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Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard: Karl Stefanovic says trial is ‘triggering’

‘This is triggering’: Karl Stefanovic blasts Johnny Depp’s decision to live-stream defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard and says the matter should happen behind closed doors like Australia’s family court system

Today host Karl Stefanovic has slammed the unedifying public spectacle that is Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Stefanovic, 47, said on Friday the matter should be heard behind closed doors like Australia’s family court system.

Discussing the trial with entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, he said allegations made on the stand could be ‘triggering’ for people who have experienced domestic abuse.

High-profile trial: Today host Karl Stefanovic has slammed the unedifying public spectacle that is Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard. (Depp and Heard are seen here at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2015)

‘I think for a lot of people this is triggering,’ Stefanovic said.

‘This is so public. It’s so awful. This is why stuff doesn’t get televised from family courts here in Australia.

‘There’s awful detail, and for a lot of folks out there watching on, it would be really difficult viewing.’

Rubin responded: ‘This was Johnny Depp’s idea to have the entire thing televised. That just seems the weirdest decision ever. A revenge-based decision.’ 

Public spectacle: The Depp vs Heard libel trial is being heard in a county court in Virginia, where cameras and recording devices are allowed with authorisation from a judge 

Broadcasting and photographing criminal proceedings is generally prohibited in federal courts under the United States’ Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure.

But the Depp vs Heard libel trial is being heard in a county court in Virginia, where cameras and recording devices are allowed with authorisation from a judge.

Critics of broadcasting in courtrooms have expressed concerns that cameras can disrupt the trials and encourage theatrics by attorneys arguing before them.

Having his say: Discussing the trial with entertainment correspondent Sam Rubin (left) on Friday, Stefanovic (right) said allegations made on the stand could be 'triggering' for people who have experienced domestic abuse. He added the matter should be heard behind closed doors like Australia's family court system

Having his say: Discussing the trial with entertainment correspondent Sam Rubin (left) on Friday, Stefanovic (right) said allegations made on the stand could be ‘triggering’ for people who have experienced domestic abuse. He added the matter should be heard behind closed doors like Australia’s family court system

Advocates, on the other hand, say it helps transparency, according to Reuters.

Heard, 36, took the stand on Wednesday, testifying that an ‘out-of-control’ Depp, 58, subjected her to a ‘cavity search’ while looking for cocaine, hit her in the face, and ‘threatened to kill her’ on board a yacht he was selling to J.K. Rowling.

Depp had previously alleged in his testimony that Heard had severed his finger during a blazing row when the couple was in Australia in March 2015.

Allegations: Heard, 36, took the stand on Wednesday, testifying that an 'out-of-control' Depp, 58, subjected her to a 'cavity search' while looking for cocaine, hit her in the face, and 'threatened to kill her' on board a yacht he was selling to J.K. Rowling

Allegations: Heard, 36, took the stand on Wednesday, testifying that an ‘out-of-control’ Depp, 58, subjected her to a ‘cavity search’ while looking for cocaine, hit her in the face, and ‘threatened to kill her’ on board a yacht he was selling to J.K. Rowling 

Incident: Depp had alleged in his testimony that Heard had severed his finger during a blazing row when the couple was in Australia in 2015 (pictured after his finger was severed)

Incident: Depp had alleged in his testimony that Heard had severed his finger during a blazing row when the couple was in Australia in 2015 (pictured after his finger was severed)

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