Johnny Depp wants to “get back on track with his life,” his lawyer assured this Friday, on the last day of the processing of a defamation lawsuit filed against his ex-wife Amber Heard, before a US court where the most lurid details of a “toxic” relationship between the two actors.
“Six years ago, on May 27, 2016, Ms. Heard walked into court and filed a false domestic violence claim against her husband of 15 months, Johnny Depp,” Camille Vasquez said.
She “didn’t just want a divorce, she wanted to screw it up,” she added.
“Mrs. Heard is the aggressor and Mr. Depp is the victim,” the lawyer said, asking the jury to allow Johnny Depp to “resume the course of his life.”
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 from Hollywood” after his ex-girlfriend’s accusations, said the lawyer, who stressed that the actor “supports and believes” in the Me Too movement, which denounces violence against women.
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.
“She didn’t mention it, she didn’t have to. Everyone knew who and what she was talking about” Amber Heard, noted Ben Chew.
The actor is seeking $50 million in damages, claiming the booth ruined 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” of her ex-husband and has blocked her career.
Amber Heard’s attorneys are also due to present their findings on Friday.
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.
In six weeks of debate, the jury heard dozens of hours of testimony in this highly publicized, live television trial in Fairfax, near Washington.
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.
Johnny Depp reportedly promised her “global humiliation” if she left him, and when she did, she became the target of a social media smear campaign.
“I am harassed, humiliated, threatened every day, just because I am in this room,” she said Thursday, very moved, adding that she has received “thousands” of death threats since the beginning of the court case.
Johnny Depp can count on the support of hundreds of fans who cheer him on every day since April 11 in court.
The 36-year-old actress assures that the violence she attributes to Johnny Depp began in 2012. They would have reached their climax, rape with an alcohol bottle, in March 2015, a month after their wedding, 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 that he was caused by a splinter from a bottle thrown by Amber Heard. She says that he got hurt.
Only two other celebrities testified: actress Ellen Barkin, the ex-girlfriend of Johnny Depp in the late 1990s, described a man who was “drunk most of the time,” jealous and possessive, and had angrily thrown a bottle into your address.
British supermodel Kate Moss, another ‘ex’ of the actor, has denied an old rumor that one day he would have pushed her down the stairs.
Johnny Depp had already lost a first libel suit in London in 2020, against the tabloid The Sun, which called him a “violent husband”.
The two actors claimed to have lost between 40 and 50 million dollars in fees since the publication of the Washington Post column.
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