Actor Johnny Depp (R) and his wife Amber Heard (L) attend the red carpet event for the movie "Black Mass" at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in northern Italy September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Actor Johnny Depp (R) and his wife Amber Heard (L) attend the red carpet event for the movie “Black Mass” at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in northern Italy September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Actress Amber Heard and her estranged husband, Johnny Depp, will undergo depositions on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in advance of a trial on whether a temporary restraining order she obtained against the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star should be extended.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl Moor also said today the trial will begin Aug. 17 instead of Monday as was originally scheduled. He said a new judge with the ability to hear the case exclusively without dealing with a daily law-and-motion calendar will be assigned.

Moor said the selection of the new judge is still pending. He extended the restraining order until the start of the trial, meaning Depp cannot attend Heard’s deposition because he was previously ordered to stay at least 100 yards from her home, car and workplace, except for settlement discussions.

Lawyer Joseph Koenig, on behalf of Heard, said that although this past Saturday’s scheduled deposition of Heard did not go forward, part of the day was devoted to settlement discussions that did not result in a resolution.

Heard’s attorneys said they plan to call about seven witnesses, with Depp being the first to take the stand. Depp’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, said she does not plan to call Depp as one of her witnesses, more than 20 other people will testify on his behalf.

Wasser said that although the turnaround time between the depositions and the trial will be short, she did not favor any lengthy delays in getting to trial.

“I do think we need to move this forward and get it over with,” Wasser told Moor. “This is weighing heavily on my client.”

Both sides said they plan to offer as evidence a collective total of more than 100 exhibits, with Heard’s attorneys offering many photos.

Heard and Depp are currently out of the country, their attorneys said in court. Heard is in London making a film. Wasser did not divulge Depp’s whereabouts other than to say he was not in London and is therefore in no danger of violating the stay-away order.

Depp, 52, and Heard, 30, met on the set of “The Rum Diary” and were married in February 2015. She filed for divorce in May, then obtained the restraining order the following day, alleging Depp struck her during an argument at their home on May 21.

–City News Service 

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