Johnny Depp Could Sue the ACLU for Defamation over Amber Heard’s Washington Post Op-Ed. Back in 2018 and during the explosive news of major legal battles between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, the Washington Post hosted an Op-Ed article that was written in part by Amber Heard and “the assistance and advice of others.” The piece was titled: Opinion: Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.
Fast-forward to 2021 and it has been revealed that emails and documents exchanged between Amber Heard, her representatives, and the non-profit organization American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) allegedly reveal that members at ACLU were responsible for coming up with the idea for Heard to write the opinion piece, and if proven to be true in a court of law, could leave them liable for a defamation lawsuit by Johnny Depp.
Though no activity seems to lean directly to a defamation lawsuit in the case, Depp has sued ACLU in hopes to share if Amber Heard honored her pledge from 2016 to donate her divorce earnings ($3.5 Million) to the non-profit.
Though there is no doubting the relationship and marriage was not a good one for either Depp or Heard the damage has been done and Depp is finding it hard to find work amongst the rumors and allegations with the verdict in his case against The Sun. So far the verdict from the UK courts has cost Johnny Depp his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise for Warner Bros. and his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which is currently set to film a reboot film starring Margot Robbie.
Though Disney has defended Depp in court, and is now reconsidering their decision to step away from the famed actor, that has not deterred Johnny’s legal team from pursuing an appeal in the libel case. Court of Appeal Judge Lord Justice Underhill shared that Johnny Depp and his legal team have been granted an oral hearing to push for an appeal on the verdict, citing they have more evidence to present in the case. The court is awaiting response from Heard’s legal team to present an opposition for the appeal. Her team has until February 21st to file, which will then offer Depp’s team to counter again before February 28th, or a week after an appeal opposition is filed by Heard’s Team, whichever comes first.
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