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Mar 8 16 tweets 4 min read
To the dear patient followers who took an interest in my coverage of Depp v NGN - I am hoping to crowdfund my way to the US to cover the Depp v Heard trial in April. I have a visa and a flight, but…

(tl;dr - the tip jar is open once more): Reporting Depp v Heard logo
I realise that last time round I was live-tweeting from the High Court before I even asked asked for tips. Not the wrong side of the Atlantic.

I also realise that in 2020 there weren’t many or any people providing a blow-by-blow account of proceedings. Or transcripts. Or important court documents. That will be different in April.

This time round we know Depp v Heard is more than likely going to be live or as-live streamed from court. So unlike Depp v NGN you’ll be able (unless there are any last minute objections) to watch it on the internet…

Also, as things stand, live-tweeting is not allowed in court, even if electronic devices are. So I am likely not going to be providing the same sort of service to you that I was in the UK.

But if I can raise enough cash, and everything else works out, I will be there. Reporting from court direct to you via twitter and email newsletter.

The deal is £10 ($13-ish USD) all in, and you can sign up here or here

I will spend my days in and around court hopefully digging up as much inside information as possible.

It’s a punt. I realise that. And whilst I hope to make the Reporting Depp v Heard newsletters as entertaining and informative as possible…

… they may describe various frustrations culminating in a failure to get to the US due to lack of funds, or COVID, or something else unexpected. But if I do get on the plane…

… providing the parties don’t settle whilst I’m in the air (possible). I will be there on the ground, doing the legwork and getting the information to you in an accessible, neutral and objective manner. The worst case scenario…

… is that for some reason, I don’t get on the plane. If that happens (lack of funds, COVID, trial called off etc) I will forward everything I have received has been donated to the DEC Ukraine Appeal (

This means…

… that ALL you are guaranteed to get for your £10 or $13 or whatever currency you use is a regular newsletter which isn’t even password protected, so someone can forward it to you if you want to read it for free. The point is - only donate if you REALLY want to and…

… really can afford to, and you are prepared to get nothing more than a few (hopefully) entertaining missives outlining my preparation for getting out to the US, finding a base, securing a place in court and reporting on this enormous trial. Preparations which may fail…

But… as I mentioned I do at least have a journalist visa and a flight, which are the main two things I needed to sort. I just need to…

… pay for it and my food and accommodation, is all.

Your help would be gratefully received -

I’ll try to answer any questions here, via DM (open to all) or if you donate, by replying to any emails you send me.

This could all fall flat on its face and I must admit, I’m a bit worried it will, but I’d love to come to the US and be the only reporter to cover both Depp v NGN and Depp v Heard trials in person, so if you think your followers might be interested in this

…please do retweet.

Here, again, is the relevant link to find out more and sign up to the newsletter:

I cannot wait to be back in court announcing the exciting news that, once more…

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