In the blockbuster defamation case between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, he jury delivered a split verdict on Wednesday, after weeks of turbulent testimony and three days of consideration. The jury found that each had defamed the other but Depp celebrated the verdict while Heard proclaimed herself disappointed “beyond words”. Here are some blistering claims and counter claims of domestic abuse.
Hours of testimony were devoted to the gruesome incident which took place during March 2015 in Australia, while filming of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. During a vehement argument, the tip of Depp’s right hand’s middle finger was severed which occurred when Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him. Heard claims that she does not know how it happened but both agreed that Depp used his injured finger to scrawl cryptic messages on walls, lampshade and mirrors.
Among many abnormal incidents Depp also narrated that “human fecal matter” was deposited on his side of bed after an argument on Heard’s 30th Birthday party. Heard claims that it was one of her dogs having bowel problems.
Both sides presented multiple witnesses which included bodyguards, doctors, agents, business manager, friends, relatives and even the former doorman of the luxurious penthouse they once occupied as a couple in Los Angeles. Two of Jonny Depp’s former girlfriends also testified. Kate Moss shot down the former rumor and told that Depp never pushed her down the stairs while actress Ellen Barkin claimed that Depp was jealous, controlling, who was mostly drunk and once threw wine bottle in a hotel room. Rumored testimony by billionaire Ellen Musk, who was Heard’s ex-boyfriend and her co-star James Franco ultimately did not materialize.
Both audio and video recordings were presented as evidences along with photographs of injuries which both parties claimed to have inflicted on one another. Depp’s text messages were also revealed claiming to various people using violent and coarse language what he would like to see happen to Heard. The photographs of passed out Depp after excessive drinking and drugs were also presented.
With the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp, his fans waged a massive campaign on social media. Heard claimed that she received thousands of death threats during this time period.
A three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp and Amber Heard claimed that their careers have been damaged. Heard alleged that Depp tried to cut her from Warner Brothers and she had to fight for her role in ‘Aquaman 2’ and suffered $45-50 million for losing other roles. Depp’s hired industry said that he also lost millions due to abuse accusations which include $22.5 million for sixth ‘Pirates’ installment but Depp’s former agent told that there was no such arrangement. Jacob also claimed that Depp had lost his worth due to “unprofessional behavior” by using drugs and drinking in 2010.