Johnny Depp is suing his wife Amber Heard and demanding $50 million based on the accusation that she defamed him with her 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post. She did not mention Depp's name in the piece, but she has since confirmed that he was a target.
Right now, some people are skeptical about the possibility of Heard's legal team calling Depp as a witness.
Katherine Lizardo claimed that many people were unsure if that could be done. Lizardo is a lawyer from Texas and a regular analyst for the Law & Crime Network.
Lizardo clarified that in Virginia, calling an adverse witness is allowed. An adverse witness is a person opposing you in court.
Lizardo went on to say that they were calling him to the stand to make certain things clear about some aspects of Heard's countersuit against him. This is one of the reasons anyone would want an adverse witness to take the stand.
However, she pointed out that there were alternatives to doing this. For instance, they could use Depp's depositions to determine some aspects of her case against him.
They could also use other witnesses or documents.
Heard tried to argue some days ago that she was being depicted as a liar because Depp was a "bigger star" with "more publicity reach."
At the time, she claimed that her interest was in clearing her name. She said that at the time she was being accused of dishonesty, her motives were also getting questioned.
She also said that her ex-husband Depp was not the only person her 2018 article was talking about, despite not mentioning his name.
Heard claimed that she was discussing a bigger issue.
She said in court that she was talking about powerful men doing something horrible or something they should not do and getting protection from a system that also cleans up after them.
"This was a reference to not just Johnny but what was happening as a culture when we were addressing a lot of MeToo issues... (It was) not just about him, but he is included in that yes…"
She claimed that her article was also about many public figures who were being accused of the same issues as well. Allegedly, her story was talking about a larger phenomenon, not just her husband.