The couple is facing each other at the Fairfax County Circuit Court. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over a December 2018 op-ed Heard wrote for the Washington Post where she claims that she is a domestic violence survivor. Although she did not mention Depp by name, he claims that he has lost movie roles due to the “clear implication” that he was the “Aquaman” actress’ abuser. Heard is countersuing for $100 million dollars.
According to the New York Post, on day 13 of the trial, Heard’s former nurse Erin Falati continued her testimony by video disposition. She had been the last witness for the day on Monday. She had told the jury about text messages that she received containing pictures of Heard’s face.
Amber Heard’s Nurse Takes The Stand To Testify
She said that she was “not an expert” and unable to identify if the photographs were of bruises, saying, “I mean, there’s color on her face in different areas. I don’t know what’s what.” She also stated that she saw Heard bleeding from her lip, which Heard told her was from a fight with Depp.
Heard had told Falati that she had a previous history of bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, co-dependent issues, and occasional insomnia. Falati’s notes were read for the court, describing Heard’s feelings of jealousy, insecurity, and anxiety when Depp was away filming movies.
“I have a generalized memory of there being … jealous and anxiety issues, including mistrust within the relationship,” Falati said, adding, “I have a vague sense of those issues popping up throughout the years, but I wouldn’t say that was a constant theme.”
Johnny Depp’s Forensic Account Testifies Actor Lost $40 Million
Johnny Depp’s forensic accountant, Michael Spindler, told the jury that Depp lost about $40 million dollars after Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse went public. “I concluded that Mr. Depp suffered lost earnings of approximately $40 million,” he said.
On Monday, the court heard that the cancellated sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie cost Depp $22.5 million dollars.
Heard’s attorney Rottenborn pointed to Depp’s history of alcohol and drug abuse leading to his “worsening performance at the box office” before the 2018 op-ed had been published. Rottenborn also suggested that Depp had been cut from the sixth movie in the franchise before the op-ed had even been published.
Johnny Depp’s Lawyers Rest Their Case
Johnny Depp’s lawyers have now rested their case after calling multiple witnesses to the stand. Johnny Depp had given his own bombshell testimony last week, which were spread online in the form of viral TikTok clips showing some of the more comedic points of the trial.
Amber Heard will now be given her chance to take the stand and present her defense in the trial. Heard’s lawyers began arguing for the case to be dismissed before Depp’s team had finished calling their witnesses. Respondents in civil cases can ask for cases to be dismissed after plaintiffs have rested their case and this is not uncommon.
However, after hearing from both Depp and Heard’s attorney, Judge Penny Azcarate ruled for the civil trial to continue and denied Heard’s motion to dismiss the case. Attorney Ben Rottenborn had argued that there was “overwhelming and undisputed” proof that Depp has abused Heard.
However, Depp’s lawyers have argued that Heard cost Depp millions and said that Heard “is the abuser in this courtroom.”
No matter what verdict is reached in the trial, it seems that Heard may be getting “canceled” herself, as one film journalist reported that she has less than ten minutes of screentime in the “Aquaman” sequel after a petition to remove her from the movie reached over three million signatures.