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Julian Assange's father arrives at the WilkiLeaks founder's extradition negotiations at the Old Bailey


Julian Assange recruited a teenager to hack into a former WikiLeaks employee's computer and delete messages related to him. This was brought against him by the USA.

The activist lost one final legal offer today to postpone his extradition case at the Old Bailey on the new Hour 11 allegations when his lawyers complained they were "abnormal and unfair".

Prosecutors claim that 49-year-old Assange, who appeared at his court hearing, met the then 17-year-old in Iceland in 2010 and gave him data stolen from a bank.

Assange later directed the teenager to speak to a former WikiLeaks employee, according to an updated opening document filed by the US but not outlined by Old Bailey officials on Monday.

& # 39; In September 2010, according to a human source, and as confirmed by the records of online chats between Mr. Assange and that source, Mr. Assange directed teenagers to hack into the computer of someone previously connected to WikiLeaks , and to delete chat logs with statements from Mr. Assange, ”the document says.

Julian Assange, pictured in May 2019, faces 18 charges in the U.S. including conspiracy to hack computers and conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information

"As a teenager asking how this could be done, Mr. Assange wrote that the former WikiLeaks employee" could be tricked into downloading a Trojan horse, "referring to malicious software. Then he asked teenagers what operating system the former WikiLeaks was running – Employees used. "

Defense lawyers said teenagers were previously identified as "Iceland1" in court documents and convicted in Iceland of fraud, theft and counterfeiting by Assange.

Mark Summers QC told the court, "The FBI was evicted from Iceland by the Icelandic authorities because it was believed they were using teenagers to accuse Mr. Assange."

The new allegations regarding the teenager are part of a new indictment filed against Assange in June, which replaces the previous 18 count in this case, although the charges remain the same.

He and other WikiLeaks employees reportedly recruited hackers and agreed with them to commit computer attacks between 2007 and 2015 using the organization's "Most Wanted Leaks" – a "wish list" containing US military and intelligence documents up to the " Contains Secret "level.

New allegations include claims that a television station was hacked days after a documentary was broadcast on WikiLeaks, including allegations that Assange deliberately risked the lives of named sources.

John Shipton, Mr Assange's father, arrived at the Old Bailey today ahead of his son's extradition hearing

John Shipton, Mr Assange's father, arrived at the Old Bailey today ahead of his son's extradition hearing

Assange is also accused of providing the leader of the hacking group LulzSec with a list of targets and trying to help Edward Snowden avoid arrest while in Hong Kong after leaked NSA documents .

His lawyers say those who are considered "co-conspirators" were tried in the UK and the US a decade ago.

Around 100 protesters lined up outside the court this morning, including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who wore bright yellow soccer shoes.

Assange, who has been in the Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison for 16 months, is wanted in the US for releasing hundreds of thousands of classified information in 2010 and 2011.

Defense attorneys, however, failed in their attempt to rule out new allegations at today's hearing.

Mr Assange's father, John Shipton, and partner Stella Moris greeted each other in front of the court

Mr Assange's father, John Shipton, and partner Stella Moris greeted each other in front of the court

This morning, the 49-year-old appeared in court for the first time in months to hear an extradition petition from the United States on 18 charges – including conspiracy to hack computers and conspire to obtain national defense information received and disclosed.

Assange appeared in court shaved with glasses in his short, cropped hair and confirmed his name and date of birth at the beginning of the hearing.

He officially said he did not consent to extradition following new charges in the US.

Mark Summers QC, who defended himself, said the "new hour 11 allegations" had been brought up without warning or explanation, leaving the defense unable to properly prepare a response before the extradition hearing.

He highlighted the difficulty Assange faced in speaking to his attorneys amid ongoing restrictions.

Julian Assange appeared in court today for the first time in months after being taken to the Old Bailey by HMP Belmarsh

Julian Assange appeared in court today for the first time in months after being taken to the Old Bailey by HMP Belmarsh

'It would be an impossible task for the defense to properly deal with these new allegations in the time allotted to them and that time is a matter of weeks for which we have absolutely no explanation for the delay in the arrival of these Affairs. & # 39;

He added, "What happens is abnormal, unfair and can lead to injustice if you let yourself."

