Johnny Depp, Jeff Beck To Release Album On July 15

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 03, 2022 US actor Johnny Depp looks on during a hearing at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP)

 

Fresh off his highly publicized, controversial defamation suit, actor Johnny Depp is set to release an album with English rocker Jeff Beck on July 15, a statement released Thursday said.

The 13-track record entitled “18” is largely comprised of covers, the statement from Depp and Beck said, with music from artists including the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and the Velvet Underground.

But it will also include two songs the 59-year-old Depp penned: “This is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr,” and “Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade.”

The duo met in 2016, bonding “over cars and guitars” before Beck, 77, said he began to appreciate “Depp’s serious songwriting skills and ear for music.”

They began working on the LP in 2019.

“When Johnny and I started playing together, it really ignited our youthful spirit and creativity,” Beck said. “We would joke about how we felt 18 again, so that just became the album title too.”

It’s far from Depp’s first foray into music: the actor for more than a decade has recorded and toured with the Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup he started with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.

“It’s an extraordinary honor to play and write music with Jeff, one of the true greats and someone I am now privileged enough to call my brother,” Depp said in the statement.

Beck is currently on tour in Europe with Depp as a special guest.

Last week, Depp won $15 million in a defamation suit against his former partner Amber Heard, who was awarded $2 million.

The jury found that Heard, 36, defamed Depp in describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” in a 2018 op-ed published in The Washington Post, though she did not identify the actor by name. Depp held he suffered reputational damage following its publication.

Heard received $2 million in damages because the jury found that one of Depp’s lawyers had defamed her.

The bombastic six-week trial gained widespread attention not least because it was televised and livestreamed, with clips making their way to social media as Heard became a target of online vitriol and mockery.

Can Depp’s Career Bounce Back With Defamation Verdict?

 In this file photo taken on November 21, 2015 Actors Johnny Depp (L) and Amber Heard attend the Los Angeles Premiere of "The Danish Girl", in Westwood, California. VALERIE MACON / AFP
In this file photo taken on November 21, 2015 Actors Johnny Depp (L) and Amber Heard attend the Los Angeles Premiere of “The Danish Girl”, in Westwood, California. VALERIE MACON / AFP

 

After a US jury largely sided with Johnny Depp in his libel battle against Amber Heard, could the verdict help the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star to resurrect his flagging career?

A jubilant Depp on Wednesday said the jury “gave me my life back” as he was awarded more than $10 million in damages for defamation, in contrast to just $2 million for his ex-wife, who had counter-sued.

Central to the high-profile trial were testimonies from Hollywood agents, accountants and lawyers, who were asked to assess whether the former couple had derailed one another’s careers.

Jurors heard from Depp’s side that he had lost a $22.5 million payday for a sixth “Pirates” film due to Heard’s claims of abuse.

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But Heard’s legal team introduced witnesses who said her ex-husband’s star was already losing its luster due to “unprofessional behavior” which included drinking and drug use.

“The damage that’s done is done, and from this it might start a process back to some sort of normalcy,” said a Hollywood producer who has worked with Depp in the past, but asked not to be identified.

“But I don’t think he’s going to get big, big, big studio jobs where there’s so much on the line.

“If he’s throwing bottles and taking drugs, and he’s late, they’re not gonna put up with the tardiness that costs a boatload of money for somebody who isn’t a shining star any longer.”

Major Hollywood studios may find it difficult to get insurance for mega-budget productions featuring Depp, the producer added.

“It’s too risky to put a guy like that into billion-dollar franchises now,” they said.

Similarly, while jurors and social media opinion may have swayed in Depp’s direction during the trial, that is no guarantor that his box office appeal will return, particularly among women.

“The things he said are vile,” said the producer, pointing to text messages introduced during the trial, which featured Depp calling Heard an “idiot cow” and talking about her “rotting corpse.”

‘Bad boy’

Of course, while not directly comparable, Hollywood titans from Marlon Brando to Mel Gibson have enjoyed massive box office success after seismic controversies.

