Johnny Depp Defamation Lawsuit: ‘Mine of Evidence’ Backs Amber Heard’s Claims, Lawyers Say | Ents & Arts News


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                        Il existe une "abondance de preuves" à l'appui des allégations de violence domestique d'Amber Heard contre Johnny Depp, ont fait valoir des avocats à la Haute Cour - affirmant que la mémoire de l'acteur est "si gravement altérée par la consommation de drogue" qu'il ne connaît peut-être pas l'étendue de son "comportement terrifiant".

Depp, 57, sues Sun’s News Group Newspapers (NGN) editor and editor Dan Wootton for a 2018 article that called him a “wife beater,” and after three weeks, the lawsuit fires its end.

NGN’s legal team made their final speeches and submissions on Monday; Lawyers for the Pirates of the Caribbean star – who vigorously denies all allegations of violence – will be able to do the same on Tuesday, with a ruling on the case due at a later date.

Depp, pictured leaving court last week, will be back for the final day on Tuesday
Johnny Depp receives flowers upon arrival at the High Court on July 24
Depp was met at court by fans – some with flowers and gifts

Evidence suggests the 57-year-old actor is “a hopeless drug addict who has repeatedly lost his self-control and any ability to contain his anger” with Heard, the defense team said.

Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, told Judge Nicol, the judge of the case, that the evidence of Depp’s “drug and alcohol fueled lifestyle provides a backdrop to the events” in question.

“First, it demonstrates that the Applicant was subjected to irrational mood swings and abnormal behaviors, which would not have been present when Mr. Depp was sober and sober, and Mr. Depp has a name for this shapeshifter. , namely “the monster”, “she said.

“The other aspect that is important in terms of drug addiction is Mr. Depp’s recollection of his own shameful conduct, which is so severely impaired by drug abuse that he may not even have been aware of it. the extent of her violence and terrifying behavior which in several of these incidents made Ms. Heard fear for her life. ”

Ms Wass told the court it would be “trite” to suggest that a person who stays with an abusive partner “cannot be a victim” and said that “the days are past when the courts of this country have demanded corroboration before accepting unsubstantiated testimony. of a complainant “.

The testimony of a person making a complaint of domestic violence is “sufficient to prove merit”, said the lawyer, “provided that the complainant – Ms. Heard in this case – brings credible and reliable evidence”.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp when they were together
Heard and Depp were a couple from 2012 to 2016

In this particular case, there is a “wealth of evidence” – including text messages and emails as well as medical evidence – supporting the claims of Heard, 34, argued Ms Wass.

During the three-week trial, the court heard testimony from Depp and Heard, as well as other witnesses, including her sister, Whitney Henriquez, and some of her friends, as well as past and present Depp staff. .

NGN defends his article as being true, “that Mr. Depp did in fact beat his wife,” the lawyer told the court.

American actress Amber Heard (L) goes hand in hand with her sister Whitney Heard (R) to the High Court after a hearing in the libel lawsuit by her former husband American actor Johnny Depp against News Group Newspapers (NGN ) in London, July 24, 2020. - Depp is suing the editors of The Sun and the author of the article for allegations that called him a
Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez (right) testified earlier in the trial

It relies on 14 allegations made by Heard, who appeared as a witness for the editors, which the actor denies.

“For the defense of the truth to be justified, the accused must prove on a balance of probabilities that Mr. Depp assaulted Ms. Heard on at least one occasion,” Ms. Wass said.

“Over the past two weeks, the defendants have established that far more than one incident of domestic violence has occurred during the relationship between the applicant and Amber Heard. ”

Ms Wass again reviewed details of the allegations in court on Monday, including what Heard described as a ‘three-day hostage-taking’ in Australia in 2015, the so-called ‘Boston plane incident And his 30th birthday in April. 2016.

Heard accused Depp of verbal and physical abuse from early 2013 until their break-up in May 2016, including yelling, swearing, punching, slapping, kicking, butting and choking , as well as “extremely controlling and intimidating behavior”. She claims that he threatened to kill her “several times” and that she was “terrified” of “the monster” he would sometimes become.

Photo shown at court of Amber Heard's appearance in James Corden's The Late Late Show
Court saw footage of Heard’s appearance on James Corden’s The Late Late Show

She claims that “one of the worst, most violent nights” of their relationship took place in December 2015, when she says Depp attacked her the day before she was due to record an appearance on James’ The Late Late Show. Corden.

During the trial, the court heard testimony from a stylist who worked with Heard for the show, who said she saw no injuries, as well as a makeup artist who said she had done and she had to cover them.

Depp claims she made all the allegations, accusing his ex-wife of “building a case really early” in their relationship to align with the #MeToo movement.

He told the court that no other woman had ever accused him of hitting them, and witness statements submitted by two of his ex-partners, Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis, supported him.

Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, Edward aux mains d'argent - 1991. Pic: 20th Century Fox / Kobal / Shutterstock
Two of Depp’s ex-partners, Winona Ryder (who he starred with in Edward Scissorhands) and Vanessa Paradis (below) told the court he had never been violent towards them
Johnny Depp with his then girlfriend Vanessa Paradis at the Los Angeles premiere of his movie

Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and James Franco, as well as Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk, are other famous names to draw into the affair, with Heard saying Depp was jealous and accused him of having affairs. .

Depp called DiCaprio, who she once auditioned with, “pumpkin head,” Heard said in her witness statement.

The court also heard details of the messages between Depp and actor Paul Bettany and his friendships with other stars, including musician Marilyn Manson and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

In her closing speech, Ms Wass said Depp had “the aspiration to be the gentleman of the South with the beautiful young lady”.

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She said he glorified drug use and that “there was a clash of generations and clash of cultures” when he met with Heard. “He didn’t expect her to continue playing with attractive young co-stars,” the lawyer said.

Ms Wass concluded by saying that Depp had ‘done what he wanted for most of his adult life’ and was not about to change to Heard, and told the court she believed that the actor was “a woman drummer” – the crux of this defamation Cas.

The lawsuit was the biggest English libel case of the 21st century – but even once a judgment is delivered, it doesn’t end there.

Depp is also suing Heard in separate defamation proceedings in the United States for a Washington Post column in December 2018, which did not mention the actor by name, but claimed the actress had received “all the force of the anger of our culture for the women who express themselves ”.

This case is due to be heard in Virginia next year.


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