The defamation trial opposing and is unfolding in Fairfax, .
Depp sued Heard, his ex-wife, for alleged defamation over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 in The Washington Submit, through which she describes herself as “a public determine representing home abuse”. Heard countersued her ex-husband, accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear marketing campaign” in opposition to her and describing his personal lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
Depp has requested for $50m in damages; Heard has requested for $100m and immunity in opposition to Depp’s claims. The trial is predicted to final a complete of six weeks.
Proceedings began on Monday (11 April) on the Fairfax County Courthouse with jury choice. Seven jurors had been picked, together with 4 alternates who’re right here to step in ought to one or a number of of the unique jurors have to drop out. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday noticed the primary witnesses take the stand, both in individual or by way of video testimony. Witnesses have included Depp and Heard’s former marriage counselor, Depp’s sister, a few of his associates, and Heard’s former assistant.
The proof introduced to date consists of texts allegedly despatched by Depp about Heard, which embrace offensive language.
On Wednesday (13 April), Depp’s longtime pal Isaac Baruch was requested by Heard’s legal professional Elaine Bredehoft, “do you recall Mr Depp ever telling you that he hoped that Amber Heard’s rotting corpse is decomposing within the f*****g trunk of a Honda Civic?”
Baruch pointed to a monitor on which the message was displayed and stated: “Yeah. Effectively, I say yeah – I’m seeing it right here, so clearly, yeah, it was stated. It was written.”
Bredehoft then requested him whether or not Depp had referred to Heard as a “c**t” over textual content.
“Effectively, it’s written there, so yeah, I might see that,” Baruch stated, additionally studying from a monitor in entrance of him. Disputing Bredehoft’s particular characterization of Depp’s phrases, he added: “That’s not what he says – he says: ‘That c**t ruined such a f*****g cool life we had for some time.’”
The following day, on Thursday (14 April), a video deposition of Amber Heard’s former assistant Kate James was performed within the courtroom as testimony.
James was requested a few textual content allegedly despatched by Depp to James in August 2016, studying, based on the transcript launched as proof: “Thanks, sweetheart… I’m disgusted that I ever f*****’ touched that scum… Again on Tuesday!!! After which… Court docket!!! Will hit you once I get again, doll… Come over for a spot of purple and we’ll repair her flabby a**, good and good!!! Loveth… J.”
It was recommended throughout questioning that “a spot of purple” was a means of referring to purple wine.
Requested whether or not James understood the textual content to be referring to Heard, James first stated it wasn’t for her to take a position.
She was then requested about earlier testimony she gave in the course of the 2020 trial between Depp and The Solar within the UK, throughout which she was requested whether or not the textual content was about Heard. On that event, she replied, based on a transcript learn as proof in Virginia: “Sure. Sure.”
In her newest testimony, which was shared on Thursday as a video recording, James stated on that event, she had been “simply attempting to be agreeable within the courtroom, having no clue what on earth is happening”.
Requested whether or not the reply she gave within the UK was truthful or whether or not she was simply being agreeable, James stated: “Simply being agreeable.”
A video deposition of Heard and Depp’s former marriage counselor Dr Laurel Anderson aired on Thursday (14 April). She mentioned her previous classes with the couple.
Requested whether or not Heard had ever reported any bodily violence by Depp to her, Dr Anderson stated sure. Requested whether or not she had seen photographs, she stated she had however doesn’t keep in mind when. Requested whether or not “there was violence from Mr Depp towards Amber”, she stated: “Sure, you’re proper.”
“He had been nicely managed for, I don’t know – 20, 30 years, and each had been victims of abuse of their properties, however I believed he had been nicely managed for many years,” she added. “After which with Ms Heard he was triggered and so they engaged in what I noticed as mutual abuse.”
Sexual assault allegations
Throughout opening arguments on Tuesday (12 April), Heard’s legal professional Elaine Bredehoft alleged that Depp sexually assaulted Heard with a liquor bottle on one event.
Depp shook his head in courtroom as Bredehoft recounted the alleged incident. His legal professional Camille Vasquez disputed the allegation of sexual assault in courtroom. A spokesperson“fictitious” in a press release to The Impartial.
Depp’s pal ejected as witness
Gina Deuters, who’s married to a member of Depp’s workers and is herself a detailed pal of the actor’s, gave testimony in individual on Thursday (14 April).
She answered questions on Depp’s medicine and alcohol use, telling the courtroom she had seen him use weed and cocaine sometimes, and that she had seen him drink alcohol. Deuters testified that she had by no means seen Depp be violent or indignant after utilizing any substances or consuming alcohol.
At one level throughout her testimony, Heard’s authorized crew requested for permission to method Decide Penney Azcarate. The decide conferred with the attorneys, then despatched the jury out for a quick recess.
Decide Azcarate then requested Deuters: “Have you ever been watching the trial this previous week?”
Deuters replied: “I’ve seen clips of it on-line, sure.”
The decide then confirmed that Deuters had watched clips of witness testimony, after which she informed Deuters she was excused.
Deuters then needed to depart the courtroom, and Decide Azcarate stated she would instruct the jury to strike Deuters’s testimony.