The previous couple’s legal professionals made their opening statements on Tuesday (April 12) in Fairfax, Virginia, portray very completely different photos of their troubled marriage.
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Johnny sued Amber in 2019 over an op-ed published in the Washington Post, during which she alluded to allegations she had made towards him previously and stated she had grow to be “a public determine representing home abuse.”
Johnny responded with a $50 million greenback declare, although Amber didn’t title Johnny within the piece or element any of the alleged abuse. She subsequently filed a $100 million counterclaim.
In line with Rolling Stone, Amber‘s authorized crew claimed of their opening statements that the Pirates of the Caribbean star “sexually assaulted” the actress in the direction of the top of their relationship, an allegation that had by no means been made publicly earlier than.
Her attorneys described “a three-day blackout during which he abused and sexually assaulted Amber.” They added, “You’ll hear in essentially the most graphic and horrifying phrases in regards to the [sexual] violence that she suffered. You’ll hear that straight from her.”
Nevertheless, Johnny‘s legal professionals alleged that Amber was a “a profoundly troubled particular person” who, regardless of claiming to be a sufferer, was a perpetrator of home violence. The crew added: “The one medical report of an damage throughout their relationship was a extreme one sustained by Mr. Depp after an argument shortly after their marriage, whereas the couple was in Australia … She threw a vodka bottle at him that hit his hand and exploded, severing the top of one among his fingers.”
Additionally they questioned the timing of her sexual assault allegation, suggesting it was weaponized to strengthen her protection and taking goal at her credibility.
“Ms. Heard had by no means made that accusation towards Mr. Depp — it was by no means a part of her allegations of abuse in 2016. So, what modified? When she realized the seriousness of what she alleged [about being the victim of domestic abuse], she panicked and alleged sexual assault,” one lawyer informed the jury. “In Mr. Depp’s fifty-eight years, not a single lady has ever accused him of violence, and no one in Hollywood or the world had any motive to consider he was an abuser – till Ms. Heard publicly accused him.”
The Aquaman actress’ legal professional attributed the salacious nature of the trial to Johnny. “It’s not about which occasion can sling extra mud,” he stated. “However you’re going to listen to numerous that on this trial. You’re going to listen to that as a result of that’s what Mr. Depp desires to show this case into. He desires to show this case right into a six-week-long public spectacle of essentially the most intimate elements of their relationship and their marriage.”
Johnny’s legal professionals shared their plans to name on a lot of witnesses, together with cops who responded to the 2016 incident. “The proof will present that six days after Mr. Depp’s request for a divorce, and three days after Ms. Heard’s lawyer threatened Mr. Depp with claims of abuse if he didn’t comply with her monetary calls for, Ms. Heard arrived on the courthouse in Los Angeles, California, to file for a restraining order for home abuse,” they stated. “You’ll hear from cops who responded to a 911 name on Might twenty first, after Mr. Depp left, and noticed no accidents on Ms. Heard. Nor did the cops see any of the property injury Ms. Heard claims Mr. Depp precipitated on his method out; and you’ll hear that these officers decided there had been no violence and no crime.”
Over the weekend, Amber introduced that she could be taking a break from social media ahead of the trial.