Johnny Depp court case: Amber Heard ‘fires’ PR firm ahead of testimony

Amber Heard has ‘hired a new PR firm’ days before her testimony (Picture: AP)

Amber Heard has parted ways with her crisis PR firm just days ahead of her taking to the stand to share her testimony in the Johnny Depp libel trial, according to reports.

Pirates Of The Caribbean actor Depp, 58, is suing ex-wife Heard, 36, over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post, which Depp’s lawyers say falsely implies he physically and sexually abused her. The article does not mention him by name. Heard is countersuing for $100million (£76m) claiming Depp libeled her by calling her a liar.

Following several days of testimony from Depp, and various witnesses testifying on behalf of the plaintiff, Heard is expected to speak on Wednesday when court returns this week.

However, it’s been reported by several outlets that Heard has ‘fired’ her PR firm Precision Strategies, after expressing ‘frustration’ with the coverage she’d received in the press, which she allegedly argued ‘favoured Depp’.

According to sources, she cut ties with the firm on Thursday and has already hired a replacement.

Precision is co-founded by Stephanie Cutter, who is a former deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama’s successful re-election campaign, and which Heard brought on board as she prepared to defend herself in the case earlier this spring.

Depp is suing his ex-wife (Picture: AP)

According to New York Post, a source claimed Heard ‘doesn’t like bad headlines,’ while another told the outlet the Aquaman actress is ‘frustrated with her story not being told effectively’.

It’s been reported Heard has now acquired the services of consulting firm Shane Communications – led by CEO David Shane – moving forward, ‘to help her get across her side better in the court of public opinion’.

It all comes as signatures on a petition to have the star removed from the upcoming Aquaman sequel neared 3million.

Fans began a petition to call for Heard to also be removed from Aquaman 2, in which she stars as the titular hero’s love interest Mera, in light of the ongoing court case.

The DC sequel, directed by James Wan, wrapped filming in January and is set for release in March 2023.

At the time of going to press, a petition set up by fans to have Heard removed from the movie is just shy of its 3million goal, with the organisers claiming that Heard ‘has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood’ since the couple divorced in 2017.

The petition had started to gain traction in November 2020, reaching 1.5million signatures after Depp left the Fantastic Beasts and was replaced with Mads Mikkelsen.

The trial, which began with jury selection on April 11, is expected to last around seven weeks. contacted Precision Strategies for comment.

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