Johnny Depp ‘has won’ in explosive trial against Amber Heard, experts say

As the jury deliberates the verdict in the explosive Johnny Depp trial, experts claim the blockbuster movie star “has already won”. That’s why.

Experts say Johnny Depp is at the top of the court of public opinion — which may matter more than whether he wins the blockbuster libel case against Amber Heard.

Now the 58-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star has tell him publiclyLegal and PR professionals told post It doesn’t matter that the jury verdicts in his favor.

“when [Johnny Depp] Stepping off the stands, I think by his definition of victory, he’s won,” said Texas-based civil attorney Kathryn Lizardo.

“Because he has won the court of public opinion … once he tells his story.”

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Depp testified at the Fairfax, Virginia trial for four days the following week — and then for more than three hours on Wednesday.

He sues ex-wife for $70 million, accusing her of defaming him in 2018 Washington post An op-ed in which she describes herself as a victim of domestic abuse.

Hurd, 36, countersued for $141 million, claiming Depp defamed her when he said she lied about the abuse allegations.

“I don’t think for Johnny Depp the legal side of winning a defamation suit is important to him,” Lizardo told post.

“Winning – it’s just the icing on the cake for him, as the main purpose of his defamation suit was to clear himself and to appeal to the Court of Public Opinion.”

From his testimony, Depp has emphasized that he filed the lawsuit to “clear my name”, for himself and his children, Lily-Rose, 22, and Jack, 20, and people in the film industry who trust he.

Experts say his time on the stand achieved that.

“Now I think there is no doubt that the Court of Public Opinion has backed him and heard him and is backing him now. Whether he wins or not — I don’t think it matters to him or even to public opinion,” Lizardo said. Say.

California entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian added that the case is not really about winning a defamation lawsuit, but about clearing Depp in the public sphere, as he said.

“This case is about using the courts as a platform to tell his story and clear records and influence public opinion,” Ahouraian said.

“It’s more important than the actual lawsuit,” Ahouraian said. “Of course winning the lawsuit would help because it would prove that someone said something untrue to him, which is a big deal.”

It’s so important for Depp to get his name clear on domestic violence allegations that he’s willing to reveal another of his dirty clothes in the process — including his struggles with alcohol and drugs.

However, Ahouraian noted that Depp’s legal team ensured that Hurd’s allegations against him were addressed head-on, giving his view on what happened.

“He knew it was all going to come out,” Ahouraian said. “‘Okay, I’m on drugs, and I’ve struggled with addiction since I was a kid, but I’m not a wife beater.’ That’s what he was trying to say.”

The trial drew endless comments on social media, which largely criticized Hurd.

“His fans are basically running a smear campaign around Amber Heard, and he doesn’t even have to do anything. It’s a six-week trial televised every day, and that’s what they’re counting on to happen,” Ahouraian said.

“People online love and hate her. It’s like sulphuric acid,” the California attorney added.

Judah Engelmeier, president of Herald PR, the PR agency representing disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, agreed that the fact that the trial was televised was a loss for Heard to the public and was a good fit for Depp as A born artist.

“It’s scary because you see every flaw, every wrong thing, every testimony that doesn’t necessarily compare to what she said happened a few days ago and then social media calls her Get out, and knock her out right away,” Engelmeier said.

“She’s human. She’s sitting in a high-pressure role. [There is] Dangerous to her. It’s not going to be perfect, she’s going to make mistakes,” Engelmeier said. “Social media don’t care about the facts, they only care about what they see. “

Hurd’s lawyers tried unsuccessfully to block the cameras in the courtroom.

On the other hand, “because [Depp is] A natural star who’s always funny, he’s in front of the TV cameras, he’s entertaining again,” Engelmeier said of the televised trial. “I think it’s probably a defense mechanism, but it’s also calculated of. He’s trying to be witty, he’s trying to be funny.

“That’s how he wins the audience, whether he’s on stage, in front of the camera or in front of the jury.”

While Depp may be “a little overshadowed” and “no longer a family man” after the trial, Engelmeier said Depp has demonstrated how large his supporter and fan base is, which may would attract studios considering hiring him for new projects.

“He’s also really shown that he has a huge fan base and that he can bring in a whole bunch of people,” Engelmeier said. “And I think that’s going to impress the studio the most. While they won’t make him the lovable hero in the next movie, they can make him the hateful villain or the lovable villain.”

Ahouraian is skeptical of Depp’s future market power.

“The question now is, these fans who support him, are they more influential than would-be financiers or investors who are still taking risks?” Aholaan said. “If it were me, I’d want to do a drug test. I need him to be at his best and he’ll get a shot.”

Engelmeier also said he believed Hurd could continue her career after the trial, and the studios “want to be on the right side of social history” for her role in a smaller film. After two trials, she was also able to discuss her experiences on a talk show.

“There is still a group of women, a group of supporters and people who believe she is righteous because she spoke her voice and her truth and is strong enough to sit there and accept the abuse and humiliation of the public trial,” Engelmeier said. .

If the jury finds Heard defamed Depp, “her career is over,” Ahouraian said.

Likewise, Lizardo said Hurd’s “reputation has been severely damaged” and Depp’s planned rebuttal witnesses “could completely destroy her credibility.”

Representatives for Depp and Heard declined to comment.

Additional reporting by Elizabeth Rosner

This story originally appeared in New York Post and reproduced with permission