After six weeks of graphic testimony and photo evidence revealing the sordid details behind the one-time couple’s tumultuous relationship, jurors begin to consider the former spouse’s defamation charge.
The trial ended for a full six years, until Hurd denounced to TMZ, “getting a restraining order and ruining his life,” Vasquez told the jury in closing arguments.
Depp sues Hurd in Fairfax County, Virginia for $50 million in December 2018 op-ed Washington post In it, she describes herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.While the article did not name him, Depp claims he was inferred to be an abuser and he lost his acting job, including the proposed sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, because of the accusations.
Heard filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp after Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman called her allegations an “abuse hoax.”
When he came to power last month, Depp forced to admit past drug use but claims Hurd abused him during their five-year relationship and severed his fingertips during a fight in Australia in 2015.
“She needed violence. It burst out,” Depp said.
Over the course of six weeks, jurors heard tapes of the former couple’s nasty altercation and heard how their relationship finally ended after the pair was found pooping in their marriage bed.
Depp told the court the feces were left by Heard or a friend of hers, but she insisted it was left after one of their dogs smoked his marijuana. Starling Jenkins, a security guard who works for Depp, said Hurd admitted to him that it was “a terrible prank,” she denied.
“There are abusers in this courtroom, but not Mr. Depp,” Vasquez said, noting Hurd’s pattern of behavior in their relationship was “violent, abusive and cruel.”
As she addressed the jury, Vasquez methodically selected clips of Heard’s testimony and played audio of some of their controversy.
“I’m sorry I didn’t slap you in the face properly,” Neptune Xingchen heard that. “I was hitting you, but I didn’t hit you. Baby, you didn’t get hit.”
“Imagine that’s what Mr. Depp said to Ms. Heard in that recording?” Vasquez asked.
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Jurors were reminded of how security guards saw his eyelids swollen and various bruises and scratches. Elsewhere, Vasquez reads how Hurd called her then-partner a “shuffle,” “f-ing c-,” and a “rigid father.”
“She tapped and hit him where he was injured,” Vasquez said. “Miss. Heard him spit at him and gave him a glow.”
Talking about Heard’s allegations of violence, including when she said Depp beat her with a bottle, causing her to bleed, Vasquez carefully outlined how the actress was photographed at various public events, including at James Corden The late-night show appeared on the show with no apparent signs of any medical report documenting any type of physical trauma.
She stressed that the photos that Hurd’s legal team claimed to show the bruises appeared to be manipulated.
“You either believe she was beaten by a bottle, or she’s a woman willing to say anything,” Vasquez said.
She also reminded the court that LAPD officials testified in April that when they visited the couple’s apartment after the 2016 fight, they didn’t notice any visible bruises on Hurd or identify her as family victims of abuse.
Other members of Depp’s legal team also spoke, with his attorney Benjamin Chew calling Heard’s allegations “#MeToo without any #MeToo.”
Chew accused “more and more lies” as he reminded the court that while Depp may have had personal problems with drugs and alcohol, “no woman has claimed he has raised his hand to them.”
“Mr. These false claims will forever tarnish Depp’s reputation,” he said. “We implore you to return his name and reputation to you.”
Depp lost defamation case against UK less than two years ago sun, after the tabloids called him a “wife beater.” A judge in the High Court in London ruled that he had repeatedly attacked Hurd.
As Heard fought back tears, her attorney Ben Rottenborn offered his closing arguments, saying Depp’s graphic text messages, in which he wrote “wanted”f – her charred corpse”, he wants her to “rot in the trunk of a Honda Civic”, “opens” a window into the heart and mind of America’s favorite pirate. “
Rottenborn advised jurors on Friday that “if Amber has been abused by Mr. Depp once, then she wins”, making clear that the abuse doesn’t have to be physical and could include “emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse. abuse.”
In rebuttal closing submissions delivered after lunch, Vasquez raised questions about Heard’s character, thereby laying the groundwork for Depp’s case.
“No one was in this courtroom except her sister. All the other witnesses who went to Virginia for her were paid experts,” Vasquez said. “This is a woman who burned a bridge. Her close friends won’t be around her.”
The case is now being tried by a jury.