“I think there are studios that will be willing to work with him at this point,” said Karen North, a University of Southern California professor specializing in reputation management.

Despite a string of recent flops, “he’s almost always been very good for the box office,” she said, noting that Depp is “as much in the public eye now as he ever has been because of the trial.”

While a comeback from lurid accounts of alcohol- and drug-fueled binges could be problematic for someone with a more clean-cut image, Depp “has never said that he was a mild-mannered do-gooder.”

“When somebody is a bit of a bad boy… when they’re accused of doing something that involves being volatile, people say, ‘Well, I’m not surprised — it doesn’t change who I think that person is.'”

“I think Johnny Depp is gonna come back personally, it makes sense,” said North.

“That’s assuming that he wants to, right? He has a lot of choices.”

Depp spent the days before the verdict playing rock concerts in England with guitarist Jeff Beck, potentially demonstrating his interest are broader than a silver-screen comeback.

‘French films’

And if he were to return to the big screen, it would not necessarily need to be in glitzy Hollywood.

“He could become an indie darling, where the shoots are six to eight weeks, the payment is $250,000, and he gets 25 percent of the ownership of the movie, or something like that,” said the producer who worked with Depp.

“And he could get nominated for some cool little role where the stakes aren’t so high, and the budget’s a couple million bucks, and he blows people away with some crazy performance.”

And failing that?

“He’ll work in Europe. I mean, they don’t care about this kind of thing,” said the producer.

“He’ll make French films. He’ll make German films.”

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Defamation: Judge Awards $15m In Damages To Johnny Depp

A photo combination of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.

 

A US jury Wednesday found both Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard liable for defamation — but sided more strongly with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star following an intense trial riding on bitterly contested allegations of domestic abuse.

The verdict capped a bitterly-fought six-week trial riding on lurid claims and counterclaims of between the Hollywood celebrities.

The seven-member jury in Virginia awarded the 58-year-old actor $15 million in damages after finding that a 2018 article penned by Heard on her experience of “sexual violence” was defamatory to Depp.

Heard, her eyes downcast throughout, listened impassively as the verdict was read out in Fairfax court, near the US capital — and later declared herself “heartbroken” and disappointed “beyond words” by the outcome.

Depp, who was following the proceedings from the United Kingdom, meanwhile posted on Instagram that the jury “gave me my life back.”

In the op-ed for The Washington Post, Heard had described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” — and although she did not name Depp in the piece, he sued her for implying he was an abuser, seeking $50 million in damages.

The 36-year-old Heard, who had a starring role in “Aquaman,” countersued for $100 million, saying she was defamed by statements made by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, who told the Daily Mail her abuse claims were a “hoax.”

The jury agreed that Heard was defamed by those statements, and also awarded her damages — but at a significantly lower amount, $2 million.

 ‘Setback’

Reacting to the verdict, Heard called it a “setback” for women.

“The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband,” she said in a statement.

“I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback… It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously,” she said.

A few dozen onlookers and Depp supporters were posted outside for the verdict, one man sporting a “Jack Sparrow” pirate hat and a woman with a placard reading: “No matter what happens today, Johnny, you are a winner!!! And the whole word knows the TRUTH!!!”

Dozens of witnesses testified during the trial, including bodyguards, Hollywood executives, agents, entertainment industry experts, doctors, friends and relatives.

Depp and Heard each spent days on the witness stand during the televised trial, which was attended by hundreds of fans of the “Pirates” star and accompanied by a #JusticeForJohnnyDepp campaign on social media.

Video and audio recordings of heated, profanity-laced arguments between the couple were played for the jury, which was also shown photographs of injuries allegedly suffered by Heard during their volatile relationship.

Depp testified that it was Heard who was frequently violent and said it has been “brutal” to listen to “outlandish” accusations of domestic abuse made against him.

Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, obtained a restraining order against him in May 2016, citing domestic violence.

Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, filed a libel suit in London against the British tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.” He lost that case in November 2020.

Both sides have claimed damage to their Hollywood careers.

