Johnny Depp, Amber Heard libel trial | USA TODAY

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's legal battle continues as the divorced movie stars face off in a $50 million (or more) libel trial.

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The trial began April 11 in Fairfax County, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., with a panel of 11 – seven jurors and four alternates – picked, according to Court TV, which is broadcasting the trial.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for $50 million, alleging she defamed him in an opinion column she published in The Washington Post (which is printed in Fairfax County) in December 2018. In the column, she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse, a claim she first raised during their corrosive divorce proceeding in 2016 in Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, Depp is expected to take the stand in the tense trial.

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  1. Johny depp has been accused of something that has put him through hell and it ruined his career. He should win this battle. He is taking really long to answer the questions though. Lmao

    1. @Dawn Lowndes maybe he gets nervous in this type situation when put on the spot like this. I know I do and I too end up speaking like this because in my head I’m trying to calm myself down while not trying to show that in nervous on the outside

    2. I don’t think it’s ruined his career. It’s definitely sidelined it for a little bit. But he’s still a versatile actor who’s very respected. Amber heard on the other hand is about one second away from being blacklisted. Not that she has a huge catalog of work anyway.

    3. @Chris Cipollini yes no matter what happens on this case, I’m seeing tonnes and tonnes of support from the public, many of which will still watch his movies.

    4. Man I think he’s just naturally shy being himself 🥺 makes sense why he’s such a good actor he’s always protected his true nature which needs protecting. Also he speaks as someone does when they have been exposed to mental or emotional abuse let alone when they’ve been exposed to mental, physical & emotional abuse their whole existence 😞 I know because until I got into therapy I would explain myself this way – with very air thin hard memories I’d worked so hard to not remember so in trying to work through them I’d get side tracked and overwhelmed. When we remember we actually physically relive that trauma. I’m so damn proud of him.

    5. @Jaja he’s also a naturally shy and private person so he’s probably very nervous and probably a little embarrassed (though I don’t think he has anything to be embarrassed by, I can understand what he might be going through because I would also feel similarly).

  2. Damn. Him talking about his mom being an abuser, and then look who he picked to marry. Another unstable woman. Talk about a cycle. I can understand it completely.

    1. And he was devoted to his mother. But he wasn’t afraid to say what she was like. It’s sad. You could see the heartbreak in his eyes discussing it.

  3. Johnny Depp being through a lot I wish him well and the strength to go through all this..
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  4. It’s refreshing to know that the vast majority of people are on his side. I can’t imagine who would side with Amber heard. Then again people still side with Bill Cosby.. So there you go

  5. My hope is for Johnny to be able to feel a relief from talking about not to easy events in life. As a way to heal from all this.

  6. She just wants money and in the video she keeps trying to egg him on means she wants to keep an argument going and he’s just tying to tell her to stop he walks away so he don’t loose his temper much respect for him to do she just asking for attention

  7. Johnny look sick, Mrs heard looks like she’s reading into his presentation she looks proud but tired

  8. Amber Heard is absolutely insane. The fact that she is now raising a child worries me. These two were toxic for one another. I’m sorry he’s having to tell his entire life story to the world to prove that he himself was abused, and she has ruined his career. I think he’s nervous, maybe a little embarrassed though he says not. At the end of the day I hope he wins. I very much believe men can be as abused as women, and it’s unfair it goes under the radar. I just feel for him and his family.

    1. Yeah when I found out AH decided to have a kid a part of me broke on the inside… I know what it’s like growing up with parents like her and knowing that child is caught in that storm idk… it’s really terrifying to think about. I just hope the kid has at least one person there protecting them but sadly that most likely isn’t the case knowing that people like AH don’t like people around them that question their behaviors.

  9. Who would’ve thought he would be so timid and shy just as himself. What he’s been through breaks my heart but I am not surprised because he has and always will be such a beautiful person and beautiful people are generally broken.

    1. @Lorena Paniagua it’s wild. I have adored him for long as I remember but don’t ever recall catching how shy he is 💜 I hope the court crucifies her for doing this to him. You know he isn’t lying or he wouldn’t be rambling and getting side tracked. The man is just maxed on stress and rightfully so.

  10. I love how he has audio proof of her basically saying to him that she’s going to play the victim to ruin his career just saying I feel that’s enough for him to win! But I love Johnny Depp he is one of the most talented and amazing actors of all time!!!!

  11. Covert narcissist! I know just like Will and Jada. She has all the signs of what they call ah hidden narcissist…and he has all the signs of a co dependent. Suffering abuse from his narcissist mother and father who was co dependent Johnny like his father has all the signs of the nice guy who covert narcissist prey on. Why…because just like Johnny said, he didn’t know how to say NO and just walk away. These people know that because you love them an want to work it out you’ll sit there and take the abuse. They eventually ruin your life by messing up your family your job an if you try to leave they create a smear campaign to all your friends making up lies and people believe it cuz they act to everyone else like sweet princesses who won’t hurt a fly. But potentially if you stay around them and don’t leave the anger an depression could even make you want to end everything. These people are very daNgeroous!!! Stay away or keep them at a good distance. Stay up JD🙏🏽

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