The judgment plus mediatic of recent years came to an end on Wednesday: Johnny Depp won the defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, his ex-wife, who must pay him $15 million. The jury not only gave a resounding victory to the protagonist of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ saga. He also partially estimated the ‘Aquaman’ actress’s cross-claim and the actor will have to compensate her with two million dollars.
The civil litigation Extended six weeks in a county court Fairfaxin the state of Virginia of USA. The seven members of popular jury heard more than 100 hours of testimonials on private life of the couple and, after deliberation 13 hours during three daysThey reached a final verdict. These are the 10 key moments of the trial between Johnny Depp Y Amber Heardwhich also left a trail of accusations and barbarities.
1 – The “catastrophic” impact on Depp’s career
Johnny Depp was going to get paid $22.5 million (21.38 million euros) for a sixth film of “Pirates of the Caribbean“, but after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of gender violenceDisney scrapped the project, the actor’s agent explained during the trial. Furthermore, he claimed that Heard’s column in the ‘Washington Post’ was “catastrophic” for Depp’s career in Hollywood.
2 – Heard’s feces on the actor’s bed
The actor accused his ex-wife of having left stool over one bed from their homes after a fight in the 30th birthday from Heard. A security guard assured that the artist told him that she feces they were one “horrible prank gone wrong”. Heard denied such accusations and assured that she “was not in the mood for jokes”, since she swore that Depp had assaulted her during their honeymoon on the Orient Express.
3 – The amputated finger and the message written in blood
Depp testified that in 2015 he cut the finger with broken glasses after Heard allegedly threw a vodka bottle. Look for medical care, but told other people that she had been injured by hitting a door so as not to “get her into trouble,” according to her testimony. During the trial, the actor’s doctor assured that he found a piece of his phalanx after a fight. In addition, the artist reported that he went into shock and that he wrote messages on the wall using the blood from his finger.
4 – The expected testimony of Kate Moss
The model Kate Moss kept a romantic relationship with the actor between 1994 and 1998 and was one of the most anticipated witnesses in the trial. Through a video call from her residence in the United Kingdom, she came to her defense: “He never hit me, pushed me or threw me down the stairs,” she said.
5 – Camille Vasquez, unexpected protagonist of the process
One of the legal representatives by Depp, Camille Vasquez, became an unexpected protagonist of the trial. She pressed Heard on several points, including her claim that the drugs and the alcohol they turned Depp into a “monster” who became violent with her. His actions during the interrogations, intelligent as well as effective, had a great impact on social networks, which applauded his work.
Another of the most notorious moments of the civil process occurred when the lawyer showed the jurors a knife that Heard bought Depp as a gift in 2012.
6 – “Yes, I am”: Depp claims he is a victim of domestic violence
Depp remarked during his testimony that he had never gotten “to the point of hitting the Heard in any way” nor had he hit “any woman” in his life. Furthermore, he described himself as a victim of gender violence. It happened when one of his lawyers, Jessica Mayersplayed the recording of a conversation between the actor and Heard in 2016. In the recording, she can be heard saying to Depp: “Tell the world, Johnny, tell them: ‘I, Johnny Depp, a man, am also a victim of domestic violence“.
When the recording ended, Depp’s lawyer asked him: “What is your response when Miss Heard says ‘Tell the world, Johnny, tell them that you, Johnny Depp, a man, are also a victim of domestic violence'”. The actor’s response was direct: “I say yes, I am.” On the contrary, Heard’s defense was based on her reiterating over and over again that she had been mistreated during her marriage to the protagonist of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.
7 – Heard copied Depp’s wardrobe
After several days of sessions, Depp’s fans realized that the actress copied the clothes that her ex-husband had arrived the day before. The same phenomenon was repeated on several occasions, the most notable being when the protagonist of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ appeared in one of the sessions with a coGucci tie adorned with a gold detail in the shape of a bee in the center. Two days later, it was she who was wearing exactly this accessory.
8 – Personality disorder or post-traumatic stress?
The forensic psychologist Shannon Curry, called by Depp’s team, told the jury that she believed Amber Heard suffered from two mental illnesses: borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder. The doctor said she had come to that conclusion after spending about 12 hours with Heard in December 2021, conducting mental health exams and reviewing her medical history. Borderline personality disorder is a disease of instability, Curry said, marked by “a lot of anger, cruelty to people of lesser power and seeking attention.”