After Amber Heard's bid to get Johnny Depp's defamation lawsuit dismissed was rejected by Judge Penney Azcarate on Tuesday, May 3, the actor's spokesperson issued an optimistic statement on his behalf.
"We are pleased at Chief Judge Azcarate's ruling to continue with the trial after [Heard's lawyer] Mr. Rottenborn failed to convince the court that there was reason to dismiss the case," a message given to Us Weekly read. "We stand confident in the future of the case and for the truth to be continued to be shared."
"Over the last three and a half weeks, we’ve seen and heard from nearly 30 witnesses who have attested to and supported Mr. Depp’s claims that Ms. Heard defamed him in her 2018 op-ed," added the spokesman. "Ms. Heard's reckless op-ed, in turn, caused him to lose a $22.5 million deal with Disney for Pirates of the Caribbean 6, resulting in an overall loss of earnings of over $40 million since December 18, 2018. Numerous witnesses have testified that Ms. Heard engaged in psychological, verbal and physical abuse toward Mr. Depp."
When Heard's attorney made the request, he reasoned that Depp's team had not provided enough evidence to go through with the defamation suit. Now that the bid was rejected, she'll likely start her testimony and take the stand at the Virginia courthouse on Wednesday, May 4.
When she does, she'll have a new PR team by her side, as she recently fired Precision Strategies because she felt there were too many "bad headlines" about her. She's now being represented by Shane Communications.
Depp, 58, first sued his 36-year-old ex-wife after she claimed in her op-ed for The Washington Post that he abused her, which he had denied, stating that she was the abuser in the relationship. After his filing, she countersued.
The trial began on April 11, and the father-of-two has already taken the stand to tell his side of the story, as have several of his colleagues, including a few security guards.