Legal experts have explained what it will take for Johnny Depp to win the defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 in The Washington Post about being abused. The actor was not named, however, he claims that these allegations have negatively impacted his reputation and his career.
The actress then countersued Depp for $100 million, accusing the 58-year-old of creating a “smear campaign” against her. The trial began on 11 April in Fairfax, Virgina.
The Independent spoke with entertainment lawyer Mitra Ahouraian, who said the Pirates of the Caribbean actor ‘did really great as a witness’, he came off as ‘likeable’ and ‘was himself.’
While coming across as likeable on the stand may be a positive in Depp’s favour, media litigation lawyer Alex Wade explained that the actor must demonstrate that Heard acted with ‘actual malice against him’ in the op-ed, aka, prove that ‘she’s lying’ in order to win the case.
Depp’s lawyers must prove to the jury that Heard knew that the information she was writing was false, or that she acted with reckless disregard for the truth.
For Heard to win, her side must also prove the same malice in relation to Depp’s claim of defamation.