Johnny Depp had settled two major big-buck lawsuits this past month with two different sets of attorneys—but it may be awhile to get the $50 million defamation action lawsuit against Amber Heard underway.
Depp didn’t meet the November 15 deadline to produce all of the October court ordered records related to his drug and alcohol usage, judicial officials in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The three-week proceedings on February 3, 2020, the whole messy shebang will now commence on August 3 next year.
Heard’s lawyers only wanted an additional 60 days not the approximately 180 days that they got in what already feels a bit like a never-ending endeavor.
The Battle of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
There are several conflicts associated with the trial; including with Depp's band, The Hollywood Vampires that started a few years ago Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. Those touring commitments that extend to the UK and Italy for next September could see Depp’s lawyers seek a shift in the trial start date themselves if math is any indication.
Heard was married to Depp for less than two years and then divorced him in 2016.
A multimillion lawsuit filed by by her former husband in March in Virginia over a Washington Post op-ed she penned late last year about domestic abuse – an article that never mentioned the actor by name, though Depp says it sullied his name, he was the one actually abused and the op-ed cost him a role in Disney’s planned Pirates reboot.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Lawsuits
Amber Heard scored victory in an assault battle over the abuse of her ex-husband Depp. She's currently fighting to get the ex-business managers of Depp, who the litigious and excessive Hollywood Vampires guitarist sued for $25 million in 2017 before settling last year, to turn over what they know about the actor’s alleged antics, Heard has unsuccessfully tried to get the defamation case moved to California. Heard has also entered a motion to have the matter tossed out of court altogether.
Settling the Lawsuits
Depp is still expected to turn over the necessary court documents that are long-overdue.
Despite the Court’s reasonable assumption, Mr. Depp did not produce all relevant medical records as ordered-instead, on November 15, 2019, he produced merely a handful of PDF files that appear to be email forwards he received from a single doctor, Dr. Kipper,” said the paperwork submitted on Monday. “Mr. Depp still has not produced any other records relating to his medical condition, despite the fact that there were clearly other doctors involved in his care.”
It is yet to be determined how the court case will move forward.