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Update: 5:35 p.m. ET

A Virginia judge allowed an ex-TMZ employee to testify in Johnny Depp's $50 million defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Judge Penney Azcarate ruled against TMZ's emergency motion to block former assignment manager Tremaine Morgan from testifying as a witness for Depp.

TMZ had argued that Morgan should not be forced to give up a source regarding a video that was provided to him. The video shows Depp yelling at Heard and slamming doors. TMZ published the video in 2016.

Depp's lawyer, Ben Chew noted that Morgan was not subpoenaed, that he, in fact, contacted the legal team on his own.

Morgan told the court that he contacted Depp's legal to help them with the timeline of the video.

"You know this case is being televised, right?" Heard's lawyer asked Morgan in court on Wednesday.

"I am aware that there are cameras," Morgan replied.

"And so this gets you your 15 minutes of fame, doesn't it?" she asked him.

"I stand to gain nothing from this," Morgan said, before adding that he is making himself a "target" of TMZ, which he described as "a very litigious organization."

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Update: 1:09 p.m. ET

TMZ filed an emergency motion to block Johnny Depp's legal team from calling a former employee to testify in court.

According to the motion, TMZ is seeking to prevent Morgan Tremaine from getting on the witness stand in Johnny Depp's ongoing defamation trial against ex-girlfriend Amber Heard.

Tremaine worked as a field assignment manager for TMZ, according to the NY Post.

TMZ is worried that Tremaine might spill secrets told to him by an unnamed source.

"TMZ promised this source that it would maintain their confidentiality and would not disclose their name or other information about them," TMZ's lawyers said in a statement.

"TMZ makes such promises of confidentiality, from time to time, so that it may publish information in the public interest, and it relies on the journalist's privilege protecting the identity of confidential sources to do so."

Depp's legal team wants to speak with Tremaine, who provided TMZ with a video of Depp yelling at Heard and slamming doors. The attorneys want to know if the tape was given to Tremaine by the unnamed source.

TMZ's lawyers argued that Tremaine had nothing to do with the video and that any testimony given would be based on "rumor and conjecture."

TMZ said Tremaine's testimony would be irrelevant to the defamation trial.

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Johnny Depp's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss, denied any violence took place in their relationship. Moss appeared via Zoom at Johnny Depp's defamation trial early Wednesday.

Moss denied Heard's claim that Depp pushed the model down a flight of stairs while on vacation with him in Jamaica.

Moss appeared via Zoom from her home in Gloucestershire, England. Moss said that Depp "never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs."

Moss was expected to support Heard's claims of violence and abuse in Heard's relationship with Depp. But Moss denied the allegations.

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Moss admitted she fell down the steps and that Depp helped get her medical attention.

Questioned by Depp's attorney Benjamin Chew, Moss said, "He carried me to my room and got me medical attention."

Moss and Depp dated in the 1990s. Thy were both notorious for their hard partying, drinking and drug use.

At the time, the "Edward Scissorhands" star was at his peak as a young actor.

Moss later said that she "cried for years" over their breakup. She ended up in rehab after her drinking and drug use escalated out of control.

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After Moss' testimony, Heard reportedly said, "So Johnny Depp didn't abuse Kate Moss. That makes him 1 for 2 in the abuse column."

In 2012, Moss was ranked #2 on Forbes' Highest Paid Models List, with earnings of almost $10,000,000.

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The ongoing defamation trial began on April 11 in Fairfax County, Virginia. Plaintiff Depp sued Heard for $50 million in damages. She is countersuing him for $100 million.

So far, Depp is the fan favorite to win.




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Amber Heard broke down in tears on the stand while explaining why she filed for divorce from actor Johnny Depp.

She shed dry tears when the sensational defamation trial resumed on Monday, May 16, at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
 
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The bisexual actress was married to Depp from 2015 until they divorced about a year later. She said violence began in their relationship while they were dating on and off in 2012.

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Heard, 36, became emotional as she recalled Depp's first act of physical violence. But she contradicted an earlier statement when she said the violence began in 2013.

Heard said the violence started when Depp attacked her after she asked about his "Wino Forever" tattoo - a tribute to his ex-girlfriend, actress Winona Ryder.

Heard's lawyers provided multiple photos of Heard at red carpet events with "scars" on her arms. They claimed the scars occurred in Australia, when Depp held her against a glass-covered countertop and sexually abused her with a liquor bottle. She said the bottle slashed the tip of his finger.

But Depp, 58, previously said the injury happened when she hurled a liquor bottle at his hand.

Heard previously testified that Depp accused her of defecating on his side of their bed.

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When asked why she filed for divorce, she told her attorney, "I knew if I didn't, I'd likely not survive. I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me. I really didn't want to leave him, I loved him so much. I couldn't stay. I believe he would've taken it too far and I wouldn't be here. The violence was normal and not the exception."

Heard also told the court that everything she said until now "has been the truth."

Depp will be brought back to testify before the trial wraps up.

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A clinical psyhologist who evaluated actress Amber Heard for 12 hours diagnosed her with personality disorders and a tendency to be violent with partners.

Forensic clinical psychologist Shannon Curry was hired by Johnny Depp's legal team to testify against Heard in his defamation trial.

According to reports, Curry diagnosed Heard with borderline personality disorder (narcissism) and histrionic personality disorder.

Curry also said Heard had violent tendencies toward romantic partners.

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However, Heard claimed Depp was abusive to her throughout their 2 year marriage that ended in divorce in 2017.

Depp, 58, sued publishers of British tabloid The Sun for defamation for calling him a "wife beater." But he lost the lawsuit in England.

He then sued Heard for defamation in Fairfax County, Virginia in 2019 for an op-ed she wrote about abusive relationships.

Heard, 36, countersued Depp in August 2020, claiming that he organized a harassment campaign to get her fired from Aquaman and L'Oreal.

Heard filed to have Depp's defamation suit dismissed, but a Virginia judge ruled against her motion. Depp's defamation trial began on April 11, 2022.

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Depp and Heard are pictured in 2015. His right hand is bandaged after allegedly punching a wall during an argument with Heard.

In 2009, Heard, a bisexual, was accused of assaulting her ex-girlfriend, photographer Tasya van Ree.

After divorcing Depp in 2017, Heard dated billionaire Twitter owner Elon Musk for a year.

She is currently dating cinematographer Bianca Butti. Their daughter Oonagh Paige was born on April 8, 2021 via a surrogate.

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