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Johnny Depp was unable to stop his ex-wife Amber Heard's potential contribution to his libel case against the publishers of The Sun. The 57-year-old is suing News Group Newspapers and its exec editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article that described Depp as a "wife beater."

The article was a reference to Heard's claims that Depp abused her during their marriage. He denies the allegations. The case will be heard in court on Tuesday. Depp and his legal team tried to ban Heard from testifying, arguing that her evidence would be more reliable if she were not present while Depp was cross-examined.

Justice Nicol however ruled that it would be "unfair" and "inhibit … the conduct of their defense".

He added: "There is a benefit to the defendants in her being able to do that near instantaneously in the course of Mr Depp's cross-examination and, in my view, it would be unfair to the defendants to deprive them of that advantage."

Last week, the court ruled that Depp had breached an order in the case by withholding texts that appeared to show him trying to buy drugs during the time that Heard alleges he beat her while drunk and high. In May, the court also ruled that Heard's former assistant can provide evidence in the case, after the assistant said she'd never seen any signs of physical violence.


See ya! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took another step away from their royal life. Sources tell Bazaar that "paperwork has been filed with Companies House and the Charity Commission to formally close the charity Sussex Royal down."

The insider adds: "During this period all Trustees will step down from their roles, except for The Duke of Sussex who will formally remain as a Director and Trustee until the liquidation process is complete. The Duke and Duchess remain incredibly grateful for the support and guidance the Trustees have given during this period."

As part of their formal agreement with Queen Elizabeth, Harry and Meghan decided to end their official charitable efforts for the royal family, along with relinquishing other royal duties and official Royal Highness titles.

The pair are deeply involved in their own philanthropic efforts as civilians. In April, they announced plans to launch Archewell, named in part for their son Archie. Since moving to L.A., they have also reached out to a number of organizations devoted to social causes like Black Lives Matter. One of their Sussex Royal projects, a sustainable travel initiative named Travelyst, will operate as an independent nonprofit based in the U.K.


NICK CORDERO DIES AT 41 AFTER BATTLE WITH COVID-19: Broadway actor Nick Cordero has died after a battle with Covid-19, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. "God has another angel in heaven now," Kloots posted on her official Instagram account Sunday night. "My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth." Kloots has been regularly updating her social media accounts with news of her husband's ups and downs as he battled the virus and complications, including an amputated leg. She said Cordero battled the disease for 95 days. She shared on social media that Cordero spent some time on a ventilator, suffered multiple Covid-19 complications and in April had to have his leg amputated. He also suffered multiple mini-strokes while battling several other ailments.

PRINCE WILLIAM HITS THE PUB: As restaurants and pubs around the U.K. begin to operate again this weekend following coronavirus, Prince William visited a local pub in Norfolk and chatted with staff about how the shutdown has affected their business. William's father Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19 early on, and the royals have been careful to practice social distancing ever since.

CHARLIZE THERON TALKS HOMESCHOOLING: Not for her! Charlize Theron tells Willie Geist on Sunday Today that homeschooling her two daughters during the pandemic "was an incredibly stressful time for me, and I will make any action movie over and over and over again before I homeschool again." On the current Hollywood shutdown, she said: "It's one of those jobs where it takes a village. You need a lot of people in order to do it, and I don't know how we're going to do that anytime soon in a safe manner."

BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN TALKS DATING RUMORS: Brian Austin Green is opening up about dating after his split from wife Megan Fox. The 46-year-old was rumored to be involved with Courtney Stodden and then Tina Louise, but he tells TMZ that at this point, he's just getting to know Louise. Of Louise, he said: "Tina is really cool. I literally just met her that day at her restaurant on the sidewalk." He said that he was "disappointed" that Stodden posted a shirtless video of him on the same day he was photographed out with Louise. "The fact that she decided to post that the day Tina and I had lunch — knowing that it would create problems for Tina and myself, having three kids — it kind of sucks. It was just disappointing but I don't want to bash Courtney," he continued. "I think she's a nice person. I just think she's making some bad choices."

JOHN KRASINSKI WORE A WIG DURING THE OFFICE: File this one under random. John Krasinski reveals that he wore a wig to cover up a shorter haircut he got to appear in 2008's Leatherheads. He tells Mashable that no one was the wiser … until now.

LUCY HALE FREAKS OUT OVER KATE KEENE CANCELLATION: Lucy Hale sent fans an emotional message on Instagram after the CW announced that her Riverdale spinoff, Katy Keene, was not renewed for a second season. She said on IG Live: "Hi guys, this is take … I've had to do this a couple times just 'cause I was a blubbering mess, and y'all don't want to see that. I've kind of struggled all day with what I wanted to say about this, or if I shouldn't say anything … nothing felt right."

