The lawsuit against Johnny Depp vs. his ex-wife Amber Heard has been filled with explosive and at times bizarre testimonies about the couple’s toxic relationship.
Depp is suing Heard for $ 50 million, claiming she slandered him in a 2018 op-ed article in The Washington Post, which cost him a lucrative role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Although Heard did not name Depp in the article, the “Aquaman” star described himself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Over the course of three weeks in the defamation case, Depp’s legal team has called more than a dozen witnesses who have testified about drugs, booze, fights, money and tainted careers.
Here are eight moments that captured the courtroom this week.
1. Depp’s severed fingertip
Dr. David Kipper, a private addiction specialist who offered personal services and traveled the world with Depp, testified that Depp “lost part of a finger” after a violent fight with Heard while in Australia, where he recorded the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean “movie. .
Kipper described the March 2015 incident in a pre-recorded statement played out in court, explaining that Depp sent him a text message saying that the tip of his fingertip had been cut across. Kipper said he called Depp, who was “cohesive” but the house was a mess and there appeared to be “blood on the wall”.
Depp’s former housekeeper Ben King told the court he found Depp’s missing fingertip in a bloody paper towel near the bar. He put it on ice and then gave it to Kipper and Depp’s security chief Jerry Judge to take to the hospital in hopes that it could be put on again. King said Kipper “rummaged through a trash can” in the kitchen looking for the missing digit before he even found it.
2. Mattress poop: retaliation or practical joke?
Depp told the court that as his relationship with Heard dissolved, he wanted to pick up his belongings from their penthouse in Los Angeles. He said he let his security guards know he was planning to enter the building, but he received a message from them that it was not a good time. Depp said he wanted to know why, when he was told he had to wait because there was “human feces” on his side of his and Heard’s bed. The actor added that he was sent a picture of the stool as evidence. “It was so outside, it was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh,” Depp said.
Depp said that when confronted, Heard tried to blame what he called “fecal delivery” on their yorkies. But he said it was clearly human feces.
Depp’s bodyguard Starling Jenkins told the court he spoke to Heard about “the surprise she left in the boss’s bed before leaving the apartment.” Jenkins said Heard called pooping on Depp’s bed, “a horrible practical joke that went wrong.”
3. Talent agent warned Depp of bad press
Depp’s former CAA agent, Christian Carino, appeared to have finished discussing his former client’s problems, but told the court that the actor had become unemployed in Hollywood after Heard’s allegations of abuse.
Carino, a longtime agent who has previously represented Depp, said he warned the actor’s dealers that his legal disputes were becoming a “distraction” to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s career. “The general public does not want to hear that the people they are looking up to are in litigation,” Carino said in a videotaped episode recorded on January 19, 2021.
Carino said the uninterrupted coverage, including when Depp lost his case against Sun in 2020, affected the actor’s reputation off-screen. At one point, Carino said he began having discussions with “Pirates” producer Jerry Bruckheimer about Depp being dropped from a planned sixth film in the lucrative Disney franchise.
4. Angry doorman vapor and runs under witness testimony, shocking judge
Alejandro Romero, a receptionist at the Depp and Heards LA Penthouse building, made it clear he did not want any part of the case. He said he could not remember much about the couple’s time together, nor did he want to. “You sent me the papers to review them and I did not even want to review it because it’s so long ago. It’s like I just do not want to deal with this anymore,” Romero said in a pre-recording. video deposition.
The doorman was sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the video. At one point, he drank a soda, steamed and then drove to lunch. “I’m so stressed because of this, I just do not bother to deal with this anymore. I’m tired, I do not want to deal with this lawsuit, everyone has problems, and I do not want to deal with this anymore, ” he said.
After dismissing the jury for lunch, Judge Penney Azcarate looked shocked and said she had seen a lot of things, but “it was the first.” Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, agreed, calling it “the most bizarre clarification.” Bredehoft said, “When he started driving …” Azcarate replied, “Yes, it did.”
5. Depp defends himself against Heard’s allegations of abuse
Depp, who said he waited six years to tell his story, spent four days at the booth defending himself against Heard’s allegations, which he called “disgusting and disturbing.”
He told the court that the “Aquaman” actress’s accusations were “not based on any kind of truth” and “I would like to clear my name.”
Depp claimed that Heard would “verbally decimate me or send me into a tail or depression,” and allegedly attack him by hitting, pushing, throwing remote controls in his head and throwing wine in his face. The “Pirates” star said, “in her frustration and rage and anger she would strike out.”
6. Psychologist diagnosed Hearing with borderline personality disorder
Dr. Shannon Curry, a clinical and forensic psychologist, was asked by Depp’s attorneys to provide a psychological evaluation of Heard, with whom the psychologist met and spoke on two separate occasions. Curry, who also reviewed cases, told the court that she had assessed Heard as having borderline personality disorder, defined by the Mayo Clinic as a mental disorder that affects the way a person thinks or feels about themselves and others, causing problems with self-esteem, difficulty dealing with emotions, behaviors and relationships.
Heard was also assessed by Curry to have a histrionic personality disorder, which is characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking behaviors that usually begin in early childhood, including inappropriate seduction and excessive desire for approval, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Curry insisted that Heard not suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from his relationship with Depp, as Heard has said. “Miss Heard did not have PTSD, and there were also quite significant indications that she was grossly exaggerating the symptoms of PTSD when asked about them,” Curry said in court.
7. Heard asks Depp not to cut himself in audio recording
Johnny Depp was heard in a series of audio recordings throwing up, arguing and arguing with his ex-wife, Amber Heard. In one recording, Heard asks Depp to “put the knife down!” as she apparently tries to talk him out of hurting himself. The incident in July 2016 was recorded two months after they filed for divorce, according to Depp’s testimony.
Heard told Depp: “Please, do not cut yourself, please do not. You are going to hurt yourself.” Heard also told Depp that the knife was too dull to cut into the skin.
8. Heard’s op-ed could have been timed to take advantage of “Aquaman” publicity
Heard’s 2018 post in The Washington Post about gender-based violence ignited her current legal battle with ex-husband Depp, and it was revealed that the play was timed to coincide with the release of her film “Aquaman”.
Terence Dougherty, Advocate General and COO of the ACLU, said in a pre-recorded statement that the actress worked directly with the individual rights organization on what op-ed would say, where it would be published and when it would be released.
“Placing opinions on cases like this is the kind of thing that is bread and butter for the ACLU,” Dougherty explained.