Johnny Depp appears to have a few quirks to keep him sane in the courtroom as he squares off against ex-wife Amber Heard in his $100million defamation trial.
Wednesday morning, the 10th day of his trial, Depp’s black SUV was blaring ‘Exodus’ by Bob Marley as he pulled up and was greeted by adoring fans who held ‘Justice for Johnny’ signs and even brought pet alpacas.
Earlier this week Depp flashed a lucky $2 bill that he had in a plastic bag as he pulled up to court.
And while in the courtroom, the 58-year-old actor has been seen doodling between testimony with a purple marker and keeping a supply of jelly beans and mints on hand.
This morning he held a notebook close to him that read, ‘Built To Last’ with a drawing of a green figure with a crown on its head.
Always in front of him is a large silver tumbler filled with what is believed to be black coffee. He brought that tumbler to the stand each day during his dramatic four days of testimony.
The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is in its 10th day. This morning he held a notebook close to him that read, ‘Built To Last’ with a drawing of a green figure with a crown on its head
Throughout the trial Depp appears to have a few quirks to keep him sane, including carrying a lucky $2 bill
While in the courtroom, the 58-year-old actor has been seen doodling between testimony with a purple marker
Depp appears to keep a supply of jelly beans and mints on hand, next to his large tumbler filled with black coffee
Depp is seen holding his notebook up to his face as he entered court Wednesday. The notebook appears to be stuffed with papers
Johnny Depp was greeted by adoring fans who held ‘Justice for Johnny’ signs and even brought pet alpacas
Depp waved, prayed and blew a kiss to his adoring fans as he entered the courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia
Today in court the Los Angeles police officer who attended the final argument between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard before their divorce said she could have had a red face after ‘crying because (her) dog died.’
Tyler Hadden said that because Heard was ‘uncooperative’ he had no idea why she was upset having called 911 at her West Hollywood penthouse.
Heard claimed that Depp smacked her with a mobile phone during the May 2016 argument but clammed up when officers arrived.
Officer Hadden told the former couple’s $100m defamation trial he categorized the incident as a ‘verbal dispute’ only.
The cop told the jury he saw no evidence of injuries on Heard and that her red face was ‘consistent with crying’.
He said that ‘just because I see a female with pink cheeks and pink eyes doesn’t mean something happened’.
Officer Hadden said the red face could be because the person ‘started crying because their dog died’.
The question of Heard’s injuries that night are crucial to the case as a week later she filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against Depp, accusing him of domestic violence.
She arrived at court with a large bruise on her right cheek, a picture of which was entered into the court file.
A Los Angeles police officer who attended the final May 2016 argument between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard before their divorce said she could have had a red face after ‘crying because (her) dog died’
Hadden said that because Heard was ‘uncooperative’ he had no idea why she was upset having called 911 at her West Hollywood penthouse
LAPD officer William Gatlin told the court that he and a colleague went to see Heard again at 10.24pm that night.
It appeared that a friend of Heard’s had called the New York police department about the incident, and they wanted to return to check on her themselves.
The court was shown footage from officer Gatlin’s body camera which showed them entering the building and walking down the corridor to the penthouse.
Heard’s friend Josh Drew answered the door and tried to persuade the officers to leave by telling them that other cops had already come by, but they insisted on going in.
Officer Gatlin agreed that Drew was ‘uncooperative’.
The footage showed the cops entering and asking if Heard was OK, and she confirmed she was.
Drew says that Depp is ‘definitely’ not there any more and had been gone a few hours and the officers left.
Officer Gatlin said that when they went inside ‘it didn’t seem like anybody was particularly eager to talk to us’.
The cop said that due to the ‘dim lighting’ he couldn’t see if Heard had any bruises on her face or not.
The cop said that based on the LAPD’s investigation it appeared Heard was not a victim of domestic violence.
He said: ‘Based on her refusing to give any statement on what occurred and at the time we did not observe any visible or verifiable injuries to her’.
