2ND UPDATE, 12:07 PM PT: Facing cross-examination on his second stint on the stand, Johnny Depp took one last chance to turn against an abundance of explicit and vile text messages attacking Amber Heard, past lawsuits and allegations of abuse.
“Suddenly I’m a scum”, fires him fantastic beasts The star told the Virginia court about her response several years ago to allegations of domestic violence by the Aquaman star. “I was Charles Manson, I was the worst thing on Earth. It just kept happening, it was non-stop fire.
“Never,” Depp said in his closing statement on the stand when asked if he ever abused Heard.
Sometimes easygoing and clearly confident, the rebuttal witness in his own $50 million libel lawsuit against Heard has faced a grilling at the Fairfax County Courthouse since the Aquaman the star’s lawyers on Wednesday. With Heard’s side having lost ground over the past week, the back and forth in their latest bid to undermine the former Pirates of the Caribbean the actor’s claim that he was actually the one who was abused in the rowdy relationship.
In response to the so-called fire that Depp mentioned at some point today, the actor wanted to tell Warner Bros in 2016 that they might have “two franchises that would get in trouble” and might “end up ugly.” .
After losing his 2020 UK libel case against The sun tabloid for calling him a “wife beater” in print, it was Depp who suffered the ax of WB with a quick cut from the second sequel in the JK Rowling franchise. Heard was a major cast member in the 2018 Jason Momoa-directed DC blockbuster, but he was nearly cut from the still-unreleased film. The lost kingdom sequel and saw its role reduced.
Although Depp didn’t deny it, he told his ex-UTA agent Christian Carino in the summer of 2016 that he was “so happy to have this cum guzzler out of my life” and “I don’t I can only hope karma kicks in and takes his breath away,” the former Oscar nominee hasn’t always been so definitive on the stand. During one exchange, Depp sought to walk away from further invective communications with vague notions that someone might have taken or started using “my phone.”
Neither Depp nor his attorneys have provided any evidence for this claim. Curiously, Heard’s defense team didn’t jump on the conspiracy talk, which was practically a gift to them.
In that vein, as she has done in the past, Judge Penney Azcarate seemed reluctant to contain Depp’s responses and remarks, which at times went on indefinitely. Additionally, Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, sometimes struggled to keep the cross-examination on track due to Depp’s comments and distractions.
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Being part of this lawsuit and this case from the very beginning, Depp’s exaggerated language in his texts and other communications has also been a bit over the top.
“When you’re accused of horrible acts and things you didn’t do, when really there are very ugly things happening in the world about you, you get very angry and angry,” justified Depp in court. As he has done in the past, Depp directed his violent remarks at Heard: “You wonder why this person is doing this to me.”
Lost once again in the proceedings, the legal basis of this defamation lawsuit based on Heard’s remarks in late 2018 Washington Post editorial on becoming “a public figure representing domestic violence”. Although the op-end never mentioned Depp by name, the actor insisted that it was clearly about him and that his ex-wife’s play and rum diary co-star “devastated” her already waning blockbuster career. First Amendment issues have been buried under the dumpster fire of the couple’s time with almost no explicit personal information in the relationship released to the public during the trial, which is now in its sixth week.
While still somewhat fluid, Depp’s attorneys’ plan is to wrap up their part of the case with EOD on Wednesday. The judge set closing arguments for May 27, with the jury due to deliberate after the Memorial Day recess. The seven-member jury must return a unanimous verdict in this civil action or the whole shebang escalates into a mistrial.
Witnesses to the plaintiff’s rebuttal continue Wednesday afternoon with former TMZ staff member Morgan Tremaine, metadata expert Bryan Neumeister, and more.
UPDATE, 9:40 a.m. PT: Johnny Depp has long denied his ex-wife Amber Heard’s claims that he physically assaulted her, telling the jury in his $50 million defamation trial that his claims were “unimaginably brutal, cruel and all false”.
Depp returned to the stand Wednesday to refute a series of claims Heard and her defense team made in their case.
“No human being is perfect, certainly not, none of us,” Depp said. “But I have never in my life committed sexual assault, physical violence.” He went on to “all these outlandish, outrageous stories of me doing these things, and living with this for six years and waiting for the truth to come out.”
“So it’s not easy for any of us, I know that,” Depp said. “But no matter what, I got here and spoke the truth and talked about what I’ve been reluctantly carrying on my back for six years.”
Depp mixed his testimony with sometimes irreverent and sometimes biting banter.
When asked by his attorney how it affected him when Heard got a restraining order on May 27, 2016, he replied, “It changed everything.”
Heard’s attorney then raised a “relevance” objection.
“Oh, didn’t that change everything?” Depp then said sarcastically from the witness stand.
Judge Penney Azcarate then reminded Depp: “Sir, if you could wait for the objection, please.”
“I’m sorry. Tourette’s,” Depp replied.
Depp also tried to counter testimony from his former business manager, Josh Mandel, who said the actor burned his fortune due to outrageous spending and was dealing with a drug addiction problem. Depp, however, claimed that Mandel embezzled his income and was “a very bitter man who ended up with a lot of money that I worked hard for over the years”. Mandel denied these claims. After Depp filed a lawsuit, they reached a settlement.
PREVIOUSLY AT 8:28 AM PT: Johnny Depp returned to the witness box in his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard on Wednesday in a bid to refute his ex-wife’s domestic abuse allegations.
Early in Depp’s testimony, he offered a defense to Heard’s $100 million counterclaim. She countersued in 2020, citing comments from Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, who claimed in comments to the Daily mail that Heard’s abuse allegations were fabricated.
But Depp said he wasn’t even aware of Waldman’s comments until Heard filed his counterclaim. Depp’s team maintains that Waldman was not acting on Depp’s behalf.
“It felt like a lot of word salad to me,” Depp said of Waldman’s comment. “I didn’t know where they came from, where they ended up.”
Depp was called back to the stand by his attorney in their rebuttal. He had already testified last month.
Depp sued Heard after he wrote an op-ed published in the Washington Post in December 2018. In the article, Heard wrote that “two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and felt the full force of our culture’s anger for women who express themselves”. In 2016, Heard obtained a restraining order against Depp, alleging domestic abuse. He denied these allegations.