FAIRFAX, VA — The long-awaited Johnny Depp defamation trial is scheduled to start next Monday

in a Fairfax County courtroom, where both Depp and his former wife

Amber Heard are planning to take the stand in-person.

Actors James Franco and Paul Bettany, along with billionaire Elon Musk and representatives of the Walt Disney Company,

Warner Bros, and the Los Angeles Police Department, also are expected to testify at the trial.

Depp, the Hollywood star who has appeared in many blockbuster films,

filed a defamation lawsuit in 2019 against Heard, who is also an actor,

for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote that included comments on domestic violence.

Heard's op-ed did not mention Depp by name. But the actor contends

that what Heard wrote in the op-ed damaged his career.

Johnny Depp's Defamation