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser declined the defense offer to "remove" the allegations, saying, "These are questions that need to be asked in connection with the examination of the extradition request, not prior to it."

Mr Summers then saw an attempt to adjourn the hearing denied after asking "to allow us to gather the evidence needed to deal with the new allegations that have now surfaced".

Previously, Assange was standing in the dock at Court 10, wearing a chic dark suit, maroon tie and white shirt.

The allegations include that Assange teamed up with intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack an encrypted password known as a "hash" on a classified computer belonging to the US Department of Defense.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.

Mr Shipton spoke to the crowd in the London court on Monday before his son's extradition hearing began

Mr Shipton spoke to the crowd in the London court on Monday before his son's extradition hearing began

Assange's legal team has accused the Trump regime of targeting him on "political" grounds

Assange's legal team has accused the Trump regime of targeting him on "political" grounds

Mr. Summers added, “This is a very clear case of fundamental injustice found in the defense by the arrival of new allegations at the 11th hour.

He highlighted some of the allegations, saying, “Stealing data from a bank, asking someone to break in and steal information from another country – I think we now know this is Iceland – chasing police vehicles, ordering someone to get the computers off People hack some cyber security company.

& # 39; In June 2013 – and the dates will be important – he helps a whistleblower (Edward Snowden) in Hong Kong avoid arrest. How this is called criminal is unclear.

“How much of this is labeled criminal activity is unclear.

& # 39; You are obviously not a criminal.

"It's even harder to see how it satisfies double crime. As a non-US citizen living outside of the US to hire someone to break into the Computer Islands, it's difficult to find out how to do it a reasonable transitional exercise can survive. "

"This is all new behavior that has landed in the past six weeks."

Mr Summers told the court that the defense team only learned of the latest allegations through a press release.

Assange's lawyers tried to rule out new allegations from the extradition hearing after arguing that they had arrived at "the 11th hour".

Assange's lawyers tried to rule out new allegations from the extradition hearing after arguing that they had arrived at "the 11th hour".

Australian activist John Pilger joined Mr Shipton when a district judge denied attempts by Assange's defense team to rule out new allegations

Australian activist John Pilger joined Mr Shipton when a district judge denied attempts by Assange's defense team to rule out new allegations

The defense attorney said it would be "an obstacle to real justice" if the charges were continued in court.

Assange sat cross-legged and folded hands two rows behind US government attorney Joel Smith and told the judge, “The defense is bound to fail.

“The responsibility for excise duty on what could affect it does not exist in the form and form of the defense claim.

& # 39; The defense contradicts what this court is obliged to do.

“The defense wants you to use a knife for inquiry.

“The statue is asking you to take this into account.

"If necessary, the defendant can look for more time."

The fashion designer Vivienne Westwood demonstrated with protesters in front of the Old Bailey against the possible extradition of Julian Assange

The fashion designer Vivienne Westwood demonstrated with protesters in front of the Old Bailey against the possible extradition of Julian Assange

Assange's legal team has accused the Trump regime of attacking him on "political" grounds after WikiLeaks exposed suspected war crimes and human rights abuses.

Dozens of supporters, including his father John Shipton and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, protested ahead of the court hearing.

Describing the extradition hearing as an "abuse trial", Mr Shipton added, "The insistence, malice that Julian is constantly seeing like a Niagara is just appalling and shows us that the judicial administration is weakened here."

A mobile billboard drove by and showed Assange. Journalism is not a crime slogan or a picture of his face.

Assange's partner, Stella Moris, who has two children, was on trial after visiting Downing Street to petition Reporters Without Borders against extradition, which was signed by around 80,000 people.

The delivery case was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in May.

Protesters held signs in front of the Old Bailey while Julian Assange told a judge he did not approve of the extradition

Protesters held signs in front of the Old Bailey while Julian Assange told a judge he did not approve of the extradition

Dozens of witnesses are expected to be called to testify within four weeks. The verdict is expected to be pronounced at a later date.

Assange has been on pre-trial detention in Belmarsh Prison since last September after serving a 50-week sentence for violating his bail while at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for nearly seven years.

