Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have spent the better part of this year fighting in his $50 million defamation lawsuit against her. Usually, Johnny’s team works hard to find new accusations against Amber. But when it came time for Johnny’s team to provide some documents requested by Amber’s team, they dragged their feet. And now this lawsuit will be dragged out until at least August 2020.
Back in October, Amber accused Johnny of buying the silence of those who allegedly witnessed his violent behavior. Amber’s lawyers said the proof of Johnny’s payouts could be traced back to The Management Group, his former business managers. According to Amber, TMG spent millions – plural – of Johnny’s money to keep mouths shut and prevent people from talking about what they saw. That wasn’t all Amber wanted. She had also requested that Johnny undergo a mental health evaluation, because she felt that his use of drugs and alcohol messed up his mental state.
Part of what Amber was after to prove her mental health argument were some “relevant medical records.” Amber wanted material related to his drug and alcohol use, and argued that Johnny couldn’t argue against her allegations without providing proof about his substance abuse. A judge had agreed that those documents would be relevant to the case, and instructed Johnny’s team to provide them by November 15th. That deadline has a lot in common with the call time for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Because Deadline is saying that Johnny couldn’t really be bothered to show up on time. According to Amber’s team, Johnny basically tossed a handful of irrelevant papers their way in an attempt to make them happy. It did not.
“Mr. Depp did not produce all relevant medical records as ordered-instead, on November 15, 2019, he produced merely a handful of PDF files that appear to be email forwards he received from a single doctor, Dr. Kipper. Mr. Depp still has not produced any other records relating to his medical condition, despite the fact that there were clearly other doctors involved in his care.”
So now their trial can’t move forward as it was scheduled.
Due to the apparent fact that Depp didn’t meet the November 15 deadline to produce all of the October court ordered records related to his drug and alcohol usage, judicial officials in Fairfax County, Virginia have granted a six-month postponement of the start of the jury trial.
The person in charge of scheduling these things found “good cause” from both sides as to why the three-week trial shouldn’t begin on February 3, 2020. So it’s been officially rescheduled to August 3. Amber’s team was reportedly ok with the push forward, but they expected to get an extra 60 days, not six whole months. Not to mention that it could possibly be even longer than that. Johnny is scheduled to start a European tour with The Hollywood Vampires on August 15, 2020. So he could effectively argue that August 3 doesn’t work for him, and that they’ll need to pick a new time when the tour is done in September.
But back to those emails Johnny submitted on behalf of Dr. Kipper. According to the internet, Dr. David Kipper does addiction treatment and detox. He also might not be the best guy for Johnny to be pulling into his case.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Dr. Kipper was reprimanded by the Medical Board of California in 2007 after an eight-year investigation, for allegedly operating “lavish, unlicensed detoxification programs for Hollywood figures and other clients in hotel suites and on private estates.” He was also accused of over-prescribing addicted drugs to celebrity clients, like Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy claims Dr. Kipper was the reason he sounded so incoherent during the filming of The Osbournes. Then again, maybe that’s exactly the evidence Johnny’s lawyers wanted to present.
“Look, it’s obvious my client can’t be held responsible for anything he might have done. Have you seen the doctor he was going to? He went to Ozzy’s doctor. His brain clearly wasn’t making good choices. I mean, the man chose to make Mortdecai. Something’s not right upstairs, case closed.”