headed to again Monday as jury selection began inside a Fairfax County, Virginia, courthouse that morning. and ex-
The intends to select a jury by the end of today, and over the next six weeks, the legal team representing the Pirates of the Caribbean , against whom he has brought a suit before Judge Penney Azcarate. will work feverishly to present a case against Depp’s ex-
Heard’s attorneys will also be on deck for the fight, as the actress countersued in 2020 after she was unable to have the case moved to California or to be thrown out altogether.
The $50 million suit has made the headlines across the country and overseas as well, and the hashtag #JusticeforJohnnyDepp is trending on Twitter.
married on February 5, 2015, shortly after they began dating. But only 15 months after tying the knot, the couple split as Heard filed for divorce in May 2016 as restraining orders were already in place. Cue the media frenzy. and
The frenzy was further keyed-up when in March 2019 after Heard penned a seething OpEd article in sued The . In the article, Heard, an actress and ambassador on women’s rights at the wrote about being a victim of . Heard spotlighted the “wrath” that some victims face when they speak out about and against , writing that she had experienced the scenario first-hand.
Though Heard never mentioned Depp’s name in her piece in The , Depp claimed in a filing against Heard that the OpEd cost him roles and that it “devastated” his acting career. Depp went on to claim that he was the victim, the one who had endured , saying that Heard’s claims against him were “part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career.”
Since 2019, the now-divorced pair have been engaged in an ugly, seemingly unending battle. Both parties have fought hard to have their voices heard. attempted to have the current suit thrown out of , based on a that was heard in the United Kingdom. Heard was not a party in that case, as Depp had sued the tabloid, The Sun, for deeming him a “ -beater” in its publication, but she did testify in the case.
“The Claimant has not succeeded in his action for . Although he has proved the necessary elements of his cause of action in , the Defendants have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true,” reads the judge’s summary of the case.
In March 2022, Depp was denied an appeal of the .‘s findings in the UK
An extensive list of witnesses was handed over to the Fairfax County courthouse. It included names like , WandaVision star , Elon Musk, Walt Disney Company representatives, representatives from . Police Department., and members of the