Inside the court, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser, Edward Fitzgerald QC for Assange and James Lewis QC for the US government said they should not repeat their previous submissions to the court, but rather should be reviewed and challenged in what they have said. & # 39;

Mr Fitzgerald has argued that extradition should not be granted as it is essentially a political crime that is outside the scope of the UK-US extradition treaty.

As protesters gathered outside the Old Bailey, Assange's defense lawyers argued against new allegations made against WikiLeaks founder in June

As protesters gathered outside the Old Bailey, Assange's defense lawyers argued against new allegations made against WikiLeaks founder in June

Mark Summers, who defended himself, said the charges made in a June indictment were "obviously not criminal".

Mark Summers, who defended himself, said the charges made in a June indictment were "obviously not criminal".

Assange's partner Stella Moris and human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson arrived at the Old Bailey today. Ms. Moris filed a petition from Reporters Without Borders with 80,000 signatures against the extradition

Assange's partner Stella Moris and human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson arrived at the Old Bailey today. Ms. Moris filed a petition from Reporters Without Borders with 80,000 signatures against the extradition

Assange is also fighting extradition on the grounds that he would likely receive a life sentence for conviction that would be "inhuman and degrading" to someone "with his mental vulnerabilities".

His team said there was a risk that Assange would kill himself if extradited.

Defense lawyers say Assange would be denied a fair trial in the US, claiming trial would be an "blatant violation" of his right to protect journalistic sources.

Mr Lewis' skeletal argument emphasized that the issues raised by Assange's team should be dealt with in his later trial and not by an extradition court.

In the document, he said, “It is not a trial of the facts or problems that the defense is seeking. The only questions are whether the legal requirements of the Extradition Act 2003 are met.

& # 39; There is no problem of abuse.

“The defense cannot make a political motivational argument while making the same argument as abuse of process.

& # 39; It is undeniable that there is an overwhelming case of computer abuse and classified source disclosure. These are serious crimes and the prosecution is carried out by independent prosecutors in the United States. & # 39;

Vivienne Westwood joined Assange supporters outside the Old Bailey wearing yellow soccer shoes

Vivienne Westwood joined Assange supporters outside the Old Bailey wearing yellow soccer shoes

Speaking to the crowds outside the court, Mr. Shipton said, "Julian has two young children. What concerns me today are those children's rights."

As he showed the crowd a picture of Assange and his partner Stella Moris, Mr Shipton said, “Julian has not seen these children in six months.

"They weren't allowed to hug their father because if they touched Julian would have to spend two weeks in self-isolation, quarantine, and jail as if the circumstances weren't bad enough."

Protesters gathered in front of the Old Bailey and listened to speeches ahead of the WikiLeaks founder's extradition negotiations

Protesters gathered in front of the Old Bailey and listened to speeches ahead of the WikiLeaks founder's extradition negotiations

Protesters roared in applause as government speeches called for Assange's release, while some drums pounded and banners carried

Protesters roared in applause as government speeches called for Assange's release, while some drums pounded and banners carried

Protesters roared in applause as government speeches called for Assange's release, while some drums pounded and banners carried.

Dame Vivienne Westwood told the PA news agency: “I am an activist, I am very scared, I have lost days and years of sleep and I was worried about Julian Assange.

"Julian Assange is the trigger, he highlights all corruption in the world."

She added: "We have to protect human rights, the establishment is corrupt, they will not listen to Julian."

Surrey supporter Lise Brand, 56, said: “He sees 175 years in American prison, I have no hope.

"The UK government and the UK judicial system treated him so badly."

Stella Moris brought her partner's press ID with her when she arrived on Downing Street to file a petition on Monday. Last month she launched a crowdjustice campaign to raise money for his defense

Stella Moris brought her partner's press ID with her when she arrived on Downing Street to file a petition on Monday. Last month she launched a crowdjustice campaign to raise money for his defense

Last month, Assange's partner, Stella Moris, launched a crowdjustice campaign to fund his defense, which now tops £ 100,000.

On Sunday, Ms. Moris, who has two young sons with Assange, described the potential impact on her family.

She said, “Julian has become a voice on the phone for the boys, not their father, whom they can see and hug.

“It is heartbreaking to believe that if Julian is extradited and put in a US Super Max prison, the boys will never meet their father and he will never see them grow up.

