Johnny Depp was victim of 'abuser' Heard, court told

Carla Harmon
July 31, 2020

Depp's libel action against News Group Newspapers (NGN), publisher of The Sun newspaper, and its executive editor Dan Wootton, over an article which alleged he was violent to Heard and labelled him a "wife beater", has attracted global media attention.

"Crucially, not only has he never hit a woman in his life, he has never been accused of it", he said, noting that Heard's legal team conceded he is not accused of violence against previous partners. Johnny Depp's defense presented this video in court, suggesting that Amber Heard has violent tendencies.

He told Mr Justice Nicol that the first issue he will have to decide is the meaning of The Sun's article, saying it is Mr Depp's case that it meant he was "guilty, on overwhelming evidence, of serious domestic violence against his then wife, causing significant injury and leading to her fearing for her life, for which (he) was constrained to pay no less than GBP5 million to compensate her ... and for that reason is not fit to work in the film industry".

On Monday, lawyers for NGN made their closing submissions, with barrister Sasha Wass QC telling the court that the defence to the article complained about by Mr Depp is "one of truth, namely that Mr Depp did indeed beat his wife". I'd gladly love the opportunity to take you to school mr. tough guy Elon Musk. And None of this would be possible without the booze and drugs.

Mr Depp had been candid about his drug and alcohol intake, Mr Sherborne said, but denied they unleashed a "monster" in him.

The past few weeks have felt like months, and if you've been keeping up with things, you'll know that the testimony outlining events in Depp and Heard's marriage is the stuff of nightmares.

It is noted that all of Depp's words about respect for women is questionable because of his correspondences.

The topic of shifting dates has been brought up throughout the case, with both Heard and her sister Whitney, who also gave evidence, both shifting the dates of the so-called "Disco Bloodbath" incident. She was accused by a #MeToo activist, Katherine Kendall, of appropriating a violent rape that happened to Kendall for her own ends. "I definitely was not having an affair with Amber while she was married to Johnny, this is totally false", the Tesla mogul told the publication of cheating claims made during Depp's explosive libel trial in the UK.

Wass said that for Depp the "combination ... of drink, drugs, jealousy and anger was lethal". Under cross-examination Depp admitted headbutting Heard during a tussle, but said it was by accident as he tried to stop her punching him.

By accusing Heard of physically assaulting him, Depp was seeking to reverse the roles of offender and victim, Wass said. When he was accused of hitting her, he accused her of hitting him, and when he was accused of being a drug addict, he accused her of being a heavy drug user, Wass said.

"She is the abuser, not Mr Depp", lawyer David Sherborne told the court. The actress, to a surprise, even mentioned Johnny Depp's name in the post.

"She's begging for total global humiliation".

"He admitted it and, if occasionally he was mistaken or forgot exactly when he stopped taking something... it is quite hard to see why that would make any material difference given how candid he has been about his use of certain substances", Sherborne said.

Johnny has denied all claims that he was ever violent to Amber, who he split with in 2017 after two years. His lawyer is due to sum up on Tuesday. He is expected to hand down his ruling in several weeks.

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