New developments in the case have made it clear that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard won’t be facing off in a Virginia courtroom this year. There has been a postponement in the trial start of the former Pirates of the Caribbean star’s acetous $50 million defamation lawsuit against the Aquaman actress Amber Heard. The trial is expected to last two weeks.
The rescheduling of the trial
The trial has been rescheduled many times already but was the last set to be on May 7, but now it has been further shifted to April 2022. The new date was set on Tuesday by Fairfax County Circuit Court Chief Judge. The date was shifted because of the backlogs in the state’s system because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As with last September, criminal cases were still the priority in Virginia. In that context, and with proceedings slowly starting up against as the virus continues to rage across the nation, Depp was given the date of 7 May.
Depp’s life after the lawsuit
Having been removed from the Fantastic Beasts franchise in November, after the Judge ruled against Depp, the actor has been on a subpoena binge in the U.S. of late. Depp pulled ACLU and Elon Musk into the Virginia case earlier this month.
This all started when Depp sued Heard in Virginia state court for 50 million dollars in March 2019. Heard had written a Washington Post about being a victim of domestic abuse. The December 2018 piece never named the actor, but Depp alleged that the article tainted the reputation of the actor. The filed paperwork went on to say that it was Depp who was the real victim in the couple’s short-lived marriage. Amber Heard was the perpetrator.
As the depositions are taken and more evidence is coming up, this latest delay just cranked up the volume on this matter.