Amber Heard is expected to take the stand come Friday morning.
The actress has a court date set at the end of this week for her restraining order hearing against ex Johnny Depp, and E! News has learned that Heard is planning to testify.
We’re told Amber is being prepared by her attorney for direct examination questioning and for the cross-examination questioning by Johnny Depp’s lawyer, and that the 30-year-old is ready to have her day in court.
Attorney Troy Slaten, who is not associated with the case, explains that this is a common thing that you expect any attorney to do. “The last thing you want is for your client to be surprised at a question, to get flustered. You want to ask every possible question that could possibly be asked that way your client is not thrown off-guard.”
But will we see Depp in court, too? Heard’s team has sent Depp’s attorney a “notice in lieu of subpoena” demanding his attendance at the hearing. Slaten explains, “You issue a notice in lieu of a subpoena to a party, from one party to another party. If you want to make sure the other party is there, you issue the notice in lieu of subpoena.”
Regardless, that doesn’t mean the celeb will be there. “Although she is requesting it, and demanding his presence, it doesn’t really mean he has to appear,” Slaten tells E! News. “He can still chose not to appear.”
If Depp does show up, however, Slaten tells us the actor will likely be advised to assert his fifth amendment right to remain silent because there is an allegation of a criminal charge.
“Because everything you say is going to be on the record and held against you in any other proceeding, criminal or otherwise so it makes sense not to say anything. Now this is an issue of strategy from Johnny Depp’s side, if you can attack the petitioner, the person seeking the restraining order without Johnny Depp’s direct testimony you want to do that. You don’t want to expose him to cross examination by Amber’s team.”
He adds, “If they think they have enough damaging evidence for her, enough evidence to impeach her testimony, they would not want to have him there or have him testify.”