Johnny Depp's defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard resumes on Monday

Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard resumes on Monday

(CNN) — The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard libel trial concluded its third week in a Virginia court on Friday.

Depp is suing Heard, his ex-wife, for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Although Depp was not named in the article, he claims it cost him lucrative acting roles.

Heard and Depp, who met in 2009 and married between 2015 and 2016, accuse the other of acts of physical abuse during their relationship. Both have denied the other’s allegations.

The trial, which began on April 11, is expected to last six weeks. Heard has yet to testify.

As we wait to return to court on Monday, here’s a look at what happened last week during the trial.

Amber Heard opens up about her complex relationship with Johnny Depp 0:50

Depp says he is a victim of domestic abuse

Depp concluded his fourth and final day of testimony at trial on Monday.. Depp’s attorney, Jessica Meyer, released a recording in 2016 of a conversation between the former couple in which Heard expressed concern about rebuilding their reputation following media reports of abuse in their relationship.

“What did you say when Ms. Heard said, ‘Tell the world, Johnny. Tell them, Johnny Depp, that I, Johnny Depp, a man, am also a victim of domestic violence,’” Meyers asked Depp.

“I said, ‘Yeah, I am,'” Depp replied.

Johnny Depp testifying on April 25.

sketch in court

Throughout the week, the former star of Pirates of the Caribbean she was seen doodling during breaks.

At one point, Depp was seen sketching with pink and purple markers. For another moment, he drew a sketch on a Post-it note and shared it with his lawyer.

Video of Johnny Depp with drawing he made in court goes viral 1:06

Bizarre testimony

Wednesday, alexander romero who worked as a doorman at Depp and Heard’s former apartment building, testified from inside his car in which he was seen smoking and driving at one point.

Heard’s attorney called it “weird.”

Judge Penney Azcarate called the moment a “first.”

“I just have to say that I’ve never seen this before. I’ve seen a lot of things, but I’ve never seen this,” Judge Azcarate said.

Depp’s former agent

In a statement recorded for court, Depp’s former agent Christian Carino said he believed Heard’s domestic violence allegations against Depp were costing the actor future “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

Johnny Depp in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2003.

“My opinion is that Amber’s accusations would have had the most dramatic impact on her off-screen reputation. I’m not talking about any specific accusations,” Carino said.

Carino began representing Depp in October 2016, at one point representing Depp and Heard at the same time.

A lawyer for Heard pressed Carino about other issues Depp may have encountered while working on previous Pirates films.

“I’m aware he’s late, but he’s been late his whole life,” Carino said. “I think it’s problematic for everyone, but everyone has learned to make a movie to deal with it.”


Terrace Dougherty, general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), testified in a recorded statement released Thursday about the ACLU’s close involvement in the drafting and placement of the editorial written by Heard at the heart of the Depp affair.

Dougherty said ACLU staffers wrote an early draft of the article for Heard, which focused on raising awareness about gender-based violence. Heard is an ambassador for the organization.

Amber Heard, back in the courtroom on April 26.

Dougherty said he recalled numerous emails exchanged with ACLU staff and Heard’s attorneys.

“They suggested that the editorial be edited in relation to matters included in the NDA (a Heard and Depp divorce non-disclosure agreement),” Dougherty said.

ACLU staff worked to place the editorial in consultation with Heard’s team, Dougherty said, and that Heard wanted the story to come out right after the premiere of Aquamana strategy the ACLU agreed with.

“From the ACLU’s perspective, Amber is about to receive an incredible amount of press and be in the public eye, so what better time than now to publish this opinion piece so that it generates a significant number of readers on our issues,” Dougherty said. .

Dougherty also testified about the donations received by or on behalf of Heard, after he publicly promised to donate his entire $7 million divorce settlement from Depp to charities, including the ACLU.

Dougherty said Heard agreed to pay the ACLU $3.5 million over several years. Heard herself paid $350,000, Depp paid $100,000 on her behalf, $350,000 was paid by a donor-advised Fidelity fund on Heard’s behalf, and that her ex-boyfriend, Elon Musk paid $500,000 from a donor-advised Vanguard fund on his behalf.

To date, Dougherty said he has received $1.3 million from or on behalf of Heard. Payments ceased after 2019.

Dougherty said he had no indication that Heard did not intend to pay the remainder of his pledged donation.

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