LONDON Johnny Depp was the sufferer of invented allegations and bodily violence from his former spouse Amber Heard, London’s Excessive Courtroom was instructed on Tuesday, the ultimate day of the Hollywood actor’s three-week libel go well with in opposition […]
LONDON Johnny Depp was the sufferer of invented allegations and bodily violence from his former spouse Amber Heard, London’s Excessive Courtroom was instructed on Tuesday, the ultimate day of the Hollywood actor’s three-week libel go well with in opposition to a British tabloid.
“Pirates of the Caribbean” star Depp is suing Information Group Newspapers, publishers of the Solar, and one in every of its journalists, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article that known as him a “spouse beater”.
Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, each gave proof on the trial. Depp mentioned he had by no means been violent in direction of Heard or some other lady and that she was the one who had attacked him.
Heard mentioned Depp assaulted her on no less than 14 events, together with punching, head-butting and throttling her, and on Monday her lawyer mentioned Depp was “a hopeless addict”.
In his closing speech, Depp’s lawyer David Sherborne mentioned whereas Depp had been open about his use of medicine and alcohol, Heard had performed down her personal consumption of them in addition to her anger and jealousy points.
“She is the abuser, not Mr Depp. He’s no spouse beater,” Sherborne instructed the courtroom.
He mentioned Heard was a “wholly unreliable witness and, frankly, compulsive liar” who had tailor-made her story to satisfy the proof produced in opposition to her and lied about accidents she mentioned she had suffered.
‘PERIOD, FULL STOP, NADA’
A recording was performed to the courtroom wherein Depp tells Heard she is mendacity when she says she didn’t punch him, which Sherborne mentioned demonstrated Heard’s “propensity to violence”.
“Don’t inform me what it feels wish to be punched,” Depp mentioned within the recording, earlier than Heard retorts: “I hit you want this. However I didn’t punch you.”
Sherborne mentioned the admission that Heard hit Depp would have brought about “consternation” if the roles have been reversed.
In his testimony, Depp mentioned he modelled himself as a “Southern gentleman” who would by no means strike a girl.
“He has by no means hit a girl in his complete life. Interval, full cease, nada,” Sherborne mentioned.
He mentioned the Solar’s article was “not researched in any respect” and introduced in a one-sided method, successfully convicting Depp of a criminal offense he had by no means dedicated.
‘DON’T BE THE MONSTER’
Sherborne mentioned texts from Depp highlighted by Heard’s lawyer for his or her violent and misogynistic language had been chosen selectively, they usually shouldn’t be taken as testimony.
“The exaggerated texts … shouldn’t be taken actually,” he mentioned. “He could use poetic licence, he could use metaphor, however he by no means ever says that he hit Miss Heard.”
Depp had been candid about his drug and alcohol consumption, Sherborne mentioned, however denied they unleashed a “monster” in Depp.
As a substitute, Sherborne quoted messages between Heard and Depp the place the “monster” referred to Depp when he was protecting away from Heard.
“Come house. Don’t be the monster, be the person,” Heard mentioned in a textual content from September 2015.
“I gained’t enable myself to be in such unstable, unstable and capricious circumstances,” Depp mentioned in reply. “I gained’t stand there and will let you take pot pictures at my face.”
Sherborne mentioned the allegation that Depp had an evil alter ego, as in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, was false.
“I don’t know any model of that fable which entails the monster working away from the battle,” he mentioned.
Heard gave an announcement exterior the courtroom, saying it had been painful to relive the break-up and have her fact and motives questioned. “I stand by my testimony, and I now place my religion in British justice,” she mentioned.
A date for the ruling was not given.
(Extra reporting by William James; Enhancing by Mike Collett-White and Janet Lawrence)
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