A status hearing regarding the court case between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp was held today, and the conference resulted in the domestic violence hearing getting pushed back.
Heard, who is currently in London, was represented by lawyer Samantha Spector and co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig, while Depp was represented by celeb renowned lawyer Laura Wasser. E! News learned that one of the main topics discussed at the beginning of the hearing is the issue of getting their depositions done.
Wasser adamantly said Johnny wouldn't do his deposition until Amber does hers first, so the court ordered each depo to be scheduled for later this week. Wasser asked for extra time between the depositions and the start date for the hearing (which was slated for Monday), explaining to the judge, "This is really weighing heavily on my client."
Wasser went on to say that she "would like to do it in the most expeditious manner to get it done and behind us."
Therefore, the judge told both parties that the domestic violence hearing will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 17, as opposed to Monday, and extended Heard's temporary restraining order to that date. The judge also made it clear that neither Heard nor Depp may be present during the other party's deposition.
Over the weekend, Depp's camp reportedly claimed that the actress refused to be deposed by the actor's camp, however E! News heard differently.
"Although Amber was ready, willing and able to go forward with her deposition, it was not taken by Johnny's attorneys," our source said at the time. "She waited for 10 hours and at no time, did Amber ever refuse to start the deposition."
This was again reiterated by Heard's camp in court today. Koenig said the best way to describe it is that "the deposition did not start" and it wasn't that Amber refused.
We've also learned that should this case go to trial, both Heard and Depp have submitted their lists of witnesses who are willing to testify.
According to documents obtained by E! News, close friend Raquel Pennington and her boyfriend Joshua Drew "will testify to personal observations relating to incidents of domestic violence by [Johnny] including, but not limited to, the domestic violence incident which occurred on May 21, 2016."
Friend iO Tillet Wright is also slated to testify and share her "personal observations" relating to incidents of domestic violence. Back in June, she wrote an essay for Refinery29 explaining why she called police on Johnny.
All three individuals were named in Heard's initial court documents that were filed against Depp.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that while Heard has a list of seven witnesses slated to speak under oath during the trial, Depp allegedly has 23 witnesses he plans to have speak on his behalf. No names on his end were disclosed.