Amber Heard’s legal team will call Johnny Depp back to the witness stand on Monday – opening the final week of the doomed couple’s defamation trial with a risky move legal experts have called risky.
Multiple sources with knowledge confirmed to The Post that the Pirates of the Caribbean star – who has been testifying for over four days – will be back on track Monday.
He is likely to be questioned about a number of allegations Heard, 36, made during her testimony – including that Depp, 58, sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle in Australia in March 2015.
The actor is expected to be questioned by his own lawyers as a refuting witness either Wednesday or Thursday, sources said.
Calling Depp back to address the jury could backfire – given how “likable” they seemed to find him during his first round of testimony, legal experts previously told The Post.
“There is a risk that he will have more time to be sympathetic on the stand,” said civil attorney Katherine Lizardo, “when it is actually time for Amber Heard to present her case.”
Depp often smiled in the stands, showing the jury his “very unique personality,” which may make him appealing to the seven-member jury, Lizardo said.
The actor is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post comment in which she described herself as a “public figure who advocates domestic violence.”
Heard, meanwhile, is suing for $100 million and alleging that Depp defamed her when he and his attorney Adam Waldman made statements to the press in 2020 alleging she fabricated their domestic violence allegations.
In his earlier testimony, Depp claimed he was the victim of his messy relationship with Heard and that he brought the lawsuit against her to “clear my name.”
The closing arguments in the explosive trial – which included photos of Depp passed out from apparent drug excesses, a dramatic hunt at an Australian mansion for the actor’s missing fingertip and a series of celebrity name drops – are scheduled for Friday.
Judge Penney Azcarate, who is presiding over the Fairfax, Virginia case, gave each side a total of 61 hours and 15 minutes to present their cases and has said she wants the trial to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
At the end of last week, Heard’s legal team had 8 hours and 14 minutes and Depp’s attorneys had 18 hours and 30 minutes.
Depp’s return to the stand would follow Thursday’s testimony from actress Ellen Barkin – who had an affair with him in 1994 – and said he was an often drunk, “jealous man” who once threw a wine bottle in her direction.
The courtroom saga was already packed with jaw-dropping moments, with Heard taking the stand to detail Depp’s alleged history of verbally and physically abusing her.
She told the jury about the first time Depp allegedly hit her and accused him of breaking her nose in jealous rage. She also testified that she was traumatized when he “shoved his fingers inside her” while tripping over magic mushrooms.
A UK Supreme Court upheld 12 of Heard’s 14 abuse allegations in Depp’s failed 2020 defamation lawsuit against Britain’s The Sun over an article branding him a “wife beater”.
Since losing that case he has put up an uphill battle as it is widely believed that it is easier to win a defamation case in the UK than in the US.
But the ultimate decision will rest with the seven Virginia jurors. The panel is expected to begin deliberations on Friday.
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