Johnny Depp back on the witness stand for cross-examination by Amber Heard’s attorneys

Johnny Depp back on the witness stand for cross-examination by Amber Heard’s attorneys

Johnny Depp is set to return to the witness box for cross-examination in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

The trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard began on Monday, April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, following Mr. Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr. Depp argues that she has defamed in a December 2018 editorial published in The Washington Post titled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change”.

The cross-examination began briefly on Wednesday afternoon with Mr. Depp being asked if he knew the lawsuit was about the opinion piece and nothing that had preceded its publication in 2018.

There was some contention between Ms Heard’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, and Mr Depp, as the actor said it would have to be a ‘simpleton’ to think Ms Heard’s words had no effect. impact on his career.

Invited to see another article two months before Ms Heard says Mr Depp will not be in another pirate film, Mr. Rottenborn tried to show that his words in the To post are not responsible for his alleged career problems.

Mr. Depp claimed his image was still used on Disney franchise-related rides and merchandise.

Earlier in Wednesday’s hearing, Mr Depp mocked the court when he predicted a hearsay objection from Ms Heard’s lawyers following frequent interruptions from his team.

The actor was talking about a chef preparing a Mexican meal for Ms Heard on her 30th birthday when he noted the testimony could be objectionable.

“It’s hearsay, I guess,” he said to laughter from the courtroom.

“I’m not sure he’s even offered for the truth,” the judge replied. Legal observers said on Twitter that the remark suggested the judge believed the story was not hearsay.

“He understood it,” said Ms Heard’s lawyer.

“I’m learning,” Mr. Depp said.

The actor also accused his ex-wife of denying him medication while he was rehabbing opioids.

‘The effects of the withdrawals were really being felt and I said to Ms Heard, ‘I’m going to need the meds now. And she looked at the clock and said ‘It’s not the time,'” Mr Depp said.

“I said ‘no, no, no, you don’t understand, it’s not about clocks and watches and stuff, I’m going to shit’,” he added.

“I hate to say this, and I hate to have to admit it, but it was, I think it was pretty much the lowest point of my life, it was the lowest I’ve ever felt in as a human being because I had to say, ‘please, please, can I have the drugs? Because it really moves. And she was adamant, ‘No, it’s not the time, it’s not the time,’” Mr Depp recalled.

In her 2018 op-ed, Ms Heard wrote in part that “like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted when I was of college age. But I kept the silence – I didn’t expect the filing of complaints to do justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim”.

“Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s anger for women speaking out,” she added to the era.

Although Mr. Depp is not named in the article, his legal team says it contains a “clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and patently untrue”. Mr Depp is seeking damages of “no less than $50 million”.

Ms. Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr. Depp for nuisance and immunity from his claims.

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