nothing about ExperienceDepending on the allegations of domestic violence, it was routine. deep Opening on the podium for four days about his lavish drug-fueled lifestyle, he painted himself as a victim, even though a British judge had already concluded there was “compelling evidence” that he abused Amber Heard and left her in fear for her life. He has also repeatedly indulged in court antics, from coloring at impressionist art shows to chewing gummy bears to laughing. Depp fanatics have taken to TikTok and Twitter to create cruel memes of Heard reacting to the painful testimonies.
But if there was too much eye on Depp and Heard, the supporting characters in the trial circus threatened to steal the show themselves.
From a building manager vaping and driving while recording his video to a heated expert on baked goods, witnesses provided by the actor’s legal team have helped recast the case into an absurd drama. Depp’s legal team did not respond to comment for this story.
Jurors are supposed to determine whether Heard acted with “real malice” when she wrote in 2018 Washington Post Editorial – which means that the actress knew what she wrote was false – or that she published the piece with “reckless disregard” of the truth. In the piece, which does not mention Depp’s name, Heard identifies herself as having announced to the public as a domestic violence survivor two years earlier. In May 2016, Heard filed for divorce and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp after appearing in court with a bruised face. In her application, Heard alleged that Depp threw a phone at her, which he denied.
The crux of Depp’s argument is that he never abused Heard, but that she actually called him abusive, sabotaging his career. The cases are bleak, and the hindrance to proving his case is large – the stakes are in the tens of millions of dollars.
Some of Depp’s witnesses may eventually prove up to the task at hand: to re-portray him as the victim. But just as Depp’s antics can ultimately backfire, his colorful group of witnesses can leave jurors confused.
The doorman in a Los Angeles apartment building, Depp and Heard, who once lived in them, Romero made clear from the moment his recorded testimony began that he had better things to do.
In a video recorded in January 2021 shown at the stadium on Wednesday, Romero can be seen inside a car talking about his limited interactions with the famous couple.
“I know you sent me the papers to review, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to review them because they were too long,” Romero said at the beginning of his testimony.
Romero proceeded to express how he was “pressed” by the case and “didn’t want to deal with this anymore.”
Earning laughter from the courtroom — and Depp himself — with the recorded testimony, Romero was at one time seen rambling and vaping e-cigarettes while the attorneys for both celebrities insisted that he had never seen any signs of abusive behavior, nor signs of injury on Heard’s face.
But the way the testimony was given was so unorthodox that even Judge Benny Azcaret had to comment sarcastically after the video ended, “That was the first thing that happened.”
“I’ve seen a lot of things, but I’ve never seen that before,” the judge added, prompting one of Heard’s attorneys to agree, “that’s the most grotesque of the affidavit.”
Christopher Melcher, the famous divorce attorney who represented Kanye West in divorce proceedings with Kim Kardashian, believes Romero’s testimony provided a “human moment” in an already “out of this world” case.
“The trial is a theater, and it’s very written for the jury and the judge,” Melcher told The Daily Beast. “The jurors in this case may already feel they can’t relate to some issues in the lives of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – but I bet they were related to the front desk manager who probably won’t take a day off for this video.”
“This is a working man who did not want to get involved in this case and was honest about it,” added the lawyer, who has no affiliation with the parties to the case.
A CAA agent and former fiancée of Lady Gaga, Christian Carino He gave jurors unique insight into the career and personal lives of Depp and Heard – including how the actress dealt with billionaire Elon Musk after her split from Depp.
In a two-part taped testimony, the former agent for both Depp and Heard said he had never heard either celebrity accuse the other of abuse. But he said he suggested the couple seek a marriage counselor to “mediate their difficulties” during their turbulent, short-lived marriage. Carino added that after their breakup, he spoke to Heard about the Tesla boss, and at one point texted her: “She wasn’t in love with him and you told me a thousand times that you were filling in.”
Carino has also appeared notably in support of Depp’s claim that his reputation was damaged as a result of Heard’s allegations, in reference to the actor who lost his role in pirates of the caribbean 6 Shortly after the 2018 opening (Carino claimed to have held talks with Disney executives about it.) The agent said that while Heard met through Depp, and was testifying as a witness to Depp, he was no longer friends with any of the celebrities.