JENNIFER GREY AND CLARK GREGG SPLIT: After 19 years of marriage, Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg are going their separate ways. They shared the news on social media, because this is 2020. "After 19 years together, we separated in January, knowing we'd always be a family who loves, values and cares for each other," both Grey, 60, and Gregg, 58, posted on their respective accounts. "We recently made the difficult decision to divorce, but we remain close and are deeply grateful for the life we've shared and the wonderful daughter we've raised." They share one daughter Stella, who is 18.


Fans were perplexed and concerned when RuPaul disappeared from social media. First, they noticed that the Emmy-winner deleted every post on Instagram, then they noticed that his Twitter account had been deactivated. A rep for RuPaul had no comment when People reached out.

One fan tweeted: "Can someone please check on @RuPaul. Mother deleted everything on her Instagram."

Another wrote: "Why did RuPaul just totally decimate his entire Instagram tho — what is happening?"

Others theorized that RuPaul had been hacked. While his personal pages were deactivated, RuPaul's Drag Race accounts were up and running.


Khloe Kardashian apparently laughed off the engagement rumors that have been swirling after she shared a snap of herself with a ring on THAT finger. She and Tristan Thompson—who she dumped after he cheated on her multiple times, including once with her sister Kylie Jenner's former best friend Jordyn Woods—have been quarantining together with their daughter True.

Fans were convinced they were back on after several friendly appearances at family get-togethers, and an over-the-top birthday missive to Khloe from Tristan, which included the line, "'you came into my life to show me just what it means to be an incredible person".

In a series of tweets, she wrote: "'Wait… what? Lol" followed by, "I just came online and I'm even confused lol. Basically my daily thoughts about 2020. But for real… wtf lol people just be talking."


The Fourth of July was a bit different this year, with many people opting to celebrate at home with close family and friends. Hollywood was no different, and celebs took to social media to share their scoops. Cindy Crawford reminded fans what freedom means, Goldie Hawn and Julia Roberts penned romantic tributes to their partners, Reese Witherspoon encouraged people to vote and more.

Crawford wrote: "We're experiencing good and necessary change right now in this country... and while July 4th represents freedom, it didn't always represent freedom for ALL. Today is a great reminder that we still have a lot of work to do."

Jessica Biel tried to keep things in perspective: "This time last year we were practicing our apocalypse skills... unaware that the world would actually be a VERY different place soon. Let's take today to spend with family SAFELY (for real, wear a mask pls) and remember that while July 4th represents freedom, we still have a lot of work to do in this country for real progress."

Ryan Seacrest kept it simple, writing: "Happy Fourth!" as he celebrated in red, white and blue on a deck.

Witherspoon reminded people to get out the vote: "Celebrate your Independence by making sure you are registered to vote! It's up to every U.S. citizen to be part of creating the change you want to see in our country. Let's get involved in our communities, our schools, our local governments. Your participation MATTERS."

Hawn wrote of her love Kurt Russell: "Nature enlivens the heart. Kurt and I took to the road. Look what we found: nature's perfection! We are all as perfect as we desire. Wishing you all a Happy 4th of July."

Roberts celebrating 18 years with Danny Moder, hashtagging it "#heckyes."


LIONSGATE SNAGS AFTERWARD: Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment Group is grabbing the rights for Afterward, a thriller starring Aaron Eckhart and Terrence Howard. The film follows the true story of a father (Eckhart) dealing with the death of his daughter, and on a quest for justice. Dito Montiel is directing.

SETH ROGEN PLAYS HIS OWN GREAT-GRANDSON: HBO Max's An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as a struggling 20th century farmer named Herschel Greenbaum. An accident in the pickle factory leaves him dead and preserved in brine for 100 years; a century later, he wakes up same as always in Brooklyn, and learns he has a great-grandson named Ben Greenbaum, also played by Rogen. The film is an adaptation of the 2013 story Sell Out by Simon Rich first published in the New Yorker. The film starts streaming August 6th.

MICHAEL BAY'S SONGBIRD HALTED: A pandemic-themed film produced by Michael Bay, dubbed Songbird, has received a "do not work" order from the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). A SAG-AFTRA spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter: "The producers have not been transparent about their safety protocols, and that is something we obviously take very seriously. Also, as noted in the Do Not Work order, the producers have not yet become signatory to our agreement. We have no further comment."

FALLOUT TV SERIES IN THE WORKS: Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan are working on a TV series based on the best-selling video game franchise Fallout for Amazon. Fallout is set in the 22nd century, following a massive nuclear war. "Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time," Joy and Nolan said in a joint statement. "Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends. So we're incredibly excited to partner with Todd Howard and the rest of the brilliant lunatics at Bethesda to bring this massive, subversive, and darkly funny universe to life with Amazon Studios."

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