EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp may believe he handed Amber Heard all the documentation he needs in the former couple’s multi-million dollar libel battles, but the Aquaman star will now fish in very deep seas.
In the subpoenas filed today, Heard wants to know what the Los Angeles Police Department and the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group have on the formerPirates of the Caribbean actor. The information she and her lawyer in Virginia want to produce in the coming weeks.
In fact, in the case of Disney, Heard and his Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, PC attorneys don’t just want paperwork on what was actually going on with Depp during the “shoot, including filming and re-shooting. -turning, on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No StoryBut they are seeking a virtual February 18 deposition from the House of the Mouse on this matter.
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The documentation Team Heard is waiting for from Disney in the $ 50 million libel lawsuit and the actress’ $ 100 million counterclaims cast a fairly wide net.
Already in another discovery wriggle in the long war between Run log co-stars, Heard wants “all information relating to documents and communications of any kind” on Depp and “incidents of drug or alcohol use (including suspected drug or alcohol use).” In addition, they seek details of “any delay or delay caused by Mr. Depp”, “any incident of violence or abuse by Mr. Depp”, any information attributed to the actor or “hiring , the casting ”and“ disagreements with the scriptwriters, directors or producers with the shooting, editing and / or release of The Pirates 5. “
In addition, to twist the knife a little more and deepen the possible public spectacle, Heard’s lawyers want “all information relating to all documents and communications of any kind between Disney and Mr. Depp from January 1, 2018 to today “.
A Disney spokesperson told Deadline today that the company has not seen the summons.
The lowest payout of any movie in the Captain Jack Sparrow franchise, Dead men don’t tell stories released in May 2017 after what was apparently a series of disruptive production issues. At one point, all filming in Australia came to a halt and cost Disney millions as Depp had to be transported to the United States after slicing off one of his fingertips is an argument with Heard.
In fact, the The Pirates The franchise has played a big part in this legal chaos from the very beginning.
Depp sued Heard in Virginia state court for $ 50 million in March 2019 after writing a Washington Post op-ed about being a victim of domestic violence.
The December 2018 play never really named Depp, but the already contentious enough actor alleged it damaged his rep and cost him a planned Disney gig. Pirates of the Caribbean to restart. The filings went on to say that in fact it was Depp who was the real victim of the couple’s short-lived marriage that ended in 2016: “Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic violence, she is an abuser. “
After several failed attempts to dismiss the case, Heard counterattacked last summer. Recently, Depp himself failed in trying to get the counter-suit dismissed. In November last year, he also lost his high-profile UK defamation case against Rupert Murdoch The sun for calling him a “woman’s drummer”.
Additionally, in a subpoena on its own on Tuesday, the LAPD was asked to provide “body camera images” of two officers and “all documents and communications of any kind generated, sent or received relating to 911 calls. relating to eastern Colombia. Based on May 21, 2016 regarding Ms. Heard. Referring to the pivotal and contested incident that led to appeals to a restraining order and divorce from Depp and Heard shortly thereafter, the broad subpoena goes on to say, “This includes all reports , communications and other internal and external documents.
In perhaps the most revealing of the purposes of the two subpoenas, the LAPD’s request is also that “all documents and communications of any kind with Mr. Depp and / or any of the agents, attorneys or others acting in his name, from Mr. Depp May 21, 2016 to present. Heard’s attorneys have set a February 8 fidgetcube for City of Angels cops to produce the material.
As a result of the ping-pong tactics both sides have deployed repeatedly in the Virginia case (s), today’s subpoenas against the LAPD and Disney emerge from another motion over documents from Depp to Heard, who is due to be auditioned Jan.15.
Seeking a new libel suit across the Atlantic and failing to use the Old Dominion’s anti-SLAPP in his favor, the licensee Fantastic beasts The actor wants to prevent Heard from digging for more details as the case heads to a trial start later this year.
“The defendant’s request is an inexcusable abuse of the discovery process and is littered with false representations in court,” said the opposition filed on January 8 by Depp. “SP. Heard certified that she had met and conferred in good faith,” the 10-page record reads. “That is false.”
“SP. Heard claims that Mr. Depp ‘refused’ to provide a full production or additional answers, is also false,” adds Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez of Brown Rusnick LLP. Heard claims Mr. Depp refused to comply with court orders and failed to produce documents, also false.
In short, Ms. Heard continues to burden this Court with frivolous and unnecessary motions that violate the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Mr. Depp respectfully asks the Court to dismiss Ms. Heard’s last petition and to sanction her. Enough is enough.”
Otherwise, shining a new spotlight on Heard’s long-standing insistence, inside and outside the court, that she donated the $ 7 million settlement she received in 2017 during Their divorce at the ACLU and the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Depp has at least scored a PR victory recently. Heard, Va. Attorney Elaine Bredehoft admitted on Jan. 7 that her client “was already responsible for seven figures in charitable donations and intended to continue to contribute and ultimately fulfill her pledge.”
Whether that has any effect in the US or UK, today’s subpoenas are sure to cause ripples at least at DTLA Police Headquarters and downtown Disney’s Burbank. On another level, Team Depp may be funding Legal Religion on Heard’s document requests, but they made sure to give themselves a side door if you know what I mean?
“Of course, no litigant can ever completely rule out the possibility that additional reactive documents may be discovered at a later stage, and Mr. Depp appropriately reserves his right to produce documents after discovery,” says opposition to the petition. de Heard in the footnotes.