The trial between Hollywood star Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard is drawing to a close. The final speeches were given on Friday, and the jury is now up to debate the verdict. The actor’s defense lawyers called for his reputation to be restored by ruling, and Heard’s lawyers asked the jurors to recognize her right to free speech.
Six weeks into a high-profile operation followed by millions of people around the world, it’s time for the closing talks. Defense attorneys for actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard handed them over on Friday in a Virginia court.
The star’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, began by asking the jury to “hold Mrs. Heard accountable for her lies.” She also said that the actor “experienced ongoing verbal, physical and emotional abuse by Heard”. She claimed Heard’s allegations of Depp’s abuse were “wild, exaggerated, and unbelievable” and destroyed his reputation in Hollywood and among fans.
“We ask that you restore Mr. Depp to his life by telling the world that Mr. Depp is not the perpetrator of the violence that Mrs. Heard spoke of,” Vasquez said, addressing the jury. She assessed that “the stake in this process is the good name of a man” and even his “life”.
Lawyer I Heard Deep News Quotes
Similar to the text messages Depp sent to friends or colleagues, Benjamin Rothenborn – the lawyer for Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard. In one, the star called Heard a “dirty whore,” saying he “wanted her dead” and “fuck her cremated corpse.” “She’s a window into the heart and mind of America’s favorite pirate,” said the actress’s lawyer. “This is the real Johnny Depp,” he added.
He also demanded recognition of the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by the constitution. The main question to be answered is: Does the First Amendment give Mrs. Heard the right to write the words she wrote? Rothenborn asked. “You can’t face the First Amendment and the judgment in favor of Johnny Depp at the same time,” he said.
The easy seven is to settle it late on a Friday evening (Friday night in Poland). However, if that fails, the jurors will meet again on Tuesday.
Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, when Depp was still involved with Vanessa Paradis. Heard did not marry until 2015. As both parties (and many witnesses at the trial agreed), their relationship could at first be described as idyllic, but everything started to go wrong very quickly. Divorced in 2016.
Two years later, the Washington Post published a column in which Amber Heard described herself as a victim of domestic violence, referring to her time with Depp. He was not mentioned by name, but the British newspaper “The Sun” quickly called him a female boxer. Depp sued the newspaper for defamation – and lost, because it turned out that he had already committed 12 acts of violence against his partner.
Then he was expelled from the “Fantastic Beasts” team. Notoriety meant that he also had to give up the role of Jack Sparrow, in which he had already played in five films of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, and in the following years he could not count on any participation.
So he decided to file a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, demanding $50 million in damages from her. In response, Heard wants $100 million for insinuating that she is lying and violating her reputation. Her lawyers, who blame Depp for his addiction to failures, also referred to the United States’ constitutional right to free speech and asserted that the actress in the aforementioned column wrote about herself, not about him. The trial is taking place – with the permission of the televised judge – in Fairfax, Virginia, where the printing houses and servers of the Washington Post (which is not a party to the case) are located.
Cut a finger, rape, pierce the bottle … Who is to blame for the violence?
From the testimonies of witnesses and the people themselves, as well as statements from their attorneys, it seems that both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have a lot behind their ears when it comes to the violence in their clearly unhealthy relationship. Depp was reportedly drugged for brutally raping Heard during the couple’s stay in Australia in 2015, for abuse and penetration with a bottle. The security guard who accompanied them did not confirm this, but testified that it was the actor who was attacked. Depp claims Heard threw a bottle in his face, causing him to lose his fingertips. And it was not reported before so as not to cause problems for the ex-wife. Heard, in turn, says that Depp mutilated himself, including. He cut with a knife and put out cigarettes in his body, and with his bleeding finger, he wrote offensive words on the wall. And yes, I hit him too, but only for self-defense, and the attacks never started.
Some witnesses disagree with the latter, for example, the director of the actor’s estate in the Bahamas or the police who were called several times to Depp’s house, as well as the star himself. Defense witnesses admitted that they often saw him with jealousy and anger.
The judge and a seven-man jury looked at photographs showing both Heard and Depp’s facial injuries. with the contents of a letter in which Heard Diba apologizes for hurting him; recordings in which he challenges and insults his partner; In addition to the text messages the star exchanged with actor Paul Bettany in 2013, he brought up thoughts about burning Heard, drowning her (in that order), and raping the corpse.
Actress Elaine Barkin, who was linked to Depp in the ’90s, admitted that he was drunk most of the time and on one occasion threw a bottle of wine across the room. Model Kate Moss, interviewed last week with whom the star dated between 1994 and 1998, denied that he pushed her down the stairs, which Heard previously mentioned.
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Have you heard amber lying?
Amber Heard’s credibility was repeatedly called into question during the trial. And one of the spouses’ neighbors, for example, testified that when the actress came to him after the alleged quarrel to show him bruises on his face – he did not see anything disturbing. The defendants’ lawyers claimed that she was hiding the injuries under make-up. They even presented the cosmetics that you were supposed to use for this purpose as evidence. But the manufacturer says they were not released until some time after the couple divorced. Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez also noted the lack of evidence of violence in the form of forensic examinations, as well as Heard’s use of double standards in the field of doping.
The divorce ruling ordered Heard to donate several million dollars in assets then earmarked for her to charities. The foundation, which was supposed to support in this way, received only part of the promised amount. Heard claims she was transferring the money in installments, and stopped doing so when Depp sued her for damages. But it turns out that not all the chips came from her account. One of them is the responsibility of Elon Musk, whom she met after breaking up with Depp.
After spending 12 days with Heard, the therapist, who was called as a witness, concluded that the actress was emotionally unstable, alternately acting as a princess, abuser and victim as a result of borderline personality disorder. She is also distinguished by a theatrical character, which is manifested, among other things, in manipulations to attract the attention of others. Carey backed up her opinion with the results of Amber Heard’s previous mental health studies.
But do they explain perhaps the strangest element of “Decade Process,” remembering the situation in which the actress left Johnny Depp’s trash in bed after an altercation? Heard claimed that one of her dogs was to blame. However, the testimony of the couple’s bodyguard, whom Heard told of the “surprise” she left behind, as well as the size of the latter—too big for a little Yorkie to explain—attests against this version of events.
Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp – Netizens & Fans Feedback
Heard has become the laughing stock of the Internet. Both the above incident and subsequent lies that came to light stirred public opinion against the actress. Her appearance in court was accused of hypocrisy and ridicule on social media, and the decision to remove her from “Aquaman 2” was met with high approval.
On the other hand, Depp, initially mistreated as an alleged perpetrator of violent acts, became a fan favorite. When he appeared in court, fans chanted his name and applauded as he left the courtroom. One day, someone brought two alpacas to “make the day fun” for the actor. At the sight of Heard, the crowd outside the courtroom booed. The hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp (Justice for Johnny Depp) on TikTok has seen 16 billion views, while #JusticeForAmberHeard has just 51 million views, which in many cases was a demand for justice based on the expectation that Heard would be punished.
Depp vs. Heard – who will win?
However, the public support that Johnny Depp can count on is not enough for the actor to win the lawsuit. After all, it was about proving that the actor did not commit violence against his ex-wife. Amber Heard may be viewed as unbelievable, but witness testimonies assume that the violence did indeed occur. Especially since it is not limited to physical abuse.
However, it may happen that neither Depp nor Heard will receive compensation if neither side convinces the jury. The latter is not bound by any time limit for sentencing, so it is not known exactly when the judgment can be expected. However, it can be assumed that the jury meeting will take some time and the discussion will be fierce.
Washington Post, TVN24, Reuters, BBC
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