Johnny Depp is anticipated to take the witness stand Tuesday in his high-profile libel trial in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard.
The 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is about to testify in individual in a Fairfax, Virginia, courtroom in his bombshell $50 million authorized battle in opposition to Heard, 35, whom he accuses of mendacity about bodily abusing her throughout their turbulent two-year marriage.
Depp’s civil grievance revolves round an essay that Heard wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, in which she described herself as the “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Although the op-ed doesn’t point out Depp by identify, his attorneys argue that it refers to a restraining order that Heard sought in opposition to him in May 2016, after her husband advised her he wished a divorce.
Depp has vehemently denied abusing Heard and accused her of creating up the allegations in opposition to him to get a big divorce settlement.
The libel trial acquired underway final week, with Depp’s authorized crew claiming that Heard’s lies about the abuse have severely broken the actor’s popularity and career.
The Walt Disney Company, which owns the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, reduce ties with the actor, who starred as Captain Jack Sparrow, shortly after the publication of Heard’s opinion piece.
Heard’s attorneys argued that her Washington Post essay by no means delved into her allegations in opposition to her ex-husband.
On Monday, the jury heard testimony from Depp’s former non-public nurse, Debbie Lloyd, who recounted how she was compelled to seek for the tip of the actor’s severed finger after his battle with Heard in Australia in March 2015.
“I remember looking for his finger in the downstairs area,” Lloyd stated in a pre-recorded deposition. “The house was a mess.”
The circumstances surrounding the actor’s hand harm are nonetheless being hotly debated.
Lloyd testified that she has heard that Heard threw a bottle of vodka at her husband, or that Depp injured his finger by slamming it with a cellphone.
Depp’s former non-public physician David Kipper said in his personal deposition in February that his affected person advised emergency room docs in Australia that he sliced his digit with a knife.
Depp texted Kipper after the incident, which he finally wanted to get surgical procedure for, saying: “I cut the top of my middle finger off… What should I do!?? Except, of course, go to a hospital…. I’m so embarrassed for jumping into anything with her… F–K THE WORLD!!! JD.”
More than per week after his emergency go to to the hospital, Depp once more texted Kipper, saying: “Thank you for everything. I have chopped off my left middle finger as a reminder that I should never cut my finger off again!! I love you, brother. Johnny.”
Heard has denied inflicting the harm on Depp and claimed that the “Cry-Baby” star harm his finger after a wild three-day drug bender.
“On the third day of Johnny staying awake without sleeping, I came downstairs to find numerous messages Johnny had written to me around the house, on the walls and on my clothes, written in a combination of oil paint and the blood from his broken and severed finger. Johnny also urinated all over the house,” the actress stated in a earlier assertion.
Last week, jurors watched a video deposition of Laurel Anderson, Heard and Depp’s former therapist, who testified that the couple was engaged in ‘mutual abuse.’
“It was a point of pride to her if she felt disrespected to initiate a fight,” the therapist stated of Heard.
Heard would additionally slightly be in a battle with Depp than see him depart, and “would strike him to keep him there,” Anderson stated.
The therapist recalled a time when Heard advised her that Depp “was ‘stepping up,’ as she would say, on a lot of drugs.”
“And she slapped him because he was being incoherent and talking about being with another woman,” Anderson stated. She famous that Depp’s mom was in the hospital at the time.
Anderson stated Depp advised her that Heard “gave as good as she got.” She additionally stated that in at the very least one session in which she noticed Heard alone, the actress advised her that Depp hit her. She stated Heard confirmed her bruises, each in pictures and in individual.
Anderson stated Heard additionally advised her that Depp at one level allegedly stated, “No one likes you. You’re getting fame from me. I’m falling out of love with you. You’re a whore.”
Anderson additionally stated that Heard’s “jackhammer style of talking” and behavior of chopping off Depp overwhelmed him.
Heard “wanted to want to divorce” but in addition didn’t, and was nonetheless determining what to do, Anderson stated. “She loved him. He loved her. She wasn’t stupid. She knew that what they were doing wasn’t healthy.”
The well-known couple tied the knot in 2015 and break up up in 2017.
Heard is anticipated to testify at the defamation trial, scheduled for six weeks, together with actors Paul Bettany and James Franco and Tesla founder Elon Musk.
Depp’s libel lawsuit in opposition to the writer of The Sun newspaper in the UK two years in the past failed.
The actor sued News Group Newspapers over a 2018 article that referred to him as a “wife beater,” however a UK choose sided with the publication, saying that it had introduced enough proof of Depp’s violent conduct in direction of Heard on 14 events.