For months, it seems, the only news from Depp v. Heard were of the wranglings of Johnny Depp’s legal team. Now we’ve seen a flurry of aggressive activity in response from Amber Heard’s counsel, including a court petition last night to force former Depp business managers to to comply with a previously-issued subpoena.
The Management Group (TMG) served as Depp’s business managers from 1999 to 2016, , before the partnership dissolved and Depp filed a $25 million lawsuit accusing them of fraud. Though that suit was settled in 2018, it involved allegations that Depp forced an employee to falsely claim that text messages about Depp’s abuse of Ms. Heard were “manufactured.”
The subpoena on TMG was served August 16, 2019 and requested documents related to incidents of violence, payments on Mr. Depp’s behalf to conceal acts of violence, and payments to witnesses who observed Mr. Depp’s violence and/or helped cover it up. The petition comes on the heels of Mr. Depp recently being ordered By the Virginia court to turn over documents and other Information on these issues.
Referencing this move, Roberta Kaplan, counsel for Amber Heard, said, “TMG was Mr. Depp’s longstanding business manager from 1999 until they parted ways in 2016 amidst a bitter dispute. As a result, TMG is in possession of extensive records of his business dealings as well as his personal life. In fact, by its own account, TMG was aware that Mr. Depp abused Ms. Heard and pressured his employees to make false public statements denying that abuse. TMG also paid millions of dollars to various members of Mr. Depp’s staff, many of whom are witnesses in Mr. Depp’s lawsuit against Ms. Heard. Assuming the court in Virginia permits this case to proceed, trial is scheduled for early February. As a result, TMG needs to produce these documents now.”
As of this writing, representative for Johnny Depp have not responded.