Although the trial is scheduled to continue up until Memorial Day, Judge Penney Azcarate had a prior commitment to attend to and did not hold court from Monday, May 9, through Thursday, May 12. Heard is scheduled to take the stand again and be cross-examined on Monday, May 16.
Amber Heard To Take The Stand, Sister To Testify Soon
The couple has been facing each other at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia for just over two weeks now. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over a December 2018 op-ed Heard wrote for the Washington Post where she claims that she is a domestic violence survivor. Although she did not mention Depp by name, he claims that he has lost movie roles due to the “clear implication” that he was the “Aquaman” actress’ abuser. Heard is countersuing for $100 million dollars.
On Monday morning, Heard will again take the stand to be cross-examined. It is not clear how long the cross-examination will take, but it is expected to spill into Tuesday as the lengthy trial resumes.
According to PEOPLE, actress Ellen Barkin and Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, will be the next to testify on Heard’s behalf. Barkin will be called in as a witness via video, whereas Heard’s sister will appear in person.
It is reported that Depp will again take the stand to be questioned by members of Heard’s legal team.
Both Barkin and Heard’s sister have already testified on Heard’s behalf in Depp’s U.K. libel lawsuit against the British tabloid The Sun, which Depp ultimately lost.
The couple met on the set of the “Rum Diaries” and married in 2015. In May 2016, the couple split, and Heard sought a domestic violence restraining order against him and accused him of abuse. Depp has denied the abuse and testified on the stand that he had never struck any woman during his first day on the stand.
Johnny Depp’s Spokesperson Says Heard’s Testimony Grew ‘New And Convenient Details’
The day after Heard testified, a spokesperson for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” actor told PEOPLE, “As Mr. Depp’s counsel correctly predicted in their opening statements last month, Ms. Heard did indeed deliver ‘the performance of her life’ in her direct examination.”
“While Ms. Heard’s stories have continued to grow new and convenient details, Mr. Depp’s recollections have remained exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her first allegations were made,” Depp’s spokesperson continued. “His truth — the truth — is the same no matter the environment in which it has been presented.”
“The upcoming cross-examination from Mr. Depp’s team will be most telling, and will certainly highlight the many fallacies Ms. Heard has now attempted to pass off as fact throughout her convoluted testimony,” the spokesperson concluded.
Heard’s spokesperson put out a statement shortly after, saying that he should “consider a new strategy rather than the recycled approach of attacking the victim.”
Heard’s Spokesperson Accuses Depp Of ‘Attacking The Victim’
In response to Depp’s statement, a spokesperson for Amber Heard said, “As evidenced by the statement just released, Mr. Depp’s defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel is turning from prosecutor to persecutor.”
“They boast that Mr. Depp’s story has not changed,” the spokesperson continued. “If so, since he lost the Domestic Violence Restraining Order and he resoundingly lost the libel case in the UK, perhaps he should consider a new strategy rather than the recycled approach of attacking the victim, and refusing to take responsibility for his own conduct.”
“That same team is so panicked they are fighting tooth and nail to prevent compelling evidence and photos from being introduced,” Heard’s spokesperson continued. “Small wonder Mr. Depp does not have the fortitude or courage to even look at Ms. Heard at all throughout the proceedings — as he could not in the UK trial — and, instead he doodles and snickers.”
Amber Heard’s spokesperson concluded, “Mr. Depp’s behavior in this trial has been as pitiful as it was in their marriage. They feel they must double-down on their demonstrably losing two-part strategy: distract the jury and demonize the victim.”