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While he is taking his ex-wife Amber Heard to court, Johnny Depp finds himself in the suspect’s coffin.

We expected sordid revelations, we were not disappointed. In late April 2016, Hilda Vargas, Johnny Depp’s maid, finds a memory on his bed that identifies her at first glance: feces. She is so stunned that she takes a picture and sends it to the actor through one of his bodyguards. Johnny discovers it on his phone and starts laughing. But since he had been arguing with his wife Amber for a few months just before that, it doesn’t take long to suspect that this is revenge. Which makes him suddenly furious. “Miss Heard wanted me to believe it was the dogs that did ‘that’, but it couldn’t come from them,” he said under oath in court last week.

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“I know my dogs,” he said. They are small Yorkies weighing 2 pounds each. I have often picked up their droppings, they are not like that. ‘Would Amber Heard be a monster capable of sullying the matrimonial bed out of sheer hysteria? This is the position the actor is defending. She denies. Faced with this great debate, the web has been ignited. Last week, the hashtag #Amberturd (“Amber poo”) popped up on Twitter, as did another one, #MePoo, a subtle play on words between the #MeToo movement and the term “poo,” which means poo in English. …And this is just the beginning, as the defamation lawsuit between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife will last six weeks!

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Suddenly, the audience finds themselves in the couple’s bedroom. No detail is spared.

At the center of the debates is a column published by the actress on December 18, 2018 in the Washington Post entitled, “I spoke out against sexual assault and was punished by society for it. This has got to change. Amber Heard is a feminist activist, ambassador for women’s rights to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), to which she has contributed since adolescence.His article is harmless.Johnny Depp agrees.Except that he feels attacked even though his name does not come “I want to clear my honour,” he explained last week. To be presented as a husband who beats his wife is too unfair to me and to my children, who do not have to endure such disgrace. In the United States, where trials can be filmed, Amber wanted to ban cameras. Johnny insisted they were there. The res The result is that the justice channels of Court TV and Law and Crime Network are having a blast: seven hours a day of programs on cable, live and guaranteed audience!

Johnny Depp, 58, will be sworn in on April 19 (inset).  The next day, he mimics a blow Amber would have given him and how he would have protected himself from it.

Johnny Depp, 58, will be sworn in on April 19 (inset). The next day, he mimics a blow Amber would have given him and how he would have protected himself from it.

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We are in Fairfax, Virginia, home to the printing presses of the Washington Post, the newspaper that published Amber’s diatribe. The libel laws are stricter in this state, which is why Depp’s lawyers chose him. It’s far from Hollywood, but the sound and visuals are excellent, and the protagonists (Johnny Depp) are makeup and botoxed, the other (Amber Heard) stylish and hip. The production is worthy of a Macron-Le Pen debate: the alternative editing works wonderfully. During the plea of ​​Amber Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft, Johnny Depp is framed tightly: we see him laughing as the bar’s tenor evokes the “étrongate” (in reference to Watergate) and the “problems” of dogs. Ditto when Camille Vasquez, who is defending Johnny Depp, speaks. The lawyer calls Amber “a liar who published her article at the time of the release of ‘Aquaman’, the successful film that lands her the first major role of her career”. So Amber, sitting right behind her, sends her furious, repulsive looks.

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According to Me Vasquez, Amber Heard is essentially “motivated by her personal interest” and “obsessed with her public image” (says her assistant, Kate James, who agreed to testify against her). She is said to have “invented a fable from scratch in which she would be a victim like MeToo and Johnny Depp a monster”… According to the lawyer, Johnny is the real victim. Throughout the marriage, the “rabid” would never have stopped making domestic scenes and humiliating him, even going so far as to accuse him of not really “being a man” for not defending her enough for his liking. †

Suddenly, the audience finds themselves in the couple’s bedroom. No detail is spared. At first everything goes well. But between them (and this is the only point on which both sides agree) it is more glowing than among normal people. The first kiss took place in 2009 on the set of “Rhum Express”. At the time, Johnny Depp was at the height of his fame. Thanks to “Pirates of the Caribbean” he makes $40 million per movie, making him one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood; Amber, she’s starting. He is twice as old. The two live as a couple, he with Vanessa Paradis, of whom he has two children, and she with photographer Tasya van Ree for eleven years. But when they kiss on set for a series, something electrical happens. According to Johnny, it is she who is chasing him: “After the scene, we were in my dressing room. She wanted to stay. I told him that wasn’t a good idea. “According to her, it is he who persists: “He offers her a guitar, which she returns to him”, Elaine Bredehoft assures.

