Johnny Depp’s multi-million dollar defamation suit against Amber Hard is set to begin on Monday. But before the fireworks started, Amber Hard gave her Instagram followers a taste of her mood.
“Johnny is suing me for an op-ed I wrote in the Washington Post, where I described my experiences of violence and domestic abuse,” Hard wrote. “I never wrote her name, but I wrote about the price that women have to pay to speak out against the men in power. I keep paying that price, but hopefully when this case is over, I can go ahead and do it with Johnny. ” He added: “I’ve always loved Johnny and it’s hard for me to survive the details. Our past lives together in front of the world. At this point, I acknowledge the ongoing support I have had over the years, and in the coming weeks I will lean more towards it than ever before. ”
Earlier, Depp dealt a blow to his ex-wife’s defense and her efforts to disrupt the $ 100 million countersuit. In a brief hearing, Virginia Judge Penny Azcaret ruled against Depp’s motion of summons, saying Hard could indeed use the state’s anti-SLAPP legislation.
SLAPP is an acronym for Strategic Case Against Public Participation. An SLAPP lawsuit is a civil complaint or counter-claim against an individual or organization that speaks to the public interest or concern.
This means that his attorneys can argue that he deserves immunity before a hard jury – and that this reduces a large part of Depp’s legal strategy.
Depp has previously claimed that Hard “is not a victim of domestic violence, he is a criminal,” accusing Depp of valuing him for his lucrative role in the possible relaunch of the WaPo op-ed in the Spring 2019 lawsuit. Pirates Suffrage by Disney.
Both Depp and Hard have faced ups and downs in this regard.
Hard sued and moved to California to sue Depp before retorting in September 2020. After losing his UK defamation suit against Rupert Murdoch The sun After the tabloids called her “Wife Beater” in November 2020 (an appeal was rejected in March 2021), Depp also fell short of wanting to see Hardy’s Big-Box countersuit thrown off in January 2021.
Dominic Patten contributed to this report.