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Johnny Depp Grabbed Amber Heard By Hair, Hit Her Repeatedly: Sister

Whitney Henriquez, sister of Actor Amber Heard, testifies on the stand during Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against ex-wife Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, on May 18, 2022. (Photo by KEVIN LAMARQUE / POOL / AFP)

 

 

 

Johnny Depp grabbed his then-wife Amber Heard by the hair and repeatedly struck her in the face during a heated argument about a month after their marriage, her sister said Wednesday.

Heard also punched Depp during the March 2015 fight at their Los Angeles penthouse, Whitney Henriquez testified at the high-profile defamation case between the celebrity couple.

Henriquez, Heard’s 34-year-old younger sister, said the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star sought to have her sign a non-disclosure agreement after the incident, but she declined to do so.

 

US actor Johnny Depp looks on during the defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022. (Photo by KEVIN LAMARQUE / POOL / AFP)

 

The 58-year-old Depp filed suit against Heard over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Heard, who had a starring role in “Aquaman,” did not name Depp in the op-ed, but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

Depp, during his four days on the witness stand, denied ever striking Heard and claimed that she was the one who was frequently violent.

Henriquez testified on behalf of her sister on Wednesday — day 18 of the trial being heard by a seven-person jury in Virginia.

Henriquez, who lived for a time in the same penthouse complex as Depp and Heard, said the couple had a volatile relationship.

“When he was sober things were wonderful,” she said. “When he wasn’t sober they were terrible.”

“If he was using or if he was drinking there was almost always a fight,” she said.

 

 

US actress Amber Heard listens during ex-husband Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against her at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022.  (Photo by KEVIN LAMARQUE / POOL / AFP)

 

– ‘Saying really nasty things’ –
Henriquez recounted in detail the March 2015 incident at the Los Angeles penthouse complex owned by Depp.

She said Heard woke her up in the middle of the night to tell her that Depp had been cheating on her and that the newly married couple then got into a fight.

“They were saying really nasty things to one another,” Henriquez said.

“Johnny runs up the stairs,” she said. “He comes up behind me, strikes me in the back kind of.”

“I hear Amber shout ‘Don’t hit my fucking sister,'” she said. “She smacks him, lands one.”

Henriquez said Depp’s bodyguard moved to intervene, “but by that time Johnny had already grabbed Amber by the hair with one hand and was whacking her repeatedly in the face with the other.”

 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” (Photo by KEVIN LAMARQUE / POOL / AFP)

 

The bodyguard pulled them apart, she said, and Depp then proceeded to trash the penthouse, breaking numerous items in the kitchen and emptying racks of Heard’s clothes on the ground.

Depp’s lawyers have put experts on the stand who testified that he has lost millions because of the abuse accusations, including a $22.5-million payday for a sixth installment of “Pirates.”

Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”

 

Actor Amber Heard smiles after returning from a break during ex-husband Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against her at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022. (Photo by KEVIN LAMARQUE / POOL / AFP)

 

Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of “The Rum Diary” and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

Judge Penney Azcarate has scheduled closing arguments in the case for May 27, after which it will go to the jury.

Amber Heard Says Trial Is ‘Torture,’ Wants To ‘Move On’

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on May 16, 2022, shows US actress Amber Heard testifying in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022.  (Photo by Steve Helber / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Amber Heard testified on Monday that the multi-million dollar defamation suit filed against her by her former husband Johnny Depp is “torture” and she just wants him to leave her alone so she can move on with her life.

The 36-year-old actress also told the jury hearing the case that she filed for divorce from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star in May 2016 because she feared for her life.

“I had to leave him,” Heard said. “I knew I wouldn’t survive if I didn’t. I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me.”

Heard said Depp would become a physically and sexually abusive “monster” when he was drinking and her efforts to curtail his drug and alcohol use had failed.

“The monster had been this thing that was now the normal and not the exception,” she told the seven-person jury hearing the case in Fairfax, Virginia. “The violence was now normal.”

