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Amber Heard can hear Johnny Depp give evidence in libel trial

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/5/2020 Jami Ganz
Amber Heard, Per Morberg are posing for a picture: US actor Johnny Depp (R) and his wife Amber Heard arrive at a court in the Gold Coast on April 18, 2016. © PATRICK HAMILTON US actor Johnny Depp (R) and his wife Amber Heard arrive at a court in the Gold Coast on April 18, 2016.

Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard will not be banned from watching him give evidence in his libel trial against British tabloid, The Sun.

On Saturday, a judge rebuffed the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s argument that the “Aquaman” actress’ own evidence would be more reliable if she didn’t hear Depp give his during cross-examination, The Guardian reports.

Depp, 57, is suing the tabloid’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, as well as The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton, for a 2018 article that described the Oscar nominee as a “wife beater.”

The article pointed to claims made by Heard, 34, that Depp physically abused her while the two were still married, allegations which the “Sweeney Todd” star has always denied.

Preventing Heard from sitting in would be “unfair” and “inhibit:” the defense, Justice Nicol ruled.

Witnesses in criminal cases can’t be present in court while others give evidence but they can be present in civil cases.

Though Nicol conceded noted that the “Rum Diary” actress was “not a party” and isn’t “in a position to give instructions” to the defendants’ lawyers, he said both defendants “rely heavily on the information which Ms. Heard can provide” and “on which the defendants may choose to act.”

He said, “It would be unfair to the defendants to deprive [the defendants] of that advantage.”

Earlier in the week, NGN’s camp tried and failed to get the case thrown out of court.

That following the high court’s ruling last week that Depp breached an order in the case when he failed to share texts apparently depicting him trying to purchase drugs.

NGN’s lawyers requested Nicol strike the libel claim on the grounds he hadn’t shared the “Australia drug texts,” which were sent in early 2015.

The messaging took place shortly before Heard asserts Depp committed “a three-day ordeal of physical assaults” against her in Australia.

Late in May, the high court dismissed evidence from the mechanic who worked for the former couple toward the end of their marriage, but approved evidence from the actress’ former personal assistant. The assistant insists she never saw signs of physical violence.

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