The defamation lawsuit brought by actor Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard is expected to conclude in the fourth week of May.
The couple split in 2016 and has continued their legal lawsuit in court over an opinion piece Heard wrote in 2018 where she penned in The Washington Post about being a survivor of domestic abuse without mentioning Depp by name.
Depp then denied the charges of ever being physically violent with Heard and sued her for $50 million for damaging his reputation. Heard then countered him for $100 million and the trial gained attention from the world.
Johnny Depp Gains Followers Since the Trial
Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp made his debut on Instagram in April 2020. Just within a few hours, the actor gained over 1 million followers on the photo-sharing social media platform. After a while, Johnny Depp got involved in the defamation case caused him to lose to The Sun. On April 11, 2022, the defamation trial began its proceedings which also became the reason for his sudden growth on the social media platform.
Now in May 2022, Johnny Depp has crossed over 16 million followers on Instagram whereas Amber Heard has over 4 million followers on the same platform.
The Defamation Trial resumes on May 16
The defamation trial was adjourned on May 5 for the break as Judge Penney Azcarate had a conference she needed to attend. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s lawsuit will be back in court on Monday, May 16, with testimony beginning around 9:30 a.m.
The trial usually runs on a Monday-Thursday schedule. Judge Penney Azcarate has promised the panel of 10 jurors that the trial would be concluded before Memorial Day.
Last week in the courtroom, she announced that closing arguments of the defamation trial would take place on Friday, May 27.
Before the court went on break, Heard finished her second day on the stand, telling the jury about Depp being a jealous partner who frequently abused her during a drug- and alcohol-fueled rages.
Heard will be back in the witness box on Monday to conclude her testimony while her attorneys will likely call more experts and character witnesses to the stand.