Watch live as testimony continues for Johnny Depp defamation case against Amber Heard
On Thursday, witness Gina Deuters, a friend of Depp, had her testimony struck from the record and was dismissed after admitting she had seen clips of the trial online. Instead video evidence from Dr David Kipper, who treated the actor for addiction, was played.
Earlier, recorded depositions were shown from Heard’s former assistant Kate James, and the couple’s marriage counsellor Dr Laurel Anderson who detailed their “mutual abuse”.
Depp claims a 2018 article about domestic violence towards women, written by Heard, implied he was an abuser during their relationship. Although she did not name him, lawyers claim her allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles.
He is asking for $50million (£38.2m) in damages during the trial in Fairfax County’s district courthouse. Heard has filed a counterclaim against Depp for nuisance.
Depp has previously lost a defamation case in the UK againstThe Sun newspaper over the same article by Heard.
Everything we learned during first week of trial
US Culture Writer Clémence Michallon recaps the first week of proceedings at the defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
Louise Boyle16 April 2022 13:15
Piers Morgan calls Amber Heard and Depp ‘supreme narcissists’ amid trial
In an opinion column for the New York Post, Morgan wrote: “I can honestly say that the number of f***s I give about this shamelessly deluded and self-obsessed pair of whiny wastrels could be written on the back of Mycoplasma genitalium, the planet’s smallest living organism.”
He also compared Depp and Heard to exes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who have been embroiled in a bitter legal battle over custody of their children since they divorced in 2016.
The divisive ex-Good Morning Britain host Morgan accused the pair of “playing the victim at a time when there are millions of real victims suffering from war, a killer virus, and crippling rises in the cost of living”.
Maanya Sachdeva16 April 2022 09:00
Amber Heard’s personal assistant says she was paid ‘very poorly’ by film star
Katherine “Kate” James recounted the extreme working conditions she allegedly endured as a former personal assistant to Amber Heard during her testimony in the defamation trial.
Heard’s personal assistant answered questions – in a pre-recorded video deposition completed in February – regarding her past employment with the film star, which she said lasted from 2012 to 2015.
In the video, James explained that her job duties included “too many to mention” and that Heard paid her “very poorly”.
“She paid me $25 an hour to start off with and she finally agreed after screaming abuse at me that she would pay me $50,000 a year once I went to full time.”
The Independent’s Inga Parkel has the full story here:
Maanya Sachdeva16 April 2022 07:30
Amber Heard’s defence: What is anti-SLAPP provision?
Amber Heard is likely…