Johnny Depp’s lawyers denounce the ‘devastating’ impact of Amber Heard’s allegations

The US actor and his ex-wife have been in court since Monday to accuse each other of defamation.

The domestic violence charges brought against Johnny Depp by his ex-wife Amber Heard would have a “devastating” impact on the American actor’s career, his lawyer said Tuesday in a court in the United States, where the former couple have accused each other of defamation.

The trial, which is taking place near Washington, dates back to a 2018 column in The Washington Post in which Amber Heard described herself as a “domestic violence victim” who was bullied by society after she was exiled two years earlier silence had come. .

“This case shows how devastating words can be when wrong and spoken publicly,” said the actor’s attorney, Benjamin Chew, at the opening of the case.

“Amber Heard forever changed Mr. Depp’s life and reputation and you will hear him tell of the horrific impact it had on his life,” he told jurors.

A forum “in the wake of the MeToo movement”

According to Benjamin Chew, Amber Heard accused her husband of violence in 2016 in order to get revenge on him after his divorce decision.

And two years later, “in the wake of the MeToo movement,” which denounces sexual violence, “close to the film’s release Aquaman‘ in which she starred, Amber Heard decided ‘to remind the world of these hateful allegations in a world-renowned newspaper,’ the actor’s attorney assured.

In her column, the 35-year-old actress didn’t name Johnny Depp, 58, whom she met in 2009 and married in 2015. They were met by the actor. But she had dropped her charges as part of their divorce, which ended with a bang in 2017.

Defamation Complaint

After publishing this column, the former undercover cop of 21 Jump Streetwho denies ever hitting his wife, filed a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, seeking $50 million in damages.

For her part, the actress had filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $100 million, denouncing the escalation of the “abuse” and “harassment” that Johnny Depp inflicted on her during their marriage.

The actor filed his lawsuit in the state of Virginia, where the Washington Post is printed and which has a more favorable legal environment for defamation claims than in California, where the two actors reside. The trial is taking place in a court in Fairfax, a small town in the state of Virginia near the American capital.

This case is primarily “about the First Amendment” to the Constitution, which gave Amber Heard “the right to say the words she said,” Amber Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, responded and asked the jury to exercise that right “to preserve and protect”.

“If Amber had intended to use this article to detail the abuse she suffered … this article would have been very, very different,” he said.

“You will see the real Johnny Depp, beyond the red carpets, notoriety and pirate costume money,” added the lawyer, evoking a man turned violent from alcohol and drug abuse, addictions that devastated his career .

A test broadcast live on television

The two former spouses are taking part in the process, which will be televised live and should be very well attended. It is said to last several weeks and the witness list is worthy of the big Hollywood films, with billionaire Elon Musk, actors James Franco and Paul Bettany and actress Ellen Barkin.

This scenario is similar to what played out in London in 2020. Back then the star of the movies Pirates of the Caribbean had sued the publisher of the daily newspaper The sun after an article portraying him as an abusive husband.

Summoned as a witness, his ex-wife had described a dozen assaults, which she believed were committed by a husband who was turned into a “monster” by his excessive drug use.

Johnny Depp has admitted to using too many drugs and alcohol but said he has never laid hands on a woman. He had received support from his ex-companions Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder.

The British judiciary finally ruled in favor of the tabloid as “the vast majority of the alleged assaults had been proven”. After this setback, the actor’s career plummeted and he was pushed out of several projects, including the 6th work of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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