He denies ever having “hit Amber Heard or any other woman in his life”† The actress’s lawyers, on the other hand, claim that Johnny Depp turned into… “demon” when he was drinking or taking drugs, and he “verbally, psychologically, physically and sexually abused” his ex-wife.
The former couple was married from 2016 to 2018 and has now been fighting for 15 days in a brutal legal battle in Fairfax, Virginia, United States, which will last until May 20. That’s six weeks of videos, audio messages, text messages of insults and details about the intimate lives of the two actors, who accuse each other of domestic violence.
The interpreter of the famous pirate Jack Sparrow is suing Amber Heard for libel and demanding $50 million from her, because of a gallery she published in the newspaper. Washington Post (article in English) in 2018. In this text, the now 36-year-old actress did not name Johnny Depp, 58, but referred to the domestic violence allegations she made against him in 2016. The actor assures that these allegations have damaged his career, as he had to give up his long association with Disney studios as part of the saga in particular. pirates of the caribbean† His ex-wife, in turn, filed a defamation complaint and demanded $100 million.
Halfway through this brutal process, in which all shots seem lawful, franceinfo takes stock of what to remember from the hearings, broadcast live on US news channels.
Johnny Depp accuses Amber Heard of ‘hitting’
During the first three days, the Hollywood actor as a witness tried to convince the jury that he had been the victim of violence by his ex-wife, which she allegedly inflicted on him during their marriage. For now, he is the only one who has spoken directly. Amber Heard’s lawyers took the floor to represent her: the Texan actress will give her version in the coming weeks.
Johnny Depp said things started to change in his marriage when he felt he was… “was suddenly just bad about everything” in the eyes of his wife, in which he regularly describes violent episodes. “It could start with a slap, a push. She threw a TV remote at my head, a glass of wine in my face”he explained, saying that the actress had “a need for conflict, a need for violence”.
The actor’s former bodyguard testified on Thursday and supported his allegations. Malcolm Connolly followed the couple’s misadventures closely, saying that initially “everything was great” thereafter “that Amber began to change”† He never witnessed violence, but said he saw scratches and wounds on Johnny Depp’s face. “Most of these spots were on the left side of his face (…). There could be scratches on his neck. Maybe a swollen corner of the lip, a bruise in the eye socket. It became more regular. Not every week , but it certainly happened”he described.
Overwhelming recordings and text messages on both sides
Sign of the toxicity of their marriage, Johnny Depp explained that they, each on their side, had gotten into the habit of recording their altercations. These audio passages have been widely exploited by lawyers on both sides.
In a dependent shot for the actress fromAquariuswe hear him confess that he… “typed” Jack Sparrow’s interpreter. “Sorry I didn’t hit you right”she says. I don’t know what the movement of my hand was. But you’re fine. I didn’t hurt you. What should I do? I’m not going to sit here and complain like you (…). You’re a real baby, grow up a little, Johnny!”
The actor’s lawyers also chose to broadcast a passage where we hear Amber Heard throw at him: “Tell the world Johnny! Tell them, ‘I, Johnny, a man, am a victim of domestic violence!’ And we’ll see how many people will believe you and be on your side.” This recording is believed to acknowledge that he was well beaten by his ex-wife. “What did you answer?” Jessica Meyers, one of the actor’s lawyers, asked her client. “I replied that yes, I am”he launched.
Amber Heard’s lawyers then counterattacked and showed an inglorious face of the actor. “Shut up!” we hear him yelling at the one who was then his wife. He also wrote because “Fire Amber” et “Then kiss his burnt corpse, because” [s]‘make sure she was dead’in a message sent to a friend of his in 2013. “It’s a Monty Python reference”, said the interested party to account for himself. In another text message sent to one of her friends in April 2015, two months after their wedding, Johnny Depp spoke of her as a “it smells”†
He claims to have had a severed finger during an argument
In describing the violence he suffered, the actor reflected on a finger injury that the young woman allegedly inflicted on him during an argument in March 2015. Johnny Depp was then in Australia shooting the fifth film in the series. Pirates of the Caribbean.
