MeToo activist recounts defamation lawsuit Sun misquoted her in Johnny Depp abuse story

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A MeToo activist said in a court document released Friday that she was “misquoted and abused” by a British tabloid in an article accusing Johnny Depp of physically abusing his ex-wife, Amber Heard.The article quotes Katherine Kendall, an actress and activist who says she was assaulted by jailed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, as saying “it appears Amber has been injured” and condemning the violence.

The article also claimed that there had been a violent reaction from MeToo activists against author JK Rowling because she was defending her “famous boyfriend” Depp, a star from the film adaptation of her book Fantastic beasts and where to find them.

Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, the publisher of The Sun, and the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Dan Wootton in the High Court in London over the April 2018 article, which called him a “wife beater.” He firmly denies having abused Heard.

She was the last witness called in the Depp case, which lasted for nine days.

Depp and Heard met while doing The Rum Diary in 2011 and the two were married in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce 15 months later.

MeToo actress and activist Katherine Kendall said in a statement during a libel trial in London against the tabloid The Sun that she did not know firsthand that Johnny Depp had abused his ex-wife, Amber Heard. (Robert Bumsted / Associated Press)

In a written statement from a witness, Kendall said that she spoke in April 2018 to a woman whom she later learned was a journalist for Sun. She said she had been “completely misquoted and misused by the Sun to achieve her goal.”

“Even though it was true that I was a victim of Harvey Weinstein, the rest was a lie,” Kendall said. “I was not ‘made public’ on behalf of MeToo or myself, to criticize JK Rowling’s decision to dump Mr. Depp, nor did I accuse Mr. Depp of hurting Amber. Heard, of which I have no first-hand knowledge.

Kendall said in her statement that she texted the Sun reporter after the article was published and said, “The whole article seems to be aimed at defaming him. ”

Kendall, who appeared by video conference from Los Angeles, was not questioned about her statement.

Ahead of Kendall’s appearance, a friend of Amber Heard said one of Depp’s lawyers pressured him to say negative things about Heard in a US court statement.

In her written statement, interior designer Laura Divenere said she saw no injuries to Heard in the days that followed, Heard alleges Depp threw her a phone that hit her in the face.

Asked by Sasha Wass, attorney for the editor of the Sun’s News Group Newspapers, whether she had been under “enormous pressure” to make the statement, Divenere replied, “Correct.”

Depp’s friend says star claims Heard ‘likes to hit’

Earlier on Friday, the court heard a longtime friend of Depp’s, artist Isaac Baruch, who said a “panicked” Depp came to see him in 2013 and told him that Heard “likes to hit” and that she would hit him after the fighting began.

In his witness statement, Baruch said that Depp said to him, “I don’t know what I’m going to do, because I’m not going to hit her, you know I’m not going to hit her, I love her. “

Amber Heard, actor and ex-wife of Johnny Depp, arrives at the High Court in London on Friday. Depp’s longtime friend artist Isaac Baruch testified that a “distraught” Depp came to see him in 2013 and told him that Heard “likes to hit.” Heard is expected to testify when the trial continues on Monday. (Frank Augstein / The Associated Press)

Baruch, who lived in one of Depp’s penthouses in Los Angeles, also said Heard had no visible injuries in the days following his allegation that Depp threw a cell phone during a heated argument in May 2016.

In another testimony on Friday, Travis McGivern, one of Depp’s security guards, said he saw Heard throw a can full of Red Bull at Depp, spit at him from a landing, and punched him in the eye during another argument in March 2015.

Heard is due to start testifying on Monday when the newspaper begins its defense.

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