Between drama and farce, the courtroom showdown that pitted Johnny Depp against ex-wife Amber Heard this week focused on a star-studded cast of professionals and pundits, painting a picture of Hollywood in all its glory.
The 36-year-old actress’s accusations of domestic violence, and the 58-year-old star’s denials, have been at the center of a high-profile defamation lawsuit that began on April 11 in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
After a deluge of testimonies, Depp gave up his spot on the witness stand on Tuesday for the younger players he gravitated around: the agent, the driver, the bodyguard, the wealth manager…and sometimes these minor characters steal the show.
– doorman –
Alejandro Romero is a concierge in the luxury building in Los Angeles where the couple lived. In his testimony via video link, while sitting at the wheel of his car, he said he did not see any marks on Heard’s face after the couple’s last argument in May 2016.
The actress appeared shortly thereafter in court, her face seemingly swollen, to file an application for protection.
But the porter did not want to focus on his memories. “I’m very nervous,” he said, puffing out an e-cigarette. “I don’t want to deal with this anymore,” he said, emphasizing the point with starting his car.
“Okay,” replied Judge Benny Azcaret. “This was the first time, I’m sorry.”
– loyal guard –
Bodyguard Malcolm Connolly has worked for Depp for 23 years. With a notable Scottish accent, he offered his continued support on Thursday, saying Heard “wanted to wear the pants in this relationship” and said it was she who initiated the arguments between the pair.
When asked about the actor’s abuse of alcohol and drugs, he insisted the star had a “very high tolerance” for “any substance”.
“I think Jack Sparrow was more drunk than Johnny Depp,” he said, referring to Depp’s famous character in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
However, he said he never saw the actor pee in the hallway, Heard’s lawyers suggested.
“I think I would remember if I saw Mr. Depp’s penis,” he said.
Seeking to show his financial dependence on the actor, Heard’s lawyers asked him if he had received gifts worth $8,500 over the years.
“He gave me so much more!” Connolly replied without hesitation.
– Huge CFO checks –
The lifestyle of Depp, who owned 45 luxury cars, a yacht, and several properties including an island, regularly makes headlines.
His manager Edward White told the court on Thursday how he sought to rectify his accounts, with his divorce costs settled with Amber Heard in 2017.
“She was initially looking for $4 million, but her demand keeps increasing,” he said.
In the end, Depp paid her $6.8 million, wrote checks for $200,000 in donations in her name, paid half a million to her lawyer, and incurred all debts incurred during their life together, about $13.5 million.
– Agent and friend –
Christian Carino was an agent and friend of the actors, but he no longer talks to either of them.
Through the video, he said he tried in vain to reconcile them and read the text messages exchanged with Heard after their divorce.
In one of the messages, the Aquaman actress said she was saddened by her split from her new boyfriend, billionaire Elon Musk.
“She wasn’t in love with him and you told me a thousand times you were filling in the blanks,” replied Carino, who was once engaged to Lady Gaga.
– Psychological analysis of clothes –
On the first day of the trial, Depp wore a light gray suit with a black tie emblazoned with a bee pattern. The next day, Amber Heard wore a gray sweater, and the next day she wore a tie with a bee on it.
On the stage, Shannon Curry, a psychologist invited by Depp’s legal team, said she felt the actress had a “borderline personality disorder” that could prompt her to “mock” those close to her.
– And now? –
Heard’s lawyers want to hear from Elon Musk and actor James Franco, another confidant of their client. But the two men refused without explaining their reasons.
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