Johnny Depp in starring position at defamation trial

Testy at occasions, rambling and poetic at others, Johnny Depp has embraced a well-recognized position at his defamation trial in opposition to his former spouse Amber Heard-the main man. Throughout three days on the witness stand, the three-time Oscar nominee has sought to persuade a jury that the allegations of home abuse made in opposition to him by Heard are unfaithful and have destroyed his profession.

Legal professionals for the 36-year-old Heard have hammered away on the 58-year-old Depp’s historical past of drug and alcohol use in a bid to undermine his credibility. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has largely stored his cool underneath cross-examination by Heard’s legal professionals however has proven the occasional flash of anger.

Requested by her lawyer Ben Rottenborn to reply a “easy sure or no query,” Depp snapped again: “Nothing is easy on this case.” Depp has additionally gotten the cling of the back-and-forth of the Virginia courtroom the place high-powered legal professionals for each side are always interrupting one another to complain about rumour. “That’s rumour I suppose,” Depp stated of certainly one of his personal feedback, drawing laughter from a gallery that features a few of the actor’s followers. “I’m studying.”

At different occasions, the actor has waxed lyrical throughout his continuously long-winded solutions. Requested in regards to the home abuse allegations in opposition to him, Depp in contrast it to “working between drops of lava.” “You’re making an attempt to run between raindrops that kill you and destroy you.”

US actor Johnny Depp testifies throughout the 50 million US greenback Depp vs Heard defamation trial on the Fairfax County Circuit Court docket in Fairfax, Virginia.

‘Monster’

Depp has turned up for the trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket along with his hair tied again in a ponytail, earrings and chunky rings. He has favored three-piece fits in court docket and wore an all-black ensemble on Thursday-black swimsuit, black vest, black shirt and black tie. The Texas-born Heard, who had a starring position within the film “Aquaman,” has gone primarily for black pant fits and a change of haircut every day.

She has remained largely stoic throughout Depp’s testimony, listening attentively, whispering along with her legal professionals and taking notes on a yellow authorized pad. She did noticeably flinch when a video was proven on Thursday of an indignant Depp slamming cupboard doorways of their kitchen. The actress was additionally clearly distressed when an audiotape was performed for the jury throughout which she pleaded with Depp to not lower himself with a knife.

Heard’s attorneys have alleged that Depp would turn out to be a bodily and sexually abusive “monster” when he was drunk or on unlawful medicine and have questioned him extensively about his substance use. Requested about partying with the shock rocker Marilyn Manson, Depp stated: “We drank collectively. We’ve had cocaine collectively perhaps a few occasions.” In a textual content message to a different pal, the actor Paul Bettany, Depp talked about taking a airplane flight having had “no meals for days, powders, half a bottle of whiskey, 1,000 Purple Bull and drinks, tablets and two bottles of champers.”

Textual content messages

There have been sufficient references to celebrities throughout the trial’s first week to fill a tabloid. Depp stated he suspected the actor James Franco was having an affair with Heard. Heard, for her half, was jealous a couple of tattoo Depp had that learn “Winona Endlessly”-a reference to former girlfriend Winona Ryder.

Depp stated he had the final two letters eliminated so the tattoo now reads “Wino Endlessly.” Depp was requested about textual content messages searching for recommendation on sobriety from Elton John and others to singer Patti Smith by which he acknowledged consuming an excessive amount of. Home abuse is on the core of the trial and each Depp and Heard have accused one another of being violent throughout their 2015 to 2017 marriage.

Depp stated he advised a number of folks about being struck by Heard, together with director Tim Burton, certainly one of his “dearest mates,” and Alice Cooper, a member of Depp’s band, “The Hollywood Vampires.” Obscenity-laced textual content messages from Depp to numerous folks have been learn out in court docket by which he calls Heard a “slippery whore” and different epithets.

In a single message, Depp refers to his ex-partner, singer Vanessa Paradis, the mom of their two youngsters, as a “French extortionist.” Requested in regards to the messages, Depp acknowledged he might be excessive however stated “after I write a textual content… it’s a canvas, it’s a portray.” Depp is suing Heard over a column she wrote for The Washington Submit in 2018 by which she described herself as a “public determine representing home abuse.” Heard didn’t title Depp however he sued her for implying he was an abuser and is searching for $50 million in damages. Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant bodily violence and abuse” at his fingers. The trial resumes on Monday. – AFP

 

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