Savannah Guthrie grills Amber Heard over audio ‘mocking’ Johnny Depp
Judge Penney Azcarate on Friday (June 24) filed an order mirroring the previous ruling in the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial.
On June 1, a Virginia jury ruled that Ms Heard had defamed former husband Mr Depp, ending a widely watched six-week trial.
It also ruled in Ms Heard’s favor on some aspects of her counterclaim against Mr Depp. The jury awarded Mr Depp $15 million in damages after finding he had proved all three claims against Ms Heard. The amount was reduced to $10.35 million due to limits set by state law.
The actors did not have to be in the courtroom for the hearing, which begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET and ends in about an hour.
Amber Heard felt “less than human” during the trial.
Amber Heard told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie during an interview that she felt “less than human” during the defamation trial.
“Every day I would walk three, four, sometimes six blocks of city blocks where people were holding signs that read ‘Burn the Witch,’ ‘Death Amber.’ After three and a half weeks, I took the stand and all I saw was a courtroom full of Captain Jack Sparrow fans who were vociferous and energetic,” Ms. Heard said.
“Can you put into words how that felt?” asked Ms. Guthrie.
“It was the most humiliating and terrifying thing I’ve ever been through. I’ve never felt so removed from my own humanity,” Ms. Heard said. “I felt less than human.”
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 10:30 p.m
Camille Vasquez is once again standing in for Johnny Depp
Camille Vasquez, the surprise star of the legal team that successfully led the Amber Heard defamation case for Johnny Depp, will once again represent the actor in court.
Along with Brown Rudnick’s partner Randall Smith, Ms Vasquez will defend Mr Depp in an assault lawsuit filed against him by Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, the film’s location manager city of lies.
The trial is scheduled to begin July 25 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, presided over by Judge Holly Fujie.
Oliver O’Connell reports:
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 21:55
Influencer claims Johnny Depp confided in her during the trial
Johnny Depp is said to have confided in an influencer who reported on his trial of his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Jessica Reed Kraus, who goes by the @houseinhabit Instagram username and has more than 900,000 followers, posted daily updates on her account about the six-week defamation trial.
On Tuesday, Kraus claimed in a post shared with Substack that she spoke to Depp on the same day the trial began, April 11.
Chelsea Ritschel reports:
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 21:10
Attorney Lisa Bloom believes we haven’t seen the end of the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial and that the case will be decided on appeal.
Ms Bloom, whose clients included Janice Dickinson (in her allegations against Bill Cosby), actor Mischa Barton (in a revenge porn trial) and Harvey Weinstein (for whom Ms Bloom was an early counsel prior to her resignation), spoke at the Following up with BBC Newsnight verdict in defamation case.
The jury announced on Wednesday (June 1) that they had reached a decision in the case against Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard in Fairfax, Virginia. They found that Ms. Heard had defamed Mr. Depp in three statements and that Ms. Heard was defamed in one of three statements at the center of their counterclaim. Mr Depp was awarded $10.35 million in damages and Ms Heard $2 million.
“I would like to stress that this is not the end as most defamation cases are really decided on appeal,” Ms Bloom told Newsnight, adding that she saw “a lot of problems on appeal” in the Depp v. Heard case.
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 8:30 p.m
A timeline of Depp and Heard’s relationship and legal battles
The trial of Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Heard drew to a close when a civil jury awarded Depp a resounding victory.
Depp sued Heard in March 2019 over a column in which Heard wrote The Washington Post was defamatory and sought $50 million in damages. Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim.
After a six-week trial in Fairfax, Virginia, the jury returned a verdict on June 1 after deliberating for about two and a half days.
Here’s a timeline of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship, breakup and court battles, from when they reportedly started dating to the last trial:
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 7:45 p.m
Judge Azcarate’s ruling, mirroring the June 1 ruling, was released by Fairfax County Court.
It also contains the completed judgment sheets with which the jury announced its decision on June 1st.
You can view the document online here.
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 6:59 p.m
Amber Heard suggests appeal of Johnny Depp verdict, no settlement in court
Heard has suggested she will appeal the verdict following Depp’s victory in the defamation trial.
Judge Penney Azcarate issued a ruling mirroring the ruling announced June 1, Law & Crime reported.
The actors’ legal teams met in court on Friday, but it remains unclear if they have discussed a possible settlement. Judge Azcarate gave the two parties until Friday to reach an agreement if they wanted to.
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 5:46 PM
Heard’s Representative Share Statement
A spokesman for Amber Heard narrates The Independent: “As was said in yesterday’s congressional hearings, one does not ask for forgiveness when one is innocent. And you don’t refuse to appeal when you know you’re right.”
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 4:58 p.m
Entered verdict reflecting the verdict
Judge Penney Azcarate has issued a ruling that mirrors the June 1 verdict, reports Law & Crime’s Angenette Levy:
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 4:56 PM
In the weeks after the trial began, Vasquez became one of the most prominent figures among the case’s supporters. Depp’s fans gave her the online attention normally reserved for actors and singers. There were celebratory tweets and Instagram fan accounts. During the trial, Depp supporters were known to be waiting outside the courthouse hoping to catch a glimpse of Vasquez and possibly get their own hug. Following Vasquez’s cross-examination of Heard, a meme portrayed the attorney as Thor, the god of thunder, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in Marvel films. Vasquez’s star only continued to rise after a June 1 ruling that largely favored Depp was announced.
Clemence MichallonJune 24, 2022 4:55 p.m