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Amber Heard says op-ed on domestic violence is ‘not about Johnny’

Amber Heard says op-ed on domestic violence is ‘not about Johnny’
Actress told court the article is actually about her and what happened to her ‘after I escaped my marriage’

アンバーハード has insisted that the 2018 op-ed at the centre of the defamation trial with her ex-husband ジョニーデップ is “not about Johnny”.

Ms Heard said that the article is actually about her and what happened to her “after I escaped my marriage”.

“The only one who made it about him ironically is Johnny,」彼女は法廷に語った.

Mr Depp is suing his ex-wife for defamation over the 2018 op-ed she penned for ワシントンポスト where she described herself as a “a public figure representing domestic abuse”.

ザ・ パイレーツオブカリビアン actor is not named in the article, which is titled “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. それを変える必要があります」.

However Mr Depp claims that it falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser – something that he strongly denies – and that it has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50m.

Ms Heard is countersuing for $100m, accusing Mr Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.

ザ・ アクアマン actress took to the stand on Monday for what was her third day of testimony as the trial resumed in Fairfax, バージニア, after a one-week break.

When asked what ill will or bad intentions she may have had against her ex-husband by publishing the op-ed, Ms Heard insisted “none”.

She said that the article was about her experience after their marriage came to an end.

“It’s not about Johnny. The only one who thought it was about Johnny is Johnny," 彼女は言いました.

“It’s about me. It’s about what happened to me after Johnny. It’s about what happened to me after I escaped my marriage.

“It’s about me and my life and what I endured once I moved on and got a TRO [temporary restraining order] and moved on with my life. It was about what happened to me after.”

In the article, Ms Heard wrote about what she called the “culture’s wrath” that women face when they come forward with allegations of domestic violence.

“Like many women, 私は大学時代までに嫌がらせや性的暴行を受けていました. しかし、私は黙っていました—苦情を申し立てることで正義がもたらされるとは思っていませんでした. And I didn’t see myself as a victim,」と彼女は書いた.

「それから2年前, 私は家庭内暴力を代表する公人になりました, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”

During his testimony last month, Mr Depp told jurors that it “was like somebody had hit me in the back of the head with a 2×4” when he read his ex-wife’s op-ed back in 2018.

He claimed that the article was “a hit piece” and that he was dropped from the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise “two or three days after this op ed appeared”.

Mr Depp’s former talent agent Christian Carino also testified that he wasn’t aware of any film roles that Mr Depp may have lost as a result of the op ed but said that he believed the allegations of abuse did cost him the job in the sixth instalment of the パイレーツオブカリビアン フランチャイズ.

Forensic accountant Michael Spindler also told the court that, の間に 18 12月 2018, when Ms Heard’s op-ed was published, そして 31 10月 2020, he lost approximately $40m in earnings.

During Monday’s testimony, Ms Heard also denied wanting to include her ex-husband’s name in the article.

She told the court that she had agreed to publish the op-ed because she wanted to lend her voice to “a great cause”.

“I was looking forward to lending my voice to what I thought was a great cause,” she testified.

The article was published around the same time that Ms Heard was announced as an ambassador for the ACLU and she had pledged to donate her $7m divorce settlement to the organisation and an LA children’s hospital. How much of that amount that has actually been donated was questioned in court earlier in the trial.

The first draft of the article was written by in-house counsel for the ACLU.

Pre-recorded testimony from Terence Dougherty, the chief operating officer and general counsel of the ACLU, was heard earlier on in the trial.

Mr Dougherty recalled concerns being raised that the op-ed could impact Ms Heard’s non-disclosure agreement in connection to her divorce.

He said that Ms Heard’s lawyers had amended the draft to remove any references to her marriage to and divorce from Mr Depp.

その間, Ms Heard had wished to “artfully” reinsert sections referring to her temporary restraining order aganinst her “then-husband”, according to a December 2018 email heard in court.

In the email, Ms Heard writes that she is fine with the final draft if that is not possible.

最終的には, the article that was eventually published in ワシントンポスト was “very different” from earlier drafts and “did not refer directly to Ms Heard’s relationship with Johnny Depp”, he testified.