Watch live as Johnny Depp’s defamation case against Amber Heard continues
Depp sues Heard for $50m (£38.2m) for suggesting he abused her in 2018 Washington Post Editorial. Although she did not give his name, he claims that her allegations made it difficult for him to get movie roles.
On Wednesday, their former agent Christian Carino testified that he felt Heard’s allegations caused Depp to lose business but did not link that directly to the article. He also revealed that he had a meeting between the pair two months after Heard filed a restraining order against Depp.
Mr. Carreno said Heard was dating Elon Musk During the time she was trying to reconcile with her ex-husband and his advice to date famous men meant things would be public.
Further testimony was given by two police officers who responded to a domestic violence call at the couple’s apartment in May 2016. They said they found no evidence of a crime, Heard was “uncooperative,” and they did not want to file a report.
Heard has not yet made her own version of the relationship.
Watch Depp’s trial baffles the court because he smokes in the car while testifying
In one of the many viral moments emerging from the ugly legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, the testimony of the doorman in the former building surfaced on Wednesday.
Alejandro Romero works in the front desk of the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles where Depp has owned five penthouses and has lived with Heard for three years.
In the pre-recorded filing before the court, he appeared frustrated as he answered questions from his car while vaping and obviously didn’t want to be bothered.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 16:40
Depp’s attorney, Ben Chiu, notes that there will be a change of direction in Dougherty’s visual testimony and Judge Azcaret calls for a mid-morning break.
Court resumes at 11.45 a.m.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 16:29
The ACLU did not send a press release about Heard’s $3.5 million pledge after an email from Heard saying there was no need to do so.
Dougherty says Heard did not pay on an annual basis and there were no payments from 2019 onwards.
When asked if the ACLU had made any efforts to get Heard to pay, Dougherty said they reached out to her in 2019 for the next payment and knew she was having financial difficulties.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 16:12
When Depp sent a donation on Heard’s behalf, the ACLU kept the check while they confirmed whether it was actually meant to be in her name or that he made a donation from Depp.
Heard confirmed the position and credited the amount in her total pledge.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 15:54
The editorial was drafted and revised by four lawyers before being sent to Washington PostMr. Dougherty says. Specialists in women’s rights issues were not involved in this process.
Going back to the donations, it was believed – based on an email from Elon Mock who was connected to the donor fund that contributed $850,000 on behalf of Heard – that $3.5 million would be paid out over ten years, although this was not confirmed .
Documents shown in the filing include a thank you letter to Heard regarding plans to donate $3.5 million and another pledge form and schedule regarding the donation.
The pledge schedule was not signed by Heard, but other documents show Heard aware of the ten-year commitment.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 15:41
With the promise of such a large donation — which Mr. Dougherty acknowledges had not been reached by December 2021 — Heard was proposed as an ambassador for the ACLU following her initial donations.
Ms. Heard spoke with such clarity and expertise on issues of gender-based violence [ACLU representatives] She decided she would be the right person to request to become an ambassador for the ACLU.”
It was then that the idea of the article that was the focus of the defamation case was conceived.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 15:25
Dougherty broke up Heard’s payments to the ACLU in connection with a promise that $3.5 million of her $7 million divorce settlement would go to the organization.
He says Heard paid $350,000 directly; $100,000 was paid by Depp; $500,000 paid out via a donor advice fund; And $350,000 was paid out via a donor advice fund.
A total donation of $1.3 million.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 15:18
New Witness: Terrence Dougherty, ACLU
The first witness today is Terrence Dougherty, of the American Civil Liberties Union. He appears in a pre-recorded video filmed in December 2021.
He is first interrogated by Depp’s team and then by Heard.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 15:07
The court returned to hearing in Fairfax, Virginia, with Judge Benny Azcaret presided over.
The jury is brought.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 15:02
Reports say James Franco and Elon Musk won’t testify
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX and actor James Franco, will not testify in the Amber Heard defamation trial, according to a report.
Musk dated Heard after her split from Johnny Depp, and the actor accused her of having an affair with Franco when they filmed a movie together. independent Contact Heard’s legal team for comment on the report.
There has been a lot of speculation about which celebrities and dignitaries might take a stand at the trial. Actor Paul Bettany is believed to be Depp’s rebuttal.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 28, 2022 14:46