Johnny Depp, the award-winning actor, and producer, is in the middle of two significant legal battles right now, both are initiated by him. However, it seems that one of the cases he filed has faced a recent setback.
Depp’s legal battle with this former lawyers has been postponed to give both sides enough time to sort out documents, submit testimonies, and “unwind the actor’s tangled affairs.”
The 55-year-old Pirates of The Caribbean star is set to appear in court to face the legal firm Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman – who he is suing for $30 million – in court on May 6.
Earlier today, a Los Angeles judge moved the schedule of the trial date to now begin on September 16 because both parties are fighting over documents that need to be submitted and depositions are yet to be made.
The judge blamed both sides for the postponement and said that they could have moved quicker and have caused the case to drag on by engaging in a “great deal of finger-pointing concerning whose fault it is.”
Depp is accusing the firm of conspiring with his former business managers, The Management Group (TMG), to cheat him out of millions. He blames his former lawyers for allegedly failing to alert him to the actions of the management company, despite knowing what was going on.
His lawyer, Adam Waldman, said that ‘Bloom is accused among other things of a failure to supervise the fraudulent activity of the Mandel Brothers/TMG, Mr. Depp’s former business managers who are under multiple federal criminal investigations and whose offices were raided by the FBI in June 2017. Judge Green agreed to move their trial from May to September, and ruled that Bloom is entitled to Mandel’s sealed documents.’
According to Bloom, there are certain documents and information that Depp and his legal team has failed to supply. While the judge ordered the Sweeney Todd actor to give more detailed answers to some questions, he denied some of the firm’s demands.
The judge noted: ‘This case requires the parties to unwind the tangled affairs of Plaintiff Depp, his various entities, and his lawyers, going back several years […]Plaintiff’s inclination to incorporate by reference and tell Defendant Firm to, in essence, “figure it out,” is understandable.
‘However, the very number of parties and issues present in this case calls for a more meticulous approach. Although shorthand references are easier, they are by necessity less clear,’ the judge added.
CONNECTION TO AMBER HEARD DEFAMATION LAWSUIT
Depp’s lawyer also slammed the company for their behavior during the divorce proceedings of Johnny Depp from ex-wife Amber Heard, citing that a lot of video surveillance during the alleged domestic abuse claim of Heard was neglected.
‘Part of Bloom’s defense is that he did a good job on Mr. Depp’s divorce. But the facts are these: some of Mr. Depp’s legal dream team of five Hollywood lawyers reviewed the entire surveillance video library taken of Ms. Heard, her friends, Elon Musk and others captured by 24 surveillance cameras in the Eastern Columbia Building and the 87 surveillance videos that these lawyers set aside.
On March 2, 2019, Johnny Depp filed a $50 million defamation charge against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who has accused him of domestic abuse; accusations that Depp said have damaged his career. The lawsuit came after an interview Heard gave to Washington Post Op-ed where he accused Depp of beating her in his home in Los Angeles. The claims were dismissed by the Edward Scissorhands actor saying that it was a false accusation that has drastically damaged the star’s blooming career, the lawsuit alleges.
In December 2018, Heard described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in an interview with Washington Post Op-ed, where she spoke against sexual violence and the #MeToo campaign. In 2016, Heard’s lawyers said she “suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse” by Depp.
Amidst the testimony given by the side of Amber Heard, investigators revealed that law enforcement officers who responded during the night in question found no evidence of an assault after a domestic dispute call they received. They also claimed that Heard said that she would not press any criminal charges against Depp.
The defamation lawsuit said the 2016 allegations are “false” and “an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career.”
Depp alleged in the lawsuit that the accusations damaged his career and that he was dropped from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise after the op-ed was published.