Il notiziario TMZ ha scoperto che il suo nome è spuntato a intermittenza nel processo per diffamazione in corso a Johnny Depp e Amber Heard. Durante il controinterrogatorio di Heard sul banco dei testimoni, l’avvocato di Depp, Camille Vasquez, ha criticato l’attore di “Aquaman” per aver presumibilmente allertato TMZ quando è andata in tribunale per ottenere un’ordinanza restrittiva temporanea contro Depp nel maggio 2016 (secondo Variety). La Heard ha affermato, in risposta, di essere sorpresa quanto chiunque abbia sentito parlare del suo viaggio in tribunale. “Ho pensato che poiché si tratta di un edificio pubblico, ci fosse questa possibilità. Ma sono rimasto scioccato”, ha testimoniato poi Heard. Inoltre, Heard ha suggerito che fosse l’avvocato divorzista di Depp, Laura Wasser, che avrebbe usato i suoi contatti TMZ per allertare l’outlet.

Now, Team Depp seemingly wants answers directly from the horse's mouth. Based on a last-minute ruling on May 25 by Judge Penney Azcarate, TMZ's role in the trial just got a lot more involved.

Johnny Depp's team seeks the source behind video leak to TMZ

Judge Penney Azcarate denied TMZ's motion to block former employee Morgan Tremaine from testifying in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial on May 25. The day prior, Variety reported that the news outlet had filed an emergency motion to prevent Depp from calling Tremaine, a field assignment manager, to the witness stand.

It was TMZ's belief that Depp's legal team wanted to out the source who provided them with the video of Depp angrily slamming kitchen cabinets in Heard's presence. "TMZ promised this source that it would maintain their confidentiality and would not disclose their name or other information about them," the outlet's motion statement read. Moreover, TMZ insisted, Tremaine merely obtained the video and his testimony would only be based on "rumor and conjecture."

Mid-trial on May 25, however, Law & Crime Network's Angenette Levy tweeted, "Judge Azcarate ruling now: motion to intervene by @TMZ DENIED. Tremaine will be allowed to testify. Attorney for @TMZ will not be allowed to object during questioning of Tremaine." Azcarate based her ruling on the fact that TMZ is not a party to the case, thereby rendering its confidentiality concern "not germane to the trial," per Variety. However,  TMZ is allowed to take legal issue with Tremaine — separately — should he break any non-disclosure agreement during his testimony.

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