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Depp libel outfit moves ahead opposed to Heard following resting case

Depp libel outfit moves ahead opposed to Heard following resting case

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday permit Johnny Depp go forward accompanied by his libel outfit opposed to his ex-wife, Amber Heard, following the "Pirates of the Caribbean" celestial body rested his case.

Heard's lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss the case, arguing that Depp had failed to build his instance while a matter of rules and regulations with every one other accompanied by that no indeed reasonable jury could find inside his favor.

But the judge, Penney Azcarate, said the standard for dismissing a instance at this point inside the trial is exceedingly high, with every one other accompanied by that the instance should exist allowed to go forward if Depp has provided flat a "scintilla" of proof backing up his claims.

The trial will go forward Tuesday afternoon accompanied by Heard's team beginning to inside attendance its witnesses following additional than trio weeks of testimony from Depp's witnesses, including quartet days on the stand from Depp himself.

Depp with every one other accompanied by his lead lawyer, Benjamin Chew, patted every one other on the spine following the judge ruled the instance tin proceed.

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Chew argued that the jury has a affluence of proof to complete that Heard falsely accused Depp of abuse. In fact, he said, the proof shows that "Ms. Heard physically abused him. She's the abuser."

Heard's lawyer, J. Benjamin Rottenborn, said the proof is understandable over the last trio weeks of testimony that Heard's allegations of abuse are truthful.

"We haven't gotten to place on our instance yet," he said. "This is all proof that has go nearer inside while plaintiff controls the playing field."

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million inside Fairfax County Circuit Court following Heard wrote a December 2018 op-ed small portion inside The Washington Post describing herself while "a condition figure representing domestic abuse." The article never mentions Depp by name, nevertheless Depp's lawyers speak he was defamed nevertheless since it's a understandable allude to of to abuse allegations Heard levied inside 2016, inside the midst of the couple's divorce proceedings.

The judge on Tuesday did speak she's reserving discernment on whether the article's headline inside online editions should exist small portion of the libel legal action since she said the proof is unclear at this point whether Heard wrote the headline or is in charge of for it. The online headline reads, "I spoke up opposed to reproductive violence — with every one other accompanied by faced our culture's wrath. That has to change."

Among the final witnesses for Depp on Tuesday earlier to noon was Erin Falati, a private nurse for Heard. She testified on a recorded deposition that she received photos of Heard accompanied by scarlet marks on her face the darkness of May 21, 2016. That's the darkness of a final fight in the centre of Depp with every one other accompanied by Heard that precipitated Heard's divorce filing a few days subsequent with every one other accompanied by her May 27 appearance at a Los Angeles courthouse, accompanied by scarlet marks on her face, seeking a restraining order.

Depp has said Heard faked the bruises, with every one other accompanied by presented testimony from police officers who didn't see marks on Heard's face when authorities were called the darkness of the fight. But the photos texted to Falati, which were seen by the jury, could contradict the officers' perception.

Depp libel outfit moves ahead opposed to Heard following resting case

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