Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have finally had their day in court, but things didn’t go quite as expected.
According to TMZ, the “Magic Mike XXL” star took the stand during a deposition held on Saturday. Heard — who arrived nearly an hour and a half late — did not, however, take an oath or testify against her estranged husband whom she previously claimed had been abusive. The publication reports that a videographer and court reporter were present during the deposition, as was Depp’s legal team. Heard chose to remain inside a nearby office, rather than potentially face the “Alice: Through the Looking Glass” star. Sources close to the couple say rather than focus on the abuse allegations, Depp and Heard decided to try and talk settlement.
Despite the fact that Heard was scheduled to give her deposition numerous times and failed to do so until Aug. 6, she and her team of lawyers claim it is Depp who has been stalling legal proceedings. On July 27, Us Weekly obtained documents that suggested Depp had filed several motions since the legal process began that would “impose undue financial hardships” on Heard. She also alleged that her husband was trying to slow the process or stop it all together, adding that doing so should be viewed as him making “blatant threats” toward her. Heard maintains that Depp is holding her and her team back by refusing to agree to their terms and conditions.
“[Depp] and his counsel’s demand for the execution of these two non-disclosure agreements which impose undue financial hardships and burdens on [Heard] are nothing but blatant threats by [Depp] and are illustrative of his continued attempts to thwart real progress in this case,” the document read. “[Depp] has been stonewalling the progress of this case, by refusing to provide the most basic financial documents, and he is now filing his second ex parte on the same discovery issue coupled with a second request to continue court-ordering deadlines related to the DVRO hearing.”
Prior to Heard’s filing Depp and his lawyers filed a motion, mentioned in the aforementioned documents, to ensure that the details of their divorce would remain private. Entertainment Tonight obtained copies of the paperwork, which asked that a privacy agreement be put in place before he and Heard moved forward with the divorce process. In the paperwork he addressed his estranged wife’s request for financial documents, claiming that he would gladly comply if she agreed to his terms of privacy. It seems unlikely that she will because, as lawyer Laura Wasser notes, Heard has allegedly been presented with several other such agreements prior to this one and refused to sign.
“Amber’s need for financial information to resolve this case is distinct from the public’s appetite for information about celebrity divorces,” Wasser said. “Amber has inexplicably refused to sign any agreement to maintain confidentiality in this action.”
It remains unclear whether Heard and Depp were able to reach an agreement during settlement talks.