Johnny Depp Trial: Amber Heard Take to the Stand, Important Facts, Key Moments
|Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Defamation Trial|
Amber Heard may finally take to the stand
Heard drops more testimony about Depp's alleged abuse
"Johnny slapped me, I walked away from him and that made it worse... He grabbed me by the arm and kind of just held me on the floor screaming. I don't know how many times he hit me in the face."
Heard confirms ongoing fights with Depp
|Heard testifies JohnnyDepp held her by the arm during a fight and hit her in the face|
Amber Heard described that in 2013 both fight about everything.
"I was an acquaintance with someone. And he was accusing me of having an affair with them."
Heard: It was a revolving door of accusations ... I was an acquaintance with someone. And he was accusing me of having an affair with them ... In these arguments, nothing I do is working.
The first half of the trial saw Johnny Depp testify multiple times, but now it could be Amber Heard's turn. According to reports, she could even start her testimony this Wednesday.
The legal battle to resume this Wednesday May 4, in Virginia. This is more or less the halfway point, and also the point where Johnny Depp's legal team have rested their case, so the ball is now in the court of Amber Heard and her lawyers and she could take to the stand this Wednesday.
Live Updated - Important Facts: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Defamation Trial
-Johnny Depp and ex-wife, Amber Heard, have been squaring off in a bombshell defamation trial that opened in Virginia April 11, accusing each other of physical and emotional abuse.
-Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post alleging she was the victim of domestic abuse.
-The piece did not identify Depp by name but the actor says the allegations damaged his career and made him a pariah in Hollywood.
-Heard countersued her ex-husband for $100 million, accusing him and his former attorney of conspiring to "destroy and defame" her.
-The shocking trial has featured testimony about an infamous defecation incident in the couple's marital bed to allegations Heard severed Depp's finger tip during a vicious brawl.
-Experts testified that Depp's reputation was damaged by the 2018 op-ed. A forensic psychologist testified that Heard may have two personality disorders.
-The trial in Fairfax, Va., has now entered its fourth week. Proceedings will continue Mondays through Thursdays for a total of six weeks.
The 13th day of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation trial wrapped up shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday — with Amber Heard now due to take the stand Wednesday.
Depp’s lawyers concluded their case earlier on Tuesday.
Judge Penney Azcarate then denied a motion by Heard’s lawyers to throw out Depp’s lawsuit, opening the way for the start of the defense presentation.
Dr. Dawn Hughes, a forensic psychologist and expert on “interpersonal violence abuse,” was the first witness to take the stand as part of Heard’s defense.
The “Aquaman” actress is expected to be called to the stand next.
Depp, 58, claims in the suit that the 36-year-old actress cost him $40 million in earnings by floating claims that he was abusive.
|The first three weeks of the trial saw Depp largely give his version of events before some witnesses close to the actor began to discuss their thoughts on the relationship between him and his ex-wife. |
On Monday, we heard a security guard saw that he saw Heard punch Depp, while an agent stated that Depp missed out on 22.5 million dollars by not featuring in 'Pirates of the Caribbean 6' as a result of Heard's accusations.
It is expected that Heard will start her testimony this week, and perhaps even as early as today, with the judge looking to give equal time in the trial to each party.
Amber Heard's defense case kicks off with first witness
|Dr. Dawn Hughes testifying May 3, 2022, on behalf of Amber Heard.|
Depp flew into rage over James Franco
Johnny Depp once flew into a rage over Amber Heard’s relationship with actor James Franco, a witness told the jury.
Dr. Dawn Hughes, a forensic psychologist testifying on Heard’s behalf at the couple’s defamation trial, said Depp blew up on a 2015 Boston to LA flight.
“He starts talking about James Franco,” Hughes said. “‘Hope you had fun with your escapades.’ He kicked her on the back and she went forward….”
The psychologist also said Depp also got upset about Heard and actor Billy Bob Thornton but did not specify why.
Hughes is the first witness called by Heard’s defense team after Depp’s attorneys rested their case earlier on Tuesday, the 13th day of the trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
Heard Was Subject to Worse Abuse Than Depp?
Dr. Hughes said that while both Heard and Depp experienced abuse from each other, Heard suffered more severe abuse.
Based on what Heard told her about the relationship, Hughes said there was a high degree of serious violence perpetrated by Depp towards Heard.
She said Heard perpetrated a mild level of violence against Depp, including a severe instance when Heard punched Depp.
In terms of psychological aggression, Hughes said Depp conducted more severe acts, while Heard engaged in some mild and severe aggressions.
Hughes said Heard was subjected to more severe injuries than Depp experienced.
Heard was also subjected to sexual violence, including forced sexual activity, while Depp experienced none, Hughes said.
On the danger assessment, Hughes said Depp threaten to kill Heard and displayed an increase severity of dangerous acts, including choking. Depp also displayed "obsessive jealously," control and threatened suicide.
These risk facts put Heard in an "increase danger range," Hughes said.
Amber Heard's defense team called forensic and clinical psychologist Dawn Hughes Tuesday afternoon as their first witness.
