Analysis: Johnny Depp’s abandonment of the First Amendment Core for $50M could be key to victory
After six months, plaintiff and defense decided to close their respective cases. A seven-member jury acted behind closed doors.
Livestream Link for the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial.
A Heard-wearing Heard and a Heard sat in the Fairfax County Courthouse Courtroom. Commentators were concerned about possible social consequences.
It’s not about drug addiction, private islands, or gold-digging. Depp sued his wife in March 2019 over an editorial she wrote about her becoming a “public figure representing domestic violence” in the late 2018 Washington Post. Depp sued his ex wife in March 2019 for an editorial in late 2018 Washington Post she wrote about her becoming “a public figure representing domestic violence”. “
Depp didn’t mention the ACLU-written article Jeff Bezos but claimed that abuse had “devastated his career.” Depp claimed the abuse was his fault.
Heard sued Depp for $100 million. This action took place months before Depp’s UK Libel Case against The Sun tabloid, in which he called Depp “wifebeater” on November 2020.
There has been a circus atmosphere at Virginia’s courthouse since the beginning.
Depp filed the defamation suit voluntarily not once, but twice across the Atlantic. Depp was then expelled from J.K. Rowling’s latest Fantastic Beasts pic shortly after the shock UK verdict.
Heard admitted almost immediately during the trial, that Depp was being referenced in the WaPo Op-Ed. Depp must prove Heard made false statements and that Depp was acting with actual malice in order to win unanimously.
Was it possible?
Depp, Heard presented a lot of evidence throughout the trial.
Depp is seen slamming cabinets in a video that I Heard has spotted. Depp then appeared to grab his phone and begin slamming the cabinets.
Depp claimed that he had buttheads with his wife that night, but it was an accident.
He claimed that he wasn’t the one who had hit Heard.
Depp’s legal team also included Brown Ruddick’s Benjamin Chew, Camille Vasquez, and Camille Vasquez. Heard recorded Heard taunting Depp about his career, with her admitting she had not punched him. Depp claimed that Heard had thrown large bottles of vodka at him in March 2015, and that he lost his fingertip as a result.
This was all done with video and audio, psychologist notes and diary entries.
However, the duopoly of claims about one being abused or another is missing a key point about defamation.
Depp claimed that Heard insulted his character and that the Post Op-ed ruined his once-blockbuster movie business. Heard and his team presented testimony by a former UTA agent, who stated that Depp’s tardiness in 2015 had made it a problem. Depp also admitted that he would not accept the role if it were today. However, his legal team, led by Elaine Bredehoft, and Ben Rottenborn, said that Disney wanted Depp removed from the Pirates series. This could have been a mistake.
Rottenborn requested that Depp cross-examine him.
It is still a mystery, however, why Heard’s team allowed Depp and their client to get lost in details about every fight. They tried to overwhelm the jury by overloading them with photos, text, audio clips, and other details.
Hearing her testimony on domestic abuse and its many forms is all that she has to offer.
Heard by Old Dominion originally offered the Post printing from Virginia to be used as an argument. The company wasn’t named as a defendant.
Depp decided not to fight for the Bezos wealth, but instead pursued what was effectively a divorce proceeding disguised by a defamation proceeding. Depp acknowledged that abuse claims will always have a negative impact on his reputation.
Depp became upset and informed jurors that he had taken the witness stand last week. Depp stated that he did it because he “got there” and that despite all odds, the truth is still what he believes.
Perhaps he is correct.
Perhaps his focus on the trial has allowed him to have an advantage in court for public opinion. Advocates might find this disappointing. His quirky personality is what his fans love about him outside of the courthouse.
Depp arrived at courthouse in morning and stated, “Alpacas. Depp’s team didn’t call for restraint. Depp claimed that he would inflict “global humiliation” on his ex-wife.
It doesn’t matter who wins. There will be more appeals and lawsuits The question is: Can the jury see and accept the true legal principle?