Discovery+ U.K. has landed two of the foremost high-profile legal figures involved in the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial for its next doc-series about the court battles between the previous married couple.
Camille Vasquez and Benjamin G. Chew, who represented Depp, are set to seem in the second series of Johnny vs. Amber, which can feature extensive testimonies and interviews with the lawyers, alongside representatives from Heard’s side.
Commissioned by Discovery+ U.K. and announced late last month, the two-part doc series may be a follow-up to the first Johnny vs. Amber, which explored Depp’s 2020 defamation trial within the U.K. supreme court .
The main target, now, will be on the recent defamation trial in Fairfax County, Virginia, which eventually would award Depp $10 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard. watching extensive evidence and the testimonies of both parties, each episode will present one side of the argument through legal teams, friends, family and key witnesses.
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Also unveiled as a part of Discovery+’s vs. format are Coleen vs. Rebekah and Britney vs. Jamie. Coleen vs Rebekah will specialise in the recent U.K. court battle between high-profile soccer players’ wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy, which became referred to as the “Wagatha Christie Trial” in the British press and arose after Rooney publicly accused Vardy of leaking stories about her to the tabloids. Britney vs Jamie, meanwhile, will examine the suspension of the 13-year and highly controversial conservatorship held by Jamie Spears over his daughter Britney Spears, examining the reality behind the headlines, accusations and a really public family feud.
“When we commissioned Johnny vs. Amber for Discovery+, we knew that we were tackling a really sensitive case but one with huge global profile and interest that would resonate with our audience,” said Clare Laycock, senior vp planning and insights, head of Entertainment, Warner Bros. Discovery UK.
It is added further that “Since it premiered in December last year, Johnny vs. Amber has been one among the most successful unscripted discovery+ Originals, currently the amount 1 acquisition driver in the UK as well topping engagement figures and traveling globally across the US, EMEA and our wider international markets.”