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Amber Heard puts the case in civil without calling Depp | Celebrity News

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Actress Amber Heard ended her trial Tuesday in the civil lawsuit between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp without calling Depp to the stand.

Heard’s attorneys initially suggested calling Depp as a witness, but ultimately chose not to.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though he never mentioned his name.

Also on Tuesday, Judge Penney Azcarate denied a motion by Depp’s attorneys to dismiss a $100 million counterclaim she filed against Depp. The counterclaim alleges that Depp’s attorney at the time, Adam Waldman, defamed Heard when he called her abuse allegations a hoax.

Azcarate said the bar for dismissing a claim before it goes to the jury is extremely high, and said there was enough evidence to allow him to move forward. She had previously ruled that Depp could be held liable for statements made by his attorney, a principle disputed by Depp’s team.

Depp denied ever hitting Heard and said she was the aggressor in the relationship. Heard has testified to more than a dozen separate instances of physical abuse she says she suffered at the hands of Depp.

The trial is now in its sixth week.

Both Depp and Heard have each previously testified at length about the details of their toxic relationship.

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