EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp might imagine he has handed Amber Heard all of the documentation he’s required to within the former couple’s multimillion-dollar defamation battles, however the Aquaman star is now going fishing in some very deep seas.
In subpoenas submitted right now, Heard needs to know what the Los Angeles Police division and Walt Disney Motion Picture Group have on the ex-Pirates of the Caribbean actor. It is data that she and her Virginia legal professional need produced within the coming weeks.
In truth, within the case of Disney, Heard and her Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C. legal professionals need not simply paperwork on what actually was happening with Depp through the “filming, including shooting and re-shooting, on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” they’re additionally urgent for a February 18 digital deposition from Disney on the matter.
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The documentation that Team Heard needs from Disney within the $50 million defamation swimsuit and the actress’ $100 million counterclaims casts its web fairly extensive.
Already in one other discovery squirmish within the lengthy warfare between the Rum Diary co-stars, Heard needs “all information relating to documents and communications of any nature” on Depp and “incidents of drug or alcohol use (including suspected drug or alcohol use).” As properly, they’re looking for particulars about “any delays or tardiness caused by Mr. Depp,” “any incidents of violence or abuse by Mr. Depp,” any data on impute the actor had or “hiring, casting,” and “disagreements with the writers, directors or producers with the filming, editing and/or release of Pirates 5.”
To twist the knife slightly extra and deepen the doable public spectacle, Heard’s legal professionals additionally need “all information relating to all documents and communications of any nature between Disney and Mr. Depp from January 1, 2018 through the present.”
A Disney spokesperson instructed Deadline right now that the corporate has not seen the subpoena.
The lowest grossing of any of the Captain Jack Sparrow franchise movies within the U.S., Dead Men Tell No Tales got here out in May 2017 after what was seemingly a sequence of disruptive manufacturing points. At one level the complete Australia shoot got here to a grinding halt and value Disney thousands and thousands as Depp needed to be flown stateside for surgical procedure; the actor had sliced off the tip of one among his fingers in what was reportedly an intoxicating substance-fueled altercation with Heard.
In truth, the Pirates franchise performed a giant position on this authorized mayhem from the start.
Depp sued Heard in Virginia state courtroom for $50 million in March 2019 after she wrote a Washington Post op-ed about being a sufferer of home abuse. The December 2018 piece by no means really named Depp, however the already pretty litigious actor alleged it broken his rep and value him a gig in Disney’s deliberate Pirates of the Caribbean reboot.
The filed paperwork went on to say that actually it was Depp who was the actual sufferer within the couple’s short-lived marriage that led to full public view in 2016. “Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse, she is a perpetrator,” it learn partly.
After a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt to get the matter tossed out, Heard countersued for $100 million final summer time. Recently, Depp has come up brief himself in attempting to get the countersuit dismissed. In November final year, he additionally misplaced his high-profile libel case in Britain in opposition to Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun for calling him a “wife beater.”
Additionally, in a subpoena of its personal filed Tuesday, the LAPD has been requested to ship “body cam footage” from two officers and “all documents and communications of any nature generated, sent or received relating to the 911 calls relating to the Eastern Columbia Building on May 21, 2016 relating to Ms. Heard.” Referring to the pivotal and contested incident that led to requires a restraining order and Depp and Heard’s divorce quickly afterwards, the wide-ranging subpoena goes on to say that “this includes all internal and external reports, communications, and other documents.”
In perhaps essentially the most telling of each subpoenas’ goals, the request of the LAPD additionally needs “all paperwork and communications of any nature with Mr. Depp, and/or any of Mr. Depp’s brokers, attorneys or others performing on his behalf, from May 21, 2016 by way of the current. Heard’s legal professionals have set a February 8 deadline for the City of Angels cops to supply the fabric.
Following the ping-pong techniques each side have deployed repeatedly within the Virginia case(s), right now’s subpoenas fly out of one other movement on paperwork from Depp to Heard, which is ready for a January 15 listening to
Seeking a brand new libel trial on the opposite aspect of the Atlantic and having didn’t get the Old Dominion’s anti-SLAPP utilized in his favor, Depp needs to roadblock Heard from digging for calls for for extra particulars because the matter heads in direction of a trial begin later this 12 months.
“Defendant’s motion is an inexcusable abuse of the discovery process, and is littered with false representations to the court,” Depp’s January 8-filed opposition reads. “Ms. Heard certified that she had met and conferred in good faith. That is false.”
“Ms. Heard claims that Mr. Depp ‘refused’ to provide full production or supplemental responses, is also false,” the paperwork from Brown Rusnick LLP’s Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez continues. “Ms. Heard asserts that Mr. Depp has refused to comply with this Court’s Orders and failed to produce documents, false as well.”
“In short, Ms. Heard continues to burden this Court with frivolous, unnecessary motions that violate the Rules if the Virginia Supreme Court. Mr. Depp respectfully requests that the Court deny Ms. Heard’s latest motion and sanction her. Enough is enough.”
Otherwise, shining a brand new harsh highlight on Heard’s lengthy held insistence, out and in of courtroom, that she donated the $7 million settlement she acquired in 2017 of their divorce to the ACLU and L.A.’s Children Hospital, Depp scored a PR win on the very least lately. Heard’s Virginia lawyer Elaine Bredehoft admitted on January 7 that her shopper “has already been responsible for seven figures in donations to charitable causes and intends to continue to contribute and eventually fulfill her pledge.”
Whether that has any have an effect on in both the U.S. or the UK, right now’s subpoenas definitely will trigger ripples on the very least at LAPD HQ and at Disney’s Burbank company hub. On one other degree, Team Depp made certain to present themselves a aspect door within the calls for.
“Of course, no litigant can ever completely rule out the possibility that additional responsive documents might be discovered at a later date, and Mr. Depp appropriately reserves his right to produce after-discovered documents,” says the opposition to Heard’s movement within the footnotes.