Elon Musk did not expect to testify in Johnny Depp’s defamation case against Amber Heard

Musk was listed as a potential witness for Heard in the trial, to appear externally. He dated Heard shortly after she and Depp ended their marriage.

A source would not confirm why Musk was no longer on the list to testify. CNN has contacted a spokeswoman for Heard for a comment.

Depp is suing Heard for $ 50 million, according to a 2018 statement she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although Depp was not mentioned in the article, he claims that it cost him lucrative acting work.

Both Heard and Depp, who met in 2009 and were married from 2015 to 2016, accuse the other of physical violence under their relationship. They have both rejected the other’s claims.

The former couple settled their divorce in August 2016 and issued a joint statement that read in part, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times fleeting, but always bound by love.”

Terrance Dougherty, attorney general for the ACLU, testified Thursday that Musk paid $ 500,000 from a donor-advised Vanguard fund on Heard’s behalf to the ACLU as part of the $ 1.3 million she has given the organization. Heard had promised to donate $ 3.5 million of her $ 7 million divorce settlement with Depp to the ACLU, but payments stopped around 2019, Dougherty said.

“We contacted Ms. Heard from 2019 for the next installment of her gifts. We learned she was having financial difficulties,” Dougherty said.

Dougherty said he has no indication that Heard does not intend to pay the remainder of her promised donation. She is still considered an ambassador for the organization.

The trial, which began on April 11, is set to last six weeks. Depp ended his testimony Monday, and Heard has not yet testified.

CNN’s Marianne Garvey contributed to this report.

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