Amber Heard was accused today of texting her sister Whitney Henriquez while testifying in another extraordinary turn in the trial of her ex-husband Johnny Depp for libel in London.
The mega-actor’s legal team has demanded that Ms Heard not be allowed to use her cellphone this morning in court in a higher drama at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Mr. Depp’s QC David Sherborne also asked the judge to keep Whitney out of court, as they produced a new video showing Amber is violent against her. Whitney had stated yesterday that Amber had never attacked her.
The requests came before Mrs. Henriquez would come to the witness stand this morning, where she would finish her evidence in the biggest defamation case of the 21st century.
Mr. Sherborne said, “We ask Amber Herd not to use her phone [while seated in court]. communication with Miss Whitney Heard may be taking place at this time. ‘
Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London this morning to prosecute Johnny Depp for libel. But the proceedings were interrupted because Mr. Depp’s legal team claims Amber texted her sister Whitney (right) while providing evidence
Amber Heard and her friend Bianca Butti arrive today at the Royal Courts of Justice in London to prosecute libel
Johnny Depp waves as he arrives to attend his defamation trial against News Group Newspapers at London High Court yesterday
It comes after the Supreme Court also heard yesterday that the drug addict Hollywood legend scribbled messages on his lampshades, pillows, walls and mirror to his wife, using his badly injured finger as a brush.
Amber Heard returned to London’s Supreme Court to continue to testify to her sister, after the actress said Johnny Depp threatened to ‘cut my face to pieces’ with a bottle before destroying their raw meat house.
Whitney Henriquez will return to the stand one day after passionately supporting her sister Heard, saying Depp has repeatedly attacked her – including once she saw the actor grab her by the hair and punch her in the face.
Ms. Henriquez will finalize her evidence this morning before Heard’s acting coach Kristina Sexton appears via a video link from Australia and Heard’s friends iO Tillett Wright and Raquel ‘Rocky’ Pennington testify to the US.
Heard gave a horrifying account of the massacre of her husband’s three-day ecstasy and the frenzy of whiskey at their rental home on the Gold Coast in Australia, where he shot a Pirates of the Caribbean movie in March 2015.
Johnny Depp against The Sun: Main Problems in the Litigation Process
The defamation indictment of Hollywood star Johnny Depp against The Sun is entering his second week on Monday. These are the main issues that the investigating judge, Mr Justice Nicol, must determine.
– Whether the April 2018 article by the tabloid editor Dan Wootton was defamatory for Depp. Under the 2013 Defamation Act, a statement is not defamatory unless its publication “seriously damages the claimant’s reputation.”
– The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), defends the claim and relies on a defense of the truth. It is up to the publisher to prove that the allegations in the article are “essentially true.”
– The meaning of the article, which is defined as what it would mean to the ‘reasonable reader’, will have to be determined by the judge. But NGN’s attorneys say that the differences between the rival meanings of each party are “not significant” and therefore the outcome of the case will not affect its meaning.
– Depp’s case is that the article meant that he was ‘on overwhelming evidence’ guilty of serious domestic violence against his wife at the time, causing serious injuries and fearing for her life, for which he was forced to do no less. then pay £ 5 million to reimburse her, leading to his being subject to an ongoing court order; and is therefore not suitable for working in the film industry ‘. He vehemently denies the allegations, claiming that he “never beat or committed physical violence against Mrs. Heard.”
– The meaning that NGN will try to prove is true that the plaintiff beat his wife Amber Heard, causing serious injuries and sometimes leading to fear of her life. They rely on 14 separate allegations of violence and more generally claim that Depp was “controlling and verbally and physically rude” to Ms Heard, especially when under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs, throughout their relationship. NGN’s lawyers say it’s an important point in court to decide which substances Depp used during the relationship. They claim that he often lost control of himself, partly because of his heavy drug and alcohol use, and also that his memory has been affected by his heavy drug use.
– If Depp wins his case, the judge will have to decide what amount of compensation to receive for the damage to his reputation and for the ‘misery, pain and humiliation caused’. There is an upper limit for general defamation damage from £ 300,000 to £ 325,000. If successful, Depp may also be entitled to aggravated damage. The actor also requests a final injunction against NGN, which, according to his legal team, “has retained the article on their website and upheld their allegation to the bitter end.”
She told Mr. Justice Nicol: “He held me to the fridge by the neck and yelled at me for ruining his life. He said again that I had ruined his f ****** life, and that I did this, I did this to him, I angered him. He held a bottle to my face and said he would cut my face. ‘
She said Depp had washed down ten ecstasy pills with whiskey before ripping off her clothes and grabbing her breasts, choking and hitting her and swinging her over a ping pong table.
She said the self-confessed alcoholic pelted her with 30 bottles of “like grenades” after she complained about his drinking.
He held her by the neck as he “slapped a phone repeatedly and repeatedly against the wall, screaming to the core of his lungs” until the phone “disappeared” into shredded pieces, she said.
It was this, she suggested, that she cut off the tip of Depp’s finger – later discovered behind the bar – instead of claiming it was a vodka bottle she threw at him.
Heard says she barricaded herself in the bedroom and found a scene of utter destruction the next morning.
She said, “There seemed to be mashed potatoes and the gravy was rubbed all over the door. There was a bird in the house that terrified me – I think it had flown in through a broken window.
“Then I started seeing all this blood on the carpet. There was blood everywhere, there was paint on the walls and then it started to become clear … they were messages.
“I was able to distinguish words, but it was wrong. There was paint, blood on the walls, messages for me. He wrote on lampshades, he had burned holes in cushions … there was blood and paint on cushions, a sofa had been turned. ‘
Heard said that on the ground floor death metal music blared and there were ‘more messages in paint and blood’.
She added, “I found raw meat. I kept finding it hidden in several places for the next day. He had brought my nightgown and tore it up and packed bits of food … he had taken things out of the fridge, smeared mashed potatoes and blood. ‘
There was “tons of broken glass — so much glass on the floor that I could barely find a path to walk.” Under £ 130,000 in damage, Depp reportedly scribbled a penis on a painting of a topless woman.
When he testified, Depp insisted that he was trying to escape his wife’s anger and called his security to save him when she insulted him. He says his injured finger has been infected with MRSA.
Depp sues The Sun for defamation for calling him a “woman beater.”
His lawyers have suggested that Heard changed her story about a separate incident after a photo showed her with a clear face next to her husband, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and her sister in Los Angeles.
She first said that Depp beat her up on March 8, 2013, but later she said it was in fact March 23, the day after the photo was taken.
Yesterday, as more photos of the sisters and Richards taken on March 21 surfaced, Ms. Henriquez told the court that she, too, had “made a mistake” about the data.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the red carpet event for ‘Black Mass’ at the Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2015
Heard denied fake images of bruises and bushes ripped out after witnesses said they hadn’t seen any injuries on her. “I never leave the house without makeup. I live in LA, ”she explained.
Depp sues for the publication of an article on April 27, 2018 with the headline: ‘Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be’ really happy ‘casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’
His lawyers say the article meant that there was “overwhelming evidence” that Depp attacked Heard several times and left her “in fear of her life.”
Sun publisher News Group Newspapers defends the article as true, saying Depp was “controlling and verbally and physically violent toward Heard, especially when under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs.”
The successful case, the UK’s largest defamation lawsuit of the 21st century, will be completed next week with entries from both parties’ legal teams on Monday and Tuesday. The trial continues.