Amber Heard’s authorized crew plans to name her ex-husband Johnny Depp to testify in her case as she defends herself in opposition to his declare that she defamed him in a 2018 Washington Publish op-ed, Legislation&Crime has realized. Heard’s crew additionally plans to name actress Ellen Barkin, who had a fling years in the past with Depp, and Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez.
Legislation&Crime’s Angenette Levy tweeted in regards to the checklist of witnesses Wednesday morning which led to a firestorm on social media. The transfer to name Depp as a witness left many observers questioning how and why that might occur since Depp had already testified throughout his case — and was cross-examined by Heard’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn.
The transfer is probably not that uncommon, although, since Heard’s attorneys might hope to introduce proof by Depp’s testimony that wasn’t addressed throughout Depp’s case-in-chief. Heard claims Depp bodily, sexually and emotionally abused her all through their marriage. Depp claims Heard was really the abuser. Heard may be heard on audio recordings admitting to beginning bodily fights with Depp.
Heard plans to name her sister, Whitney Henriquez, to testify about her claims that Depp abused her. Henriquez was deposed within the case however by no means completed the deposition. Henriquez lived in one in every of Depp’s penthouses within the Japanese Columbia Constructing whereas Heard was married to Depp. Depp owned a number of penthouses that neighbored each other within the Thirties artwork deco constructing in Los Angeles, and the couple lived there as nicely.
Actress Ellen Barkin will testify for Heard by way of video. Barkin and Depp had a quick relationship whereas filming Worry and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998. Revealed studies recommend Depp had simply ended his years-long relationship with Winona Ryder and commenced a rebound relationship with Barkin, who’s 9 years older.
In accordance with a 2020 story within the Day by day Mail, Depp testified in the course of the U.Okay. trial that he and Barkin had an off-the-cuff sexual relationship whereas they have been taking pictures the movie and that Barkin held a grudge as a result of she needed extra from the connection than he was prepared to provide.
Depp stated he and Barkin had been buddies years previous to the connection.
Court docket paperwork from the U.Okay. trial judgment cited Barkin’s 2019 deposition within the Virginia defamation case and her testimony that Depp threw a wine bottle in her path whereas arguing together with his assistants in a Las Vegas resort room. Nevertheless, Barkin was not hit by the bottle and never injured.
When court docket adjourned for a week-long break final Thursday, Heard was nonetheless testifying underneath direct examination by her lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft. Her testimony included her recounting a declare that Depp sexually assaulted her in March 2015 with a liquor bottle — a declare Depp denies. The information of that Australia incident are in dispute. Depp testified that Heard had turn out to be enraged over an lawyer explaining a postnuptial settlement to her after Depp needed her to signal one and threw two vodka bottles at him — the second severing a part of his proper center finger.
Heard’s testimony concluded with a dialogue about an incident in December 2015 within the Bahamas the place she once more claimed Depp sexually assaulted her. Throughout the incident, Depp had testified Heard was indignant with him and had thrown a bottle of mineral spirits at him, hanging his nostril. Depp’s island supervisor, Tara Roberts, testified to overhearing a part of the argument however not seeing it. She stated she took Depp to a restaurant, gave him ice for his nostril, and left him there to sleep. Whereas Heard claims she discovered Depp within the cafe “handed out.”
Testimony resumes Might 16 at 9 a.m.
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