Amber Heard, 36, in court.  She is best known for playing a CIA agent in

Amber Heard, 36, in court. She is best known for playing a CIA agent in “3 Days to Kill”. Inset, with his lawyers, April 18.

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It doesn’t matter who went to whom… In 2012, he left Vanessa, she left her girlfriend, and here they are together. For Johnny, who until then lived mainly with stars, it is a new beginning. The difference in age and status does not matter. “She was almost too good to be true,” he says. Both great readers of novels, they have the same literary and musical taste. The first year they spin the perfect love, but with “strange details”. Like her habit, when he comes back from work, to pour him a glass of wine and take off his boots. “It was new to me, Johnny testifies. I liked it, in the beginning. But one day, when I got home and she was on the phone, I took off my boots myself and she didn’t like it. “That’s my job,” she said reproachfully. †

When Johnny speaks, in a deep and pasty voice, it’s like being at the psychiatrist

The relationship soon became explosive. According to her lawyer, Amber was first hit while talking about one of Johnny’s tattoos, “Wino Forever”, first dedicated to one of his exes, Winona Ryder, and changed since their breakup to give “Drunkard Forever”. According to his version, Amber thinks it’s funny, but Johnny, drunk and under the influence of drugs, is said to have taken it badly and beat him twice. She is stunned. When he realized he slipped, he reportedly got on his knees to apologize. She would then have “taken it out of love” because he seemed sincere: “I’m sorry, I thought I must have twisted the necks of my demons,” he would have told her. Only he refutes this statement at the bar: “I have never hit a woman”, he assures. According to Amber, there are two Johnnys: the one who is sober, funny, generous, kind, charming; and the one who, drunk and drugged, is “a monster.” What the stakeholder replies: “I always had the impression that I was wrong with her. She was jealous and committed suicide blackmail, just like my mother did with my father, which made me stay to help her. She spent her time insulting me, degrading me, contradicting me. I didn’t deserve this. †

According to Johnny, she’s the one who knocks. In spite of everything, he married her in February 2015 to please her on her Caribbean island. “She has done everything she can to speed up the process,” Depp’s lawyer accused. A month later, in Australia, where he is filming “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”, it is “the accident”. Johnny has to be urgently repatriated to Los Angeles because he just lost a piece of finger. Because, he swears, of one of Amber’s new outbursts of rage: “She threw a bottle of vodka at me that broke into a thousand pieces, reaching and cutting my finger,” he testified at the bar, before a stunned courtroom. In Amber’s camp, on the other hand, he is accused of self-harm, “as he used to do when he was drunk or under the influence of drugs” (including ecstasy). He was said to have been completely insane for three days, taking his wife hostage, trying to calm him down, and going so far as to penetrate her with a bottle of alcohol… Which of course Johnny vehemently denies. He admits addiction issues, but claims that Amber greatly “exaggerated” them. Amber admits to hitting him – but “once”, after she caught him in adultery with a woman whose nude photos and text messages she found.
Who speaks the truth? The audience follows one another.

When Johnny speaks, in a deep, pasty voice, you’d think you’re at the psychiatrist. The charges against him are very serious. They are often supported by compromising text messages, either from his cell phone or that of his family members. Photos, very embarrassing videos, show him attacking kitchen cabinets in particular, before pouring himself a large glass of red wine. Amber films it with her iPad. When he realizes this, he wants to take the device from her. The video then starts to vibrate… Broadcast in court, has the worst effect. The seven-member jury must decide whether or not Amber Heard has defamed Johnny Depp without naming him, by declaring himself a victim of domestic violence in his gallery. The unrest is palpable in the courtroom. He gets even more so when Johnny attacks his ex-wife and calls her hysterical.

We probably won’t have the end of the poop mystery story. But the actor already lost a libel suit in November 2020 against a British tabloid who called him a “wife beater”. Unless the situation reverses, it will likely be difficult to restore his image.

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