Amber Heard’s lawyers described before an American court the hell that the young actress would have lived, victim of her husband Johnny Depp transformed according to them into a “monster” by drugs and alcohol.
Episodes of “rage” that ended in verbal, physical and sexual assaults: lawyersamber heard described this Tuesday before a US court the hell that the young actress, victim of her husband, would have lived Johnny Depp transformed according to them into a “monster” by drugs and alcohol.
the old couple accuse each other of defamation during this trial in Fairfax, near Washington, which is derived from a column published in the Washington Post in 2018. Amber Heard described herself as a “victim of domestic violence” hounded by society after coming out of silence two years earlier. But the film actor’s lawyers Pirates of the Caribbean exposing false accusations that had a “devastating” effect on his career.
Amber Heard “loved the side of Johnny that we see in the movies, charismatic, charming, generous, he’s the man she fell in love with,” her attorney Elaine Bredehoft told jurors. “But unfortunately the monster showed up and this monster showed up when she was drinking or taking drugs,” she added, referring to cocktails of alcohol, drugs, cocaine, ecstasy and magic mushrooms. .
Johnny Depp had in him “an enormous anger” that transformed him into a “demon” and “it was during these episodes of anger that he verbally, psychologically, physically and sexually attacked” Amber Heard, Me Bredehoft explained. He recounted several scenes of violence, in particular in March 2015 in Australia, where Johnny Depp was filming the fifth episode of Pirates of the Caribbean.
The actress never parted with a makeup kit to hide the bruises on her face, said the lawyer who plans to show the jury “shocking photos” with “bruises, chapped lips, torn hair.” “You will see the real Johnny Depp, beyond the red carpets, the notoriety and the money of pirate costumes,” said another lawyer for the actress, Ben Rottenborn.
In her column, the 35-year-old actress did not name Johnny Depp, 58, whom she had married in 2015. The following year, she had applied for a protection order to keep him in line, claiming to have been in love with the actor. . But she had dropped the charges as part of her divorce, which ended with a bang and a check for $7 million in 2017.
Following the publication of this column, the former undercover cop from 21 Jump Street, who denies hitting his wife, had filed a defamation lawsuit, seeking $50 million in damages. The actress in turn had filed a defamation lawsuit to obtain 100 million dollars.
Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, denounced him at the opening of the “devastating words when they are false and spoken publicly.” “Amber Heard changed Mr. Depp’s life and reputation forever and you will hear her recount the terrible impact it had on his life,” he told jurors.
According to Benjamin Chew, Amber Heard had accused her husband of violence in 2016 to get revenge on him after his decision to divorce. And two years later, “in the wake of the MeToo movement” denouncing sexual violence and “just before the premiere of the film aquamanwhich starred, Amber Heard “chose to remind the world of these poisonous accusations in a world-renowned newspaper,” he said.
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 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: the billionaire Elon Musk, the actress’s partner after her divorce, the actors James Franco and Paul Bettany, and the actress Ellen Barkin.
This scenario resembles the one that unfolded in 2020 in London. At the time, Johnny Depp sued the publisher of The Sun newspaper after an article portrayed him as an abusive husband. Called as a witness, her ex-wife had recounted a dozen attacks committed, according to her, by a husband transformed into a “monster” by his excessive drug use. He had admitted to using too many drugs and alcohol, but he said he had never laid hands on a woman.