Hughes, who is based in New York City, is an expert in intimate partner violence, sexual assault and traumatic stress.
She described intimate partner violence as the use of manipulation, fear and control to establish dominance. The abusive behaviors occur over time and are interspersed with periods of happiness and normalcy.
"It’s this interposition of the violence with the love and the care that makes it very difficult for a victim to extricate herself from the situation or relationship,” Hughes told jurors.
Heard, wearing a black blazer over a white blouse, listened to Hughes' testimony attentively without taking notes. During most of Depp's case, Heard was often seen scribbling furiously on a notepad.
In such relationships, victims "don't just leave," Hughes said, adding that violence happens "over time." Hughes said love and normalcy are almost always present in these relationships during lulls of non-abusive behavior, which creates a trauma bond.
In these cases, Hughes said victims are "all concerned about the violence," but go "for the love." She testified that abuse typically happens behind closed doors, not in front of others. Very rarely do outsiders actually see the "blow-up" phase, she explained.
Hughes has her own private practice in New York and works as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College.
After listing her educational background, Hughes outlined her experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims who experience trauma and anxiety.
She said she specializes in interpersonal violence and traumatic stress.
Doctor explains 'cycle of violence'
|Amber Heard’s defense team has begun presenting their case|
Dr. Dawn Hughes told jurors Tuesday that domestic violence victims become trapped in a pattern of abuse.
In the first phase, the abuser may slam the fridge door a little harder, throw an object or scream before graduating to physical abuse, she explained in response to questions from attorney Elaine Bredehoft.
Amber Heard, 36, wore a pained expressed and bowed her head for several seconds during Hughes' testimony. The psychologist said after the violent outburst phase comes contrition. The abuser apologizes and promises not to do it again, then the cycle recurs.
“You’re stuck in this vicious cycle of how can I be with this man who hurts me yet I love him so much,” Hughes testified.
The expert added that it is not unusual for a victim to yell at her partner or become violent and fight back.
"Anger is a very normal emotion to having been abused," she said. "She can also be afraid but they don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”
Hughes said that men, too, can be victims of domestic violence but said this has to be put into perspective. Women are much more likely to be killed and sexually assaulted by their partners.
Johnny Depp's Team Spotted with Candy Again
|Johnny Depp's candies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 3, 2022.|
Another pile of gummy bears, what appear to be hot tamales and other candies were spotted on the table where Depp and his legal team are seated inside the Fairfax County Circuit courtroom Tuesday.
Depp has been snacking on candies and sketching over the past few days during witness testimony. His attorneys, seated on either side of him, have also been eating candy. The sweets have prompted Willy Wonka references on social media, Depp played the character in the 2005 film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Judge denies Amber Heard's motion to dismiss
|Judge rejects Amber Heard's motion to dismiss trial|
Amber Heard's legal team asked a judge to dismiss the case on Tuesday, just minutes after Johnny Depp took a break. Ben Rottenborn, Heard's lawyer, argued that Depp had not met his burden of proof and asked for a summary judgment. He said Depp's team had failed to show Heard acted with "actual malice," and that if Depp abused her even once, including "non-physical abuse," she would win.
A Virginia judge denied a request by actress Amber Heard to dismiss the $50 million defamation case filed against her by ex Johnny Depp.
Judge Penney Azcarate ruled that the civil trial can continue after hearing arguments from Heard and Depp’s attorneys.
Heard’s lawyers had argued that Depp failed to prove that his career was damaged to the tune of $40 million due to his ex-wife’s abuse allegations.
Attorney Ben Rottenborn told the judge that there was “overwhelming and undisputed” proof that Depp had indeed abused Heard.
Depp’s lawyers countered that Heard cost Depp millions in income and maintained that “she’s the abuser in this courtroom.”
The court is on lunch break and will return around 1:30 p.m., when Heard’s team will begin presenting its case.
Johnny Depp took a $40 million hit in the wake of Amber Heard’s allegations about domestic abuse, a forensic accountant testified at his defamation trial.
“I concluded that Mr. Depp suffered lost earnings of approximately $40 million,” Michael Spindler told the jury in Fairfax, Virginia.
Lawyers for Amber Heard suggested that Johnny Depp’s claims of $40 million in lost earnings aren’t his ex-wife’s fault, but his own.
Forensic accountant Michael Spindler conceded under questioning by Heard lawyer J. Benjamin Rottenborn that he did not consider several factors when calculating Depp’s lost wages — including allegations of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse.
|Michael Spindler testified that Johnny Depp ‘lost earnings of approximately $40 million’ over Amber Heard’s allegations.|
Rottenborn accused Spindler of ignoring Depp’s “worsening performance at the box office” before the op-ed was published.
The attorney also said that Disney opted to cut Depp from the sixth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise — before Heard’s 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post about domestic abuse.
The testimony came on Day 13 of trial in Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against this 36-year-old ex, who penned a damning op-ed piece in the Washington Post in 2018 that Depp claims damaged his career.
