- Johnny Depp has issued a subpoena against Elon Musk amid a bitter legal wrangle with his ex-wife Amber Heard.
- Depp’s attorney told Metro.co.uk and Page Six that he is seeking evidence from Heard’s friends as part of a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard.
- It follows Heard writing an op-ed in The Washington Post about her experiences of domestic violence. She did not name Depp in the piece. He denies allegations of abuse.
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Johnny Depp’s bitter legal fight with his ex-wife Amber Heard took another twist on Friday amid reports that his lawyer wants evidence from her friends, including Elon Musk.
British newspaper Metro.co.uk was first to report that Depp’s attorney has issued a subpoena against Musk, the Tesla CEO and Heard’s former boyfriend. New York Post website Page Six followed up with a similar story hours later.
Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman told the publications: “We have now issued subpoenas to Amber Heard, her hoax assisting friends, Elon Musk and other witnesses to explain the avalanche of video, audio, photographic and testimonial evidence with which we intend to confront them.”
A source told Page Six, however, that Musk has “not received anything” as yet. He and Heard split in February 2018 following an on-off relationship. Heard told The Hollywood Reporter in December that the pair now enjoy a “beautiful friendship” based on “intellectual curiosity, ideas and conversation, a shared love for science.”
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Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for defamation after she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post about her experiences of domestic violence. She did not name Depp in the piece and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor denies allegations of abuse. In the same lawsuit, Depp accused Heard of having an affair with Musk while they were married.
Heard asked a judge to dismiss the $50 million lawsuit on Friday. According to Associated Press, Heard filed a motion in the Circuit Court of Fairfax, Virginia, asking for the case to be struck out. She offered new details about instances in which Depp “slapped her, shoved her, pulled her hair or choked her,” AP said, providing photos as evidence.
“Since their divorce, Mr. Depp has continued to publically harass Ms. Heard, and attempted to gaslight the world by denying his abuse. It is long past time for Mr. Depp’s despicable conduct to end,” Heard’s attorney told AP.
Depp’s lawyer Waldman denied the claims and said it was Heard who abused his client. In an email to AP, he added: “The only way for Amber Heard to sustain her hoax is with more lies.”