Cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, xanax pills, opiates, marijuana… There is almost no known drug left to mention in the review that actress Amber Heard’s lawyer has made of the past hobbies of her ex-husband, also actor Johnny Depp. It was this Thursday in the Fairfax County Court (Virginia), before the jury that is examining the defamation complaint in which he claims 50 million dollars in compensation (47 million euros) for the damage to his reputation caused by a An opinion piece in which Heard, 35, spoke about what it had meant for her to become “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” They both divorced in 2016 and she denounced him then for ill-treatment, which unleashed a media and judicial earthquake that already took them to court in London a year ago and these weeks is registering a virulent replica in the United States.
On the third day of testimony from Depp, who maintains that he never hit his ex-wife “or any other woman” and on Wednesday presented evidence of verbal abuse and of having been attacked by her with a bottle of vodka, it was time to answer the questions from the opposite side. The lawyer J. Benjamin Rottenborn has been thoroughly used for six exhausting hours to undermine the actor’s arguments. Rottenbom has carefully reviewed his apparently outdated history of uncontrolled alcohol and drug use, which Heard alleges led to inappropriate behavior in his marriage. They got married in 2015 after three years of dating and only lasted 15 months.
Rottenborn has shown email and mobile messages sent by Depp to his friends, among others, a private conversation in which he fantasized about killing her. Photographs have also been projected that attest to her consumption habits at the time (a couple of whiskeys and four lines, here; three large bags of grass, there) and images taken by her, such as one in which the actor appears totally spent with an ice cream spread on his lap (which he maintains that she threw at him taking advantage of the fact that he was asleep, “not unconscious”, under the influence of opiates). In addition, recordings of her were heard, again collected by the actress, in which she is heard vomiting, breaking things, threatening to harm herself or babbling nonsense.
In one of those emails, in the middle of an exchange with a friend, the British actor Paul Bettany, Depp writes: “Let’s burn Amber!!!”. Bettany replies, “On second thought, I don’t think we should.” “Let’s drown her before we burn her!” Continues the protagonist of Pirates of the Caribbean. “And then I’ll fuck her charred corpse to make sure she’s dead.” Depp has apologized to the judge for the language of some of his messages, and during this week he has asked not to take into account what he expressed when he wrote, prey “to a pain” that “took him to dark places” . At the time he was addicted to opiates, which were prescribed after he was seriously injured on a set.
Another moment of the relationship between the two in which Heard’s lawyer has stopped especially happened during a trip between Boston and Los Angeles, while Depp participated in the film criminal pact (Black Mass, 2015). Again, he writes to Bettany: “All night before I picked up Amber to fly to LA last Sunday…was ugly mate…didn’t eat for days…fucked [cocaína]… Half a bottle of whiskey, a thousand [copas de] Vodka with Red Bull, pills, two bottles of champagne on the plane.” Depp maintains that at the time he was clean of alcohol, and that he simply took two pills of oxycodone (a very powerful painkiller), and a glass of champagne during the flight. For the actress’s lawyers, the message to Bettany is another proof that she is lying. As a testimony of that trip of hers, a recording made by her has been reproduced in which the actor is heard letting out incomprehensible screams.
Rottenborn has also shown the jury Depp’s intimate messages with the singer Marilyn Manson, in which both conspired to use drugs together (the actor has acknowledged that on one occasion he gave him a pill “to see if he could get him to shut up in a way”. time”), as well as other exchanges with members of her family, his security environment, or with Elton John, in which he recognized that Heard made him happy as long as he managed to stay away from the “Monster”, a term which is having an unusual role during the trial, which started last week. In the couple it served as a euphemism to refer to cocaine or the demons of addiction, indistinctly.
The lawyer has also stopped at the time when the plaintiff developed a penchant for vandalizing hotel rooms. A plaintiff who in this case is also a defendant. Heard replied to Depp’s complaint asking him for 100 million dollars for the damage that, she assures, has caused her career that her ex-husband’s entourage has dispatched as “bullshit” the accusations of ill-treatment with which he ended the relationship. Between both.
In the opinion piece, published in 2018 in The Washington Post, that has caused this crossing of dirty and millionaire accusations, Heard did not mention the name of Depp, 58, but he considers that his publication made the insinuations “permeate in the industry”, which ruined his career (ending his participation in the series Pirates of the Caribbeanperhaps his longest successful work).
Despite the exhaustive exchange, Rottenborn has not exhausted his questions. The questioning will continue Monday in Fairfax, whose court rests on Fridays.