Heard’s former friend, Raquel Pennington, cried during her testimony
WARNING: This live blog contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.
Following Amber Heard’s testimony and cross-examination, the court is now hearing witnesses in her defense in the libel suit brought against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Heard is being sued by Depp for $50 million for insinuating that he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations affected his ability to work.
Yesterday, in a pre-recorded statement, Heard’s former friend, Raquel Pennington, testified that she saw Heard’s injuries after a fight with Depp in December 2015 and was involved in a separate 2016 altercation at the penthouses they lived in shortly before. after Heard filed for divorce. She says that she feared for the safety of her friend. Josh Drew, Mrs. Pennington’s ex, was there that night and detailed the damage to the attics and Depp yelling in his face.
Heard’s sister told the jury about Depp’s drug and alcohol use and other incidents that involved throwing a dog out of a car window and throwing coat racks down the stairs during a fight. The court also heard from her friend Elizabeth Marz, and Heard’s acting coach and makeup artist.
The court is now in session presided over by Judge Penney Azcarate.
The belated jury has arrived.
Preliminary matters are now discussed in a sidebar before the jury is brought.
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:31
Depp jokes that he made waffles for his fans this morning
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:25
Court TV reports that the delay is due to a juror who was late.
Procedures will stop until they have arrived.
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:22
There is an explained delay in the proceedings and Depp and his team have left the courtroom.
A short time later, Heard also walked out, but her attorneys stayed behind.
There was a similar delay earlier in the trial when one of the court staff members was late for court, so it may have happened again.
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:20
Day 19: Expected witnesses
Court is not yet in session in Fairfax County, but today we can expect the following witnesses to appear (although not necessarily in this order):
- ellen barkin
- Tracey Jacobs – Depp’s former agent
- Joel Mandel – Depp’s former business manager
- Bruce Witkin – Depp’s longtime friend
- Adam Waldman – Depp’s lawyer
- Adam Bercovici – Police Expert
- Ron Schnell – Forensic Social Media Expert
- Michelle Mulroney – Amber’s former attorney
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:11
Interim coach says Depp was ‘very worried’ about Heard working with James Franco
Kirsty Sexton testified in the ongoing libel trial brought by Depp against his ex-wife Heard.
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 13:55
Heard the makeup artist describe how he covered up the actor’s injuries before James Corden’s appearance
Amber Heard’s former makeup artist has testified that she hid injuries to Heard’s face before her appearance on The Late Late Show with james corden.
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 13:48
Depp’s lawyer laughs off internet speculation that he’s dating the actor
Johnny Depp’s lawyer laughed off fan speculation that she is dating the actor when he dropped his multimillion-dollar libel case in Virginia.
Camille Vasquez, 37, has become a popular figure among Depp fans, having defended him in the case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp supporters have created memes portraying the lawyer as Marvel’s Thor, and even posted TikToks set to romantic music of the couple holding hands and talking up close.
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 13:40
The most damning things Heard has said about Depp in libel trial
Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 13:30
Heard says she’s been labeled a ‘liar’ because Depp is ‘the biggest star’
Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m (£40.1m) for implying he abused her in 2018 Washington Post opinion article. Although she did not name it specifically, Depp claims that her accusations affected her ability to work.
The matter of Heard’s alleged charitable donation of the divorce settlement she reached with Depp was raised in court on Monday (May 16).
Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 12:45