On Thursday, the judge hearing Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard disqualified one of his witnesses after the witness acknowledged to watching trial recordings online.
Georgina Deuters, also known as Gina Deuters, is the wife of one of Depp’s longstanding employees and collaborators, Stephen Deuters, and was brought to the witness on Thursday, the third day of testimony in the trial, by Depp’s defense team.
Depp is suing Heard, saying she harmed his career by hinting in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that he physically mistreated her. Heard filed a countersuit, alleging that the actor abused her ten times throughout their relationship.
Deuters, however, was dismissed from the stand shortly after describing how Heard offered her MDMA at Heard and Depp’s wedding in 2015.
Heard’s lawyers then asked for a conference with Judge Penney Azcarate, who’s presiding over the trial in Fairfax County court in Virginia. After speaking with the attorneys, the judge told jurors to leave the room, and then asked Deuters whether she watched any of the trial testimony prior to taking the stand.
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