In his lengthy legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp has equipped himself with a huge weapon.
Kathleen Zellner, a well-known “Making A Murderer” attorney who has notably campaigned to overturn erroneous convictions, has joined Depp’s legal team.
The decision comes after the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s dramatic libel suit in London against a newspaper writer who called him a “wife-beater” was dismissed. Depp was denied permission to appeal the verdict in March.
However, Depp is still suing Heard in the United States over a newspaper story in which she reported being the victim of domestic abuse. Zellner revealed she had joined Depp’s legal team for his US battle against Heard, telling Page Six exclusively in a statement, “I have spent the last 30 plus years defending individuals who have been falsely accused of wrongdoing.”
“I welcome adding Johnny Depp to that list and joining his dream team who share this view and have so effectively been advocating for him.”
Zellner has joined Depp’s legal team, which also includes Adam Waldman and Benjamin Chew, as the actor pursues a $50 million libel action against Heard in the United States.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, in Virginia for an op-ed she penned in the Washington Post in 2019 about being a victim of domestic abuse — but which he says was a defamatory assault on him.
While she never stated Depp’s name in the piece, he maintains it was about him because Heard had previously claimed that he was responsible for two black eyes, a broken nose, and a fractured lip during a 2015 incident in Los Angeles. Depp claims he never abused Heard.
The court has granted Depp access to Heard’s phone in the latest volley in the lawsuit, which he claims will prove she manufactured injuries he allegedly caused her. His attorneys believe she doctored images purporting to show her with black eyes, which she claims she received from the star. Heard insists the photographs are genuine.
Among the notable clients, Zellner has defended is Steven Avery, who was the focus of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” in 2015 and 2018.