The “Pirates of the Caribbean” hero was on Tuesday described as a drug addict and violent alcoholic in the defamation case against the former Hollywood actor couple.
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, victim of her husband Johnny Depp, according to them would have lived transformed. to a “monster” of drugs and alcohol.
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 the community after coming out of silence two years earlier. But the actor’s lawyers condemn false accusations that have 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. “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.
A make-up kit to hide your bruises on your face
Johnny Depp had “an enormous anger” in him, 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 M.and 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, says the lawyer, who plans to show the jury “shocking pictures” with “bruises, cracked lips, torn hair”. In her column, the 35-year-old actress did not mention Johnny Depp, 58, whom she married in 2015. But she did mention the allegations of domestic violence she had raised against her husband in 2016.
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 and asked for $ 100 million.
Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, condemned him for “destructive words when they are fake and spoken out in public”. “Amber Heard forever changed Mr. Depp’s life and reputation, and you will hear him talk about the terrible impact it had on his life,” he told jurors.
Charges in full promotion of a film
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.
Johnny Depp’s sister, Christi Dembrowski, described at the booth a toxic marriage to an “always confrontational” young woman who “greatly exaggerated” her husband’s alcohol and drug problems and called him an “old fat man”. “Dior is class and style, and you have no style,” she would have launched during discussions about a promotional contract with the French perfumer, according to the witness.
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 defamation complaints than in California, where the two actors reside. The two former spouses are taking part in the trial, which will be broadcast live on television and will last for several weeks. 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.