The trial of the ex-spouses, who are suing each other for defamation, is in full swing.
Since Monday, April 11, 2022, the trial takes place between Johnny Depp to his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. The ex-spouses are suing each other for defamation: following a grandstand of Heard published in the Washington Post in 2018, the interpreter of Jack Sparrow accused her of having destroyed her career. Indeed, his girlfriend at the time had explained in her editorial that she suffered domestic violence from Depp. Allegations which were refuted and led to the complaint of Johnny Deppfollowed in turn by that ofAmber Heard who accused him of hoaxing.
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Mediated at the request of Heard’s ex-spouse, the trial is broadcast live in the United States on the Law & Crime Network channel and on the Short TV. During Heard’s testimony on May 4, the live stream broadcast on television had been watched by more than 587,000 people. The various testimonies of the two concerned were then massively relayed on social networks, in particular on TikTok and on Instagram. However, if this case makes a lot of noise, many experts do not find it that interesting: “Sounds like a pretty basic defamation claim. It’s all about facts. I haven’t seen anything that can actually affect the law“, Explain Eugene Volokh, professor of law at the University of California. The case will therefore not create precedents in the history of defamation law, as explained by variety.
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Mitra Ahouraiana lawyer specializing in entertainment and who has followed the case very closely, judges for her part: “This lawsuit was filed for Johnny to win the court of public opinion. He uses them as a platform to make his voice heard. But neither side will win“.
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