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James Franco and Elon Musk as witnesses in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial

James Franco and Elon Musk are among the names set to testify in the upcoming defamation trial against Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

The long-delayed trial begins next month, with Marvel star Paul Bettany joining Franco and Musk as a witness. Representatives from Walt Disney and Warner Bros. will also testify.

Accordingly meetingFranco and Musk are subpoenaed to testify on Heard’s behalf after Depp accused them both of having an affair with his ex-wife.

In 2019, Depp launched a defamation lawsuit against Heard after she wrote an article in 2018 The Washington Post claims she was a victim of domestic violence.

Depp and Heard will testify in person, per Bloomberg. However, Franco, Musk and Bettany will make their statements virtually.

Depp and Heard were married between 2015 and 2017. After Heard’s failure to either move the case to California or have it dismissed, Heard sued Depp for $100 million (£75.9 million) in September 2020.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images

In November 2020, Depp lost a defamation lawsuit against The sun Gazette after suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the paper’s editor-in-chief Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article that called Depp a “wife beater” in connection with allegations by Heard. Depp has firmly denied these claims.

The trial originally took place over 16 days in July 2020 and concerned an article entitled, “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘really happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in new movie Fantastic Beasts?”

However, in a November 2, 2020 ruling, Judge Mr Justice Nicol said he believed the words to be “substantially true”.

“Although he proved the necessary elements of his defamation lawsuit, the defendants have shown that what they published, in the meaning I took the words to mean, was essentially true,” he said (via BBC News).

The defamation trial is scheduled to begin April 11 at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.

Meanwhile, a new documentary series is currently in development that will shed light on Depp and Heard’s tumultuous relationship.

The two-part series called johnny vs amber, will nullify the couple’s marriage, divorce, and resulting legal action against each other from multiple angles.

Interviews with the couple’s lawyers, as well as people who claim to be close to them, will be included in the series, which will be played on Discovery+.

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Caroline Bleakley

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