As both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp prepare to appeal the verdict in their defamation lawsuit, a new unsealed document dump has restarted the frenzy over the highly publicized trial.
The devastation surrounding the six-week trial — which Depp specifically requested to be televised — was almost unprecedented, even taking into account that people are naturally two high-profile Interested in actors who broadcast their dirty laundry. With Depp emerging as the winner in the court of public opinion even before the verdict came, fans stationed themselves outside the Virginia courthouse, hoping to get a wave. Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
But even two months after the trial ended, Depp’s fans and curious minds are eager to consume anything related to the case. So much so that last weekend, he helped raise more than $10,000 in a matter of hours to fund the $3,300 cost of recently unsealed test documents.
While the initial analysis of the document dump – more than 6,600 pages – was of no avail to Depp, four legal experts point out. Rolling stone What people are seeing are all the explosive allegations and potentially embarrassing claims that Depp’s lawyers successfully kept out of trial.
“Absolutely, it was worse for Johnny,” says New York family attorney Brett Ward. “Johnny Depp’s team won some major pretrial legal rulings. Overall, because they had better decisions during the pre-trial part of the case, the stuff they put out hurts them all the more. The totality of the material is now his Looks worse.”
“I think it would be nave for anyone to think that with all these motions only flattering things were going to happen for Johnny Depp and unpleasant things for Amber Heard,” says legal analyst Emily De Baker. “I’ve always expected these two sides to throw mud at each other because that’s the pretrial motion.”
“People have made up their minds about the two of them after that trial,” says entertainment and media litigation attorney Dan Rozanski. “Based on what I’ve seen so far, I don’t know that anything really moves the needle in terms of changing public perception.”
Andrea Burkhart, a Washington state attorney who garnered 50,000 YouTube subscribers primarily from material devoted to covering the trial, raised the money Asked his Twitter followers to pitch in so he could purchase the document. (Burkhardt said in a statement Rolling stone that he donated $7,000 in remaining funds to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Art of Elysium.)
Judge Penny Azkart last month ordered all previously sealed documents to be unsealed, essentially opening the floodgates to all the explosive charges that both sides tried to bring to trial. “In this case, the two plaintiffs sued each other, thereby opening themselves to the public forum of the jury trial. Court records are public information,” Azcarte wrote.
The paperwork consists mostly of pre-trial search motions, where each side hammers it out as to what will be allowed in the trial, with Depp winning several key points of contention, including his friendship with shock rocker Marilyn Manson. Contains omission of details about.
Beyond his alleged drug use with Manson, Hurd’s team tried to pull up more texts from the men, where Manson referred to his current wife as “Amber 2.0,” according to the documents. Depp’s team wanted to exclude all mention of Manson from the case, citing serious claims of physical and sexual abuse against the musician, claiming that Hurd was trying to “defame Mr. Depp as part of a conviction by association theory”. was trying.
Court papers reveal more about Depp’s strained relationship with Disney before the studio kicked him out Pirates of the Caribbean 6 in 2018. His former agent Tracy Jacobs testified in a statement that a Disney executive had called him when Depp allegedly appeared on TV “drunk and stoned” and asked him, “What was wrong with your client?”
Jacobs eventually testified about Depp’s conduct, as did his ex-girlfriend, Ellen Barkin, who told the court about Depp’s alleged drug use during their relationship in the late 1990s. But a claim she made in a statement in 2019 about Depp allegedly giving her A Quaalude the first time they had sexAccording to the unsealed filing, that never found its way to court.
“He came up to me in the living room of my house, pulled me on his lap and said something like, ‘Oh, come on Ellen,’ or whatever,” Barkin said in his statement. “I protested a little and then, not much. And that was it. Later adding, “He gave me a qualude and asked me if I wanted to fuck.”
The filing reveals that Depp’s team tried to sign the judge using nude photos of Heard and exposing her past as an exotic dancer, while Heard attempted to mention Depp’s drugs. to suggest that he had erectile dysfunction.
It was surprising to Baker to uncover information about Depp’s alleged drugs, who was following the test closely on her YouTube channelAs judge Azcarte sealed the personal information of both the parties, including their medical history.
Los Angeles attorney Ryan Baker says Depp’s team saw the upper hand because of clever legal maneuvers, such as Depp’s team working hard in a pre-trial motion against having him undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which Hurd was did.
“If Amber Heard made emotional distress or post-traumatic stress an issue in the case, because she made it an issue, she had to submit for a psychiatric evaluation,” he says, Referring to a clinical psychologist testifying that he had diagnosed Heard with borderline personality disorder, “It’s so hurtful. Then you’re waiting for the other person to get up and say [something] About Johnny Depp but never rated Johnny Depp because he never had to submit because he didn’t make any point of emotional distress or traumatic stress in the case.
Heard’s team accused Depp of “modifying” photos of his wounds and handing over snippets of shredded audio recordings. during the test, Court hears how actress allegedly edited images of her injuries — but Depp’s claims of doing the same thing never gained the same traction. In a text between Heard and Depp’s former assistant Stephen Deuters about Depp allegedly “kicking” Heard was not allowed in court in 2014, despite the use of the exchange in Depp’s unsuccessful libel lawsuit against the British tabloid. it was done. Sun,
Each of these victories played a part in how Depp’s team was able to successfully shape the case to their advantage before going to trial. “A lot of court cases usually come down to quality of legal representation,” Ward says. “I think they both had great reputations, but I think some of the pre-trial releases that went Johnny Depp’s way helped him.”
Baker proposed that Heard’s team won some major wins by keeping the details of the more damaging evidence and declarations out of court, including Jennifer Howell and Heard’s sister Whitney, noting those details “tightly and narrowly constrained”. ” Were.
All the lawyers agree that the fight between Heard and Depp will escalate, as both inform the court that they plan to appeal their respective decisions, using some of their pre-trial finding by Heard. With the possibility of doing, those who couldn’t make it to the test. part of his grounds for appeal.
Already, Heard has complained that she had “years’ worth of notes from the beginning of my relationship to 2011, taken by my doctor, to whom I was reporting abuse” that were put on trial. was deemed unacceptable. “How could they have made the decision, how could they not have come to that conclusion,” Hurd said of the jury’s decision.
Both parties have until September 5 to file their official appeals, with their award payments withheld until they know whether their appeals will proceed. Heard has made it clear she can’t pay Depp $10 million in damagesRecently selling her California home.
While enjoying his release, Depp has joined TikTok and toured with Jeff Beck to promote their new joint album 18, Still, there are no signs of Depp’s official return on the acting front. “It may not end up in a court of public opinion, more importantly, [Depp’s] employers,” Rozansky says.