The 58-year-old Depp, during his four days on the witness stand, denied ever striking Heard and claimed that she was the one who was frequently violent.

Depp filed suit against Heard over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Heard, who had a starring role in “Aquaman,” did not name Depp in the op-ed, but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

Heard said the trial has forced her to live “over and over again the most intimate, embarrassing, deeply humiliating and personal things that I’ve survived.”

“I want to move on and I want Johnny to move on,” she said. “I just want him to leave me alone.”

Filing for divorce was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” the actress said.

“It was hard because I loved Johnny so much,” she said. “I loved him so much.”

Heard said the same week she filed for divorce she sought a temporary restraining order following an argument during which Depp threw a mobile phone at her, hitting her in the face.

– ‘Under the makeup’ –
Under cross-examination, Depp’s lawyers asked Heard about multiple incidents of alleged domestic violence she testified about and then showed photos from subsequent days where no injuries were visible.

“You should see what it looks like under the makeup,” Heard retorted.

They also grilled her extensively about a pledge she made to donate the $7 million from her divorce settlement from Depp to charity.

Heard acknowledged that she has not donated the entire amount yet but said that was because she needed the money to fight the defamation suit filed against her by Depp.

“I haven’t been able to fulfil those pledges yet because I’ve been sued,” she said.

Judge Penney Azcarate has scheduled closing arguments in the case for May 27, after which it will go to the jury.

Depp’s lawyers have put experts on the stand who testified that he has lost millions because of the abuse accusations, including a $22.5-million payday for a sixth installment of “Pirates.”

Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”

Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of “The Rum Diary” and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

Disney Dropped Depp From ‘Pirates’ Over Abuse Allegations: Ex-Agent

Actor Johnny Depp attends his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 27, 2022. (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Johnny Depp was dropped from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise because of the domestic abuse allegations made by Amber Heard, his former Hollywood agent said Wednesday, backing up the actor’s claim against his ex-wife.

“My opinion is that it was related to the accusations that Amber has made,” Christian Carino, who works for Creative Arts Agency, said in a videotaped deposition in the defamation suit filed by Depp against Heard.

Depp filed a defamation case against Heard over a column she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

The 36-year-old Heard never named the 58-year-old Depp but he sued her for implying that he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”

Carino, Depp and Heard’s former agent, said it was never explicitly stated by Disney that Depp was being dropped from the “Pirates” franchise because of the domestic abuse accusations but it was “understood.”

Depp, testifying earlier on his own behalf, blamed the accusations by Heard for the loss of his lucrative role in “Pirates” as Captain Jack Sparrow.

– ‘Just filling space’ –
Carino, the former fiance of Lady Gaga, was also asked about Heard’s relationship with billionaire Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk that followed her 2017 divorce from Depp.

Lawyers for Depp read out August 2017 text messages between Carino and Heard, who starred in the movie “Aquaman.”

“Dealing with breakup. I hate when things go public. See, I’m so sad,” Heard said in a message about the end of her relationship with Musk.

“You weren’t in love with him and you told me 1,000 times you were just filling space,” Carino replied. “Why would you be sad if you weren’t in love with him to begin with?”

Heard responded: “I know but I wanted time to grieve and recover in my own time.”

Asked by a lawyer for Depp if Heard was referring to Musk or Depp, Carino said “I don’t know.”

He also provided her with some advice. “You could avoid all this if you stopped dating uber-famous people,” he said. “You can be with a big man who isn’t famous.”

Testifying last week, Depp said the allegations that he was a “drunken, cocaine-fueled menace who beat women” have cost him “everything.”

Depp denied ever physically abusing Heard and claimed that she was the one who was frequently violent.

Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the film “The Rum Diary” and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

Psychologist Testifies That Amber Heard Has Personality Disorders

Actress Amber Heard arrives at the courtroom for the defamation trial against her at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 26, 2022.

 

A psychologist hired by lawyers for “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp testified on Tuesday at his defamation case against his former wife Amber Heard that she suffers from twin personality disorders.

