Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial Updates: Actress Drops Case Without Calling Ex-Husband to Stand

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Actress Amber Heard dropped her case Tuesday in the civil lawsuit between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp without calling Depp to the witness stand.

Heard’s attorneys initially suggested calling Depp as a witness, but ultimately decided against it.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 comment she wrote in the Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure who advocates domestic violence.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article, although he never mentioned his name.

Also on Tuesday, Judge Penney Azcarate denied a motion by Depp’s attorneys to dismiss a $100 million counterclaim she had filed against Depp. The countersuit alleges that Depp’s then-attorney, Adam Waldman, defamed Heard when he called her allegations of abuse a hoax.

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Azcarate said the bar for denying a claim before it goes to the jury is extraordinarily high, and said there was enough evidence to move on. She had already ruled that Depp could be held accountable for statements made by his attorney, a dispute of principle by Depp’s team.

Depp has denied ever hitting Heard and says she was the perpetrator of the relationship. Heard has testified about more than a dozen counts of physical abuse she allegedly suffered at Depp’s hands.

The process is now in its sixth week.

Both Depp and Heard have previously opened up about the details of their toxic relationship.

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