the Domestic violence charges brought by Amber Heard against Johnny Deppwho she was married to, had an effect”devastating” in the movie star’s career, his lawyer said Tuesday in a court in Fairfax County, Washington, where both are charged with defamation.
This trial, which is taking place near Washington, is part of a column published in the Washington Post in 2018, where Heard has described herself as a “victim of domestic violence” harassed by society after she reported Depp two years earlier.
“This case shows how devastating words can be when false and spoken in public.”said the actor’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, at the start of the trial. “Amber Heard changed Depp’s life and reputation forever and you will hear her recount the terrible impact it had on her life.he said, addressing the jury.
According to Benjamin Chew, Amber Heard accused her husband of violence in 2016 to get revenge on him for deciding to divorce.
And two years later, in the wake of the “MeeToo movement” which denounced sexual violence and “just before the premiere of the film Aquaman”, in which Amber Heard participated”chose to remind the world of these poisonous accusations in a world famous newspaper“Assured the actor’s lawyer in his initial presentation.
Freedom of speech
In his opinion piece, The 35-year-old actress does not name Johnny Depp, 58, whom she met in 2009 and married in 2015.
A year later, he filed for a restraining order, saying the actor hit him. But he resigned on those charges as part of his divorce, which was finalized in 2017.
After the publication of the column in the newspaperDepp, who denies hitting her, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, seeking $50 million in damages..
Actor Johnny Depp speaks with his legal team (Reuters)
The actress, in turn, filed a lawsuit for defamation in which she asks $100 millionfor the continued “abuse” and “harassment” Depp inflicted on her during the marriage.
The actor filed suit in the state of Virginia, where the Washington Post and where the legal framework is more favorable to complaints of defamation than in California, where the two actors reside.
This case mainly concernson the First Amendment” of the Constitution which authorizes Amber Heard”the right to say the words he said”reacted the lawyer of the actress, Ben Rottenborn, and asked the jury “confirm and protect” This right.
“If Amber had intended to use this article to detail the abuse she suffered…this article would have been very, very different,” he explained.
“You’re going to see the real Johnny Depp, beyond red carpets, fame and pirate costume money”added the lawyer, who describes him as a man who became violent because of alcohol and drug abuse, addictions that destroyed his career.
The actors attend the trial, broadcast live on television and which will last for weeks.
Amber Heard attends a court hearing (Reuters)
This trial is reminiscent of the one held in 2020 in London, when the actor of “Pirates of the Caribbean” sued the publisher of the newspaper The sun for an article that presented him as a violent husband.
Called to testify, his ex-wife had recounted a dozen assaults committed, according to her, by a husband transformed into a “monster” by drug consumption.
Johnny Depp admits to having used too many drugs and alcohol, but insists that never hit a woman. His former companions Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder support him.
The British court ruled in favor of The sun given that “The vast majority of the alleged attacks had been proven.”
After this setback, the actor’s career sank and he was expelled from several projects, including the sixth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
(With information from AFP)