Press group: Hollywood libel lawsuit could set bad precedent

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Free press advocates in Virginia are concerned that a libel lawsuit between two Hollywood stars could set a bad precedent.

The Virginia Press Association asked Friday to intervene in a $50 million lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Depp says he was defamed by an article Heard wrote in The Washington Post. She never identified Depp by name but referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

The press association argued Friday in Fairfax County Circuit Court that the case could set a bad precedent for cases involving “defamation by implication.”

A judge, though, barred the press association from filing any briefs outlining its position. He said his job was to apply the law as it exists without considering the association’s policy concerns.

Associated Press

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