The screen star, 57, and the actress, 34 – who were married from February 2015 until January 2017 – are set to come face-to-face at London‘s High Court later in the day as he takes libel action against The Sun for referring to him as a ‘wife beater’.
Ahead of their showdown, lead anchor Piers, 55, clashed with his co-host, 49, as he called the former couple ‘spoiled brats’ and claimed their case is a ‘waste of everyone’s time’.
Disagreement: Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid locked horns as they discussed Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s upcoming court battle on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain
The presenter raged: ‘I assumed this pandemic might crunch a few celebrity heads together and would make them realise that this kind of thing is pointless but no, here we go.
‘But no, a circus will erupt. Johnny hates Amber, Amber hates Johnny. I don’t care about any of them.’
An unimpressed Susanna highlighted the severity of the allegations, stating: ‘It’s a pretty unpleasant situation and the allegations at the heart of it are extremely serious.’
In typical Piers fashion, he interrupted: ‘Yeah, but honestly. It’s just a couple of celebrities.’
High-profile: The screen star, 57, and the actress, 34, will meet at London’s High Court as he takes libel action against The Sun for referring to him as a ‘wife beater’ (pictured in 2016)
Unimpressed: The lead anchor, 55, clashed with his co-host, 49, as he called the former couple ‘spoiled brats’ and claimed their case is a ‘waste of everyone’s time’
Awkward: During the episode, Susanna highlighted the severity of the allegations, while Piers claimed their case ‘diminishes people that go through real abuse’
The former BBC star interjected: ‘But the issue at the heart of it has to be taken seriously, whether you’re a celebrity or not a celebrity.’
‘The issue at the heart of it, which is domestic abuse-‘, Piers added, before Susanna added: ‘-Which is hideous.’
The media personality continued to slam the thespians’ three-week trial as he went on: ‘- has been completely trivialised by this case.
‘If you’ve read even half of the stuff that come out already, it’s quite clear that it was likely some ghastly, mutually abusive situation driven by drug abuse.
Fierce allegations: Amber is claiming Johnny (pictured in 2019) hit and choked her while in the grip of addictions to drugs and alcohol
‘And it diminishes people that go through real abuse, in my opinion. I just think it’s absolutely unedifying and a waste of everyone’s time, but that’s where we are, isn’t it?’
MailOnline has contacted Amber and Johnny’s representatives for further comment.
Amber is claiming Johnny hit and choked her while in the grip of addictions to drugs and alcohol.
The Hollywood star’s team, however, contend she has simply made up all her accounts of assault and say she assaulted him.
Johnny had tried to block his former wife from giving evidence in his libel action against The Sun and its executive editor Dan Wootton over allegations he was violent towards her.
The paper published an article in 2018 referring to Depp as a ‘wife beater’, which he strenuously denies.
In the latest pre-hearing spat, the actor’s legal team on Friday tried to exclude Amber from attending court until she was called by The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN) as a witness – meaning she would be prevented from watching her ex-husband give evidence.
Strong denial: The Hollywood star’s team, however, contend that she has simply made up all her accounts of assault and say she assaulted him (pictured in February)
His lawyer, Eleanor Laws QC, had argued that the Aquaman star’s evidence could later be less reliable if she were present during Johnny’s testimony.
She also claimed that the Austin antive was not a ‘party’ in the litigation and therefore did not have to be in court before appearing as a witness.
But Mr Justice Nicol has refused to grant the Pirates of the Caribbean icon’s request, clearing the way for Amber to attend the trial.
In a court order published last week, the judge said that excluding the Her Smell star from the hearing ‘would inhibit the defendants in the conduct of their defence’.
He noted that it was NGN and Mr Wootton – not Amber – who was defending the claim, but said that ‘they rely heavily on the information which Ms Heard can provide’.
He added: ‘She will not be in a position to give instructions to (NGN’s lawyers), but she can provide information on which the defendants may choose to act.
‘There is a benefit to the defendants in her being able to do that near instantaneously in the course of Depp’s cross-examination and, in my view, it would be unfair to the defendants to deprive them of that advantage.’
Johnny is understood to have spent the week in Paris with former partner Vanessa Paradis and their two children, Lily Rose, 21, and Jack, 18.
Support: Johnny’s exes, French model Vanessa Paradis (L) and actress Winona Ryder (R), have defended him in statements saying he was never violent or abusive toward them