“She walked up to me and grabbed the bottle of vodka. She backed off and threw it at me,” the actor said, mimicking the scene at the helm. His right middle finger would then be deeply cut. “I looked at my bone. The blood just flowed”, he testified, showing his finger. Photos of the injury and the actor lying on a stretcher in the hospital were shown in court.
Heard as a witness, the manager of the house they stayed in claims to have found the fingertip in a piece of paper “crumpled up” in the middle of the rubble, reports the New York Times†
Amber Heard’s lawyers say he chopped off his own fingertip by slamming a phone against a wall and have warned they will come up with evidence in the coming days.
Psychologist Says Amber Heard Has Personality Disorders
During the trial, the jurors heard from a number of medical and mental health professionals. The most notable testimony is undoubtedly that of a psychologist, hired by Johnny Depp’s lawyers, who made a diagnosis that was drawn up after evaluating the actress over a twelve-hour period in December 2021.
At the helm, Shannon Curry assured Amber Heard had a personality disorder boundary line and histrionic personality disorder, reports the guard (article in English)† She explained that she fluctuated back and forth between “princess and victim”with a presentation of himself “too dramatic”.
According to the expert, people with the disorders observed in Amber Heard “may react violently”et “often have abusive behavior towards their partners“Anyone attempting to establish an intimate relationship with such a personality would, in her opinion, run the risk of… “Idolatry in the Trash”†
The actress’s lawyers tried to discredit this testimony, arguing that the psychologist was hired by the opposing party. “I report scientific facts no matter what they tell us”replied Shannon Curry.
Actor admits he has had addiction problems since he was 11
His drug and alcohol abuse is at the heart of the trial, and Amber Heard’s teams have drowned Johnny Depp in questions about the subject, with the idea of undermining his credibility. Among the elements discussed: a message sent to one of his friends, in which he said that he was about to board a plane “After days of not eating, drinking half a bottle of whiskey, two champagnes, 1000 vodka-Red Bull cocktails and taking pills”.
The first time Johnny Depp took drugs, he said, was when he was 11 years old. His mother abused him physically and verbally, as did his siblings and father, according to his testimony. Sometimes she asked him for her bottle “nerve pills” to calm down. Him too “wanted to calm down”reports the American online media Insider (article in English)So I started taking the pills myself “to escape the chaotic nature of what we experienced”.
However, “I’m not a lunatic who has to get high or do drugs all the time,” he claimed, stating that the extent of his alcohol and drug use “is grossly embellished” by his ex-wife.
Johnny Depp thinks he’s “done” in the movie industry
On Wednesday, Johnny Depp’s ex-agent claimed that the actor had indeed been removed from… Pirates of the Caribbean 6 because of the allegations of domestic violence against him, by Amber Heard, in the Washington Post† The reason for this decision by Disney Studios has never been clarified, but “it’s accepted in the industry”said Christian Carino, stating: “conversations with colleagues and studio managers”.
Johnny Depp was also forced out of the franchise Fantastic Beasts from Warner Bros in late 2020, after losing a previous lawsuit he himself filed against the English tabloid The sun† The newspaper called him “woman beater” (female hitter) in a 2018 article.
The three-time Oscar nominee’s faltering career was a recurring theme in his defense. “Whatever the outcome of this process, I’m ready”he assured the audience.
“It’s kind of weird when you’re Cinderella one day, so to speak, and then 0.6 seconds [plus tard] you are Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve this.”Johnny Depp
during his trial, April 19, 2022
In his opening statement, his attorney, Benjamin Chew, argued: “For nearly thirty years, Mr. Depp has built a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, a respected entertainer whose name has been associated with box office success. Today, his name is associated with a lie, a false statement from his former wife.”according to his comments reported by Vanity Fair† One of Amber Heard’s tips counterattacked: “His career is in free fall, but it is because of the problems he has created that he is responsible.”