“My view is that Amber’s accusations could have had the most impact on his off-screen reputation. I’m not talking about any specific accusation,” Carino said.
But the pre-recorded video recording at least partly overshadowed Carino’s decision to sit in a fully mirrored room and sip different drinks during the recording. Once, he appeared to be drinking a hard beer or kombucha – and was seen holding his face in his hands. On the second filing, Carino appeared in front of a large print of a cartoon woman, leaning toward the camera in apparent annoyance.
Melcher noted that unlike Romero, whose behavior would have been granular during the sedimentation process, Carino’s behavior might have been reckless.
“He was in this weird background and obviously upset and didn’t want to be there. He was drinking too much,” the lawyer said. “He was very dismissive.”
Depp’s personal assistant’s wife, Deuters, was to be an important witness for the actor – until she was taken out of trial on April 14, shortly after she took the stage.
When she began discussing her friendship with Depp, including how she never saw the actor act violently after using drugs or drinking, Deuters was quickly stopped when the actress’ legal team requested a side bar.
“Did you watch the trial last week?” asked Justice Azcaret Deuters after meeting with both counselors.
“I’ve seen clips of it on the internet, yes,” she replied.
The confession prompted Deuters to be absolved from trial and her testimony crossed from the record, as witnesses are generally not supposed to consume media coverage of the proceedings. But the jury wasn’t in the hall at the crucial moment she saw her expulsion, and so she doesn’t know why Deuters was suddenly taken off the witness stand.
Melcher suggested that a quick exit would be impossible for them to forget.
While Melcher believes the judge “acted too quickly” in impeaching Deuters without asking her for details about what she witnessed covering the trial, it is certainly a “factor looming large for the jury.”
“You can’t just erase something from your memory. It happened very quickly, so jurors don’t know why she was expelled, which might cause some mystery or suspicion,” Melcher added.
Dr.. Shannon Carrey
Testifying on behalf of Johnny Depp, Carrie, a clinical and forensic psychologist, sent shock waves when she told jurors on Tuesday that she believed Amber Heard had borderline personality disorder.
But Dr. Shannon Curry, who’s been in the field for about 15 years and focuses on treating the couple – and wasn’t Heard’s doctor – completely blew the Internet when she slammed the actress’s lawyer for asking about baked goods.
“May I explain what happened so we can stop talking about donuts?” Carrey said during interrogation.
The outrage came when Heard’s lawyer was questioning the doctor about whether she had told her husband that she had been psychiatricizing Heard as part of her job as Depp’s expert witness last December.
Attorney Eliane Bredehoft began suggesting that Carey was “too excited” to get involved in the case – so much so that she told her husband she would evaluate Heard even though the case was supposed to be “top secret”.
Carrie Bredehoft tore down for being “inaccurate” in the claim.
Enter the cake.
“You said you brought pies from your husband, and you gave them to Mrs. Heard, didn’t you?” asked the actress’s lawyer.
The question prompted Carrie to insist she stop talking about food before proceeding to explain how her husband knows she was only working with a famous client — but not with any.
The psychologist added that she was late in this case, and asked her husband “to go to the bakery near our house and pick up cakes for me … He often has to do this because I am often late.”
“I think I made a comment to her along the lines of, ‘My husband got these for us today,’” which means he bought the donuts we’re enjoying now because of him, Carrie added when she met Heard.
“Why did your husband get donuts for Amber Heard?” Bredehoft later asked Carrie, which made her laugh out loud and insist he didn’t (on purpose) get her specifically for the actress.
The strange exchange called for comparisons to the “Muffin Man” scene from a partner. In one TikTok viral An obvious Depp fan, a clip from Curry punctuates the sound of the movie being played on her. Another TikTok with over 90,000 views referred to the incident as “Muffingate”.
Melcher, the celebrity attorney, argued that while Carrey’s frustration may have sparked outrage, it didn’t strip credibility from her testimony — even if it represented the latest circus-like element in a domestic violence trial.
“I think her testimony was a thorough experimental behavior in the textbooks, other than the brownie moment,” he said. “It was amusing.”