April 20, 2022
Ryan Baker, who has represented plaintiffs and defendants in defamation and other speech-related cases, commented on the ongoing legal battle between Hollywood celebrities Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Ryan specifically addressed Depp’s testimony during the segment on BBC’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ – “Depp’s testimony was well prepared, but was a mixed bag.” He agreed that Depp’s legal strategy is risky to the extent Depp delved into his family history of abuse, but that there is a path for Depp to win, although it may come down to “his word against hers.” Ryan also identified other “free speech and privilege issues [Depp] has to surmount.” Those issues include whether or not any of the speech at issue is protected by the First Amendment and are therefore covered by Virginia’s anti-SLAPP laws.
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