On the last day of the speeches and submissions, Depp’s attorney David Sherborne told the court that Heard “Lack of” credibility was key to the case, drawing on several examples – including Kate Moss’ unexpected introduction into the case.
Towards the end of the day, with the tribunal still in session, Heard gave an impromptu speech to the High Court, claiming that she “just wanted to get on with my life.”
She was standing with a group of her supporters, including her sister Whitney, girlfriend Bianca Butti and lawyer Jennifer Robinson.
Heard told crowds of photographers, members of the press and onlookers that it had been “incredibly painful” to relive his break-up with Depp, as well as the “traumatic and intimate details” of his life “being broadcast to the world. whole ”.
She also thanked her legal team, the police and the “momentum” of support she had received from around the world.
Depp, 57, The Sun editor, News Group Newspapers (NGN), and editor Dan Wootton sued for a 2018 article that called him a “wife beater.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean star vigorously denies all allegations of violence.
NGN’s legal team made their final speeches and submissions on Monday, with Heard’s defense team concluding that there was “a wealth of evidence” to support the 34-year-old’s claims.
However, Depp’s defense team suggested that there were many examples that involved a doubt around Heard’s testimony.
Mr Sherborne described Heard’s revelation that Depp previously pushed British model Moss down the stairs as an act of “unscripted malice”.
Moss dated Depp for four years in the 1990s.
Last week, when Heard was in the witness stand, she said that in an alleged incident in March 2015, which took place on a staircase, she rushed to her sister’s aid after remembering “information” about Depp and Moss.
She told the court that she “hit Johnny that day to defend my sister” but said it was because “he was about to push her down the stairs and, the moment before that to happen, I remembered the information I had heard. [that] he pushed an old girlfriend – I think it was Kate Moss – down the stairs.
Heard added, “I had heard this rumor from two people and it was fresh in my mind. ”
Mr Sherborne said this new information was “blatantly made up” and “blatantly made up”, and also asked why Heard had not given details of this allegation in any of his previous statements.
“The undisputed fact,” he said, regardless of Heard’s assertions, is that “Mr. Depp has never hit another woman in his life.”
A second example he used to demonstrate Heard’s “unreliability” was the Boston Plane incident – an allegation of violence in 2014.
He said Heard “couldn’t resist” an attack on Depp saying he attacked a flight attendant, although he never referred to it before in his witness statements.
The subject of the date shift has been raised throughout the case, with Heard and his sister Whitney, who also testified, both shifting the dates of the so-called “Disco Bloodbath” incident.
It was an alleged incident that allegedly happened after a dispute over a painting by Heard’s ex-partner Tasya van Ree.
Heard said that during this fight, Depp hit her “so hard that the blood from her lip got on the wall.”
Heard initially said this alleged incident happened on March 8, 2015, but later said it took place on March 22 of the same year. Her sister also changed her statement to reflect the date change.
At the time, Depp was filming a documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, and the court saw a photo with Depp, Heard, Whitney and Richards, which could have been taken the next day.
In his final arguments, Mr. Sherborne also recalled why Depp had gone through this “painful and public” process.
He reminded the court that on April 27, 2018, The Sun published an article with the headline: “Gone Potty: How JK Rowling Can Be ‘Really Happy’ To Play Wife Johnny Depp’s Drummer In The New Fantastic Beasts movie? ”
The column was written by editor Dan Wootton. Mr Sherborne observed that the name of the showbiz reporter had been as “absent from the proceedings as Mr Wootton himself”.
Using forensic terminology, Mr Sherborne also said that by publishing the offending article, The Sun was acting “as both judge and jury”, despite “no charges” being brought against Depp.
The court was also reminded of evidence of Heard’s alleged violence towards Depp, which the actor’s team said was “very relevant.”
The court listened to two audio recordings, which they said showed Heard’s propensity for violence, one in which she could be heard calling Depp a “fucking baby” and another in which the actor said that she “made hay” (an American phrase for hitting wildly).
The lawsuit was read again as part of a statement by Bahamian Property Manager Tara Roberts, who said: “I observed in December 2015 to my colleagues that Amber was a ‘pitcher’, someone one that had thrown projectiles. ”
She described Depp as an “unusually kind man” and said she had never seen him be “violent or aggressive” with Heard or anyone else.
Ms Roberts’ statement continued: ‘She insulted him, called him by names, and in the midst of this onslaught, I heard her say specifically’ your career is over ‘,’ no one is going to hire you. ‘,’ You are washed up ‘,’ fat ‘,’ you will die a man alone ‘, and also incomprehensible screams. ”
Ms Roberts said that during “this whole incident I never saw Johnny hit Amber, or push her away, nor did he physically react to the attacks. She would calm down, hug, and apologize. Then he said he had to leave and it would start again.
An extended video clip was released showing Depp’s cabinets (a shorter clip had already been shown in court on several occasions).
In reference to this, Mr. Sherborne joked that the trial should have been about “Johnny Depp the kitchen cupboard beater rather than the wife beater”.
There was also a lot of talk about the phrase “the monster” in court, which was noted by Depp’s team in their findings today.
Heard’s team alleges that the term was the name they gave Depp when he committed acts of violence, while Depp’s team says it was a description he used “to appeasing ”Heard and something she subsequently“ became obsessed with ”.
In his summary, Mr Sherborne said the monster was being used to “bridge the gap” due to “lack of evidence in this case”.
As this is a civil action, the burden of proof is on the defendant (NGN). This means that the publisher must prove on a balance of probabilities that Depp is a “wife beater.”
For clarity, this means the judge must be persuaded that it is more likely than not that Depp committed at least one act of domestic violence (among the 14 allegations the Sun is relying on in court) to rule on. in favor of the newspaper.
All but one of the 14 acts of physical violence, Depp is accused of relying entirely on Heard’s account, Mr Sherborne said.
The so-called ‘staircase incident’ (discussed above, about Kate Moss) is the only allegation that claims to have witnessed violence between the couple, in the form of Heard’s younger sister, Whitney Henriquez.
Depp’s team said that due to “the seriousness of the published allegations” they are asking for “a very substantial reward”.
Despite a maximum limit for damages of around £ 325,000 ($ 418,000), the actor’s team are seeking additional ‘aggravated damages’ which they claim have’ impacted the distress of the applicant ”.
These include Mr. Wootton who did not personally testify; The Sun did not reach out to Depp to offer a right of reply and that the article is still available for viewing on the newspaper’s website.
Today was the last day of the hearing, with a decision due by the judge in due course.
The outcome is unlikely to be quick, however, and with the High Court summer recess scheduled for August and September, we could wait several months.
In fact, many see this case as just a dress rehearsal for a separate and ongoing case in America.
While this case was between Depp and the editors of The Sun, the actor is personally suing Heard for libel in the United States over an opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018.
The editorial – which did not specifically mention Depp – was about being a public survivor of abuse, and Heard said she received “all the strength of our culture’s anger for women who speak out. ».
This case is due to be heard in Virginia next year.