Johnny Depp wanted to “resume the course of his life,” his lawyer assured an American court on Friday. The defamation lawsuit the actor is bringing against his ex-wife Amber Heard ended Friday.
“Six years to the day, on May 27, 2016, Ms. Heard went to court and filed a false domestic violence complaint against her husband of 15 months, Johnny Depp,” said Camille Vasquez. She “not only wanted the divorce, she wanted to ruin it,” she added.
“Mrs. Heard is actually the aggressor and Mr. Depp is the victim,” the attorney said, prompting the jury to allow Johnny Depp to “resume the course of his life.” Another of his attorneys, Ben Chew, recalled that “before Amber Heard, no woman had ever accused Mr. Depp of touching her in 58 years, and no one has since.”
Johnny Depp has “lost everything” and was “erased from Hollywood” after his ex-girlfriend’s allegations, the lawyer said, stressing that the actor “supports and believes in the me-too movement” that started the violence denounce women.
The Pirates of the Caribbean saga star is suing his ex-wife for defamation, who wrote in a 2018 column published by The Washington Post that she was “a public figure who advocates domestic violence” without naming Johnny Depp . “She didn’t mention it, she didn’t have to. Everyone knew who and what was speaking,” noted Amber Heard Ben Chew.
The actor is seeking $50 million in damages, claiming the booth ruined his career and reputation. Amber Heard, who appeared primarily in Justice League and Aquaman, countered and claimed the double. She says this “futile” complaint perpetuates “the abuse and harassment” of her ex-husband and has blocked her own career.
Amber Heard’s attorneys are also scheduled to present their findings on Friday.
The seven jurors then retire to deliberate. If they don’t agree on a verdict, they will return Tuesday because Monday is a public holiday in the United States. Over six weeks of debates, the jury heard dozens of hours of testimony at this widely publicized and live televised trial, which took place in Fairfax, near Washington.
The actress said that under the influence of an explosive cocktail of drugs and alcohol, Johnny Depp became a “monster” and defied all of his requests for treatment. Johnny Depp reportedly promised her “global humiliation” if she left him, and when she did, she became the target of a smear campaign on social media.
Johnny Depp has the support of hundreds of fans who have cheered him on in court every day since April 11th. The 36-year-old actress says the violence she attributes to Johnny Depp began in 2012. They would have culminated in a rape with a bottle of alcohol in March 2015, a month after their marriage, when the actor was filming episode 5 of “Pirates” in Australia.
That day, Johnny Depp had the end of a finger severed and he was hospitalized. He claims it was caused by a shrapnel from a bottle thrown by Amber Heard. She says he injured himself.
Two more testimonials
Only two other celebrities testified: Actress Ellen Barkin, Johnny Depp’s ex-girlfriend in the late 1990s, described a man who was “drunk almost all the time”, jealous and possessive, and had hurled a bottle at him in anger .
British supermodel Kate Moss, another of the actor’s “exes,” has denied an old rumor that he one day pushed her down the stairs. Johnny Depp had already lost a first defamation lawsuit in London in 2020 against the tabloid The Sun, which called him an “abusive husband”.
The two actors said they’ve lost between $40 million and $50 million in wages since the Washington Post column was published.
This article was published automatically. Sources: ats/afp
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