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Johnny Depp’s lawyer, who called Amber Heard’s abuse allegations ‘false’, refuses to answer 75 questions from her team

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Johnny Depp’s lawyer on Thursday refused to answer more than 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers in the multi-million dollar defamation trial – although he admitted to speaking to the press and giving information about the former couple to so-called “network journalists”.

Adam Waldman gave video testimony back in February after being subpoenaed by Ms. Heard’s legal team.

Mr. Waldman, who has worked on Mr. Depp’s legal team on an off-again basis since October 2016, is at the center of the Aquaman actress’ $100 million counterclaim at trial after he called her abuse allegations “fake” and “fraud.”

The testimony was repeatedly interrupted by Mr Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, who advised Mr Waldman not to answer several questions, citing the “attorney-client privilege” between Mr Waldman and Mr Depp.

In all, he refused to answer 75 questions put to him by Ms Heard’s lawyers, including questions about whether he was acting on Mr Depp’s behalf when giving interviews to the press about Ms Heard.

Mr Waldman confirmed he met Mr Depp in October 2016 – five months after Ms Heard filed for divorce – and was added to his legal team.

He confirmed he didn’t know the couple personally or witness their interactions when they were together.

Mr. Waldman’s refusal to answer dozens of questions put to him in the testimony appears uncharacteristic of the attorney, who has spoken to the media on a number of occasions about the couple’s litigation.

He was shown a snippet of a 2018 Rolling Stone interview with Mr Depp, which said: “It was Adam Waldman who made contact first Rolling Stone about writing a story about the injustice being done to Depp’s reputation and bottom line. He pointed to what he felt was an anti-depp story Hollywood reporter.”

Mr Waldman testified that it was not true that he had first contacted the magazine to write an article and said it was Mr Depp who did so.

When asked about his comments in an interview with MailOnline, Mr Waldman said: “I think I said that, yes”.

Mr Depp is suing his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 comment she wrote for The Washington Post where she described herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence”.

That Pirates of the Caribbean The actor is credited in the article, titled “I spoke out against sexual violence — and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change.”

However, Mr Depp claims that this falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser – something he strongly denies – and that it has made it difficult for him to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50 million.

Ms Heard is filing a $100million counterclaim, accusing Mr Depp of organizing a “defamation campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.

Her counterclaim for defamation was originally filed over Mr Waldman’s comments in which he accused Ms Heard of lying about the domestic violence she allegedly suffered at the hands of Mr Depp, and calling her allegations “false,” “a sexual violence hoax.” ‘ and ‘ambush’ branded. .

Mr Waldman, whose Twitter account was suspended for violating the site’s privacy policy, was reportedly later dropped from Mr Depp’s legal team but is now back working as his lawyer.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/johnny-depp-adam-waldman-trial-b2082930.html Johnny Depp’s lawyer, who called Amber Heard’s abuse allegations ‘false’, refuses to answer 75 questions from her team

Bobby Allyn

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