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by Johnny Depp sensational libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard wrapped up its third week with outrageous new details – including the actress’ feelings for billionaire Elon Musk and the state of her mental health.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post in which she identified herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.” Although the play does not specifically name Depp, his lawyers argued that it cost him lucrative movie roles.
Heard countersued for $100 million, accusing him and his former attorney of conspiring to “destroy and defame” her.
Depp leaves the witness box
Depp wrapped up four days on the stand Monday with his attorney playing audio of him and his ex-wife talking after publicly accusing him of domestic abuse and obtaining a restraining order.
Heard tells Depp that she doesn’t know how to regain her reputation after making the allegations against him. Depp accuses him of provoking her by involving the cops in a fight on May 21, 2016.
“The last time it got really heated between us, I really thought I was going to lose my life,” she replied.
“Amber, I lost a fucking man on my finger, come on,” he shot back, referring to her allegedly cutting off her finger during a 2015 fight in Australia over a postnuptial deal . “I had a goddamn can of mineral spirits thrown at my nose,” he said of Heard allegedly throwing the bottle in his face during another argument.
“You could say it was a fair fight,” Heard mocks on the recording. “Tell the world, Johnny, tell them, ‘Johnny Depp, I, Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim of domestic violence too’…and see how many people believe or support you.”
Depp’s lawyer, Jessica Meyers, asked him what he answered.
“Yes, I am,” Depp replied, soberly, before stepping off the bar.
Heard didn’t like Musk
Heard and Musk went public with their relationship in April 2017 – but the short-lived romance ended five months later.
Heard allegedly told former talent agent Christian Carino, who was once engaged to Lady Gaga, that she didn’t like Musk, according to the agent’s pre-recorded deposition played in court Wednesday.
Carino was asked to read a text exchange with Heard from August 2017. “Dealing with a breakup. I hate when things get public. C, I’m so sad,” Heard wrote of Musk.
“You weren’t in love with him, and you told me a thousand times that you were just filling in the blanks,” Carino replied.
Heard complained about the publicity surrounding her love life, but Carino pointed out that she could avoid the spotlight by not “hanging out with famous Uber people.”
An ACLU staffer wrote Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed
An America Civil Liberties Union staffer penned Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post, describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.”
“I tried to pull together your fire and rage and some really interesting analysis and turn it into an op-ed,” ACLU communications strategist Robin Shulman wrote in an email to Heard.
At least three other staff members were involved in writing and editing the article, ACLU Chief Operating Officer Terence Dougherty said in a pre-recorded deposition played in court Thursday.
Heard requested that the op-ed be published shortly after the release of his film “Aquaman” to capitalize on the publicity, Dougherty said.
He also revealed that Heard only paid $1.3 million of the $3.5 million she had publicly pledged to the charity.
Heard announced in 2016 that she would donate her entire $7 million divorce payout to the ACLU and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.
But when Dougherty contacted her in 2019 about her next payment, she reportedly said she was struggling financially. Depp’s business manager says the actor paid Heard the divorce settlement in full at the end of 2018.
Heard suffers from a “borderline personality disorder”, testifies a psychologist
Heard has borderline personality disorder (BPD) and histrionic personality disorder (HPD), a forensic and clinical psychologist testified on behalf of Depp’s team on Tuesday.
Dr Shannon Curry said he met Heard, 36, for 12 hours and reviewed his medical, legal and psychiatric records to come to his diagnosis. She described the disorders as “two sides of the same coin” that exhibit “dramatic, erratic and emotional” behavior.
“That temper or that hot-headedness is really characteristic of borderline personality disorder, as is being very charming, a pleasant nature,” Curry said. “It’s a mess of contradictions.”
People with HPD need to be the center of attention, and when they’re not, they often make up stories or assume a victim role, Curry said.
Johnny Depp’s doorman says he saw ‘no marks, no bruises’ on Amber Heard
The couple’s doorman, Alejandro Romero, said in a pre-recorded deposition released in court on Wednesday that he interacted with Heard four days after the infamous cellphone fight and saw “no marks or bruises” on his face.
Heard alleges that Depp punched her in the face with a cell phone on May 21, 2016, after an explosive fight inside their penthouse apartment. Two police officers also said they did not observe any injuries on Heard, but admitted on cross-examination that they had not taken contemporaneous notes and that the apartment was dimly lit.
Six days later, she walked into a Los Angeles courthouse with prominent bruising under her right eye as photographers took pictures of her in what Depp’s team called an elaborate ‘hoax’ .
The doorman, sitting in a parked car and pulling on a vape pen during the deposition, said he had had enough of the Depp-Heard saga. “I’m tired. I don’t want to deal with this court case anymore. Everyone has problems,” he said.
Heard financial requests
Depp’s Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser, whose celebrity clients include Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie, testified that she received a letter from Heard’s attorney, Samantha Spector, on May 24, 2016.
The letter said Depp had ‘violently attacked’ Heard in their apartment four days prior and had requested a ‘private and amicable resolution of all matters’.
He then demanded that Depp give him access to his black Range Rover and three downtown Los Angeles penthouses in addition to $100,000 for legal fees and $25,000 for forensic fees.
But without further warning, Wasser said, Spector and Heard marched into a Los Angeles courthouse on May 27 to seek a restraining order against Depp.
“With high-profile clients, we like to take it out of the system,” Wasser said of the low-key handling of the divorce. “Ms. Spector wasn’t willing to do that.”
Depp’s business manager, Ed White, told jurors Thursday that the actor paid a total of $14,250,000 in the divorce settlement.
White said Heard’s financial demands “continuously increased” during negotiations, starting at $4 million and eventually reaching the sizable figure, which included $6.8 million paid directly to her, $500,000 to her attorneys. and approximately $7,250,000 worth of “community responsibilities” the pair earned during their 15 months of marriage.
The trial resumes Monday and Heard is scheduled to appear next week.