After losing the first round in the UK, Johnny Depp is hoping for a better outcome from his libel suit in Fairfax County, Virginia. The case, which will begin on April 11, 2022, will last around six weeks, with Depp seeking around $50 million from his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The massive affair comes nearly seven years after Depp and Heard divorced, but it’s clear they’re far from over. Depp needs the win to keep his career alive after being sidelined after the UK libel case against The Sun. The “woman drummer” tag led to Depp being kicked out of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, and losing all other projects. By contrast, Heard seems to have kept his career afloat.
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Clearly, Depp has a lot more to lose if he doesn’t turn things around quickly, which is why he spared no expense in the defamation case. Depp has enlisted a seasoned attorney, whose credentials will leave you amazed, to fight on his behalf. Here’s everything we know about Benjamin Chew.
Who is Benjamin Chew?
Depp’s attorney shares his name with another famous attorney, who provided pro bono legal assistance to America’s Founding Fathers during the creation of the constitution. Just like this Chew, this one also has quite the resume. Currently a partner at Brown Rudnick in Washington DC, Chew has nearly 30 years of legal experience. A graduate of Princeton University, Chew continued his studies at the University of Virginia Law School, from where he graduated in 1988.
From there, he made a name for himself in sports, entertainment, litigation and arbitration. The Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers is admitted to the bar in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and even the Republic of Kosovo in Europe. Chew has considerable international experience, having advocated for the governments of Dubai, Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador. In 2012, he also successfully prosecuted a case at the European Court of Human Rights and then a case at the International Criminal Court against Ghana.
Back in the United States, Chew represented the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in Virginia as well as other large multinational corporations. He also represented Cher in her lawsuit against a former financial adviser. The defamation case against Heard is also not Chew’s first case for Depp. Chew represented Depp in his 2017 fraud lawsuit against The Management Company. That case may have ended quietly, with the two sides reportedly reaching a settlement in 2018, but Depp’s lawsuit against Heard is unlikely to end the same way.
Depp also hopes the prosecution will not end the same way as in the UK, even though he appears to be following a similar course of action. Chew said he chose to file the case in Virginia, in part because the state’s anti-SLAPP law is less broad than in California, where the case would normally have been filed since Heard and Depp there. resident.