Westwood wore a white hood with the words "Justice" on the front as part of today's protest

Westwood wore a white hood with the words "Justice" on the front as part of today's protest

Protesters protesting the possible extradition of Julian Assange gathered outside the Old Bailey this morning

Protesters protesting the possible extradition of Julian Assange gathered outside the Old Bailey this morning

The Socialist Equality Party settled in the crowd in front of the Old Bailey on Monday morning

The Socialist Equality Party settled in the crowd in front of the Old Bailey on Monday morning

“That's what it's all about as a family. But there are also much bigger problems that we fight for.

Julian's case has had a huge impact on freedom of expression and freedom of the press. This is an attack on journalism.

"If he is extradited to the US for publishing inconvenient truths about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that will set a precedent and any British journalist or publisher could be extradited in the future."

The extradition case, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, is being heard by District Judge Vanessa Baraitser at the Old Bailey.

Dozens of witnesses are expected to testify within four weeks, with the verdict expected to be pronounced at a later date.

Protesters wearing anonymous masks held up posters demanding Julian Assange's freedom

Protesters wearing anonymous masks held up posters demanding Julian Assange's freedom

Activist and writer John Rees spoke outside the courthouse in London before the extradition hearing

Activist and writer John Rees spoke outside the courthouse in London before the extradition hearing

Assange's legal team is led by Edward Fitzgerald QC, with James Lewis QC serving for the US authorities.

No journalists are allowed to be heard in court due to Covid-19 restrictions. Some are watching via video link from another room in the building, others are equipped with a remote connection.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser warned against a recurrence of an incident at an earlier Woolwich Court Court hearing where a photo of Assange was taken in the dock and posted on social media, against strict court rules.

The judge added that she had denied access to the remote video link for some people to whom it was "mistakenly" sent.

Assange has been on pre-trial detention in Belmarsh Prison since last September after serving a 50-week sentence for violating his bail while at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for nearly seven years.

Westwood arrived in a striped sweater and bright yellow soccer shoes, carrying a ball that read "Justice" in red

Westwood arrived in a striped sweater and bright yellow soccer shoes, carrying a ball that read "Justice" in red

Wikileaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson said he hesitated to "be hopeful" when Julian Assange's struggle against extradition began at the Old Bailey.

Speaking to supporters in court, he said, “But hope is not enough, we have to fight for justice.

"We have to show our determination to turn down these extradition negotiations because the future of journalism is at stake."

Describing a video of an air strike leaked by Wikileaks in Baghdad that killed two Reuters journalists, he added, “It's the most important fight, it's the most important fight of the century when it comes to journalism.

"Let's keep fighting, let's stay strong, let's not trust hope, let's fight for justice."

The hearing continues.

Every day, meet the high profile Australian attorney who joins Amber Heard in court – who counts the Clooneys as friends and even rubs shoulders with Prince Charles

Australian human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson mingles in high-profile circles.

She calls Amal Clooney her best friend and was spotted rubbing her shoulders with Prince Charles at an exclusive charity event in London before the COVID-19 outbreak hit.

But the 39-year-old has been in the spotlight this week, making international headlines as Amber Heard's attorney during Johnny Depp's libel trial against The Sun newspaper in London.

Ms. Robinson was pictured escorting Depp's ex-wife to court where the Caribbean star's pirates are suing the newspaper over a 2018 article suggesting he was a "bully".

Jennifer Robinson, 39, made headlines this week for her role as Amber Heard's attorney in Johnny Depp's libel case against The Sun newspaper in London. She is pictured during a hearing for Julian Assange in 2019

Jennifer Robinson, 39, made headlines this week for her role as Amber Heard's attorney in Johnny Depp's libel case against The Sun newspaper in London. She is pictured during a hearing for Julian Assange in 2019

Ms. Robinson (center) was pictured in London's High Court on Thursday, accompanied by Johnny Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard (second from right). Ms. Heard was also accompanied by her partner Bianca Butti (left) and sister Whitney (top left).

Ms. Robinson (center) was pictured in London's High Court on Thursday, accompanied by Johnny Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard (second from right). Ms. Heard was also accompanied by her partner Bianca Butti (left) and sister Whitney (top left).