Spindler said Depp’s removal from the sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” installment alone cost him $22.5 million.
A former nurse of Amber Heard’s is testifying via pre-recorded deposition, telling the jury the actress reported to her a previous history of bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, co-dependent issues and occasional insomnia.
Nurse Erin Falati’s notes were also read in court, describing Heard’s feelings of jealousy, insecurity and anxiety when Johnny Depp was away on a movie set.
“I have a generalized memory of there being … jealous and anxiety issues, including mistrust within the relationship,” Falati said.
She added: “I have a vague sense of those issues popping up throughout the years, but I wouldn’t say that was a constant theme.”
Actress Amber Heard struggled with anxiety, insecurity and substance abuse — and was jealous of Johnny Depp’s fame, her former nurse testified at the couple’s defamation trial on Tuesday.
Private nurse Erin Falati also said that Heard, 36, told her that she had a history of bipolar disorder, ADHD, co-dependency and insomnia during her tumultuous marriage with Depp.
“I have a generalized memory of there being … jealous and anxiety issues, including mistrust within the relationship,” Falati testified. “I have a vague sense of those issues popping up throughout the years, but I wouldn’t say that was a constant theme.”
Johnny Depp's spokesperson issues statement after resting case
Johnny Depp's spokesperson issued a statement Tuesday that summed up the last two weeks of testimony after the actor rested his case.
"Over the last 3 1/2 weeks, we’ve seen and heard from nearly 30 witnesses who have attested to and supported Mr. Depp’s claims that Ms. Heard defamed him in her 2018 op-ed," according to the statement. "Ms. Heard’s reckless op-ed in turn caused him to lose a $22.5 million deal with Disney for 'Pirates of the Caribbean' 6, resulting in an overall loss of earnings of over $40 million since December 18, 2018."
The spokesperson added that, "Numerous witnesses have testified that Ms. Heard engaged in psychological, verbal and physical abuse towards Mr. Depp."
Depp's team was pleased with Judge Penney Azcarate's ruling rejecting the defense's bid to dismiss the case, according to the statement.
"We stand confident in the future of the case and for the truth to be continued to be shared," the spokesperson said.
The first witness in the defense case is expected to be forensic and clinical psychologist Dawn Hughes, who is an expert in domestic violence.
Hughes' testimony is expected to take the remainder of the afternoon. The "London Fields" actress will likely take the stand on Wednesday, according to a source close to her team.
Lawyers for actor Johnny Depp rested their case at his defamation trial on Tuesday.
Amber Heard will now get her chance to present her defense after a short break in the Fairfax, Virginia, trial, which is now in its 13th day.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, his ex, for $50 million, claiming she defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Heard, 36, claims that Depp did abuse her, physically and sexually, in their relationship. He he has denied the allegations, accusing her of being the violent one.
Johnny Depp was painted as the victim in his relationship with Amber Heard by a host of witnesses called to the stand Monday — alleging the actor was punched, “canceled” and lost out on a $22.5 million movie deal because of his vindictive and abusive ex-wife.
The Fairfax, Virginia, jury in Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard heard about the ex-couple’s volatile union, including how the actress allegedly once chucked a can of Red Bull at the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and called him a “f–ing deadbeat dad.”
“You name it, she’s spewed it,” Travis McGivern, Depp’s longtime bodyguard, testified about Heard.
The jurors were also told about how an op-ed by Heard, 36, in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse” had “devastated” Depp’s career.
Witnesses who testified to back Depp's claims
Before the lunch break, Depp's lawyer, Ben Chew, argued that Depp is within his rights to pursue this defamation case, noting several witnesses who testified to back Depp's claims.
Chew said that a defamatory statement can happen by inference or indirect reference, which include Heard's personal experience with alleged domestic and sexual abuse outlined in her op-ed.
He called the testimony of the ACLU's Terence Dougherty "disgusting," claiming that the original draft for the op-ed was pitched using Depp's name. Dougherty testified that the ACLU believed taking Depp's name out would make the piece "less spicy."
"No one was interested in what she had to say unless she was defaming Johnny Depp," he said.
While Dougherty testified that the Washington Post came up with the headline, Heard put her name on the op-ed and is therefore responsible for its defamatory statements.
He added that the op-ed was purposefully released to coincide with "Aquaman."
Chew argued that "everybody and their grandmother" knew the op-ed was about Depp and the "bogus" temporary restraining order she obtained in 2016.
He argued that Heard knew she was not in any danger, as Depp was across the country and on his way to Europe to tour with his band.
Chew claims this was a scam for Heard to get the $7 million divorce settlement Heard promised to donate that money to the ACLU and the Children Hospital of Los Angeles but "she pocketed it instead."
While Heard did not mention Depp's name in her op-ed, Chew argues that several witnesses testified that the implication "could not be more clear" that Depp abused Heard during the course of their marriage.
Chew called Depp's own testimony "harrowing" and recalled testimonies alleging that Heard was not a victim of domestic abuse, but was, in fact, the perpetrator of violence against Depp.
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