Amber Heard's abrupt change in defense strategy in the trial with Johnny Depp

Amber Heard’s abrupt change in defense strategy in the trial with Johnny Depp

Amber Heard asked Johnny Depp not to testify at trial (Reuters)

The legal team of Amber Heard announced that he will no longer call Johnny Depp to the stand during his trial in Fairfax, Virginia.

Their time is running out and Johnny Depp was widely considered by Amber Heard’s lawyers to be an uncontrollable witness. Many legal observers believe he did well on the stand,” Law & Crime correspondent Angenette Levy wrote.

Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million following a column she wrote in 2018 for Washington Postin which she does not name him, but describes herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence. Heard, for his part, presented a counterclaim, ask $100 million compensation.

This week the actress’s defenders added testimony from a former agent for the actor who took it down.

Tracey Jacobs assured that the actor had “erratic behavior” on the set which caused him to lose many jobs. The manager is a senior United Talent Agency agent who represented Depp until he was sacked in 2016.

In court, he argued the actor was complicating his ability to work for his “misconduct”. In a videotaped statement, Jacobs explained that he began having complications with Depp. during the last 10 years of his work with the actor. Meanwhile, the artist I arrived very late at the shoot, which gave him a bad reputation which made it difficult for him to get jobs for himself.

He also confirmed that at one point he asked the agency representing him for around $20 million as he needed the money due to the large number of expenses he had to pay.

It is expected that this week the phase of testimony and arguments from both sides will end. Next, the jury will deliberate until reaching a verdict.

Kate Moss will testify on behalf of her ex-boyfriend in the defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard (Reuters)
Kate Moss will testify on behalf of her ex-boyfriend in the defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard (Reuters)

Heard’s sudden change in defense strategy came hours after learning that Kate Mosswho was romantically involved with Depp in the 1990s, is among the group of witnesses who will testify this week.

A source close to Depp, 58, confirmed to the magazine People What the 48-year-old British model will speak out in favor of her ex-partner in court in Fairfax, Va., via video link on Wednesday. A testimony expected from the start of the trial, which is televised in the United States with a large audience.

Moss, Depp’s ex-girlfriend, was mentioned by Heard, 36, earlier this month when she spoke out, while recounting an alleged altercation with Depp in which her sister, Whitney Henriquez, was also present, which occurred in March 2015. .

Reviewing a scene of abuse that he said he lived with Depp, Heard said he was aware his former partner used physical violence against the model while they were a couple. . While recounting an alleged act of violence between them on a staircase, he said: “I instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs in my head.”

In 2020, the “Aquaman” actress claimed that Depp pushed Moss on a ladder while dating in the 1990s. During the 2020 UK libel trial between Depp and English newspaper The Sun, Heard said : “He pushed Kate Moss down the stairs, I heard that from two people, and it was fresh in my head.”

In November 2020, Depp lost his UK libel case against the tabloid The sun for calling him a “wife beater””.

The judge in the case, Penney Azcarate, has scheduled closing arguments for May 27, after which it will be left to the seven jurors (Reuters)
The judge in the case, Penney Azcarate, has scheduled closing arguments for May 27, after which it will be left to the seven jurors (Reuters)

Entertainment industry insider Kathryn Arnold testified Monday that Amber Heard has lost between $45 million and $50 million following allegations that she faked domestic violence charges against her ex-husband.

“In the industry, they love their work”said Arnold. “But they can’t work with her right now.”.

Arnold compared Heard’s earnings to a host of other actors (Jason Momoa, Ana de Armas, Gal Gadot, Zendaya and Chris Pine) to draw conclusions about what his career trajectory might have been, but for the statements of the lawyer. Walman.

Heard earned $1 million for her role as Mera in 2018’s ‘Aquaman’, and $2 million for ‘Aquaman 2,’ which will be released next year. Heard claimed she had to “fight” to stay in the sequel and said her role had been significantly reduced. Arnold testified that Heard should have been able to renegotiate his “Aquaman 2” salary for $4 million or more, but couldn’t because he had no leverage.

Under cross-examination, Depp’s attorney, Wayne Dennison, disagreed with Arnold, suggesting the actors are more famous than Heard.

Dennison noted that the damage to Heard’s career may be due to negative press related to the 2020 UK libel trial. The actor’s lawyer also argued that Depp is not responsible for the negative social media campaign directed against Heard.

DC Films President Walter Hamada said in a pre-recorded statement shown to jurors on Tuesday that Amber Heard and “Aquaman” co-star Jason Momoa didn’t have much chemistry.

“They didn’t really have a lot of chemistry together.“, mentioned.

Hamada told the jury that Heard’s role as Mera in “Aquaman 2” was not reduced and that his brief participation was planned from the beginning.

“Has his role ever been reduced for any reason?” Depp’s attorney Ben Chew asked Hamada. “He did not answer.

Arnold testified Monday that Heard should have been able to negotiate a significant pay rise for the second film due to the success of the first.

But Hamada said that the studio’s policy was not to renegotiate contracts.

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