Watch live as testimony continues in Johnny Depp’s libel case against Amber Heard
The trial for Johnny Depp’s libel suit against ex-wife, Amber Heard, has been adjourned until Monday after a third day of testimony in Virginia.
On Thursday, witness Gina Deuters, a friend of Depp’s, had her testimony stricken from the docket and dismissed after she admitted to seeing clips of the trial online. Instead, video evidence of Dr. David Kipper who treated the actor for addiction was released.
Earlier taped depositions were shown by Heard’s former assistant, Kate James, and the couple’s marriage counselor, Dr Laurel Anderson, who detailed their “mutual abuse”.
Depp claims a 2018 article about domestic violence against women, written by Heard, implied he was an abuser during their relationship. Although she hasn’t named him, lawyers say her allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles.
He is seeking $50m (£38.2m) in damages at the trial at Fairfax County Courthouse. Heard filed a counterclaim against Depp for nuisance.
Depp has already lost a UK libel case againstThe sun about the same article by Heard.
Depp’s legal team calls Heard a ‘compulsive liar’
Depp’s attorneys launched their case against Heard by calling her a “compulsive liar” in opening statements on Tuesday.
They sought to poke holes in the timeline of Heard’s allegations in an effort to convince jurors that she had made statements to further her own acting career.
“During Mr. Depp’s 58 years, not a single woman ever accused him of violence, and no one in Hollywood or around the world had reason to believe he was an abuser – until Ms. Heard publicly accuses him,” lawyer Camille Vasquez said.
The Independents Craig Graziosi summarizes the opening statement:
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‘Everything is crazy’: Depp’s friend collapses at the stand
Depp’s longtime friend Isaac Baruch was overcome with emotion during his testimony on Wednesday as he described how Heard’s abuse allegations affected everyone around the couple.
Asked about the end of his friendship with Heard in 2016, he said: “Am I angrier? What I am is tired. I want this all to end. For her to heal, him to heal.
He continued: “There are so many people who have been affected by this malicious lie that she started and created, and it’s been around the world, and so I can’t even paint anymore. J I stopped painting for how many years.
“I’m not mad at anyone. I want the best for her, for her to take responsibility, heal and move on. Move on, and for Johnny… his family has been completely destroyed by this and that’s not… that’s not fair… that’s not right.
The Independents Oliver O’Connell reports:
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Depp’s shocking text revealed at trial
One of the most shocking moments in the trial so far came on Wednesday, when the jury received a text message in which Depp called Heard a “c*nt” and a “rotting corpse.”
Depp had sent the message to a friend, Isaac Baruch, who was grilled on the witness stand by Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft.
“Do you remember Mr. Depp ever telling you that he hoped Amber Heard’s rotting corpse would decompose in the fucking trunk of a Honda Civic?” Mrs. Bredehoft asked.
Mr. Baruch pointed to a monitor on which the message was displayed and said, “Yeah. Well, I say yes – I see it here, so obviously, yes, it’s been said. It was written.”
The Independents Clemence Michallon reports:
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In pictures: The first week of witnessing
Here are some of the scenes inside the courtroom this week:
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Which A-listers could take a stand?
Before the trial began, Depp and Heard each released a list of witnesses their teams might want to call.
The lists feature a number of very well-known names, including James Franco, Elon Musk, Paul Bettany – and the actors themselves.
Clémence Michallon returns to who could be called to testify and why:
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Heard’s former assistant, Depp’s sister and the couple’s marriage counselor: the witnesses so far
During the first three days of testimony, the court heard from a series of witnesses describing Depp and Heard’s rocky relationship.
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RECAP: Why is Depp suing Heard?
If you just joined The Independents coverage of the lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, here’s what you need to know:
Depp filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard in March 2019, alleging she defamed him in an op-ed she wrote in 2018 for The Washington Post.
The editorial, which was published in December of that year, is titled: “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change.
Depp is not mentioned by name in the editorial, but his legal team argued that it contains a “clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser”, which he says is “categorically and patently untrue”. .
Clémence Michallon explains:
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The court is not in session today
No testimony will be heard today at the Fairfax County Courthouse, with the trial set to resume for a fourth day on Monday.
In announcing the recess on Thursday afternoon, Judge Penney Azcarate reminded the jury at length that they could not research, read or speak about the trial in any way during their three-day weekend.
She also reminded Depp and Heard not to give interviews or post on social media regarding the lawsuit.
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Voice: I was Johnny Depp’s biggest fan when I was a teenager – but I would never admit it now
“I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever worshiped a now problematic star – it seems all of our idols eventually fail, albeit some more controversially and damagingly than others,” Harriet Williamson writes.
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Heard’s former personal assistant says she was ‘very poorly paid’
Katherine “Kate” James has opened up about the extreme working conditions she allegedly endured as Amber Heard’s former personal assistant.
During Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife on Thursday (April 14), Heard’s personal assistant answered questions – in a pre-recorded video deposition completed in February – about his past employment with the movie star, who, according to her, lasted from 2012 to 2015.
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