Explicit details of the couple's tumultuous marriage have dominated the headlines, including allegations that Depp smacked Heard's head in a refrigerator and sent texts threatening to cut off Elon Musk's penis after suspecting they were having an affair.

In another case, the 34-year-old model claimed her 57-year-old ex-husband painted "I love you" in blood on a mirror with his severed finger while they were temporarily on the Gold Coast while filming.

Ms. Robinson is part of the powerful group of women who support woman who was heard through the blockbuster libel trial.

Ms. Robinson came from humble beginnings in the small village of Berry south of Sydney, where her father works as a horse trainer.

She is now a senior human rights attorney from the Doughty Street chambers who also represents Julian Assange.

She has become one of the UK's best-known human rights and media lawyers, working for the practice of well-known Australian attorney Geoffrey Robertson.

Ms. Robinson is a close friend of Amal Clooney and attended her wedding to George in 2014, where she was asked to do bridesmaid duties. She arrived via Venice in a boat with Bill Murray (pictured)

Frau Robinson ist eine enge Freundin von Amal Clooney und nahm 2014 an ihrer Hochzeit mit George teil, wo sie gebeten wurde, Brautjungfernaufgaben zu erledigen. Sie kam über Venedig in einem Boot mit Bill Murray an (Bild)

Der Australier (Bild 2019) ist vor dem Internationalen Gerichtshof erschienen und hat bei den Vereinten Nationen und im Parlament Expertenbeweise vorgelegt

Der Australier (Bild 2019) ist vor dem Internationalen Gerichtshof erschienen und hat bei den Vereinten Nationen und im Parlament Expertenbeweise vorgelegt

"Ich bin stolz darauf, dass Frauen aus meinen Kammern, wie Jennifer und Amal Clooney, beweisen, dass junge Frauen im Gesetz hoch hinaus können und die Grenzen und den Sexismus in einem ehemals von Männern dominierten Beruf überwinden können", sagte Robertson gegenüber News Corp. in dieser Woche.

'Sie ist ziemlich brillant und hat mich in diesen wichtigen Fällen unterstützt und hat sich sehr gut geschlagen und hat eine erfolgreiche Karriere in meinen Kammern.

"Sie hat die unabhängige Bewegung in West-Papua und andere Menschenrechtsanliegen vertreten."

Frau Robinson ist vor dem Internationalen Gerichtshof erschienen und hat bei den Vereinten Nationen und im Parlament Sachverständigengutachten vorgelegt.

Ihre Fachgebiete sind Redefreiheit und bürgerliche Freiheiten, und sie berät regelmäßig Zeitungen zum Medienrecht.

Frau Robinson nahm 2014 an Amal Clooneys Hochzeit mit George teil, wo sie gebeten wurde, Brautjungfernaufgaben zu erledigen. Sie kam über Venedig in einem Boot mit Bill Murray an.

2017 wurde sie gesehen, wie sie mit Jeremy Corbyns ehemaligem Spindoktor Seumas Milne kritzelte – und ihr Vater erzählte MailOnline später, dass seine Tochter gerade einen Abend und ein paar Drinks mit einem Freund genoss.

Johnny Depp stellte sich vor, wie er am Freitag bei den Royal Courts of Justice in Strand, London, ankam. Die Piraten des karibischen Sterns verklagen die Zeitung The Sun wegen eines Artikels, der besagt, er sei eine "Schlägerin".

Johnny Depp stellte sich vor, wie er am Freitag bei den Royal Courts of Justice in Strand, London, ankam. Die Piraten des karibischen Sterns verklagen die Zeitung The Sun wegen eines Artikels, der besagt, er sei eine "Schlägerin".

Die oben abgebildete Schauspielerin Amber Heard, 34, verlässt am Freitag den High Court in London

Die oben abgebildete Schauspielerin Amber Heard, 34, verlässt am Freitag den High Court in London

Ihr Vater Terry bestand darauf, dass seine Tochter ein „gutes Mädchen“ sei, das in „wenigen Beziehungen“ gewesen sei, lehnte jedoch Vorschläge ab, dass sie eine Affäre mit dem verheirateten zweifachen Vater habe.

