On April 11, the trial that has Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as protagonists began in Fairfax County, Virginia, and that keeps Hollywood in suspense in a process that is being televised in the United States.
Both stars are facing a trial for defamation, which undoubtedly touches on the problems of abuse and domestic violence, although certainly what is being debated is defamation with effects on the public image and income of both: him because he assures that she accuses him of beating and she because she assures that he treats her as a liar.
The case began when the former protagonist of “Pirates of the Caribbean” sued his ex-wife for 50 million dollars for an article she wrote in 2018 in the Washington Post where she claimed to have been a victim of violence although she did not name Depp. Given this, Heard responded with a $100 million counterclaim, claiming that she was the one who had lost jobs and a lot of money as part of a smear campaign led by Depp.
Since Heard first filed charges against the actor in 2016 until today, a lot has happened, and in the defamation trial that is taking place now, details of the stormy relationship they had are coming to light.
Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, assured the jury on Tuesday that it was clear that Heard was referring to his client in the article and that he did so on the eve of the premiere of “Aquaman”, a film in which she participated, to generate publicity and advance your career.
The defense of the actress, counterattacked with harsh statements. Lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn said Depp was trying to fool the jury with “crazy conspiracy theories” and stressed that her client was telling the truth about the “horrible abuse” she endured. In addition, the lawyer Elaine Bredehoft recounted that on a trip to Australia in 2015 Depp “dragged Heard on the floor, hit her, kicked her and then penetrated her with a bottle of liquor.”
The trial is expected to last six weeks and on the stand could be renowned witnesses such as Elon Musk and James Franco, men who have been romantically linked to the actress.