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Amber Heard’s team will no longer call Johnny Depp back to witness stand

Amber Heard’s authorized team will no longer call Johnny Depp back to the stand — in what seems to be a last-minute reversal of courtroom technique, in accordance to reviews Monday.

Sources beforehand confirmed to The Post that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star can be known as to testify by his ex-wife’s legal professionals on Monday. Multiple shops, including Deadline, reported Monday that Heard’s team has modified their minds.

“Calling Depp back to the stand would be as relevant to us as a bicycle to a fish,” a supply shut to Heard’s aspect advised Deadline. “Everything Depp has testified up to this point has been irrelevant to the heart of this case, and there’s no reason to believe it would be any different now.”

The actor continues to be anticipated to be known as as a rebuttal witness by his personal authorized team on Wednesday, a supply shut to Depp advised The Post. His ex-girlfriend, the British supermodel Kate Moss, can also be set to handle the jury Wednesday by way of video hyperlink, the supply mentioned.

The transfer to call Depp — who already testified over 4 days — back to the witness field was thought of a danger for Heard’s team, given how “likable” the jury appeared to discover him throughout his first spherical of testimony, authorized specialists beforehand advised The Post.

Actor Amber Heard talks to her attorney in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 23, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel.
Amber Heard talks to her lawyer within the courtroom on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 23, 2022.
AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool

“There is a risk that he is going to have more time being likable on the stand,” mentioned civil lawyer Katherine Lizardo, “when it’s actually Amber Heard’s time to present her case.”

Depp, 58, was typically smiling on the stand, and confirmed the jury his “very unique personality,” probably making him interesting to the panel of seven, Lizardo mentioned.

The actor is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed through which she known as herself a “public figure representing domestic violence.”

Heard, 36, countersued Depp for $100 million, claiming he defamed her when he and his lawyer Adam Waldman made statements to the press in 2020 claiming she had manufactured allegations of abuse.

US actor Johnny Depp arrives into the courtroom after a lunch break at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia.
Johnny Depp arrives within the courtroom after a lunch break on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia.
Photo by Steve Helber / POOL / AFP

Closing arguments within the trial, which has dragged on for six weeks, are set for Friday.

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