Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s bitter libel trial will resume in Virginia today. The trial has captured the attention of people around the world, despite the harrowing portrayal of their toxic relationship
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More witnesses will take to the stand this week in the libel trial that saw Depp sue for the equivalent of over £39 million for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed written by his ex-wife that claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse.
The article did not mention Depp by name and Heard has countersued him for double the figure.
People around the world have been both stunned and enthralled as they watch the case, broadcast live from its home in a Virginia courtroom.
Despite this, some have been concerned by a “trial by social media” as social media users take sides in the case.
When is the next part of the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard case?
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The Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard libel case resumes today, May 16 and will begin at 3pm (BST).
Expected to be the fifth and last week of the trial, the jury has so far heard one month’s worth of testimony from both Depp, Heard and other witnesses.
In Fairfax, Virginia, where the trial is taking place, witnesses have included testimony from family and friends, as well as former staff members of the celebrity duo and medical officials.
Libel and slander expert Kimberly Lau of Warshaw Burstein told Sky News: “What will make this trial particularly challenging for a jury is the fact that both parties are trained actors whose job is to make the audience believe they are, in fact, the role they play.
“The testimony of the witnesses and documentary evidence will be even more essential for the jury to determine who is really telling the truth and who may be merely acting out a role.”
How can I watch the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard libel trial?
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Anyone interested in the trial can watch it live on YouTube and there will be several news streams to choose from, including Sky News.
Sky’s YouTube channel can be found here and witnesses on Heard’s team are now set to put forward their version of events during the trial.
Allegations in the trial so far have included claims of physical violence and an accusation Depp painted messages in blood after injuring his finger.
Depp, who denies all the allegations against him, has said Heard voided her bowels in their bed, which she also denies.
The trial comes after a High Court libel trial in the UK in which Depp sued the publisher of The Sun, over an article that called him a “wife-beater”. Depp lost the trial and was not allowed to appeal, following the court deeming the article to be “substantially true”.