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Johnny Depp ordered to disclose recordings before trial

The libel case between Depp and The Sun starts on March 23

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s fiasco has probably been the most divisive one in Hollywood. After the power couple’s divorce, Amber Heard filed a domestic violence case against Johnny Depp. Consequently, Depp was also removed from Pirates of The Caribbean and was widely criticized. However, recent audio recordings show that Amber Heard was also allegedly involved in physical abuse with Depp. This caused a huge paradigm change in Hollywood as fans have petitioned to remove Amber from ‘Aquaman 2’.

Johnny Depp is a ‘wife-beater’?

Johnny Depp filed the libel case against the British tabloid newspaper The Sun. The newspaper called Depp a ‘wife-beater’ in an article titled:

“How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”

Depp says that the article regarded him guilty of the heinous crimes he is accused of. Especially since the trial is still under-way, biased media reporting can be very destructive. Consequently, he is suing the newspaper for defamation. Johnny Depp will win the case unless proven guilty.

Disclosure of text messages and recordings

In a hearing in London, the judge ordered Depp to disclose his audio recordings with Heard. Moreover, the judge also demanded medical records and documents from the divorce proceedings. The recordings in question have been a source of controversy for a while now. Namely, the ones in which Amber can be heard saying nobody would believe he is the victim.  Lawyers representing Johnny Depp have said that:

[The evidence] demonstrates in her own voice that she was not a victim of domestic abuse, but rather that she was the aggressor.

However, the judge refused The Sun‘s request for the release of text messages between Depp and Paul Bettany. His previous legal team had “accidentally” disclosed 70,000 messages between Depp and Bettany. Lawyers said that the texts he sent were “very damaging” to his relationship with Amber. Apparently, the conversations included texts like:

Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.

The trial begins on March 23 in London.

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