2011 gab sie ein Interview über ihr Privatleben und beschrieb sich selbst als "leidenschaftlich" und "unendlich neugierig" und sagte: "Meine Freunde würden wahrscheinlich hinzufügen", "der ewige Optimist" oder "ein bisschen verrückt".

Sie gab zu, dass sie es als stolze Australierin ernst meint, die P ** s zu nehmen, und sagte, sie schwöre zu viel.

Frau Robinson gestand auch, dass sie viel gefeiert hat, als sie jünger war. Sie sagte: "London hat zu viel Spaß zu bieten, um Tag und Nacht an Ihrem Schreibtisch hängen zu bleiben."

Und als sie auf eine Frage zum Inhalt ihres Londoner Kühlschranks antwortete, sagte sie: "Nichts als ein paar Flaschen Champagner (und vielleicht ein schimmeliges Stück Käse)", weil sie so selten zu Hause isst.

Sie wurde auch gefragt: "Was fällt Ihnen ein, wenn Sie die Augen schließen und an das Wort" Gesetz "denken?" und antwortete: "Jude" – ein Hinweis auf den britischen Schauspieler.

Amber Heard ist oben abgebildet und kommt mit Jennifer Robinson am High Court an. Es ist schwer vorstellbar, dass Frau Wass, die den Serienmörder Rosemary West verteidigte, jemals Hand in Hand mit einem Kunden ging, wie es Frau Robinson mit Miss Heard am Eröffnungstag von Depps Fall tat

Amber Heard ist oben abgebildet und kommt mit Jennifer Robinson am High Court an. Es ist schwer vorstellbar, dass Frau Wass, die den Serienmörder Rosemary West verteidigte, jemals Hand in Hand mit einem Kunden ging, wie es Frau Robinson mit Miss Heard am Eröffnungstag von Depps Fall tat

It was impossible to see Amber’s expression, or if she even glanced in her former husband’s direction, or if those glances were filled with regret or antipathy or something else. (Above, the 34-year-old actress and her 'Team Heard' arriving at the High Court; far right, her lawyer Jennifer Robinson)

It was impossible to see Amber’s expression, or if she even glanced in her former husband’s direction, or if those glances were filled with regret or antipathy or something else. (Above, the 34-year-old actress and her 'Team Heard' arriving at the High Court; far right, her lawyer Jennifer Robinson)

Ms Robinson was mainly an observer in Heard's case, which saw Depp hit with 14 allegations of domestic violence, claims he defending during the three days of testimony.

The newspaper, which failed to have the case thrown out of court, is relying on Heard's claims to defend their article as true.

The actor has denied hit his former wife on several occasions, but admitted he 'accidentally' headbutted her during a fight in Los Angeles in 2015.

The court also heard Depp allegedly threw a phone at Amber Heard and called her 'Amber Turd' after she allegedly defecated in their marital bed after a blazing row on her 30th birthday party in which he threw a champagne bottle at her.

Heard denied the claims, and suggested it may have been one of their small dogs, Pistol or Boo.

The court was also shown photos Heard provided of her injuries, including bruises on her arms and black eyes.

The model also alleged Depp tried to set fire to a painting Heard's former partner Taysa van Ree gave to her, that was hanging in her bedroom.

While denying the claims, Depp has accused Heard of violence towards him, saying his finger was severed actually severed after she threw a bottle of champagne.

He said he would be frequently 'punished' if he 'broke her rules', such as whether she took his boots off or whether he put his arm around her while watching TV on the sofa.

Depp's case against The Sun is expected to continue for another two weeks.

How the star-studded relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp fell apart amid claims of violence and abuse

Johnny Depp's high-profile libel claim against the publisher of The Sun is over allegations he was violent towards his ex-wife Amber Heard during their relationship – claims the Hollywood star vehemently denies.

The pair met in around 2011 on the set of The Rum Diary, a film adaption of a novel by Depp's friend Hunter S Thompson, before they started living together in around 2012.

Here is a timeline of the key events in their relationship and the bitter legal battle that has ensued.

2013

– March 8: Depp allegedly tries to set fire to a painting by Heard's ex-partner Tasya van Ree before he is said to have attacked her for the first time, which the actor denies.

