Legal experts are also wondering if the media law will be permanently changed by the case. “The way the media can write about domestic violence could change forever,” a legal source said. “Reporters would have believed they were clear in talking about someone as a dangerous partner when they had already been named in a temporary restraining order in America.”
Depp, who has kept a large fortune despite a recent lawsuit against business leaders who he says defrauded him of $ 650 million, is keen to retain the prospect of working on adventure films. Allegations and counter-allegations of violence and extreme behavior are unlikely to work well with family audiences or with Disney and Warner Brothers studios, owners of the JK Rowling franchise.
In America, the actor, who has admitted a history of heavy drug and alcohol use, is also suing his ex-wife directly for $ 50 million. Washington Post December 2018 article in which she said she was a survivor of domestic violence. Any reader, Depp argues, would assume he was the abuser. Victory in the UK next month could help some future justification in America.
On Thursday, the London High Court trial took an unexpected turn when Ryder, Depp’s ex-fiancée, and French singer Paradis, Depp’s first wife and mother of his two children, did not appear to speak for him. . The duo had issued press releases claiming Depp was not a violent man and that they both had to speak as witnesses. “Ryder and Paradis’ statements were not part of the trial as they were not subjected to cross-examination,” the legal source added. “They appear to have been used as part of a media campaign without having to get up in court. ”
The decision not to appear in court disappointed those looking for additional star power, but Heard’s legal team also reportedly wanted to ask these women about the terms of their relationship with Depp being terminated. Heard cites 14 incidents of violence during their relationship, all of which Depp denies.
Ryder is now acclaimed for his performance in the new HBO drama The plot against America, following its success in the series Strange things. Explicitly taking over Depp could be a dangerous decision. Three other witnesses Depp did not appear last week, although there was strong testimony of support from some of his friends and former employees. Isaac Baruch, an artist and Depp’s old friend who lives as his guest at an apartment complex in Los Angeles, told court on Friday that he saw no evidence of injury to Heard in May 2016 after the final breakup of the couple.
Those in court that morning wondered if Depp might also not appear. The actor arrived late, explaining that he had taken a morning movie meeting in his hotel room. A court observer said over the weekend: “The security team and court officials weren’t happy, they have a lot to deal with when the stars roll in.”
Peripheral damage could also be inflicted on English-born Bettany, who plays Vision in the Marvel superhero franchise. One of Depp’s close friends, his name went to court due to rude messages in which Depp complained about his wife and talked about drug use.
This week Heard, appearing as a witness for NGN, is expected to try to recoup her original charges regarding her former husband. Over the past week, Depp’s lawyers have turned their own allegations of abuse against her, a strategy led by Depp’s legal counsel, the US lawyer Adam Waldman.
Many Depp fans around the world support its reputation and a group regularly appear before the courts. Heard’s entourage includes his younger sister Whitney and the girlfriend of Amber Bianca Butti, as well as the main Australian lawyer Jen Robinson, friend of Amal Clooney.
This week, Robinson would likely suggest that Waldman and Depp attempted to muddy the waters in a high-stakes example of legal gaslighting. The case continues.