Episodes of “anger” that ended in verbal, physical and sexual assault: Amber Heard’s lawyers on Tuesday described in a US court the hell that the young actress would have lived, victim of her husband Johnny Depp turned into a “monster”, according to them of drugs and alcohol.
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The former couple accuse each other of defamation during this trial in Fairfax, near Washington, which stems from a column published in the Washington Post in 2018. Amber Heard described herself as a “victim of domestic violence” bullied by society after coming out of silence two years earlier.
But the lawyer from the actor in the movies “Pirates of the Caribbean” condemns false accusations, which had a “devastating” effect on his career.
Amber Heard “loved the side of Johnny that we see in the movies, charismatic, charming, generous, he is the man she fell in love with,” her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft told jurors.
“But unfortunately the monster showed up and this monster showed up when he was drinking or taking drugs,” she added, referring to cocktails of alcohol, drugs, cocaine, ecstasy and magic mushrooms.
Johnny Depp had in him “an enormous anger”, which turned him into a “demon”, and “it was during these episodes of anger that he attacked verbally, psychologically, physically and sexually” Amber Heard, explained Me Bredehoft.
She told of several scenes of violence, especially in March 2015 in Australia, where Johnny Depp filmed the fifth episode of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
The actress never parted with a makeup kit to hide bruises on her face, said the lawyer, who plans to show the jury “shocking pictures” with “bruises, cracked lips, torn hair”.
“You will see the real Johnny Depp, in addition to the red carpets, the notoriety and the money from the pirate costumes,” had previously confirmed another lawyer for the actress, Ben Rottenborn.
In her column, the 35-year-old actress did not mention Johnny Depp, 58, whom she married in 2015.
The following year, she applied for a protection order to keep him away, claiming she had been hit by the actress. But she had dropped her charges as part of their divorce, ending with a bang and a $ 7 million check in 2017.
Following the publication of this forum, the former undercover police officer from “21 Jump Street”, who denies ever having hit his wife, filed a defamation suit and demanded $ 50 million in compensation.
The actress, in turn, had filed a defamation suit for $ 100 million.
Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, condemned him at the opening of the debates for “destructive words when they are false and uttered in public”.
“Amber Heard changed Mr Depp’s life and reputation forever, and you will hear her talk about the terrible impact it had on his life,” he told jurors.
According to Benjamin Chew, Amber Heard had accused her husband of violence in 2016 of taking revenge on him following his decision to divorce.
And two years later, “in the wake of the MeToo movement,” which condemned sexual violence, and “just before the release of the movie Aquaman,” in which she starred, Amber Heard “chose to remind the world of these toxic allegations in a world-renowned newspaper. ‘, He assured.
The actor filed his lawsuit in the state of Virginia, where The Washington Post is printed, and where the legal framework is more favorable for libel claims than in California, where the two actors reside.
The two former spouses are attending the trial, broadcasting live on television, and which should be extremely well attended. It should last several weeks, and the list of witnesses is worthy of the big Hollywood movies: billionaire Elon Musk, companion to the actress after her divorce, actresses James Franco and Paul Bettany and actress Ellen Barkin.
This scenario is similar to what unfolded in 2020 in London. At the time, Johnny Depp was suing the publisher of The Sun for an article that portrayed him as a violent husband.
Called as a witness, his ex-wife had described a dozen attacks committed, according to her, by a man who had been turned into a “monster” due to his excessive use of drugs.
He had admitted to using too many drugs and alcohol, but said he had never laid a hand on a woman.
British justice had finally ruled in favor of the tabloid.
After this setback, the actor’s career plummeted and he was driven from several projects, including the sixth part of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.