Watch Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit against Amber Heard live
Johnny Depp is due to speak on Tuesday and give evidence in his $50m (£38.2m) defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp’s friend and sound engineer, Keenan Wyatt, will also testify on behalf of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, who is suing Heard for defaming him by implying he assaulted her in a 2018 column. Although she did not name him, Depp’s lawyers say his allegations have made it difficult for the actor to get movie roles.
Heard has filed a $100m (£76m) counterclaim against Depp for nuisance and immunity from the actor’s allegations.
On the fourth day of testimony, Monday April 18, the proceedings opened with the second half of pre-recorded video testimony from Dr. David Kipper, who treated the couple during their marriage and is still treating Depp for addiction.
Dr. Kipper testified that he never witnessed any abuse between the two, but recalled treating Depp’s severed finger after a March 2015 incident in which the actor later claimed that Heard had thrown bottles of vodka at him.
Depp has already lost a UK libel case against The sun newspaper on the same article by Heard.
Heard’s defense: What is the anti-SLAPP provision?
Amber Heard is likely to argue that The Washington Post The editorial that ex Johnny Depp is suing her over is a matter of public interest during their ongoing trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Judge Penney Azcarate ruled at a preliminary hearing in Virginia in March that Ms Heard’s legal team was entitled to use a defense known as the anti-SLAPP provision, which stands for strategic lawsuit against participation public.
Under the provision, Heard is free to argue before a jury that she should be protected from a libel suit since the article in question dealt with a matter of public interest and safety.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for defamation over the 2018 article in which she alluded to the fact that Pirates of the Caribbean the actor assaulted her.
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Voice: I was Johnny Depp’s biggest fan when I was a teenager – but I would never admit it now
The Independents Harriet Williamson wrote a column last week detailing how this defamation lawsuit has tainted her perception of Depp – whom she ‘adored’ as a teenager.
“His image as a free-thinking, maverick rebel – choosing quirky independent film roles, refusing to fit the Hollywood mold and clashing with the police – has, over time, turned into something which seems much darker and sadder,” she wrote.
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Who could testify this week?
Before the trial began, Depp and Heard each released a list of witnesses their teams might want to call.
The lists feature a number of very well-known names, including James Franco, Elon Musk, Paul Bettany – and the actors themselves.
Clémence Michallon returns to who could be called to testify and why:
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Will Depp speak?
Depp is said to be preparing to testify this week, giving the jury a first-hand account of the anguish he claims to have suffered at the hands of Heard.
Both Depp and Heard have indicated they may speak on witness lists ahead of trial.
It remains to be seen if and when they will testify.
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ICYMI: Depp and Heard’s former marriage counselor describes ‘mutual abuse’
The professional who advised Depp and Heard through marital issues took center stage in the courtroom on Thursday as she told the jury how she believed they engaged in “mutual abuse”.
When asked if Heard had ever reported physical abuse to her from Depp, Dr. Laurel Anderson said yes. When asked if she had seen any pictures, she replied that she had but did not remember when. When asked if there had been “abuse by Mr. Depp towards Amber,” she replied, “Yeah, you’re right.”
“He had been well controlled for, I don’t know – 20, 30 years, and both of them were abused in their homes, but I thought he had been well controlled for decades,” he said. she adds. “And then with Ms Heard it was triggered and they engaged in what I considered to be mutual abuse.”
The Independents Clemence Michallon reports:
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Nurse’s notes reveal Depp’s fear of kicking addiction
Notes from Depp’s former private nurse, Debbie Lloyd, were shown to the jury on Monday, revealing her fear of “never feeling normal without her medication”.
In the notes, which began in 2014, Ms Lloyd wrote that Depp started taking opioids after doing dental work and became addicted.
“The patient is afraid to come off the opioids, but knows it’s something he needs to do,” the notes say.
The Independents Gustaf Kilander reports:
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Doctor describes finding Depp’s severed finger
The court heard on Monday how Dr Kipper treated Depp for a finger injury in Australia in March 2015 – after an incident in which the actor claimed Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him.
The doctor said he found Depp bleeding profusely and treated his finger injury, but was unsure how the injury occurred. Depp’s fingertip was later found on the kitchen floor.
Dr. Kipper said he spoke to Heard the same day but observed no injuries on her. Heard said Depp threw her against a ping pong table and pushed her into a fridge.
Depp has denied the allegations and previously said of the altercation: ‘After the incident where Ms Heard threw the bottle of vodka, the second bottle of vodka at me, which cut the top of my finger and crushed bones, that’s when I started what I’m feeling was probably some kind of depression, nervous breakdown or something.
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Doctor says he never witnessed abuse between Depp and Heard
Questioned by Depp’s lawyers in a video deposition presented to the court on Monday, Dr Kipper said he had ‘never’ witnessed any abuse between the actor and Heard in the six years he treated them .
He said neither Depp nor Heard had ever reported abuse to him either.
Depp’s attorneys seek to argue that if Depp had abused Heard, Dr. Kipper would have been aware of it.
Learn more about Dr. Kipper’s testimony:
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Depp and Heard: a timeline of their relationship
Depp and Heard are believed to have started dating in 2012, after Depp split from his longtime partner, French actress Vanessa Paradis.
They got engaged in 2014 before getting married a year later.
In May 2016, they were in court to file for divorce.
The Independents Clémence Michallon summarizes the relationship:
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Why is Depp suing Heard?
If you just joined The Independents coverage of the lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, here’s what you need to know:
Depp filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard in March 2019, alleging she defamed him in an op-ed she wrote in 2018 for The Washington Post.
The editorial, which was published in December of that year, is titled: “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change.
Depp is not mentioned by name in the editorial, but his legal team argued that it contains a “clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser”, which he says is “categorically and patently untrue”. .
Clémence Michallon explains:
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