Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: Day 4

Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: Opening Statements Begin in $50 Million Dollar Defamation Case

April 12, 2022, FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — The 50-million-dollar defamation lawsuit between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is now underway in Fairfax County, Virginia in Depp vs Heard. Jury selection was completed yesterday and today trial began with the lawyers providing opening statements to the jury. Each accused the other side of lies, defamation and abuse. The case stems from a December, 2018 opinion piece that Amber wrote that was published in the Washington Post.

You can find every single document stemming from all of their legal disputes, from their divorce to the defamation case, all compiled and labeled here. You can find the documents from the UK case there as well.

The trial could last at least six weeks, with over 100 witnesses who may testify, and both Depp and Heard may take the stand as well. Depp met Heard during the shooting of the film “The Rum Diaries” in 2009. The former co-stars began dating each other in 2012 and were married three years later.

Around the time of Heard’s blockbuster film Aquaman’s release in May of 2016, police were called to the couple’s Los Angeles home responding to an alleged domestic dispute. The Los Angeles Police Department concluded that there was no evidence of a crime. A few days after that, Amber Heard filed for divorce and a restraining order, having accused Depp of “repeated” domestic violence. Depp’s representatives denied these allegations, but Heard was granted a temporary restraining order.

The bitter feud between the two played out in the public, with both parties slinging accusations at each other. Before the hearing on the restraining order, the couple ended their divorce, settled for a reported 7 million dollars. Heard dropped the restraining order, and she and Depp released a joint statement claiming that: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”

Then in 2018, Heard published the op-ed in the Washington Post, alleging domestic violence, which Depp claimed was defamatory and caused him harm to his career. Heard claimed that Depp repeatedly abused her.

With the current trial underway, it might be worth looking at some of the more disturbing and bizarre information and allegations that have come to light, specifically as it related to Ms. Heard:

Apparently Amber Heard has a history of abuse and domestic violence. In 2009, she allegedly hit her girlfriend at the time. She also allegedly beat up her sister Whitney. Depp’s prior two long-term partners have said he never once got physical with them. None of his prior girlfriends have come forward to say that Johnny ever beat them.

These reports paints a very disturbing picture of Amber Heard.

Amber doesn’t sound like someone who is a terrified victim.

Amber mocking Johnny for leaving when she attacks him is pretty rich, considering her claims of repeated abuse by him.

I believe you can learn a lot about a person based on the way they behave when they think they are in private.

This goes right to the credibility not just of Amber Heard, but her lawyers as well.

If this is true, it is shocking and we can expect this to be brought up by Depp and his lawyers at trial.

Amber’s behavior at the deposition was quite disturbing. She appeared to display the hallmarks of the dark triad: Machiavellianism, sociopathy and narcissism.

Apparently the couple’s marriage counselor found Amber Heard to be the “aggressor.”

Evidently Ms. Heard provided corrupted electronic data.

Today’s Proceedings

Today began the opening statements in the trial, by both parties and the testimony of Depp’s sister Christi.

Fans gathered outside the Courthouse before the trial

I arrived at the Courthouse early in the morning and encountered some fans who mostly had gathered in support of Johnny Depp.

Fans, and another reporter gathered outside this morning

I spoke briefly to the fans and a local reporter. At 10:00 am the trial got underway, with the lawyers presenting their opening remarks. Ms. Heard’s lawyers alleged Depp once sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle during this morning’s opening statements. Her lawyers recounted what they alleged were multiple instances of Depp abusing Heard. They claim he would get into a drug fueled rage and attack Ms. Heard.

Depp’s lawyers said that his name is now associated with a lie. They allege the evidence will show that Amber’s false allegations had a major impact on him, and his ability to work. They said a false allegation can devastate a career and family.

Amber’s lawyers said that Depp’s career was in “shambles” because of his own behavior and that it was his own fault, not hers. They claim Depp wanted to destroy Amber’s career and her life and that he was a drug addict, hellbent on getting revenge.

Johnny’s lawyers said that Amber was cold and calculating and the evidence would show that she made false allegations against Depp to advance her own career and profile. Depp’s sister Christi was the first witness to be called to the stand. She described their childhood and what Johnny’s relationship with his mother and children was like. She claimed the couples relationship was volatile.

Here are some clips from today:

Ms. Heard was very stoic throughout the day.

This was a stunning revelation.

Depp’s sister described the couple as having a fraught relationship.

Heard’s lawyers referred to Johnny Depp as a monster.

Heard’s lawyers also claim he sexually abused her while they were in the Bahamas.

The trial resumes tomorrow morning, with Mr. Depp’s sister expected to continue her testimony. We will continue to provide updates on the trial.

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