Depp-Heard Defamation Case: A Look At The Known Witnesses Who Still Must Witness

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While witnesses continue to testify or testify via video in the ongoing Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation case, it was recently revealed that two celebrities – James Franco and Elon Musk – will no longer testify in the case.

The witness list for the trial, which is expected to last six weeks, originally contained Musk and Franco. Musk’s lawyer, however, confirmed to Fox News Digital that Tesla’s CEO would not take a position. A source with knowledge of the trial confirmed to the New York Post that Franco would not testify either.

On Monday, Depp ended an exhausting four days at the witness stand and calmly told jurors that he was suing his ex-wife because it was his best chance to regain his reputation. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star filed the case over a 2018 edition.

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With Franco and Musk out, there are still a few Hollywood characters who can take a stand, including Ellen Barkin and Paul Bettany. Heard must also testify.

Here’s a look at what celebs we may hear from during the trial:

Amber Heard

Amber Heard will reportedly be the first witness for the defense and will take a position next week.

Amber Heard will reportedly be the first witness for the defense and will take a position next week.
(John Phillips / UK Press)

Amber Heard will testify in person. According to Deadline, Heard will be the first witness to the defense and will take a position next week.

Depp sued Heard after writing an op-ed for the Washington Post. It was revealed in court Thursday that an employee of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote Heard’s piece, describing himself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.”

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Heard’s op-ed never mentions Depp by name, but he claims he was slandered anyway because parts of the play clearly refer to allegations of abuse she made in 2016 when she filed for divorce and got a temporary restraining order.

Paul Bettany

Johnny Depp and British actor Paul Bettany arrive at the premiere of their new film 'Mortdecai' at the Zoopalast cinema in Berlin, Germany, on 18 January 2015.

Johnny Depp and British actor Paul Bettany arrive at the premiere of their new film ‘Mortdecai’ at the Zoopalast cinema in Berlin, Germany, on 18 January 2015.
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Paul Bettany, a friend of Johnny Depp’s, was listed as a witness and is expected to appear “via video link.”

Communication between Bettany and Depp has also been included in the trial as evidence.

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During the first week of the trial, text messages were displayed between the two. Depp also admitted at the booth that he texted Bettany about drowning and burning her then-girlfriend Heard.

Depp claimed that the lyrics were a reference to the movie “Monty Python”.

Ellen Barkin

Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin in 1994.

Johnny Depp and Ellen Barkin in 1994.
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Ellen Barkin is reportedly also involved in the lawsuit through a deposit.

Barkin has previously testified in Depp’s British trial that the actress once threw a bottle of wine at her head while they were dating in the 1990s.

Depp tried to discredit her at the time, saying she had an “act” against him after he ended a random relationship between the two.

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
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“Ms. Barkin and I had been friends for a number of years. A few years later (after her divorce), Ellen and I, just spending time together, hung out in a relationship,” Depp said in court at the time.

“A sexual element began with Ms. Barkin, which lasted for months on and off, actually because she was making the movie I was making at the time, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,’ and I suppose her desires were… she wanted more than a relationship, she wanted a proper relationship with me, and I did not.

“I did not feel the same about her as she did me, and I suppose from that moment on she became very, very angry, and since then I have not spoken to Mrs. Barkin.”

Elon Musk

Elon Musk and Amber Heard pictured enjoying a meal.  Elon Musk was to testify via WebEx video link but will no longer, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Elon Musk and Amber Heard pictured enjoying a meal. Elon Musk was to testify via WebEx video link but will no longer, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News Digital.
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Elon Musk was to testify via WebEx video link, but will no longer.

Depp has accused Musk and Heard of having an affair while Depp and Heard were married.

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Musk and Heard had a romantic relationship, but Tesla’s CEO insists the relationship did not begin until after the actress’ breakup with Depp in 2016.

“I want to confirm again that Amber and I only started dating about a month after her divorce application,” Musk told Page Six in 2020. “I do not think I have ever been near Amber during their marriage. ! “

James Franco

James Franco was also to testify via WebEx video link.  It has recently been reported that he will no longer take a stand.

James Franco was also to testify via WebEx video link. It has recently been reported that he will no longer take a stand.
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According to reports, James Franco was also to testify via WebEx video link.

Depp also accused Heard of having an affair with Franco during Depp’s marriage to Heard. The “Pineapple Express” actor was called to the booth by Depp’s legal team, Page Six reported.

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Surveillance footage from May 2016 showed Heard and Franco walking into an elevator together and going out on the same floor where Depp and Heard lived.

The footage was taken 24 hours after Depp and Heard had a fight that allegedly gave her a black eye.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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