Shannon Curry, a clinical and forensic psychologist, said she had examined Heard’s mental health records and personally evaluated her for 12 hours over two days in December 2021.

Curry said it was her opinion that the 36-year-old actress, who had a starring role in the movie “Aquaman,” has borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder.

“She obtained scores that were consistent with those diagnoses,” Curry said.

Lawyers for Heard sought to discredit Curry’s testimony during cross-examination, noting she had been hired by Depp’s attorneys to testify on his behalf.

“If you did not find something that would be in favor of Mr Depp and negative to Miss Heard than you wouldn’t be an expert in this case?” Elaine Bredehoft, an attorney for Heard, asked Curry.

“I present science regardless of what that science may be,” Curry responded.

Curry said some of the primary characteristics of borderline personality disorder include a “lot of inner anger and hostility,” a tendency to be “self-righteous” and “fluctuating moods.”

“They can react violently, they can react physically,” she said. “Oftentimes they will be abusive to their partners.”

“It’s almost play-acting,” she said.

Curry, who has experience with US combat veterans, said it was her opinion that Heard did not suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the result of alleged domestic abuse.

Heard had “grossly exaggerated” her symptoms of PTSD in a test she was given, she said.

The 58-year-old Depp has denied ever being physically abusive towards Heard and has claimed repeatedly at the trial that she was the one who was frequently violent.

‘Washed-up Actor’

Depp filed a defamation suit against Heard over a column she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Heard never named Depp but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the film “The Rum Diary” and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

Heard’s attorneys have alleged that Depp would become a physically and sexually abusive “monster” when he was drunk or on drugs, and pressed him extensively about his drug and alcohol use during his three days of cross-examination on the witness stand.

Also testifying Tuesday was Tara Roberts, who for the past 15 years has managed a private island in the Bahamas owned by Depp.

Roberts was asked by Depp’s lawyers to recount details of an argument the couple had on the island one evening.

“Amber was telling him that he was a washed-up actor,” Roberts said. “He was going to die a lonely old man.”

She said Heard was yelling at Depp, grabbing at him and trying to pull him back into their house.

Roberts said she was “worried” about what might happen and took Depp to a cafe on the island and applied ice to an injury he had received to the bridge of his nose.

Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.

Defamation Trial: Amber Heard Lawyers Wrap Up Marathon Grilling Of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp steps outside court during his civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on April 25, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia.

 

Lawyers for Amber Heard on Monday ended their marathon grilling of Johnny Depp at his defamation trial against his former wife by playing audio recordings of heated arguments between the couple.

“Shut up fat ass,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is heard telling Heard in one recording played for the seven-member jury hearing the case in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

In another audiotape, the 36-year-old Heard, who had a starring role in the movie “Aquaman,” accuses Depp of having “beat the shit out of” her and throwing a “swing” at her.

Depp has denied ever being physically abusive towards Heard and has claimed repeatedly at the trial that she was the one who was frequently violent.

Depp filed a defamation suit against Heard over a column she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Heard never named Depp but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

‘Hit Pieces’

Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the film “The Rum Diary” and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

Heard’s attorneys have alleged that Depp would become a physically and sexually abusive “monster” when he was drunk or on drugs, and pressed him extensively about his drug and alcohol use during his three days of cross-examination on the witness stand.

“If anyone had a problem with my drinking, at any time in my life, it was me,” Depp said. “The only person I’ve ever abused in my life is myself.”

Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn also sought to convince the jury that the accusations against Depp pre-dated the Washington Post column that Heard wrote.

Rottenborn noted that Heard had filed a temporary restraining order against Depp in Los Angeles in May 2016, citing abuse, and quoted headlines from a number of newspaper articles.

“These are all hit pieces,” Depp replied.

Depp also played down some of the harsh language he used to describe Heard in text messages to various friends, including one that said “I can only hope that karma kicks in and takes the gift of breath from her.”

“It’s just irreverent and abstract humor,” Depp said, and he was “ashamed that this has to be spread on the world like peanut butter.”

