The most high-profile celebrity lawsuits of all time

Amber Heard's motion to dismiss Johnny Depp defamation case denied by judge, Heard to take the stand

Stars Insider

04/05/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Law

Once you hit a certain level of fame or a certain bank account balance, lawsuits become inevitable. Realistically, we'd probably all get sued for libel if all of our social media posts and conversations were analyzed with a fine-tooth comb! It's no wonder then that celebrities are constantly besieged with legal problems. Some are so low-level that they don't even make it into the tabloids, while others dominate the headlines from start to finish.

In the middle of Johnny Depp's US$50 million defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, before Heard's side brought witnesses to the stand, the actress' legal team motioned for dismissal of the lawsuit. The judge has, however, denied the request.

On May 3, Depp's side wrapped their witness list, and Heard's attorney Ben Rottenborn made the case for why the lawsuit should be thrown out based on his argument that Depp's side didn't have enough evidence to prove defamation. Though both sides are arguing that the other was abusive, the case is centered around the 2018 Washington Post op-ed that Depp is alleging ruined his career. After reviewing the evidence, Judge Penney Azcarate denied the motion to toss the case, saying that the "weight of that evidence is up to the fact-finders," which means she'll be letting the jury decide whether Heard's op-ed was indeed defamatory as the trial moves forward. 

Click through this gallery to learn more about the trial and look back at some of the most significant high-profile celebrity lawsuits of all time.

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