However officer Gatlin said he was ‘not in a position’ to say if Depp beat up Heard as he was not there when the incident occurred.
Officer Gatlin was asked about claims by Heard’s former lawyer Adam Waldman in media interviews that Heard and her friends were ‘attempting to concoct an abuse hoax.’
The cop said he could not recall seeing anything like that.
Officer Gatlin was asked if he saw Heard and her friends ‘spilling wine and roughing the place up?’
He replied that he did not.
There was laughter in court when Bredehoft asked the officer if he was a ‘fan’ of Depp’s at the time they went to the property.
Officer Gatlin said: ‘I guess I liked a couple of his movies, not rush out to see them or anything’.
LAPD officer William Gatlin told the court that he and a colleague went to see Heard again at 10.24pm that night
The court was shown footage from officer Gatlin’s body camera which showed them entering the building and walking down the corridor to the penthouse
Heard’s friend Josh Drew answered the door and tried to persuade the officers to leave by telling them that other cops had already come by, but they insisted on going in
Officer Gatlin said that when they went inside ‘it didn’t seem like anybody was particularly eager to talk to us’. The cop said that due to the ‘dim lighting’ he couldn’t see if Heard had any bruises on her face or not
The former flames are battling over a December 2018 op-ed Heard penned for the Washington Post declaring herself a domestic violence survivor.
The article did not mention Depp by name but the veteran actor sued for $50 million, claiming he was booted from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise because of the ‘clear implication’ he was the abuser.
Depp’s suit claims Heard presented the world with a ‘hoax’ account of the infamous May 21, 2016 dust up that brought the couple’s tumultuous marriage to an end, complete with faked injuries and crocodile tears.
He further alleges that his ex-wife was the actual ‘perpetrator’ of the violent bouts that scarred their relationship, including a notorious incident in Australia where she allegedly severed his finger with a vodka bottle.
Heard has countersued for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp has waged a years-long smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to silence her and derail her acting career.
She stands by her claim that Depp hurled a phone in her face and viciously battered her during the fateful 2016 fight despite LAPD officers deciding there was no grounds to investigate.
Depp is fighting an uphill battle to salvage his reputation after Britain’s High Court ruled against him last year when he sued The Sun newspaper for calling him a ‘wife beater’.
After weeks of testimony, Mr Justice Nicol concluded that the outlet’s 2018 article was ‘substantially true’ and that the father-of-two had attacked Heard a dozen times, causing her to fear for her life on three occasions.
Sources close to Depp say he never contemplated settling or dropping the US case and is desperate for a second bite of the cherry in Virginia where the London result will be kept from jurors.
Armed with a battery of highly-paid lawyers – including Kathleen Zellner of Making a Murderer fame – he’s confident of tipping the balance with additional evidence that didn’t feature in the ‘wife beater’ case.
The former flames are battling over a December 2018 op-ed Heard penned for the Washington Post declaring herself a domestic violence survivor
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Depp and Heard met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, married four years later – then split in a little over a year amid a slew of blood curdling domestic violence allegations and tabloid headlines.
After finalizing their divorce in early 2017 the feud appeared to have fizzled until Heard published her December 2018 op-ed, headed: ‘I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.’
The article prompted Depp to file for defamation in Virginia, where the Washington Post’s servers and several of its offices are based, stating: ‘Ms. Heard is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator.’
Heard’s counterclaim argues that it’s both true that she suffered years of abuse at the hands of her ‘monster’ ex and that it’s her right to talk about it under the First Amendment.
If she succeeds, three-times Oscar-nominated Depp, the globally-famous star of more than 50 Hollywood movies grossing $10 billion, could lose his entire fortune as well as what’s left of his reputation.
But there’s no turning back now, according to his rep.
‘This case being brought to trial is proof that the court acknowledges the notable amount of preliminary wins, evidence and witnesses in support of Johnny,’ the spokeswoman said.
‘To decline the opportunity to clear one’s name and allow someone taking advantage of the system to walk away with zero repercussions would be careless and set a dangerous precedent for similar situations in the future.’