Severed Finger

After Depp finished testifying, his attorneys called as a witness Ben King, an Englishman who managed the home where the couple stayed in Australia during the 2015 filming of the fifth installment of the “Pirates” franchise.

Much of the testimony at the trial has revolved around an incident that occurred there in which the tip of the middle finger of Depp’s right hand was severed.

Depp told the jury it happened when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, smashing the finger against the edge of a bar in the house. Heard’s lawyers suggested that Depp cut it with a knife in the kitchen.

King’s testimony appeared to back up Depp’s account.

The house manager said he found the severed fingertip in a tissue on the floor of the bar along with a broken bottle of Stolichnaya vodka.

He said a “big chunk” of the marble bartop had been broken off.

King said that while he had witnessed frequent arguments between the couple during their stay in Australia, and another in London, he had never seen them be violent.

Testifying last week, Depp said the allegations that he was a “drunken, cocaine-fueled menace who beat women” have cost him “everything.”

The actor said that a “couple of days” after the Post column appeared, Disney announced he would no longer appear as Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster “Pirates” franchise

Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”

Amber Heard Lawyers Wrap Up Cross-Examination Of Johnny Depp

Actress Amber Heard listens in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 25, 2022.

 

Lawyers for Amber Heard on Monday ended their marathon grilling of Johnny Depp at his defamation trial against his former wife by playing audio recordings of heated arguments between the couple.

“Shut up fat ass,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is heard telling Heard in one recording played for the seven-member jury hearing the case in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

In another audiotape, the 36-year-old Heard, who had a starring role in the movie “Aquaman,” accuses Depp of having “beat the shit out of” her and throwing a “swing” at her.

Depp has denied ever being physically abusive towards Heard and has claimed repeatedly at the trial that she was the one who was frequently violent.

Depp filed a defamation suit against Heard over a column she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

 

Actor Johnny Depp testifies that a can of mineral spirits actress Amber Heard through, hit him there, in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 25, 2022.

 

 

Heard never named Depp but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

‘Hit Pieces’

Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the film “The Rum Diary” and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

Heard’s attorneys have alleged that Depp would become a physically and sexually abusive “monster” when he was drunk or on drugs, and pressed him extensively about his drug and alcohol use during his three days of cross-examination on the witness stand.

“If anyone had a problem with my drinking, at any time in my life, it was me,” Depp said. “The only person I’ve ever abused in my life is myself.”

Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn also sought to convince the jury that the accusations against Depp pre-dated the Washington Post column that Heard wrote.

Rottenborn noted that Heard had filed a temporary restraining order against Depp in Los Angeles in May 2016, citing abuse, and quoted headlines from a number of newspaper articles.

“These are all hit pieces,” Depp replied.

Depp also played down some of the harsh language he used to describe Heard in text messages to various friends, including one that said “I can only hope that karma kicks in and takes the gift of breath from her.”

“It’s just irreverent and abstract humor,” Depp said, and he was “ashamed that this has to be spread on the world like peanut butter.”

Severed Finger

After Depp finished testifying, his attorneys called as a witness Ben King, an Englishman who managed the home where the couple stayed in Australia during the 2015 filming of the fifth installment of the “Pirates” franchise.

Much of the testimony at the trial has revolved around an incident that occurred there in which the tip of the middle finger of Depp’s right hand was severed.

Depp told the jury it happened when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, smashing the finger against the edge of a bar in the house. Heard’s lawyers suggested that Depp cut it with a knife in the kitchen.

King’s testimony appeared to back up Depp’s account.

The house manager said he found the severed fingertip in a tissue on the floor of the bar along with a broken bottle of Stolichnaya vodka.

He said a “big chunk” of the marble bartop had been broken off.

King said that while he had witnessed frequent arguments between the couple during their stay in Australia, and another in London, he had never seen them be violent.

Testifying last week, Depp said the allegations that he was a “drunken, cocaine-fueled menace who beat women” have cost him “everything.”