2015

– February 3: The couple marry in a private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles.

– March 3-5: The key incident in The Sun's defence, the three-day trip to Australia has been described by Heard as a 'three-day hostage situation' in which Depp was allegedly physically and verbally abusive while drinking heavily and taking drugs.

Depp denies the allegations and says Heard lost her temper after a conversation about a post-nuptial agreement.

– April 21: The couple arrive in Australia with their pet Yorkshire Terriers Boo and Pistol, which they did not declare to customs officials in Queensland. Heard was charged later with bringing the dogs into the country illegally – the charges were later dropped and the pair later recorded a bizarre video apologising for bringing their dogs to Australia.

2016

– Around May 22: The pair separated, Heard claims after an incident at their LA penthouse in which Depp allegedly became very angry and destroyed property with a bottle of champagne.

– May 23: Heard files petition for the dissolution of their marriage.

– May 27: Heard applies for a temporary domestic violence restraining order, which prevents Depp from contacting her.

– August 16: The estranged couple reach an agreement concerning the dissolution of their marriage. Heard later donates her seven million US dollar (£5.5 million) settlement to charity.

2017

– January 13: The couple are formally divorced.

2018

– April 27: The column by The Sun's executive editor Dan Wootton is published online at around 10pm. Under the headline 'Gone Potty – How can JK Rowling be 'genuinely happy' casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?', Mr Wootton asked if the Harry Potter author had been 'blinded by a personal friendship' with Depp.

The piece also quoted two alleged victims of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, which Depp says was included to 'finish his career'.

– April 28: The following day, the online article is amended to remove the words 'wife beater' from the headline, which was not included in the print edition.

– June 1: Depp files claim his libel against News Group Newspapers. His written claim, filed a few weeks later, claims the article 'caused serious harm to (his) personal and professional reputation' and also caused him 'significant distress and embarrassment'.

– December 18: The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard which did not mention Depp by name, but said that the actress 'became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out'.

2019

– February 27: Depp fights off a bid to halt his English legal action after The Sun applies for his claim to be 'stayed unless and until' the star confirmed in writing that he would not sue Heard if she participated in a forthcoming trial.

– March 1: Depp files a libel case against Heard in Virginia, blaming the Washington Post piece for Depp being dropped from the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and claiming that Heard was the one who had been abusive towards him.

2020

– February 26: Johnny Depp attends the High Court in London for a preliminary hearing ahead of a trial which was due to begin the following month. The star heard NGN's barrister Adam Wolanski read out texts sent by Depp, including one from November 2013 to actor Paul Bettany, in which Depp wrote: 'Let's burn Amber.'

He also wrote: 'Let's drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead.'

– March 20: The trial, which was due to begin on March 23, is postponed due to the global coronavirus crisis. NGN's lawyers had claimed Depp wanted to delay the trial 'because he's a coward and because he knows he's going to lose', which was denied by Depp's legal team.

– April 8: Mr Justice Nicol rules that parts of Heard's evidence, relating to allegations of sexual violence, will be heard in private.

– May 13: The court gives permission for Depp's former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder – who both say Depp was 'never violent' to them – to give evidence. Heard's former personal assistant Kate James is also permitted to give evidence.

– June 25: NGN asks the court to throw out Depp's claim just two weeks before trial over the star's failure to disclose text messages of him apparently trying to buy drugs in Australia in 2015. The publisher's lawyers say Depp deliberately withheld text messages they say show him trying to obtain 'MDMA and other narcotics'.

– June 29: Mr Justice Nicol rules that Depp did breach a court order by not disclosing documents from separate libel proceedings against Heard in the US – which include the text messages. But Depp's lawyers argue that it would be 'wholly disproportionate' to strike out the actor's libel claim.

– July 2: The High Court rules Depp's claim can go ahead after granting his application for 'relief from sanctions' for the breach of a court order.

– July 4: The trial judge, Mr Justice Nicol refuses an application by Depp's lawyers to exclude Heard from court until she gives evidence.

– July 7: The three-week trial finally begins at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, with witnesses set to include Depp's former partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder as well as several of Heard's friends who say they were present when Depp was abusive.

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