The American actor and his ex-wife have been in court since Monday to accuse each other of defamation.
Domestic violence charges brought against Johnny Depp by his ex-wife Amber Heard have had a “devastating” effect on the American actor’s career, his lawyer said Tuesday in a US court, where the former couple are accusing each other of defamation. .
This trial, which takes place near Washington, has its origin from a tribune published in the Washington Post in 2018, in which Amber Heard described herself as a “domestic violence victim” hounded by society after coming out of silence two years earlier.
“This case demonstrates how devastating words can be when they are false and spoken in public,” said the actor’s attorney, Benjamin Chew, at the opening of the proceedings.
“Amber Heard forever changed Mr. Depp’s life and reputation and you will hear him recount the terrible impact she had on his life,” he said, addressing the jury.
A forum “in the wake of the MeToo movement”
According to Benjamin Chew, Amber Heard accused her husband of violence in 2016 to get revenge on him after your decision to divorce.
And two years later, “in the wake of the MeToo movement” denouncing sexual violence “just before the premiere of the film aquamanIn the one she played, Amber Heard “chose to remind the world of these poisonous accusations in a world-renowned newspaper,” said the actor’s lawyer.
In her column, the 35-year-old actress did not name Johnny Depp, 58, whom she met in 2009 and married in 2015. The following year, she had filed for a protection order to keep him at a distance, stating get hit by actor. but she had dropped his charges in the context of their divorce, concluded with force in 2017.
The actress, in turn, had filed a defamation lawsuit to obtain 100 million dollars, denouncing the extent of the “abuse” and “harassment” that Johnny Depp imposed on her during their marriage.
The actor filed his lawsuit in the state of Virginia, where the Washington Post is printed and where the legal framework is more favorable to defamation complaints than in California, where the two actors reside. The trial takes place in a court in Fairfax, a small town in the state of Virginia near the US capital.
This case is primarily “about the First Amendment” to the Constitution which gave Amber Heard “the right to say the words she said,” Amber Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, responded, asking the jury to “defend and protect” this case. straight.
“If Amber had intended to use this article to detail the abuse she suffered … this article would have been very, very different,” he said.
“You will see the real Johnny Depp, beyond the red carpets, the notoriety and the money of pirate costumes,” added the lawyer, evoking a man made violent by alcohol and drug abuse, addictions that destroyed his career. .
A trial broadcast live on television
The two ex-spouses attend the trial, broadcast live on television and which should be well attended. It should last several weeks and the list of witnesses is worthy of the great Hollywood movies, with billionaire Elon Musk, actors James Franco and Paul Bettany, and actress Ellen Barkin.
This scenario resembles the one that unfolded in 2020 in London. At that time, the star of the movies. Pirates of the Caribbean I had defendant to the editorial of the newspaper Sun after an article portraying him as an abusive husband.
Called as a witness, his ex-wife had described a dozen rounds committed, according to her, by a husband transformed into a “monster” by his excessive use of drugs.
Johnny Depp admitted to using too many drugs and alcohol, but said he had never laid hands on a woman. He had received support from his former teammates Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder.
British justice had finally ruled in favor of the tabloid, considering that “the vast majority of the alleged attacks had been proven.” After this setback, the actor’s career sank and he was kicked out of several projects, including the sixth play of Pirates of the Caribbean.
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