The actor said that a “couple of days” after the Post column appeared, Disney announced he would no longer appear as Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster “Pirates” franchise

Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”

Johnny Depp Grilled About Drug, Alcohol Use At Defamation Trial

Actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 21, 2022.

 

Actor Johnny Depp was grilled about his drug and alcohol use and coarse text messages as he took the witness stand on Thursday for a third day at his defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Heard’s lawyer Ben Rottenborn spent more than five hours seeking to undermine the credibility of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star before the seven-person jury hearing the suit in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The 58-year-old Depp was asked about his trashing of hotel rooms and the circumstances of an incident in Australia in which the tip of the middle finger on his right hand was severed.

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Depp testified Wednesday that it was caused by a furious Heard throwing a vodka bottle at him. Her lawyer told the jury that Depp had told doctors he cut himself with a knife.

Depp acknowledged during cross-examination that after his finger was cut he used the wounded digit to scrawl messages around the house using his own blood and paint.

Heard’s lawyers played a video at one point of Depp slamming cabinet doors in their kitchen and pouring himself a large glass of red wine.

“I did assault a couple of cabinets but I did not touch Miss Heard,” Depp said when asked about the video.

In an audiotape played by her lawyer of a conversation between Depp and Heard, she complains about having bruises on her head, a split lip and a black eye.

Heard’s lawyers have claimed Depp would become a “monster” during drug- and alcohol-fueled benders and physically and sexually abuse Heard.

Depp has denied the allegations and claimed it was Heard who was frequently violent during their relationship.

Depp filed a defamation suit against Heard over a column she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Heard, who starred in the movie “Aquaman,” never named Depp — but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

The Texas-born Heard, who turns 36 on Friday, countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

Depp and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the film “The Rum Diary” and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.

‘Shame and Regret’

Rottenborn probed Depp extensively about his drug and alcohol use, including partaking with shock rocker Marilyn Manson.

“We drank together. We’ve had cocaine together maybe a couple of times,” Depp said. “I once gave Marilyn Manson a pill so that he would stop talking so much.”

Depp acknowledged using drugs and alcohol to “numb the residual pain from my youth,” but denied Rottenborn’s suggestion it was to excess or that he would ever “black out.”

Rottenborn read text messages from Depp to various people in which he apologized for his behavior and sought the advice of Elton John on how to get clean.

“Once again I find myself in a place of shame and regret,” he said in a May 25, 2014 text to Heard. “I will never do it again. I want to get better for you.”

Depp admitted that he has taken out his anger on objects in the past but denied ever striking Heard.

“I don’t believe I’m the only human being who has ever punched a door,” he said. “I have assaulted a couch or two.”

Heard’s lawyers introduced text messages in which Depp used profane language about her, calling her an “idiot cow” and talking about her “rotting corpse.”

“Let’s burn Amber,” he said in a text message to the actor Paul Bettany, a friend. “Let’s drown her before we burn her.”

In a text to Heard’s sister, Depp said “I never want to lay eyes on that filthy whore Amber.”

Depp was also asked about a “heated argument” he had with Heard over his suspicion that she was having an affair with the actor James Franco.

Testifying on Wednesday, the thrice Oscar-nominated Depp said the allegations that he was a “drunken, cocaine-fueled menace who beat women” have cost him “everything.”

The actor said that a “couple of days” after the Post column appeared, Disney announced he would no longer appear as Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster “Pirates” franchise.

Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”

Johnny Depp Rejects ‘Heinous’ Abuse Charges At US Defamation Trial

US actor Johnny Depp is sworn in during his defamation trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 19, 2022. (Photo by JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP)

 

 

“Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp denied ever physically abusing Amber Heard as he took the witness stand on Tuesday at the US defamation trial against his former wife.

“There were arguments and things of that nature but never did I myself reach the point of striking Miss Heard in any way,” Depp told the jury hearing the case at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

“Nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” he said.

Depp said the “heinous and disturbing” allegations of domestic abuse made against him by Heard were “not based in any species of truth” and came as a “complete shock.”

