If Amber Heard is looking for signs of how things are going, she may not want to look too closely at her own lawyers.
As Amber Heard tries to gauge her chances of success in the blood-curdling civil war between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp, she may not want to look to her lawyers.
Elaine Bredehoft, part of Heard’s legal team, was imprisoned as exhausted, frustrated and a little defeated.
Bredehoft’s attitude did not go unnoticed by social media users, especially as she was repeatedly interrupted by Depp’s star lawyer Camille Vasquez.
Bredehoft was observed saying, “I try, I try,” examining her client, Heard, in the gallery while Vasquez objected to most of the questions, with the judge upholding the objections.
Social media users on Tiktok have even gone so far as to express sympathy for Bredehoft’s difficult task, especially amid unconfirmed rumors of tension between Heard and her legal team.
It follows a dramatic week in an even more dramatic trial as Heard’s lawyers step up her defense against ex-husband Depp’s defamation lawsuit.
At the heart of Depp’s lawsuit is the claim that her 2018 Washington Post op-ed accusing him of physical abuse, which he denies, cost him film work. Depp is demanding $50 million in damages.
This week, Heard’s team released testimonials that dent Depp’s argument, including that of a Disney executive, Tina Newman, who said the decision to create a potential Pirates of the Caribbean 6 had nothing to do with Heard’s article.
Newman said in her statement that she had “never seen any documentation that referred to the op-ed, never talked about it, and had not heard of or participated in the discussion of its impact.”
Depp’s former long-time agent, Tracey Jacobs, who represented him for three decades until 2016, testified that the one-time A-lister had been a “difficult” person and had “fundamental anger issues.” She said Depp’s attitude raised multiple complaints from virtually every production he worked on.
The court learned that Ms. Jacobs had to travel twice to Australia while Depp was working on Pirates of the Caribbean 5, to “talk” to him following complaints from the film crew about his behavior.
The Hollywood power broker said he was “consistently late” on “pretty much every movie” he worked on and that she believed it was the result of his alleged increased use of alcohol and drugs.
“I told him ‘you need to stop this, this is hurting you’, and it did,” Ms Jacobs said, adding that Depp did not follow her advice.
“At first the crews loved him because he was always so good with the crew. But crews don’t like to sit for hours and hours waiting for the star to appear.
“The word has been circulated. It made people reluctant to use it towards the end.”
She also claimed that on one occasion the star “demanded” that Ms. Jacobs give him $20 million ($A28 million) — not borrow — from the agency, saying he earned it because of the money he gave them over the years. deserved.
In the end, he “essentially ended everyone in his life,” including Ms. Jacobs, as his drug and alcohol abuse escalated, she said.
Ms. Jacobs also testified that no one at Disney agreed to hire Depp for the sixth installment of the Pirates franchise in discussions with her. “(Depp’s) star dimmed,” she said.
“People were talking and the question was about his behavior.”
The court also heard from Depp’s ex-partner, actor Ellen Barkin, about her relationship with the Edward Scissorhands star.
Barkin, 68, didn’t mince words in her pre-recorded cast she played, calling Depp “controlling” and “jealous.”
Depp, 58, broke up with her when she left him for a two-day visit to Los Angeles, she said.
“He didn’t want me to go,” Barkin testified in the 11-minute recording. “I never heard from him after that.”
The lawyer asked Barkin what he had said to her that showed possessiveness.
“He’s just a jealous man, imperious,” she said. “‘Where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you do last night?’ I once had a scratch on my back that made him really mad, really mad, because he insisted it was because I was having sex with someone he wasn’t.”
Depp and Barkin appeared together in the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
“Has there come a time when Mr. Depp acted in a way beyond your control?” Heard’s lawyer asked.
“Mr. Depp threw a bottle of wine across the hotel room in Las Vegas while we were filming,” she said. “There was a fight going on… between Johnny Depp and his friend in the room, the assistant. Honestly, I remember it me no more.”
He threw the bottle at her and it hit a wall, she said.
The trial continues with closing arguments before the end of the week. Depp has also been recalled to the booth.
– With New York Post
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