This is the end point of six weeks of debates and dozens of hours of testimony in this trial held in Fairfax, near Washington, and broadcast live on television. The hearing is due to start at 9 a.m. local time (1 p.m. GMT) and the seven jurors will retire in the afternoon to deliberate. If they do not agree on a verdict, they will return on Tuesday, Monday being a holiday in the United States.
The star of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga is suing his ex-wife for defamation, who had estimated in a column published in the washington post in 2018 to have become “a public figure representing domestic violence”, without naming Johnny Depp. The 58-year-old actor denounces accusations
“mind-boggling”. He claims 50 million dollars in damages, believing that this platform has ruined his reputation and his career.
Amber Heard, who appeared in particular in “Justice League” and “Aquaman”, counterattacked and asked for the double. According to her, this complaint “futile” prolonged “abuse and harassment” of her ex-husband and put her own career on hold. Family, friends, collaborators, agents, studio executives, psychologists, surgeons, financial experts… Several dozen witnesses marched to the bar, painting a portrait of the couple far removed from Hollywood glamor.
Johnny Depp would have promised him a “global humiliation” if she left him and, when she did, she became the target of a social media smear campaign. “I am harassed, humiliated, threatened every day, just because I am in this courtroom”she said Thursday, very moved, adding to receive “thousands” death threats “since the beginning of this trial”.
Johnny Depp can count on the support of hundreds of fans who cheer him every day since April 11 in court.
The 36-year-old actress assures that the violence she attributes to Johnny Depp began in 2012 before becoming more and more brutal and frequent. They would have reached their climax, a rape with a bottle of alcohol, in March 2015, a month after their marriage, when the actor was filming episode 5 of “Pirates” in Australia.
During this dispute, Johnny Depp had the end of a severed finger and was hospitalized. He claims it was caused by a splinter from a bottle thrown by Amber Heard. She says he hurt himself. Only two other celebrities testified: actress Ellen Barkin, ex-girlfriend of Johnny Depp in the late 1990s, described a man “drunk almost all the time”jealous and possessive and who, in anger, threw a bottle in his direction.
British supermodel Kate Moss, another “ex” of the actor, has denied an old rumor that he would have one day pushed her down the stairs. Johnny Depp had already lost a first defamation lawsuit in London in 2020, against the tabloid The Sunwho called him “violent husband”.
The two actors claimed to have lost between 40 and 50 million dollars in fees since the publication of the tribune of the