Depp was asked by one of his lawyers why he had brought the defamation case against his ex-wife.

“I felt it my responsibility to stand up not only for myself, but stand up for my children,” Depp said. “I wanted to clear my children of this horrid thing that they were having to read about their father that was untrue.”

“It’s strange when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and then in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo,” he added.

The 58-year-old Depp, his hair slicked back in a ponytail and wearing a black suit, black shirt and floral pattern tie, took the stand on the fifth day of the blockbuster defamation trial.

Depp filed the defamation suit after Heard, who turns 36 on Friday, wrote a column for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

The actress never named Depp, whom she met in 2009 on the set of the film “The Rum Diary,” but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

Depp accuses Heard of seeking to “generate positive publicity for herself” ahead of the release of the film “Aquaman,” in which she had a starring role.

Depp filed the defamation complaint against Heard in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against the tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”

– ‘Never seen Johnny abuse anybody’ –
In opening arguments, Heard’s lawyers alleged that Depp became a “monster” during drug- and alcohol-fueled benders and physically and sexually abused Heard.

Depp’s attorneys rejected the allegations as untrue and said they have had a “devastating” impact on the actor’s Hollywood career.

He left his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and was asked to step down from the “Fantastic Beasts” series based on the book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Depp took the witness stand following testimony from a member of his security detail, Sean Bett, and Keenan Wyatt, who worked as a sound engineer on many of his movies.

Both men testified that they had never seen Depp be violent in any way.

“I’ve never seen Johnny abuse anybody ever,” Wyatt said.

Bett said he had witnessed Heard though once throw a “water bottle or a plastic cup” at Depp.

Depp filed his case in Virginia since the Post is printed there but he is not suing the newspaper itself.

Virginia also has defamation laws considered to be more favorable to plaintiffs than those in California, where the two actors live.

In 2016, Heard sought a restraining order against Depp amid abuse allegations. Their divorce was finalized in 2017.

Johnny Depp Testifies In Defamation Trial Against Ex-Wife

US actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 19, 2022.  JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP

 

“Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp denied ever physically abusing Amber Heard as he took the witness stand on Tuesday at the defamation trial against his former wife.

“There were arguments and things of that nature but never did I myself reach the point of striking Miss Heard in any way,” Depp told the jury hearing the case at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

“Nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” he said.

The 58-year-old Depp, his hair slicked back in a ponytail and wearing a black suit, black shirt and floral pattern tie, took the stand on the fifth day of the blockbuster defamation trial.

Depp filed the defamation suit after Heard, who turns 36 on Friday, wrote a column for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

The actress never named Depp, whom she met in 2009 on the set of the film “The Rum Diary,” but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.

Heard, who was married to Depp from 2015 to 2017, countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant physical violence and abuse” at his hands.

Depp accuses Heard of seeking to “generate positive publicity for herself” ahead of the release of the film “Aquaman,” in which she had a starring role.

Depp filed the defamation complaint against Heard in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against the tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”

In opening arguments, Heard’s lawyers alleged that Depp became a “monster” during drug- and alcohol-fueled benders and physically and sexually abused Heard.

Depp’s attorneys rejected the allegations as untrue and said they have had a “devastating” impact on the actor’s Hollywood career.

He left his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and was asked to step down from the “Fantastic Beasts” series based on the book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

‘Never seen Johnny abuse anybody’

Depp took the witness stand following testimony from a member of his security detail, Sean Bett, and Keenan Wyatt, who worked as a sound engineer on many of his movies.

Both men testified that they had never seen Depp be violent in any way.

“I’ve never seen Johnny abuse anybody ever,” Wyatt said.

Bett said he had witnessed Heard though once throw a “water bottle or a plastic cup” at Depp.

Depp filed his case in Virginia since the Post is printed there but he is not suing the newspaper itself.

Virginia also has defamation laws considered to be more favorable to plaintiffs than those in California, where the two actors live.

In 2016, Heard sought a restraining order against Depp amid abuse allegations. Their divorce was finalized in 2017.

AFP