LONDON – Johnny Depp’s lawyers have failed to cease the American actor’s ex-spouse, Amber Read, from attending his libel trial from the British tabloid newspaper The Sunshine right until she is referred to as to give evidence.
In a courtroom buy released on Saturday, trial choose Andrew Nicol explained that excluding Read from the London courtroom ahead of she testifies in the scenario “would inhibit the defendants in the conduct of their protection.”
Depp, 57, is suing The Sun’s publisher, Information Group Newspapers, and Govt Editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 short article saying the actor was violent and abusive to Read. He strongly denies the allegations.
Depp’s lawyers experienced questioned the choose to continue to keep Read from attending the trial right until the 34-yr-old actress and model appears to give evidence, arguing that her testimony would be extra responsible if she had been not existing in courtroom when Depp was remaining cross-examined.
The choose observed it is Information Group and Wootton, and not Read, that are defending the claim, whilst conceding they will be relying “heavily” on what Read states.
The trial, which was postponed from March simply because of the coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled to start Tuesday and to previous 3 months.
Other witnesses are likely to incorporate Depp’s ex-associates Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, who have the two submitted statements supporting the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star.
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