Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: Trial’s most surprising moments this week


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Johnny Depp’s sensational defamation trial in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard wrapped up its third week with scandalous new particulars – together with the actress’s emotions towards billionaire Elon Musk and the state of her psychological well being. 


“The Pirates of the Caribbean” star is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed revealed within the Washington Submit during which she recognized herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”  Though the piece didn’t particularly identify Depp, his attorneys have argued that it price him profitable film roles.   

Heard countersued for $100 million, accusing him and his former legal professional of conspiring to “destroy and defame” her. 

Depp steps off the witness stand

Depp capped off 4 days on the stand Monday together with his lawyer taking part in an audio of him and his ex-wife speaking after she publicly accused him of home violence and obtained a restraining order.

Heard tells Depp that she does not know the way to get her repute again after she made the allegations in opposition to him. Depp accuses her of bringing it on herself by getting the cops concerned in a combat Could 21, 2016.

“The last time it got really heated between us, I really did think I was going to lose my life,” she replies.

Actor Johnny Depp testifies April 25, 2022

Actor Johnny Depp testifies April 25, 2022
(Photograph by Steve Helber/Pool/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

“Amber, I lost a f–king finger man, come on,” he shot again, referring to her allegedly slicing off the digit throughout a 2015 brawl in Australia over a postnuptial settlement. “I had a f–king can of mineral spirits thrown at my nose,” he mentioned of Heard allegedly throwing the bottle at his face throughout one other quarrel.


“You can say it was a fair fight,” Heard scoffs on the recording. “Tell the world, Johnny, tell them, ‘Johnny Depp, I, Johnny Depp, a man, I’m a victim, too, of domestic violence.’…and see how many people believe or side with you.”

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Depp’s lawyer, Jessica Meyers, requested him what he mentioned in response.

“Yes, I am,” replied Depp, soberly, earlier than stepping off the stand.

Heard did not love Musk 

Heard and Musk went public with their relationship in April 2017 – however the short-lived romance ended 5 months later.

Heard allegedly advised former expertise agent Christian Carino, who was as soon as engaged to Woman Gaga, that she didn’t love Musk, in response to the agent’s pre-recorded deposition performed in courtroom Wednesday.

Carino was requested to learn a textual content alternate with Heard from August 2017. “Dealing with a breakup. I hate when things go public. C, I’m so sad,” Heard wrote of Musk.

A photo combination of Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Elon Musk.

A photograph mixture of Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Elon Musk.
(Getty Photographs)

“You weren’t in love with him, and you told me a thousand times you were just filling space,” Carino replied. 

Heard complained in regards to the publicity surrounding her love life, however Carino identified that she may keep away from the eye by not “dating Uber-famous people.”

An ACLU staffer wrote Heard’s 2018 Washington Submit op-ed

An America Civil Liberties Union staffer penned Amber Heard’s 2018 Washington Submit op-ed describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

“I tried to gather your fire and rage and really interesting analysis and shape that into an op-ed form,” wrote ACLU communications strategist Robin Shulman in an e mail to Heard.

A minimum of three different staffers had been concerned in drafting and revising the piece, testified ACLU COO Terence Dougherty in a pre-recorded deposition performed in courtroom Thursday.

A photo combination of Terence Dougherty and Amber Heard.

A photograph mixture of Terence Dougherty and Amber Heard.

Heard requested that the op-ed be revealed shortly after the discharge of her film “Aquaman” to capitalize on the publicity, Dougherty testified.


He additionally revealed that Heard had solely paid $1.3 million of the $3.5 million she publicly pledged to donate to the charity.

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Heard introduced in 2016 that she’d give the whole thing of her $7 million divorce payout to the ACLU and the Los Angeles Youngsters’s Hospital. 

However when Dougherty reached out to her in 2019 about her subsequent fee, she allegedly mentioned she was having monetary difficulties. Depp’s enterprise supervisor testified that the actor had paid the divorce settlement to Heard in full by the top of 2018.

Heard has ‘borderline persona dysfunction,’ psychologist testifies

Heard has borderline persona dysfunction (BPD) and histrionic persona dysfunction (HPD), a forensic and medical psychologist testified Tuesday on behalf of Depp’s group.

Dr. Shannon Curry mentioned she met with Heard, 36, for 12 hours in addition to reviewed her medical, authorized and psychiatric information to succeed in her prognosis. She described the issues as “two sides of the same coin” that characteristic “dramatic, erratic and emotional” conduct.

A combination of photos showing Dr. Shannon Curry (left) and Amber Heard (right) in court April 26, 2022.

A mix of pictures displaying Dr. Shannon Curry (left) and Amber Heard (proper) in courtroom April 26, 2022.
(Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photograph by way of AP)

“That temper or being hot headed is really characteristic of borderline personality disorder as is being very charming, a personable nature,” Curry testified. “This is a disorder of contradictions.”

Individuals with HPD have to be the focal point and after they aren’t, they usually make up tales or tackle a sufferer function, Curry mentioned.

Johnny Depp’s doorman says he noticed ‘no marks, bruises’ on Amber Heard

The couple’s doorman, Alejandro Romero, mentioned in a pre-recorded deposition performed in courtroom Wednesday that he interacted with Heard 4 days after the notorious cellphone combat and noticed “no marks or bruises” on her face.

Heard alleges that Depp bashed her within the face with a cellphone on Could 21, 2016, after an explosive combat inside their penthouse residence. Two responding law enforcement officials additionally mentioned they didn’t observe any accidents on Heard, however admitted on cross-examination they didn’t take contemporaneous notes and the residence was dimly lit.

Johnny Depp's doorman Alejandro Romero.

Johnny Depp’s doorman Alejandro Romero.
(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Pool)

Six days later, she went to a Los Angeles courthouse with distinguished bruises underneath her proper eye as photographers snapped her image in what Depp’s group has branded an elaborate “Hoax.” 

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The doorman, sitting in a parked automotive and puffing on a vape pen in the course of the deposition, mentioned he was sick of the Depp-Heard saga. “I’m tired. I don’t want to deal with this court case anymore. Everybody’s got problems,” he mentioned.

Heard monetary calls for

Depp’s Hollywood divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, whose movie star purchasers embody Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie, testified about receiving a letter from Heard’s legal professional, Samantha Spector, Could 24, 2016.

The letter mentioned Depp had “violently attacked” Heard at their residence 4 days prior and requested a “private and amicable resolution to all matters.”

It then demanded that Depp give her entry to his black Vary Rover and three downtown Los Angeles penthouses along with $100,000 for authorized feels and $25,000 for forensic accounting prices.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at “The Danish Girl” premiere in Venice, Italy Sept. 5, 2015.
(Kurt Krieger/Corbis by way of Getty Photographs)

However with out additional warning, Wasser mentioned, Spector and Heard marched right into a Los Angeles courthouse Could 27 to acquire a restraining order in opposition to Depp. 

“With high-profile clients we like to take it out of the system,” mentioned Wasser of dealing with the divorce quietly. “Ms. Spector was not willing to do this.”

Depp’s enterprise supervisor Ed White advised jurors Thursday that the actor paid a complete of $14,250,000 within the divorce settlement.

White mentioned Heard’s monetary calls for “continually increased” throughout negotiations, beginning at $4 million and ultimately rising to the sizable determine, which included $6.8 million paid on to her, $500,000 to her attorneys and roughly $7,250,000 in “community liabilities” the pair acquired throughout their 15-month marriage. 

The trial resumes Monday, and Heard is anticipated to take the stand a while subsequent week.


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