Johnny Depp Gets Unfavorable Decisions on Jury Instruction

Johnny Depp Gets Unfavorable Decisions on Jury Instruction

The key rulings from the judge may swing the actor's defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Jurors in Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife

Amber Heard can not consider whether Adam Waldman

a former attorney of Depp’s who was kicked off the case

had free speech protections when he made allegedly defamatory statements about Heard.

In a key ruling on jury instructions

the judge overseeing the case sided with Heard’s lawyers Thursday

that Waldman does not qualify for privilege

a defense from defamation

because his statements were not in response to anything Heard said or wrote

Other than Heard and Depp, Waldman is the central figure of the trial

Heard has claimed that Depp, through Waldman