Witnesses Take Stand for Celebrity Actor in Depp-Heard Trial

On Monday, a slew of witnesses took to the stand in the trial of celebrity actor Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The witnesses painted Depp as the victim in his relationship with Heard, stating that the actor was punched, “canceled,” and lost out on a $22.5 million movie deal due to his vengeful and abusive ex-wife.

The jury in Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Heard, heard about the couple’s relationship, including how the former wife allegedly threw a can of Red Bull at the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and called him a “deadbeat dad.”

The jury also heard how Depp’s career had been “devastated” by an op-ed by Heard, in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

According to Depp’s talent manager who has been Depp’s agent since 2016, Jack Whigham, the 2018 essay sank a $22.5 million contract with Disney for Depp to resume his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates” franchise. He said that it was impossible to get Johnny a studio film after the op-ed.

The 58-year-old actor was not named in the Washington Post column that is at the core of the ongoing trial, but he believes it clearly mentioned him and cost him tens of millions of dollars.

Heard’s lawyers went to great efforts to prove that the actress’ claims were far from the only thing about Depp that would make moviegoers uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Depp’s lawyers questioned Travis McGivern, Depp’s longtime bodyguard, about alleged violent occurrences he witnessed during his nine years working for Depp. On the evidence, the security guard said that Heard once slugged Depp on the left side of his face during a quarrel in their Los Angeles penthouse in 2015. McGivern testified that he was previously the target of Heard’s rage, saying she “demeaned” and insulted him for his chosen job.

Whigham said the actor was still able to work after the allegations of abuse surfaced in 2016, earning $8 million for “City Of Lies,” $10 million for “Murder on the Orient Express,” and $13.5 million for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

The films were shot in 2017 under contracts signed before Depp’s claims surfaced. But, as Whigham testified, it was difficult to find work following the op-ed, and it was evident by 2019 that he wouldn’t be reprising his role as Jack Sparrow on the big screen.

Dr. Shannon Curry, a non-board-certified psychologist hired by Depp’s team, testified last week that Heard had borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder after analyzing her for a 12-hour session.

After forensic psychologist Curry testified on April 26, Heard’s legal team, led by Elaine Bredehoft and Ben Rottenborn, elected to call clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes to the stand first on Tuesday in Fairfax County, Virginia. Hughes will be the first witness summoned when Heard’s lawyers begin presenting their case, reports say.

She fired her PR company and recruited a new one over the weekend in a last-minute attempt to better position herself in the press as the closely watched case continues.

Heard has not yet testified, but could do so by Wednesday.

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