Opening statements in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's dueling defamation lawsuits here

Tuesday featured echoes of their 2016 bitter divorce and a similar 2020 libel case in London.

There were the same ghastly allegations of drug and alcohol abuse,

elaborate lies and physical assault that have already damaged both ex-spouses in the last six years.

Two lawyers each for the two stars, first Depp, then Heard, addressed the jury to present their dramatically differing views of the case.

Depp is suing her for $50 million over a December 2018 op-ed she published in the Washington Post

 (which is published in Fairfax County outside Washington) claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse, which he denies.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard set to face off again in $50 million (at least) libel trial in Virginia

Heard is countersuing him for $100 million, claiming his former lawyer defamed her in rejecting the claims of abuse

she first raised in their corrosive 2016 divorce, which went unproven after the split was settled out of court.

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