Johnny Depp in starring position at defamation trial
Testy at occasions, rambling and poetic at others, Johnny Depp has embraced a well-known position at his defamation trial towards 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 towards him by Heard are unfaithful and have destroyed his profession.
Attorneys 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 principally stored his cool underneath cross-examination by Heard´s attorneys 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 attorneys for each side are continuously interrupting one another to complain about rumour.
“That´s rumour I assume,” Depp mentioned of one in all his personal feedback, drawing laughter from a gallery that features among the actor´s followers. “I´m studying.”
At different occasions, the actor has waxed lyrical throughout his often long-winded solutions.
Requested concerning the home abuse allegations towards him, Depp in contrast it to “working between drops of lava.”
“You´re attempting to run between raindrops that kill you and destroy you.”
Depp has turned up for the trial in Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom together 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 go well with, 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 principally stoic throughout Depp´s testimony, listening attentively, whispering together with her attorneys 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 minimize himself with a knife.
Heard´s attorneys have alleged that Depp would change into a bodily and sexually abusive “monster” when he was drunk or on unlawful medication and have questioned him extensively about his substance use.
Requested about partying with the shock rocker Marilyn Manson, Depp mentioned: “We drank collectively. We´ve had cocaine collectively perhaps a few occasions.”
In a textual content message to a different good friend, 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 vodkas, capsules and two bottles of champers.”
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There have been sufficient references to celebrities in the course of the trial´s first week to fill a tabloid.
Depp mentioned he suspected the actor James Franco was having an affair with Heard.
Heard, for her half, was jealous a few tattoo Depp had that learn “Winona Without end” — a reference to former girlfriend Winona Ryder.
Depp mentioned he had the final two letters eliminated so the tattoo now reads “Wino Without end.”
Depp was requested about textual content messages searching for recommendation on sobriety from Elton John and others to singer Patti Smith through 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 mentioned he instructed a number of folks about being struck by Heard, together with director Tim Burton, one in all his “dearest associates,” 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 through 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 concerning the messages, Depp acknowledged he may very well be excessive however mentioned “once 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 through 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.