Heard’s legal team on September 20 had their subpoena cleared by Fairfax County courts clerk John Frey, according to Deadline.
Heard’s lawyers has requested information regarding LAPD officers who responded to a domestic disturbance between the former couple in Downtown LA in 2016.
The latest: Amber Heard has issued a subpoena toward the Los Angeles Police Department amid her ongoing legal issues with Johnny Depp in his $50 million defamation suit against her
In legal docs reviewed by Deadline, Heard’s legal team requested authorities ‘produce the books, documents, records, electronically stored information and tangible things’ as well as body-camera footage, in connection with a May 21, 2016 visit police officers Melissa Saenz and Tyler Hadden made to the former couple’s apartment at the Eastern Columbia Building.
Heard’s lawyers asked for ‘all documents and communications of any nature respecting any investigation into whether Officers Saenz and Hadden followed LAPD policy, procedures and/or protocols’ in the incident.
LAPD Public Information Officer Jeff Lee told the outlet that the department does not ‘comment on open or pending litigation,’ while another police source informed the outlet that police have gotten the subpoena.
Heard’s legal team has specifically requested ‘all documents and communications of any nature respecting any investigation of, and any disciplinary actions taken against’ the aforementioned officers linked with their conduct spanning thru December of 2016.
Heard and her partner Bianca Butti were seen in London last year
Depp was seen at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain on Wednesday
The subpoena requests ‘the audit trails for any deletions, modifications, or viewing of the body camera footage uploaded to evidence.com by Officers Saenz and Hadden during the period October 1, 2015 through August 1, 2016’ as well as any related documents, according to the outlet.
Both officers gave testimony (via satellite) last year during Depp’s libel suit against the outlet The Sun over their reporting of the split, in which he was labeled him a ‘wife-beater.’
In the 2020 trial, Saenz told the court she ‘did not see any injuries’ on Heard amid her claims Depp had hit her face with a cell phone. Photos of Heard sporting injuries were seen publicly amid the marital split.
Heard was seen on London in July of 2020 following a court outing in a previous Depp case
The actor, known for playing Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, subsequently settled to pay Heard $7 million to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union and to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft told the outlet in January that the Austin, Texas-born actress ‘has already been responsible for seven figures in donations to charitable causes and intends to continue to contribute and eventually fulfill her pledge.’
Heard in January had requested the LAPD provide ‘all documents and communications of any nature with Mr. Depp, and/or any of Mr. Depp’s agents, attorneys or others acting on his behalf from May 21, 2016’ through the present, according to the outlet.
Depp spoke publicly about his legal troubles on Wednesday while in Spain, saying that ‘it doesn’t matter if a judgment, per se, has taken some artistic license. When there’s an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in – stand up, don’t sit down. Cause they need you.’
The Kentucky-born actor, who lost his role in Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts, was in Spain accepting the Donostia Award honors at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
‘It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled,’ the actor said. ‘It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. Sadly, at a certain point they begin to think that it’s normal – or that it’s them. When it’s not.’
The case is slated to arrive back in court in Fairfax County, Virginia in April of 2021.