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Johnny Depp to take the stand next week in Amber Heard trial

Johnny Depp to take the stand next week in Amber


There’s plenty more left in the jaw-dropping Johnny Depp defamation trial.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star will take the stand again next week — and there could be more than 18 hours of bombshell testimony to come from his side, a source told The Post.

The 58-year-old actor is expected to be questioned as a rebuttal witness on Wednesday or Thursday following this week’s cross examination of his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Judge Penney Azcarate, who is presiding over the dramatic Fairfax, Va. case, gave each side a total of 61 hours and 15 minutes to present their cases. 

As of Friday, Heard’s legal team had 8 hours and 14 minutes left, and Depp’s lawyers had 18 hours and 30 minutes left.

Closing arguments in the explosive trial — which has included allegations of death threats and photos of Depp zonked out after apparent drug binges — are scheduled for next Friday.

The “Aquaman” actress’ legal team has also weighed calling Depp back to the stand — which legal experts told The Post may be a risk not worth taking because of how “likable” he was when he testified the first time around.

“There is a risk that he is going to have more time being likable on the stand,” said civil attorney Katherine Lizardo, “when it’s actually Amber Heard’s time to present her case.”

She said Depp, who smiled frequently on the stand, appeared to be genuine and had a “very unique personality,” potentially making him appealing to the jury.

Johnny Depp testifies on April 25.
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Actress Ellen Barkin's deposition was played for the jury on Thursday.
Actress Ellen Barkin’s deposition was played for the jury on Thursday, May 19.
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The actor’s possible return will follow testimony Thursday from actress Ellen Barkin, who had a fling with Depp in 1994 —  and said he was an often-drunk, “jealous man” who once threw a wine bottle in her direction. 

The courtroom saga has already been chock-full of stunning moments, with Heard taking the stand to describe Depp’s alleged history of verbally and physically abusing her.

During the trial, she described the first time Depp allegedly hit her and accused him of braking her nose in a jealous rage. She also testified that she was traumatized when he “shoved his fingers inside” her while tripping on magic mushrooms.

Heard delivers dramatic testimony on May 5.
Amber Heard delivers dramatic testimony on May 5.
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Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for claiming in a Washington Post op-ed that she was a victim of domestic violence.

He has previously given testimony claiming that he’s the real victim in the chaotic relationship, and that he brought the suit against her to “clear my name.”



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