In the last legal hearing in Virginia between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, Fairfax County Judge Bruce D. White blocked Depp’s attempt to have Heard’s case against him dismissed out of court amid news law.
Heard was allowed to proceed with his case of $ 100 million counterclaims against the 57-year-old actor after his lawyer Adam Waldman last year called his domestic violence allegations “false” and of “sexual violence hoax,” according to legal documents published on The Hollywood Reporter.
The Kentucky-born actor had tried to use a new anti-SLAPP (Strategic Public Participation Prosecutions) law passed in the state last year to have Heard’s complaint dismissed.
New details: In the last court hearing in Virginia between Amber Heard, 34, and Johnny Depp, 57, Fairfax County Judge Bruce D. White blocked Depp’s attempt to send the case out of court to middle of a new law.
Depp and his team reportedly initially sued in Virginia over a Washington Post editorial she wrote due to their lack of law (which has since been implemented) at the time.
But the judge dismissed the legal move the Aquaman star, 34, made by citing the Virginia Computer Crimes Act, saying Depp and her team orchestrated a bot attack on her via social media (to make her remove from Aquaman), citing a lack of evidence.
“The pleading does not demonstrate that the social media accounts communicated obscene language, suggested obscene acts or threatened illegal or immoral acts,” said the judge. “On the contrary, it appears that Mr. Depp sent these statements, privately, to two of his friends, and Ms. Heard has not alleged that Mr. Depp intended her to see them. “
The Austin, Texas-born beauty counterattacked based on Waldman’s reaction to his accusations against the actor, known for playing Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Recoil: Judge dismissed legal move Heard made citing the Virginia Computer Crimes Act, claiming Depp and her team orchestrated a bot attack on her via social media
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Depp failed in his claims of anti-SLAPP immunity, the judge said, pointing to the lack of public concern and the fact that the Edward Scissorhands actor “may have made these statements with actual or constructive knowledge or with a reckless disregard for whether they are fake. “
The judge added that Depp’s comments and Waldman’s “hoax” remark imply that Ms Heard lied and perjured herself when she appeared in court in 2016 to obtain a temporary restraining order against Mr. Depp ”and“ imply that she lied about being a victim of domestic violence.
“In light of the MeToo movement and the current social climate, wrongly claim that abuse” [Heard’s] reputation in the common esteem of humanity, ”the judge wrote in his ruling. “Accordingly, this Court finds that the statements contain the ‘bite’ required for an actionable defamation action. “
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The judge concluded that Waldman’s remarks did not fall within protected opinion, because “whether Mr. Depp abused Ms. Heard is a fact which can be proven true or false”.
In November, a British judge ruled against Depp’s lawsuit against an English publication for calling him a ‘wife beater’, saying the charges brought by Heard – which had a negative impact on Depp’s career. the actor – were “substantially true”.
Depp in November was cut from Fantastic Beasts 3 by Warner Bros., while playing Gellert Grindelwald in the JK Rowling series.
The Depp case is scheduled to go to trial on May 3, while Heard’s lawsuit is expected to go to court later this year.
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