Elon Musk and James Franco finally they will not testify in the libel trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heardas confirmed to ‘The Independent’ by a source familiar with the situation.
Heard’s legal team had included the Tesla founder and new Twitter owner and the actor on their list of potential witnesses ahead of trial, and both came forward via video link.
However, at the end of the third week of the trial, which began on the 10th in Fairfax (Virginia), the newspaper received confirmation that the two VIP witnesses will not take the stand. It has not transpired, however, the reasons why they will not testify.
Courtship with Musk
Musk’s name was mentioned in court Wednesday during testimony by Christian Carino, a former Heard and Depp agent.
Carino told the jury that Heard dated Musk while trying to reconcile with Depp after their divorce.
Heard and Musk are believed to have dated on and off between 2016 and 2018.
When Depp sued News Group Newspapers, the company that publishes ‘The Sun’, for defamation in the UK (for an article in which he implied he was a victim of domestic violence), it was said that Musk would come to testify at the judgment.
However, Alex Spiro, the tycoon’s lawyer, has confirmed on NBC that he will not testify.
Lawyer Eleanor Laws, who represented Depp in the case against The Sun, read text messages from May 2016 in which Heard told Musk that she was going to get a restraining order against her then-husband, the actor. from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.
Laws said Musk offered to “offer 24/7 protection” to Heard, adding that “the offer would stand” even if they stopped dating.
Depp’s team had cited some of Musk’s past communications with Heard as part of the Virginia libel case.
… And with Frank
For his part, James Franco, also in the eye of the hurricane for his accusations of harassing some of his students, will not defend Amber Heard in court either. In his case, the reasons why he will not attend have not been disclosed.
Like Musk, it is said that they had an affair during their relationship with Depp, after meeting on the set of one of his films.
Franco’s name also came up during the UK trial between Depp and ‘The Sun’.
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Elon Musk and James Franco will not testify in Johnny Depp’s trial against Amber Heard