Johnny Depp – Amber Heard defamation trial live updates
Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m (£38.2m) for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she did not name him, he claims her allegations made it difficult for him to land movie roles.
In testimony on Monday, the jury heard from Depp’s security guard Travis McGivern who was present for two fights between the couple at their Los Angeles penthouse, including one in which he claims Heard punched Depp.
The actor’s agent, Jack Whigham, told the court about Depp’s career leading up to and following the publication of the op-ed, describing it as “catastrophic”. He said Depp had lost his role in the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and he was unable to sign any studio productions in the years that followed.
Further testimony was given by a nurse employed by Heard who said she was prone to outbursts of rage and described apparent injuries after the couple had allegedly fought.
Heard is yet to testify and provide her own account of the relationship, but is expected to take the stand on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Jennifer Grey claims ex-fiancé Johnny Depp was ‘crazy jealous and paranoid’
The pair met after Grey’s agent set her up on a blind date with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor in 1989 – two years after the release of Dirty Dancing.
Ellie Harrison reports.
Actor said Depp started ‘getting into trouble’ when they were together, having ‘fights in bars and skirmishes with cops’
Amber Heard: What we know about her career, background and family life
Currently, the two are embroiled in a legal battle, with Depp suing Heard for $50m (£38.2m) for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
Below is an in-depth look into who Amber Heard is, including her early life, film and television career and everything in-between.
While her tumultuous relationship with Johnny Depp has made headlines, the 36-year-old is an actor, activist, and model in her own right
Voices: ‘Team Depp’ or ‘Team Heard’? How your answer says a lot about you
For the Deppites and the Heardians, it feels as if a member of their own tribe or family are in peril in court, writes Sean O’Grady.
For the Deppites and the Heardians, it feels as if a member of their own tribe or family are in peril in court
Amber Heard faces ‘culture’s wrath’ at trial
In 2018, Amber Heard wrote about ‘culture’s wrath’ for women who speak out about sexual violence. More than three years later, that wrath is playing out both within and outside of the courtroom, writes Rachel Sharp.
In 2018, Amber Heard wrote about ‘culture’s wrath’ for women who speak out about sexual violence. More than three years later, that wrath is playing out both within and outside of the courtroom, writes Rachel Sharp
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Heard op-ed ‘catastrophic’ for Depp’s career, says agent
Amber Heard’s op-ed about being a victim of domestic violence was “catastrophic” for Johnny Depp’s career, the latter actor’s agent told the jury in the couple’s defamation trial.
Entertainment manager and agent Jack Whigham testified via video link from Los Angeles on Monday and said that Ms Heard’s op-ed was different from other articles that had been written about Mr Depp in that it was a first-person account. He said it was “impactful” and “catastrophic” for him.
Gustaf Kilander reports:
‘It became a bit of a death knell, catastrophic thing for Mr Depp in the Hollywood community’
Heard fires PR team over ‘bad headlines’ days before taking stand
Heard has now hired Shane Communications to manage her perception in court of public opinion
Depp security guard tells of actor’s shock when Heard ‘punched him in the face’
Johnny Depp’s security guard Travis McGivern spoke of the actor’s shock when Amber Heard punched him in the face during a fight as he testified in the former couple’s defamation trial.
Mr McGivern, who appeared in court on Monday via video link from Los Angeles, said the fight took place on 23 March 2015. Ms Heard left during an argument and came back with her sister Whitney. The bodyguard testified that he felt it was time to get Mr Depp away from the situation.
Guard says he ‘heard and saw a closed fist contact Mr Depp in the left side of his face’
Entertainment lawyer believes Heard thought she would benefit from abuse claims
Richard Marks was asked during his testimony if he knew of any actresses whose careers improved after levelling allegations of domestic abuse against men in Hollywood.
While Mr Marks said he didn’t know of any, he went on to speculate, “I assume Amber Heard thought her career would get better by bringing this out. I don’t know”.
Gustaf Kilander reports.
Richard Marks says ‘family-friendly companies like Disney’ are the ‘pinnacle’ of sensitivity
What does Depp need to prove to win his case against Heard?
Depp sued Heard, his ex-wife, in March 2019, over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 for The Washington Post, titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” In the piece, she refers to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”.
Depp isn’t mentioned by name in the piece, but he has alleged it defames his character.
Here’s what he has to prove in court:
As a public person, Depp has to show evidence of ‘actual malice’ on Heard’s part