An ACLU spokesperson says that under New York state law, the organization can seek costs associated with complying with subpoena requests. The spokesperson also claims the compensation requested is much lower than what it cost the ACLU to produce “dozens of documents” Depp requested.
Depp’s attorneys insist that “Indeed, even if Mr. Depp were responsible for these expenses under New York law (which he is not) the fees incurred for these tasks are unreasonable and should be substantially reduced. For these reasons, and the reasons set forth herein, the Court should deny the Respondents’ Motion.”
Several ACLU witnesses testified via live stream. And Depp was asking the organization to provide the court info on donations. The donations were paid by Johnny Depp and Elon Musk in 2015 and 2016 on the heels of Depp and Heard’s divorce.
Testimony also revealed that the ACLU aided Heard in composing the 2018 op-ed.
Johnny Depp wins defamation suit
Last week, Depp emerged as the winner in the trial. He sued Heard after she published a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post. It claimed she was a survivor of domestic abuse. And the online headline said Heard had been sexually abused. It never directly named Depp in the article, but the implication was unavoidable.