Johnny Depp's Ex Vanessa Paradis Added to Witness List in Domestic Violence Restraining Order Case
By Leena Tailor
Johnny Depp’s ex, Vanessa Paradis, has been added to the witness list for the court hearing which will determine if his estranged wife, Amber Heard, is issued a domestic violence restraining order against him.
Paradis, who was with the actor for 14 years, is one of 23 witnesses who Depp’s lawyers will call upon to support the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s claim that he did not physically abuse Heard during their time together.
Others on the list include 30-year-old Heard, who they estimate will take four hours to question, the two officers who responded the night that Heard says Depp attacked her, two security guards and five of the concierges in the couple’s apartment building.
According to court documents obtained by ET, housekeeper Hilda Vargas will also testify about “a discovery she made on April 22, 2016,” in the couple’s home.
Paradis, who has two children with 53-year-old Depp, has defended Depp before, calling Heard’s claims “outrageous” and describing the actor as, “sensitive, loving and loved,” according to a letter obtained by TMZin May.
As for Heard’s seven-strong witness list, it includes friends Elizabeth Marz and Rachel Pennington, as well as Pennington's fiancé, Joshua Drew. The trio were supposedly in Depp and Heard’s apartment building on the night of the alleged attack.
The case, which is expected to take several days, will commence on August 17.
Prior to that, the estranged couple will sit for depositions in their divorce case this week – Heard on Friday and Depp on Saturday.
Heard was granted a temporary restraining order against Depp on May 27, after alleging that Depp was both emotionally and physically abusive towards her throughout their relationship. Depp's attorney, Laura Wasser, has responded to Heard's allegations, claiming that Heard is "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
Find out why Heard could be facing an uphill battle winning the case in the video below.