The third day of a defamation trial between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard concerned a number of witnesses, together with Depp’s physician who spoke concerning the actor’s efforts to get better from dependancy.
In a video deposition exhibited to the jury on Thursday, Dr. David Kipper testified that he was employed as a concierge physician for Depp in 2014. The actor had a historical past of substance abuse with alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines and stimulants like cocaine, and wished the physician’s assist detoxifying from substances.
Kipper, who was the protection’s witness, spoke on a number of items of proof relating to his notes about Depp’s progress, together with the various instances the actor tried to halt the cleansing course of. The proof additionally included typically incoherent messages from Depp to the physician detailing his frustration with Heard.
The decide determined to cease Kipper’s deposition midway by way of on Thursday and proceed the place it left off on Friday.
Depp has accused Heard of defamation in a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post, the place she refers to herself as a “public determine representing home abuse.” Heard doesn’t identify Depp within the piece, although his attorneys argue it references a restraining order Heard sought in 2016 after the couple started divorce proceedings.
Heard has alleged that Depp violently abused her all through their relationship in divorce paperwork in addition to in proof from a separate defamation lawsuit Depp filed and misplaced towards British tabloid The Solar, who referred to as the actor a “spouse beater” in 2018.
Depp denies abusing Heard, arguing as an alternative that it was she who abused him. The actor is suing Heard for $50 million, and Heard is counter-suing for $100 million. Depp’s attorneys are trying to argue that there isn’t any proof that the actor engaged within the abuse Heard alleges, and Heard’s attorneys say that proof will show in any other case — arguing that a lot of the abuse stemmed from Depp’s substance use.
One in all Depp’s witnesses was Kate James, a former private assistant to Heard who testified that she by no means noticed the actress expertise any bodily abuse by the hands of her then-husband. James mentioned Depp was “a complete Southern gentleman” with a relaxed demeanor, whereas calling Heard a “very dramatic particular person” who would verbally abuse her and sometimes be inebriated or medicine.
James, who mentioned she was paid “very poorly” by Heard, testified throughout cross-examination on an August 2016 textual content message Depp despatched her after he and Heard separated.
“Thanks, sweetheart … I’m disgusted that I ever fuckin’ touched that scum … Again on Tuesday!!! After which … Courtroom!!!” the textual content learn. “Will hit you once I get again, doll … Come over for a spot of purple and we’ll repair her flabby ass, good and good!!!”
James mentioned she did meet with Depp, however that they didn’t drink wine. The previous assistant mentioned she didn’t recall particulars of the assembly, saying, “It’s too way back.”
One other of Depp’s witnesses, “Gina” Deuters, started testifying about her longtime friendship with the actor, in addition to his drug use and his relationship with Heard. The decide dismissed Deuters and struck her testimony from the document after the witness admitted to having watched a number of the trial earlier than showing in court docket.
Legal professionals additionally confirmed a video deposition of Laurel Anderson, a pair’s therapist who labored with Heard and Depp in 2015. Anderson testified that each actors suffered childhood abuse, and engaged in “mutual abuse” of their marriage.
“It was a degree of pleasure to her, if she felt disrespected, to provoke a struggle,” the therapist mentioned of Heard, including that she “rose to the problem” and “fought as arduous as [Depp] did.”
Heard instructed Anderson in a solo session that Depp hit her, displaying her bruises on her face, each in photographs and in particular person. The therapist additionally testified that Heard “wished to desire a divorce” however would fairly be in a struggle than see Depp go away.
Each of the previous spouses are anticipated to testify on the trial in Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom in Virginia.
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