Amber Heard Unable to Travel From London Due to ‘Emergency,’ Asks to Reschedule Her Deposition
Update — Aug. 12, 12:38 p.m. EST:
TMZ reports that Heard had an emergency arise and was unable to return to L.A. from London for her deposition that was scheduled for Friday (Aug. 12, 2016). Legal documents state that “to no fault of her own, Amber was unable to arrange for a flight to travel from London.”
Heard’s lawyers, Samantha Spector and Joseph Koenig, suggest that Johnny Depp will never address allegations of domestic violence brought against him under oath and state that “Johnny’s counsel continues to wage a malicious war against Amber in the Court of Public Opinion in an effort to intimidate and discourage Amber from telling the truth.”
They also attached a letter, dated Thursday (Aug. 11, 2016), in which Heard accuses Depp’s lawyer of reneging on a settlement agreement. Depp’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, responded in another letter that the offer was sent to the actor for his approval.
Spector will ask the judge to reschedule Heard’s deposition for Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016), the same day that Depp was scheduled to depose.
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A status conference on Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2016) determined that Heard will be deposed today (Friday, Aug. 12, 2016) and Johnny Depp will be deposed on Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016).
Depp’s attorney, Laura Wasser, claimed that Heard did not testify under oath on Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) when she arrived for her 10 a.m. hearing at 11:50 a.m. but refused to leave an adjacent office to the deposition room. Wasser alleges that several attempts were made throughout the day to take her deposition, but Heard would not cooperate with his lawyers.
Depp’s legal counsel described Heard as “hysterically crying and pacing in her separate conference room, or screaming and yelling at times and laughing at others,” as witnessed from the outside of the office=made of “transparent glass.” Wasser adds that Heard “appeared manic and irrational” and that she “observed Amber’s counsel trying to reason with her throughout the day.”
According to People, Depp’s legal team claims that Heard’s lawyers never turned in the documents that they requested and will now be asking for an order that prohibits Heard from testifying when the case goes to trial or, alternatively, a dismissal of the domestic violence case. However, a source from Heard’s side has a different angle on the story.
“Although Amber was ready, willing and able to go forward with her deposition, it was not taken by Johnny’s attorneys,” the source tells People. “She waited for 10 hours and at no time did Amber ever refuse to start the deposition. There was nothing preventing Johnny’s counsel from commencing the deposition during that time.”
The hearing, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 15, 2016, has now been postponed to Aug. 17, 2016, and the restraining order against Depp has been reissued until then.