Watch live as testimony continues for Johnny Depp defamation case against Amber Heard
The trial for Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against former wife, Amber Heard, has adjourned until Monday after a third day of testimony in Virginia.
On Thursday, witness Gina Deuters, a friend of Depp’s, had her testimony struck by the record and was dismissed after admitting she had seen clips of the trial online. Instead video evidence from Dr David Kipper who treated the actor for addiction was played.
Earlier, recorded depositions were shown from Heard’s former assistant Kate James, and the couple’s marriage counselor Dr Laurel Anderson who detailed their “mutual abuse”.
Depp claims a 2018 article about domestic violence towards women, written by Heard, implied he was an abuser during their relationship. Although she did not name him, lawyers claim her allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles.
He is asking for $50m (£38.2m) in damages during the trial at Fairfax County’s district courthouse. Heard has filed a counterclaim against Depp for nuisance.
Depp has previously lost a defamation case in the UK againstThe Sun about the same article by Heard.
Depp smirks in court
One of Depp’s most expressive moments in court this week came during the opening statement from Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, who told the jury: “Johnny Depp is obsessed with Elon Musk.”
A smirk erupted on the actor’s face in response – possibly due to his previous claims that Heard had an affair with Musk.
The Independent’s Graeme Massie describes the moment:
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Voices: A courthouse infiltrated by fame
Our reporter, Clémence Michallon, has been covering the defamation trial from inside the Fairfax County courthouse throughout this week.
Here, she shares her insights on the proceedings:
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In pictures: Outside the courtroom
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Heard speaks out
Before the defamation trial got underway in Virginia this week, Heard shared a public message about facing her ex-husband in court.
The actress told her Instagram followers: “I’m going to go offline for the next several weeks. As you may know, I’ll be in Virginia where I face my ex-husband Johnny Depp in court.”
She continued: “Johnny is suing me for an op-ed I wrote in The Washington Post, in which I recounted my experience of violence and domestic abuse. I never named him, rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking against men in power. I continue to pay that price, but hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny.
“I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the word.”
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Former marriage counselor tells all
The professional who counseled 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”.
Asked whether Heard had ever reported any physical violence by Depp to her, Dr Laurel Anderson said yes. Asked whether she had seen photos, she said she had but doesn’t remember when. Asked whether “there was violence from Mr Depp toward Amber”, she said: “Yes, you’re right.”
“He had been well controlled for, I don’t know – 20, 30 years, and both were victims of abuse in their homes, but I thought he had been well controlled for decades,” she added. “And then with Ms Heard he was triggered and they engaged in what I saw as mutual abuse.”
The Independent’s Clemence Michallon reports:
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Inside Depp and Heard’s five-home penthouse
The art deco building where Heard and Depp made a home together was put before the jury during the second day of testimony on Friday as the property’s general manager took the witness stand.
The Independent’s Oliver O’Connell reports:
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Depp’s friend ejected as a witness
The testimony of Depp’s friend, Gina Deuters, was struck by the record after she admitted to watching clips of the trial online prior to taking the stand.
Ms Deuters, who is married to a member of Depp’s staff and is herself a close friend of the actor’s, tested on Thursday about his drug and alcohol use, telling the court she had seen him use weed and cocaine occasionally, and that she had seen him drink alcohol. She said she had never seen Depp be violent or angry after using any substances or drinking alcohol.
Her testimony was halted when Heard’s legal team approached the bench, after which the judge asked Ms Deuters: “Have you been watching the trial this past week?”
She replied: “I’ve seen clips of it online, yes.”
The Independent’s Clémence Michallon explains the ordeal:
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Everything we learned at the trial this week
The Independent’s Clémence Michallon, who has been covering the defamation trial from the Fairfax County court this week, explains the biggest revelations thus far:
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Depp’s legal team calls Heard a ‘compulsive liar’
Depp’s lawyers launched their case against Heard by calling her a “compulsive liar” in opening statements on Tuesday.
They sought to poke holes in the timeline of Heard’s allegations in a bid to convince jurors that she made the claims up to further her own acting career.
“In Mr Depp’s 58 years, not a single woman has ever accused him of violence, and nobody in Hollywood or the world had any reason to believe he was an abuser – until Ms Heard publicly accused him,” lawyer Camille Vasquez said.
The Independent’s Graig Graziosi recaps the opening statement:
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‘The whole thing is insane’: Depp’s friend breaks down on the stand
Depp’s longtime friend, Isaac Baruch, was overcome by emotion during his testimony on Wednesday as he described how Heard’s abuse allegations affected everyone around the couple.
Asked about the end of his friendship with Heard in 2016, he said: “Am I angry anymore? What I am is tired. I want this all to end. For her to go heal, him to go heal.”
He continued: “It’s so many people have been affected by this malicious lie that she started and she created, and it’s gone out the door and around the world, and so I can’t even paint anymore. I’ve stopped painting for the last how many years.
“I’m not angry at anybody. I want the best for her, for her to take her responsibility, heal and move on. Move on, and for Johnny… his family has been completely wrecked by all of this stuff and it’s not… it’s not fair… it’s not right.”
The Independent’s Oliver O’Connell reports:
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