Tuesday 23 April 2019

Amber Heard, her ex Elon Musk, and her 'hoax assisting friends' subpoenaed in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against her

Star power: Hollywood actress Amber Heard has been a leading voice in the campaign to end sexual violence and abuse against women. Photo: AP
Star power: Hollywood actress Amber Heard has been a leading voice in the campaign to end sexual violence and abuse against women. Photo: AP
Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp attend the "Black Mass" Boston special screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on September 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Warner Brothers)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Happier times: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the European premiere of their film ‘The Rum Diary’ in London in 2011. Photo: AP/Joel Ryan, File
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend a premiere for 'Black Mass' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at on September 4, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

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Amber Heard’s former boyfriend Elon Musk has been subpoenaed in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against her.

The 55-year-old actor is currently pursuing legal action against his ex-wife - whom he was married to for just over a year before filing for divorce in May 2016 - in a $50 million defamation lawsuit after she previously accused him of domestic abuse.

And following Amber’s response to the lawsuit this week in which she spoke of the alleged abuse she suffered in detail - including incidents in which she claims Johnny "strangled" her, "punched" her, and "threw cans and unopened glass bottles" at her - Johnny’s legal team have issued subpoenas to Amber, her “hoax assisting friends”, and Tesla founder Elon Musk, whom she dated following her split with Johnny.

In a statement, Johnny’s representative said: “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 subpoena is a writ ordering a person to attend court, meaning Elon - who was in a relationship with Amber for a few months in 2017, before they briefly rekindled in 2018 - will have to appear in court as part of the ongoing lawsuit.

The court documents come after the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star branded Amber’s allegations as “new lies”, and slammed her for having a "prior arrest and incarceration" for domestic abuse, after she was arrested in 2009 for an incident with her then-girlfriend Tasya van Ree, though all charges against her were dropped when Taysa said the situation was "misinterpreted".

In court documents, Johnny's attorney said: "A hoax confronted with the reality of evidence requires new lies to sustain itself. Yesterday's filing, made by a woman with a prior arrest and incarceration for domestic abuse, presented Amber Heard's new lies.”

The ‘Aquaman’ actress, 32, detailed a number of alleged incidents in her filing, and claimed Johnny was often too "drunk" to remember what had happened.

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