Tabloid lawyer claims Johnny Depp was misogynistic abuser in pleadings

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A lawyer for the British tabloid The Sun claimed on Monday that Johnny Depp abused Amber Heard during their relationship, committing acts of violence fueled by misogyny and unleashed by alcohol and drug addiction.Lawyer Sasha Wass summarized Depp’s libel lawsuit against the newspaper over an article alleging he physically abused ex-wife Heard – a high-profile celebrity lawsuit in which the reputations of the two former husband is at stake.

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 an April 2018 article, which called him a “wife beater.” He firmly denies having been violent towards Heard.

The case is due to end on Tuesday, but Judge Andrew Nicol is not expected to render his decision for several weeks.

Closing arguments

In closing arguments, Wass said the newspaper’s defense “is that of the truth – that Mr. Depp did in fact beat his wife.”

Wass said there was “overwhelming evidence of domestic violence or female pounding behavior, cataloged over a three-year period.”

She said Depp was “a desperate drug addict who has repeatedly lost his self-control and any ability to contain his anger. ”

“Mr. Depp’s character himself permeates all the evidence in this case – his well-documented evidence of violence and destruction during his adult life that occurred while under the influence of the alcohol and drugs.

She said Depp “has a name for this shapeshifter – namely, the monster. ”

Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy The rum diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the following year, and the divorce was finalized in 2017.

The former spouses both appeared in court for three weeks of testimony in the grand neo-Gothic courthouse, although Depp did not show up on Monday morning. His lawyer is due to sum up on Tuesday.

Allegations of violence from 2013 to 2016

Lawyers, reporters and members of the public, spread across several courtrooms linked by video to allow physical distancing, have heard grim details about the couple’s tumultuous relationship. Evidence has revealed allegations of prodigious alcohol and drug use, furious arguments, objects thrown and a dump of excrement left in a bed – whether by a dog or a human is disputed.

The Sun’s defense builds on 14 allegations Heard made of Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016, in contexts such as his private island in the Bahamas, a house rented in Australia while filming a Pirates of the Caribbean movie – where Depp’s finger was cut off under disputed circumstances – and the couple’s downtown Los Angeles penthouse, which was ransacked during the couple’s altercations.

Wass said the first year of the relationship, during which Depp was sober, was “idyllic,” but the violence began in 2013 after his relapse.

For four days in the witness stand last week, Heard claimed that Depp flew into jealous rages and turned into a violent alter ego the “monster” under the influence of alcohol and drugs. She accused him of slapping and hitting her and throwing bottles “like pomegranates” at her and claimed that she often feared for her life during their relationship.

Depp testified for almost 5 days

Heard’s testimony was supported by witnesses including her sister Whitney Henriquez, who said she saw Depp hit Heard “multiple times” during a crash at the couple’s Los Angeles penthouse in March 2015.

Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London on Monday. She accused Depp of slapping and hitting her and throwing bottles “like grenades” at her and claimed that she often feared for her life during their relationship. (Alberto Pezzali / The Associated Press)

Depp, who testified for nearly five days, called the allegations a “hoax” and claimed Heard was the abuser during their unstable relationship.

Depp’s former romantic partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder signed written statements from witnesses claiming he had never been violent with them, and several current and former employees have testified in favor of Depp’s version of events. .

Wass said these witnesses were “flawed” because they relied on Depp for their livelihood and “came to court to lie for their boss.”

Depp admitted to using a wide variety of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and opioid pain relievers, but denied that the drugs made him violent.

Defense alleges “deep misogyny”

Summarizing the defense arguments, Wass said “a deep misogyny was at the root of Mr. Depp’s anger.”

“He created a misogynistic character of (Heard) as the stereotype of a nagging woman,” Wass said. She said Depp called Heard a “digger for gold, shrew and adultery” in order to discredit her.

“Ms. Heard tolerated violence and abuse because she loved Mr. Depp and believed she was able to heal him,” the lawyer said.

But she said Heard’s attempts to help Depp get rid of his addiction backfired.

“Mr. Depp was both ashamed and bored by what he saw as a criticism of Ms. Heard and her shortcomings, and it only served to inflame Mr. Depp and aggravate the situation,” the lawyer said. .

“Each time he fell off the wagon, his grip on reality became more and more tenuous and his conduct became more violent and more extreme. “

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