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Johnny Depp Asks To Delay Amber Heard Defamation Trial For Filming Of 'Fantastic Beasts'

By Mike Walters

Johnny Depp is requesting that his defamation trial against Amber Heard be delayed for a few months after the actor claimed he is obligated to be on the set of his new movie, 'Fantastic Beasts.'

According to new legal documents, filed by Depp, his legal team is asking the court to reschedule the jury trial which is set to begin on January 11.

In the filing, Depp's legal team is pointing out the original date of the trial did not cause him any scheduling conflicts, but COVID-19 has pushed back the filming of Warner Bros' shooting schedule for 'Fantastic Beasts,' and he needs to be on set.

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Johnny Depp's team says that his manager recieved a letter from Warner Bros. legal department reminding him that he was contractually obligated to report to the set, in London, "on an exclusive basis commencing in early October 2020 and running through and including the middle of February 2021."

In the filing, Depp's lawyers are clear, "Though Mr. Depp is eager to proceed to trial, he faces an untenable situation over which he has no control, good cause therefore exists to continue the trial date."

Johnny Depp's lawyers let the court know that he could face 'breach of contract' issues if he is forced to miss shooting days of the movie.

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As we reported, Johnny Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard in Virgina, accusing her of calling herself a victim of domestic abuse in an Op-ed in the Washington Post. In the article, although Heard doesn't name Depp, she claims it's clear she is referring to him as the abuser.

The 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' star claims he has never hit or abused his ex-wife and is now suing, saying the statements are defamatory.

As you know, most of the allegations against Depp, and against Heard, were laid out in open court during a similar trial which just concluded in England. In that case, Depp was suing a British tabloid for calling him a wife-beater, towards Amber Heard.

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In the trial, Johnny Depp strongly denied ever hitting any woman, and his attornies claimed the allegations were a "reputation-destroying, career-ending allegation."

"He has never hit a woman in his entire life — period, full stop, nada,” his lawyer said.

As for Heard, she took the stand in the trial and described a dozen instances where Depp was allegedly abusive towards her during their relationship. In defense, the outlet used photos of bruises on Amber's face, and hair allegedly torn from her head, as visual images of his alleged abuse.

Amber Heard's representatives originally responded to the defamation lawsuit, saying, “This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior."

A judge will have rule on the delay of the trial.

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