Johnny Depp’s ‘Victim Blaming’ Amber Heard Lawyers Say – Deadline

UPDATE, 11:58 a.m. PT: “We ask you, ladies and gentlemen, to hold Mr. Depp accountable for his actions,” Amber Heard’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, exclaimed in the final moments of Johnny’s $50 million defamation lawsuit. Depp against his ex-wife. “Stand up for all victims of domestic violence. Defend freedom of expression. Give Amber Heard her life back.

With less than ten minutes to go with their closing statement, Heard’s defense team has opted for the constitutional juggler with the very last word in the sinister case that has captivated America and the world for the nearly last two months.

“It’s simple, if you think Depp abused Amber once…then your job is very easy,” Rottenborn told the jury in the Virginia courtroom. “You can not only deny Mr. Depp’s claim, but assert Amber’s counterclaim.

Immediately after Heard was repeatedly called a “liar” and played “the role of his life” and Depp’s vile communications were swept under the rug as “dark and ugly humor”, in the rebuttal of the plaintiff by lawyer Camille Vasquez, the defense’s last fight was

Spanning six weeks in a Virginia courtroom, this widely covered lawsuit stems from Depp’s March 2019 lawsuit against Heard over the late 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote. In this article for the Jeff Bezos-owned broadsheet, Heard called herself a “public figure representing domestic violence” and detailed the blast radius she and other women face.

Although he said nothing to that effect during the couple’s 2016 restraining order divorce, Depp has insisted for the past three years that he never abused Heard. The fired Fantastic Beasts actor actually claims he was abused in the relationship. Proving unsuccessful in having the lawsuit dismissed, Heard filed a $100 million countersuit in the summer of 2020. This countersuit came just months before Depp failed in his libel suit in the UK against The Sun tabloid for calling him a “wife beater”.

Abandoning closing arguments and final instructions from Judge Penny Azcarte after six weeks of trial, the seven-person jury is now deliberating on the defamation case. Even though Depp’s Brown Ruddick legal team provided the most accurate perspective for most of the trial, Heard’s defense was tough on the First Amendment when it closed. Perhaps too little, too late amid the grim accusations of physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse and the parade of less than stellar witnesses that have dominated the trial since its start on April 11, the power of the kingpin of the 11th Defense time now rests with the jury.

Of course, it won’t end whether Depp triumphs in his defamation case or Heard wins with his $100 million counterclaim. Outside the Fairfax County Courthouse, the reputations of both sides are in tatters. Inside the court system, you can almost bet the Black Pearl there will be an appeal. For the record, Depp unsuccessfully tried to appeal his defeat in his 2020 UK defamation lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch-owned The Sun.

Now we are waiting.

BEFORE, 9:24 a.m. PT: “This whole thing is about blaming Amber Heard for things she didn’t do,” said the Aquaman the star’s attorney said today in a Virginia court during closing arguments in Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife.

“But that’s what Mr. Depp does, that’s what he’s always done,” lawyer Ben Rottenborn said on Friday for the defense before the jury and Judge Penney Azcarate. “Blame others, refuse to take responsibility. But the problem for him here is that he is rushing headlong into the Constitution of the United States.

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“Most of what you’ve heard in this trial, you don’t need to make a decision,” a mostly measured Rottenborn claimed after six weeks of “heinous abuse” claims and highly explained testimony “told by Depp and Heard, various staff members, doctors, family members, friends and well-paid parasites Rottenborn called the entire case and lawsuit “the most disgusting victim blaming” on the part of of Depp and his Brown Ruddick attorneys.

After stumbling into various traps by Depp’s team and seemingly losing the plot several times, Heard’s team came out today with precision on American’s hallowed doc, finally.

“Does the First Amendment give Ms. Heard the right to write the words she wrote in this article on December 18, 2018? Rottenborn asked rhetorically. “Should anyone be able to write an article like this in the United States of America without going through Hell?” he continued, speaking of the subject of the trial.

“Ladies and gentlemen, let me be very clear, if Amber has been abused by Mr. Depp even once, then she wins,” Rottenborn added, calling the claim “ridiculous” Depp that he never abused his Rum Diary co-star. “They’re trying to make you believe that Amber has to be perfect to win. In fact, if he can’t prove he didn’t abuse Amber once, she wins.

Depp sued Heard in March 2019 on December 18, 2018 Washington Post the actress wrote about becoming “a public figure representing domestic violence.” Although the op-end never mentioned Depp by name, the former Oscar nominee claimed it had “devastated” his already flagging career. As his attorneys repeatedly proclaimed during the April 11 opening trial, Depp also said in 2019 that he was in fact the one who was abused in the relationship. As discussed this morning, these claims by Depp are an apparent contradiction to what both parties publicly stated in their temporary restraining order filed in 2016 during the divorce.

Calling Depp vindictive on Friday, Rottenborn said the actor “will do anything he can to destroy your life, destroy your career.”

“Just because people read the article and remember Amber Heard was married to Johnny Depp and accused him of abuse, it doesn’t mean she engineered and wanted defamatory implications by writing about herself,” Rottenborn also noted in the opening of the defense’s closing arguments, which are expected to last several hours today.

Failing to have the case dismissed or leave Virginia, Heard in 2020 countersued for $100 million. The countersuit came months before Depp’s UK libel case against tabloid The Sun for calling him a ‘wife beater’ proved a dramatic failure in November 2020.

“He’s the real Johnny Depp,” the attorney said, noting the sexual assault allegations and reading and showing many of the former Pirates of the Caribbean star’s texts to friends like The Avengers’ Paul Bettany and members. staff threatening death, sexual violence and ‘global humiliation’ against Heard. Audio tapes of the self-proclaimed ‘monster’ Depp shouting at Heard that she’s a ‘f*cking c*nt’ and a disturbing 2016 video of an enraged Depp destroying a kitchen while yelling “motherf*cker” were also played for the jury for maximum impact following the final scorched-earth argument from the plaintiff’s legal team. , Rottenborn said, noting Depp’s habit of snickering when such evidence was presented at the Fairfax County Courthouse.

Briefly listing all the accusations and dirty laundry that have plagued most of this trial circus, Rottenborn exclaimed “none of that is in the story.” He added: It would be a very different article if she had written what she suffered, what she told you about the last six weeks.

“The facts are absolutely damning of abuse,” Rottenborn reiterated near the end of his presentation, which was momentarily interrupted by an Amber Alert going off the phones of many courtroom attendees. “Any damage to Mr. Depp’s career is self-caused.”

Rottenborn will be replaced in the courtroom by fellow defense attorney Elaine Bredehoft, who will argue the counterclaims. After that, Depp’s team will have an hour to rebut, and then Heard’s team will themselves have another hour to address the jury. If all goes as planned, later this afternoon the seven-person jury will go behind closed doors to consider their verdict.

In theory, we could see a verdict today, before the start of the Memorial Day long weekend. However, but in all likelihood, deliberations will continue next week after the holidays.

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