wanted The Trial In Virginia?
Johnny’s lawyers filed the case to be held in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County in the state of Virginia Amber’s lawyers did try to shift the trial to California but Johnny’s lawyers were persistent about having the trial in Virginia. So hence the trial has been going on since 11 April 2022. In the trial, Johnny must prove that he did nothing to Amber and Amber has to prove that Johnny did abuse and assault her. Both the defendant and plaintiffs are claiming abuse from others and the court is trying to figure out the truth.
What All Has Transpired So Far?
The trial started on 11 April 2022 and after an opening statement, witnesses for Johnny were one by one called on the stand to testify. This went on for 4 weeks and after that Johnny gave his testimony. He claimed Amber verbally and physically assaulted him for years. And then defamed him by writing the article about him assaulting her, which wasn’t true. After this came Amber’s testimony and her witness for 2-3 weeks. Amber accused Johnny of mentally, emotionally, physically, and sexually assaulting her, and she also mentioned that it wasn’t about Johnny as his name wasn’t in the article. The case was back and forth between both the celebs as the lawyers tried to tear down the defendant or the plaintiff respectively. Now it’s time for Depp’s rebuttal. That’s all there is as of now, keep in the loop for any further updates.