The strange ways Johnny Depp spends his time in a domestic violence lawsuit 2022-04-28 03:03:31


for about three weeks, Johnny Depp crouched in a cold Fairfax County, Virginia courtroom, a few feet from his ex-wife Amber Heard As part of a heated $50 million civil defamation lawsuit. But instead of staying serious about a case that focuses at least in part on allegations of brutal domestic violence against him, Depp slipped into completely bizarre behavior.

Depp spent four mostly sad days on the podium insisting that jurors overheard his career “ruined” in 2018 Washington Post An editorial describing herself as a domestic violence survivor. But whether on the confrontation or outside, the Pirates of the Caribbean The actor also took to passing time in an increasingly silly way.

he painted Women’s sketches on sticky notes. He has painted what appears to be a display of a Matisse-style painting in pastel colours. He ate rubber bears. He laughed at the testimony along with his lawyer’s sea.

Actor Johnny Depp points to a pile of candy during the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, US, April 27, 2022.

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Depp apparently found entertainment in the slew of middle-aged supporters who thronged the courtroom daily, some even arriving at the Virginia court hours before the trial began to get a seat. (He also has Enjoy sometimes ugly shows of support from legions of fans onlineAnd Joe Rogan among them.)

Experts suggested that the unacceptable feeling from Depp – at least some of it was in the eyes of the jury – may be part of a questionable strategy to win over jurors. Depp’s legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Johnny Depp is a good actor and he’s spent years winning audiences, and that seems to be part of his strategy here,” Judah Engelmayer, a crisis communications expert who was Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson during his New York sex crime trial, told The Daily Beast. “Graphics, doodling, eating candy, are ways to show a state of being very relaxed and comfortable. Instead of just looking up, and nervous… he’s instead trying to seem like he doesn’t care about the world, and is so self-confident.”

But if Depp’s behavior doesn’t technically violate courtroom decency, especially during a trial in which the actor is not facing any criminal charges, the behavior is remarkable given that the 58-year-old is accused of abuse.

“The jury is watching everyone in the courtroom, so the parties need to be careful about their behavior so the jury doesn’t get the impression that the party is taking the case lightly,” said Christopher Melcher, a famous divorce attorney who represented Kaine West in his divorce proceedings with Kim Kardashian, told The Daily Beast.

The crux of the ongoing trial is the allegation of defamation around Heard’s opinion piece, but the actress has long accused Depp of abuse, including one incident where Depp allegedly threw a phone at her. She left her face bruised. A London judge concluded in November 2020 that there was “compelling evidence” that Depp repeatedly assaulted Heard during their marriage, and she “feared for her life”.

On the podium as a witness in his lawsuit, Depp Heard was accused of verbal and physical violence, including a notorious 2015 incident in which he said the actress threw a bottle of vodka that cut off his fingertip. But Depp may have undermined his own version of events when an audio clip was played in court that appeared to have been picked up saying he had cut off his finger.

Both Depp and Heard denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Jurors are tasked with deciding whether Heard acted with “real malice” when she wrote mail piece – meaning she knew the contents were bogus – or by “reckless disregard” of the truth. The jury will also be asked to review some of the issues raised in Heard’s 2020 lawsuit against Depp.

The atmosphere in the courtroom ranged from slack to incoherent, with Judge Benny Azcaret on Monday warning those present to remain silent or face expulsion. The warning came after laughter broke out when Depp was on the stage and the actor struggled to remember his wide range of starring roles.

“I’m pathetic when it comes to knowing which movies I’ve made,” Depp said with a smile. “I’m sorry. I just don’t watch them. I feel better not watching them. What’s the question again?”

On Tuesday, Depp was caught livestreaming the trial drawing a picture of a woman on a Post-it sheet. While it wasn’t immediately clear who was supposed to depict the color drawing, Depp was caught in a video that has now gone viral passing on improvised art to his attorney, Benjamin Chew.

Qiu was then seen taking off his glasses to get a better look at the drawing as Deep whispered in his ear. The lawyer proceeded to nod of approval for the artwork, before holding his hand to his heart and pointing at his prominent client.

On Wednesday, sunglasses-clad Depp came armed with distractions as he entered the courtroom, including a notebook marked “brown to last” along with a drawing of a green, space-like face holding a crown on his head.

Depp brings a silver tumbler to court every day, and on Wednesdays he keeps a small pile of multicolored gummy candies and beans.

Depp was also photographed on Wednesday coloring in what appears to be a printed sketch or replica of Matisse. dancers With purple and pink highlighter. Seated next to the actor at the time: an open bowl of Ice Breaker candy.

That’s even as video testimonies from several LAPD officers provide new details about the 2016 domestic violence call at the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles that centered on Depp and Heard.

Kimberly Lau, a New York attorney who specializes in harassment and assault claims, pointed out to The Daily Beast that not all of Depp’s indulgence occurred while the jury was in attendance.

“This is a tense experience, so it’s entirely possible that Depp will be trying to find ways to bring some boldness into the situation for himself and among his legal team,” Lau said.

For Engelmayr, however, Depp’s actions in the courtroom are another indication that the trial “has become a bit of a circus.” He said mint and candy were normal for the defendants in court — and noted that Weinstein snacked on Mentos during this 2020 trial. Depp has not been charged with any sexual offenses, but he appears to be doing everything in his power to direct high-stakes legal action into a surreal scene.

“It’s narcissism, but then again, it’s Hollywood,” Engelmayr said.