Amber Heard’s life “has become hell” since the start of the defamation lawsuit filed by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, the actress’s lawyer said on Friday, asking the jury at the courthouse in Fairfax, near Washington, to “let her move on”. with her life.”
“This trial has turned his life into hell. We want nothing more (than) to leave Amber alone, to let her go on with her life and raise her child,” said Elaine Bredehoft, presenting her conclusions after six weeks of debate.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is suing his ex-wife for defamation, who wrote in a 2018 Washington Post column that he was “a public figure representing domestic violence,” without naming Johnny Depp.
The actor is seeking $50 million in damages, claiming the platform destroyed his career and reputation.
Amber Heard, who appeared in particular in “Justice League” and “Aquaman”, fought back and asked for the double. According to her, this “futile” complaint prolongs “the abuse and harassment” that she claims to have suffered during her relationship with Johnny Depp.
“If Amber has suffered a single attack, she wins,” said another lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, after listing the couple’s various disputes in five years of relationship, some of which, according to the actress, degenerated into violence.
“And we’re not talking about physical assault, but emotional, psychological, financial, sexual assault,” he said.
“Think of the message that Mr. Depp and his lawyers send to Amber and, by extension, to all victims of domestic violence,” he added, referring to the Washington Post column.
“This lawsuit is about so much more than Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard, it’s about free speech. Defend him, protect him,” he told jurors.
The actor’s lawyers have made an effort to denounce the “lies” of Amber Heard, who wanted to “ruin” her husband.
“Six years ago, on May 27, 2016, Ms. Heard walked into court and filed a false claim of domestic violence against her husband of 15 months,” Camille Vasquez said.
Another of his lawyers, Ben Chew, recalled that “never before Amber Heard had a woman accused Mr. Depp of laying a hand on her in 58 years, and no one has since.”
Johnny Depp “lost everything” and was “erased by Hollywood” after the column published by his ex-girlfriend, he said.
While she didn’t name her ex-husband, “everyone knew who and what” Amber Heard was talking about, Ben Chew noted, noting that the actor “supports and believes in” the Me Too movement, which denounces violence against women.
The two games must conclude in the afternoon. The seven members of the jury will then retire to deliberate. If they do not agree on a verdict, they will return on Tuesday, Monday being a holiday in the United States.
Since April 11, the jury has heard dozens of hours of testimony and audio or video recordings describing a couple far removed from the glamor of Hollywood, revealing shocking details of their life together.
The actress said that Johnny Depp became a “monster” under the influence of an explosive cocktail of drugs and alcohol, resisting all his pleas for treatment.
When she left him in May 2016, she says she became the target of a social media smear campaign that ended her career.
She said she was “harassed” and “threatened every day” from the start of the trial, claiming to have received “thousands” of death threats.
Johnny Depp can count on the support of hundreds of fans who cheer him on every day on the court.
According to the 36-year-old actress, the violence climaxed during a rape with an alcohol bottle 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 tip of his finger cut off and was hospitalized. He claims it’s from a splinter from a bottle thrown by Amber Heard. She says that he got hurt.
The comedian has already lost a first libel suit in London in 2020, against the tabloid The Sun, which called him a “violent husband”.
The two actors, who divorced in 2017, claim to have lost between 40 and 50 million dollars in fees since the publication of the tribune.
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