Attorneys for actor Amber Heard spent noteworthy of closing week attempting to painting her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, as a jealous and drunken abuser who can ideal blame himself for his nostril-diving Hollywood career.
Since Heard concluded her testimony in a Virginia court Tuesday, her lawyers contain introduced search testimony from members who were once near Depp but shunted from his orbit. They’ve incorporated Depp’s old longtime agent, the actor Ellen Barkin and Heard’s sister.
The attorneys’ purpose: Undermine Depp’s libel swimsuit against Heard. The swimsuit claims she falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser and worth him his lucrative film career, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise.
Depp aspects to a 2018 Washington Post op-ed whereby Heard described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp’s lawyers impart he became defamed by the article even though it by no methodology mentioned his title.
The trial will enter its sixth week when it resumes Monday. Beneath are snippets of testimony from one of the significant witnesses known as closing week by Heard’s attorneys in their strive and lunge holes in Depp’s case.
DEPP’S HOLLYWOOD CAREER
Depp blames Heard’s 2018 op-ed for spinning his career into free plunge. However Heard’s lawyers bellow that ideal Depp is also guilty for his star dimming within the Hollywood firmament.
Tracey Jacobs, who served as the actor’s agent for about 30 years, mentioned that Depp became “exhibiting up leisurely to space persistently on virtually about each and every movie” all the plot by means of their remaining years working together.
“I became very apt with him and mentioned, ‘You’ve received to pause doing this – this is hurting you,’” Jacobs mentioned all the plot by means of a previously taped deposition that became done for jurors. “And it did.”
In the years sooner than he fired her in 2016, Jacobs mentioned that Depp modified into increasingly unprofessional, whereas his drug and alcohol use rose.
She moreover mentioned that Depp wore earpieces on movie sets in enlighten that lines from the script also can very successfully be fed to him.
“At the starting up, crews cherished him because he became forever so gargantuan with the crew. However crews don’t treasure sitting around for hours and hours and hours attempting ahead to the star of the movie to uncover up,” Jacobs mentioned.
“And it moreover received around city,” Jacobs added. “I imply, members talk, it’s a exiguous community. And it made members reluctant to make use of him.”
Heard’s lawyers moreover zeroed on the reported loss of Depp’s role within the sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. And besides they done the video deposition of Tina Newman, a Walt Disney Studios production executive.
Lawyers requested her: “Are you attentive to any resolution maker internal Disney who has ever mentioned they are now not casting Johnny Depp in ‘Pirates 6’ — or any diversified role — attributable to Amber Heard’s op-ed?”
“No,” Newman mentioned.
DEPP’S ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE
Depp has testified that he by no methodology struck Heard and that he became the sufferer of abuse inflicted by his now ex-wife. Heard’s lawyers counter that Depp did abuse her, both physically and sexually, and that he can’t exclaim what came about because he became usually too intoxicated to be aware.
Jurors heard recorded testimony from a mutual friend of the couple, iO Tillett Wright, who mentioned Depp confided to him that he hated sobriety.
“He valuable to salvage sober for Amber,” Tillett Wright mentioned. “He didn’t revel in being sober. It wasn’t relaxing, and that it became distressing and laborious and unquestionably laborious to attain. He unquestionably, unquestionably resented having to be sober.”
Tillett Wright mentioned Depp’s personality grew to change into imply and paranoid when he became the use of alcohol or medicine.
Bruce Witkin, a musician who became mates with Depp for virtually 40 years, testified in his deposition that he tried to support Depp with his substance abuse.
“He’d impart, ‘I’ll be all correct. I’ll be all correct,’” Witkin mentioned, recalling a dialog. “Smartly, you’re now not all correct.”
Actor Ellen Barkin, who dated Depp for about a months in within the 1990s, mentioned all the plot by means of her deposition that Depp became “forever drinking or smoking a joint” or doing diversified unlawful medicine.
WAS DEPP A JEALOUS LOVER?
To hear Barkin roar it — yes.
Barkin mentioned that Depp became controlling, jealous and offended. She mentioned Depp would in total put a request of to her: “Where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you attain closing night time?”
She added: “I had a scratch on my reduction once that received him very, very offended because he insisted it got here from me having sex with a one who wasn’t him.”
Witkin, the musician and old Depp friend, mentioned the actor displayed signs of jealousy in relationships going reduction to the 1980s, when Depp became married to Witkin’s sister-in-regulation.
“When he became youthful, he became jealous of Slash Cage and jealous of Adam Ant because my sister-in-regulation knew them,” Witkin mentioned.
There moreover were about a instances when Depp modified into jealous all the plot by means of his relationship with French singer Vanessa Paradis, “which were ridiculous,” Witkin mentioned.
“Hundreds of it became in his head and now not unquestionably in actuality,” Witkin mentioned.
Depp’s jealousy with Heard emerged when she became off filming a movie “or doing one thing that he couldn’t be around to query what became going on,” Witkin mentioned. “I think he would work himself up.”
TESTIMONY FROM HEARD’S SISTER
Amber Heard’s sister, Whitney Heard Henriquez, mentioned she individually witnessed Depp hitting Heard. Depp has testified he by no methodology struck Heard.
Henriquez testified the warfare occurred in March 2015 — a month after Depp and Heard’s wedding — when Heard chanced on evidence that Depp had already had an extramarital affair.
Henriquez recounted that an inebriated Depp blamed Heard for forcing him into the extramarital detect.
At one point, she mentioned, she became caught between Depp and Heard as he charged up a staircase to confront Heard. Henriquez mentioned she became struck within the reduction, and Heard modified into enraged and “landed one” on Depp.
One amongst Depp’s bodyguards intervened, but “by that time Johnny had already grabbed Amber by the hair with one hand and became whacking her all once more and all once more within the face with the diversified,” Henriquez mentioned.
It became the becoming time, Henriquez mentioned, that she individually witnessed a physical assault. However she mentioned she noticed the aftermath of diversified fights, including bruises on Heard.
On the opposite hand, Henriquez acknowledged on spoiled-examination that she sided with Depp at instances in their disputes, and mentioned she labored to raise the couple together even after she watched her sister be physically assaulted.
“If my sister mentioned that she nonetheless valuable to be with Johnny and if I could well support with that in any methodology I became going to make stronger her,” she mentioned.