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Johnny Depp has already testified, and Amber Heard returns to the witness stand Tuesday, May 17 in the former Pirates of the Caribbean the actor’s highly publicized $50 million libel lawsuit against his ex-wife. The proceedings are taking place at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
Today’s proceedings are expected to begin with the resumption of Heard’s testimony. The trial now takes place Monday through Friday, starting at 9 a.m. ET. At the close of trial on May 5, Judge Penney S. Azcarate told Hollywood actors and their respective legal teams that she wanted closing arguments to take place on May 27.
Both sides present their cases to a seven-person jury, the judge, and a growing online audience. Heard had been on the stand for two days when the court interrupted a break from May 9-12. Cross-examination of Depp by Heard’s attorneys concluded on April 21.
Prior to Heard, the first defense witness was forensic psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes. Hughes testified about allegations that Heard was the victim of domestic and sexual abuse at the hands of Depp. In contrast, Depp’s lawyers have tried to undermine his knowledge of the couple’s relationship.
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Below is a link to the May 5 testimony from the Fairfax County Courthouse provided by Law & Crime Network for those who want to catch up.
In his first testimony, Depp said he was fighting back against Heard’s accusations, in part for the sake of his children. At the start of the defense argument, Heard’s team asked that the case be dismissed, as required by Virginia law. It was quickly denied, as expected.
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