The multimillion-dollar sequel to the court battle between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard will feature several high profile celebrities who have been called to testify in the US trial which will be televised next month.
James Franco, Paul Bettany and Elon Musk are on witness lists alongside representatives from the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Hollywood heavyweight Depp launched a $50m (£39m) libel suit against Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post the year before describing himself as a victim of domestic violence.
The trial is scheduled to begin April 11 at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
Depp and Heard are expected to testify in person, though Avengers star Bettany Franco and Tesla founder Musk will do so virtually, according to documents filed March 14 and 15.
The latest: The libel trial between Johnny Depp, 58, and Amber Heard, 35, which is due to begin next month in Virginia, includes a number of notable names expected to testify, including James Franco, 43, Elon Musk, 50, and Ellen Barkin, 67
Heard, 35, named Franco, 43, and Musk, 50, as witnesses in the case, in connection with Depp’s accusations that she cheated on him with the two during their marriage, TMZ reported. Saturday.
It was previously reported that Musk offered Heard 24/7 security after she told him she wanted a restraining order against Depp.
Heard also included actress Ellen Barkin, 67, on his witness list, in addition to representatives from companies including Disney, Warner Bros., the ACLU, WME and the Los Angeles Police Department, reported. The media.
Depp, 58, submitted a witness list of 38 subjects and will call actor Paul Bettany, 50, to testify in relation to text messages he previously exchanged with Depp that featured in his defamation lawsuit against The Sun.
Depp also listed members of his security team who previously testified to seeing Heard attack the actor as well as a worker at his Los Angeles building who testified on his behalf, according to the Times.
The newspaper reports that Heard submitted a 71-page exhibit list that includes references to Depp’s alleged drug use as well as emails, texts, audio transcripts and diary entries.
According to the Times, the lawsuit will also include evidence of a May 2016 argument at Depp’s LA penthouse in which he allegedly punched Heard, as well as texts between the actress and Musk, whom she dated for a year.
Pictured: Actress Amber Heard filed a $100million countersuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp in September 2020
Pictured: Amber Heard named actor James Franco (left) and Tesla founder Elon Musk (right) as witnesses to her defamation, in connection with Depp’s accusations she cheated on him with the two men during their marriage.
Emails from Amber Heard’s Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa are listed on a 71-page exhibit list from Heard’s legal team
Other Hollywood links submitted as evidence in the case include messages Heard exchanged with Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa and director James Wan; director Zack Snyder and CAA chief Bryan Lourd; and emails between Depp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them author JK Rowling, as well as musician Jack White, according to the outlet.
In the case, Depp and Heard accuse each other of defamation, and Judge Penney S. Azcarate is expected to hear all of the allegations at once, which leads to the long list of witnesses and evidence.
Depp, who is also known for playing Edward Scissorhands as well as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, said last fall at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain that he was the victim of ” the cancellation of culture”, or this rush to judgement. ‘ in the entertainment industry since being accused of domestic violence by Heard in 2016.
“Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic violence, she is an abuser,” Depp said in court documents.
Heard then filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp in September 2020. Both are expected to appear in person to testify, according to Deadline.
Actor Paul Bettany (left) is expected to give evidence during the trial while emails from Jack White (right) will also feature
Email exchanges between Johnny Depp and Fantastic Beasts author JK Rowling (pictured) are set to feature in the lawsuit
Pictured: Depp was seen in October in Serbia, promoting his animated show Puffins which was produced in the country
A number of news articles, movie contracts, tax returns, security footage and photos are also on Heard’s legal team’s exhibit list, the outlet reported.
Depp and Heard began dating after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015.
In May 2016, Heard obtained a restraining order against Depp after accusing him of abuse, which he denied.
The couple settled their divorce out of court in 2017, with Heard donating their $7m (£5.5m) settlement to charity.
The couple also met at the Royal Courts Of Justice in London in 2020 after Depp brought charges against The Sun publisher for calling him a ‘wife beater’.
After a three-week trial, a judge found the column, written in April 2018, to be “substantially true”.
The actor asked the Court of Appeals to grant him leave to challenge the decision, seeking to overturn his findings and order a new trial, but the appeal was dismissed in March of last year.