Johnny Depp Suing Amber Heard for $50M

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Six years later, a $50 million (or more) libel trial begins Monday in Fairfax County, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C.

This time it's Depp v Heard II, with video co-stars like British actor Paul Bettany, American actor James Franco, and billionaire Elon Musk.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million, claiming she defamed him in a December 2018 Washington Post opinion column (printed in Fairfax County).

Johnny Depp sues Amber Heard for what?

She claimed domestic abuse in the column, a claim she made during their acrimonious divorce in Los Angeles in 2016.

Heard was never abused because their divorce was settled out of court amid a media frenzy.

Also, their joint settlement statement stated: "Neither side has made false accusations for profit. No physical or emotional harm was intended. Amber wishes Johnny the best."

Depp agreed to pay her $7 million, which she pledged to donate to charity. They disagree on whether she did or not.

It took Heard over two years to publish her column, catching the 2017 MeToo wave.

Depp and his former lawyer slammed Heard's claims in March 2019. “Ms. Heard is a perpetrator of domestic abuse,” Depp's suit stated.

Both lawsuits will be tried before Fairfax County Circuit Court Chief Judge Penney Azcarate.

Moreover, the judge permitted a video camera in the courtroom, a first in Fairfax County, Virginia's most populous county.

The trial will be televised on Court TV and Court TV's website starting after the jury is chosen on Tuesday.

The public is welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Reporters must attend the trial in person and use only pen and paper.

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