Amber Heard’s motion to dismiss ex-husband Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit was denied by a judge.

Amber Heard’s attempt to get Johnny Depp’s defamation case against her dropped was unsuccessful. On Tuesday, May 3, the actress’ legal team filed a move to dismiss the lawsuit, but Depp’s lawyers countered with a lengthy speech.

Depp filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife after she wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 about her domestic abuse experience.

Despite the fact that she did not name the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, his lawyers claim that this implies that he sexually and physically harmed her, something he has categorically denied.

Judge rejects Amber Heard

The case against Heard was continued by Judge Penney Azcarate of the Fairfax County Court in Virginia, who found that sufficient evidence had been provided.

‘If there is even a speck of evidence that a reasonable juror could consider, the case survives a move to strike,’ she added. She went on to say that there was “evidence that jurors could weigh” that the statements were about the plaintiff (Johnny Depp), that the statements were published, that the statement was false, and that the defendant made the statement knowing it was false or with such reckless disregard for the truth.

‘It’s up to the fact-finders to weigh that evidence.’ Dr Dawn Hughes, a clinical and forensic psychologist, was called as Heard’s first witness. Heard was supposed to be the defense’s first witness, but according to her lawyers, she will be second on the stand.

Heard, 36, has countersued for $100 million (£76 million), alleging that her ex-partner libeled her by labeling her a liar. The trial began in April, and Depp was one of the first witnesses called, along with Heard’s former nurse, their former couple’s therapist, and the actor’s security guard.

The trial is still ongoing.

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