A judge for the Fairfax County Circuit Court has finally issued a ruling that denied a meager last chance attempt by the attorneys for actress Amber Heard to try and get the defamation lawsuit, that is slated against her, tossed out of court entirely.
The lawsuit in question, which was set rolling by Johnny Depp who is Heard’s ex-husband, seems to allege that her Washington Post op-ed back in 2018, in which she put forth the claim that she was a victim of domestic abuse, defames the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. On three separate occasions, reported Courthouse News, the attorneys for Heard have attempted, and summarily failed, to get the lawsuit dismissed, the most recent attempt taking place back on the 12th of October.
In the last attempt, the judge in question, Penney Azcarate, continued the trend in their refusal to dismiss the case. the attorney’s for Heard put forth the argument that the findings in Depp’s U.K. defamation lawsuit, which he lost, should be held and followed here in the United States as well. Back in August, Azcarate also put forth a ruling against Heard, putting out a statement at the time that the facts in the current case are not the same facts that were used in the U.K. In that particular lawsuit, Depp brought forth the issue with Heard, alongside a popular British tabloid, that attempt to brand him a “wife-beater.”
As reported by the Daily Wire, Depp lost that case due to, for the most part, the insane difficulty in proving libel cases in general. Depp was forced to prove that he did not abuse Heard, in essence needing to prove a negative. During the case the judge in the U.K. did note that Depp was able to cast doubt on quite a few of Heard’s insane allegations, he failed to give adequate evidence to disprove all 12 of her insane ramblings.
The attorneys for Depp labeled the ruling “perverse” and ” bewildering,” making note of the mountain of evidence that the judge appeared to have completely ignored while coming to his decision.
“Most troubling is the Judge’s reliance on the testimony of Amber Heard, and corresponding disregard of the mountain of counter-evidence from police officers, medical practitioners, her own former assistant, other unchallenged witnesses, and an array of documentary evidence which completely undermined the allegations, point by point. All of this was overlooked,” stated Jenny Afia, Depp’s attorney. “The judgment is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr. Depp not to appeal this decision.”
As part of the “mountain” of evidence, there were multiple surveillance videos, eyewitness statements, audio, photos, and more showing that Depp, in fact, was the actual victim.