Amber Heard to testify in Johnny Depp case behind closed doors

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Actor is key witness in libel proceedings brought by Depp against the Sun newspaper

Amber Heard will be allowed to give evidence about alleged sexual violence at the hands of her ex-husband Johnny Depp behind closed doors, after lawyers successfully argued she should not be forced to make certain claims in front of the media.

Heard is a key witness in a libel case in which Depp is suing the Sun newspaper and its associate editor, Dan Wootton, over an article that referred to the Pirates of the Caribbean star as a “wife-beater”.

Depp’s lawyers claimed Heard has been using “salacious” claims to draw attention to the case and questioned her desire to give parts of her evidence without journalists in the room.

“She hasn’t sought anonymity, quite the opposite,” argued David Sherborne, acting for Depp. He said Heard’s accusations would be proved to be “outright lies” and said they would need to be scrutinised “very carefully”.

He argued Heard’s decision to identify as a prominent supporter of the #MeToo movement and publicly take part in United Nations events about sexual violence meant she could not later request privacy when giving evidence.

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