An ex-TMZ producer has released explosive new details about an embarrassing Johnny Depp video — and things aren’t looking good for Amber Heard.
A surprising witness took the stand during the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, suggesting that the actress’s team was responsible for the leaking of an embarrassing video of the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Former TMZ field producer Morgan Tremaine spoke in court on Wednesday – six days after contacting Depp’s lawyer.
He said he first worked on an assignment involving Heard on May 27, 2016, when he sent a photographer to capture her exiting a Los Angeles courthouse after obtaining a restraining order against Depp.
“Their goal was to capture her as she exited the courthouse, and then she would more or less stop and turn to the camera and show the bruises on the right side of her face,” said Tremaine, who didn’t know who there rang. in the point.
About three months later, TMZ received an email with a link to a video filming Heard with Depp violently hitting kitchen cabinets.
The footage was previously played for judges, but the clip sent to TMZ was shorter and didn’t include the beginning where Heard installs the camera or the end showing her grin, Tremaine told the judges.
TMZ owns the copyright to the video. He said TMZ obtains copyright if video is sent to the tip line of the original copyright owner, usually the person who created the footage.
If the images are not from the original copyright holder, it will take quite some time to verify before TMZ can publish a story, he said.
“How long has it been since you received the kitchen cabinet video before it was posted?” asked Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez.
“About 15 minutes,” he replied.
Tremaine said he has worked on other Heard stories, including sending photographers to shoot her upon arrival at LAX or visiting her law firm.
Heard is being sued by Depp for $50 million ($A67 million) for suggesting he killed her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Though she hasn’t named him, he claims her accusations are false and cost him lucrative movie roles.
Heard has filed a counter-charge, asking for $100 million ($A134 million) and alleging she had suffered “rampant physical assault and abuse” at his hands, but was vilified when she was alleged to have fabricated the charges.
Ex-TMZ employee wanted ’15 minutes of fame’, says Heard .’s lawyer
During the cross-examination, Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, asked Tremaine to contact the publicity case.
“So this will give you your 15 minutes of fame?” asked Bredehoft.
“I am not getting anywhere with this. I’m actually targeting TMZ, a very controversial organization,” Tremaine replied. “I could say the same about taking on Amber Heard as a customer.”
Text message stumbles Depp
A text message sent between Johnny Depp and his assistant five years ago has tripped him during his time in the stands as his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard continues.
In the Virginia courtroom today, Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, asked Depp while… he was under cross-examination whether he had ever said, “If you want to be sexual with a woman, she’s rightfully yours?”
Depp replied, “That’s ridiculous.”
Rottenborn pressed Depp. “You also said in regards to women you want to be with, ‘I need, I want, I take’, didn’t you?” the lawyer asked.
Equally ridiculous,” Depp replied. “There is not enough hubris in me to say such a thing.”
Rottenborn then confronted Depp with a text exchange he is said to have had with his assistant on February 22, 2017. The messages were handed over by Depp’s legal team.
“Molly’s p**y is DIRECT FROM MINE!!!! Shouldn’t I just drop in tonight and remove the hinges???” the text says. “I want to change her understanding of what it’s like to be beaten like a begging Mackerel… I NEED. I WANT. I TAKE.”
Depp denied sending the messages, saying that someone else borrowed his phone and texted his assistant.
Depp admits there was a phone in the bar during a fight in Australia
Under cross-examination, Depp was also confronted with his testimony at the British defamation trial against… The sun newspaper for branding him a woman-beater.
He was asked if a “phone that was a wall-mounted phone picked up by you was held in your right hand, did you repeatedly hit it against the wall with your right hand?”
“That’s possible,” Depp replied. “I don’t think I’ve spent much time on the phone. I remember ripping it off the wall.”
Amber Heard testified that Depp knocked off the tip of his finger when he slammed a phone during a brawl in Australia in 2015.
Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, suggested the actress lied about the wall-mounted phone. It didn’t appear in any of the photos of the rented house, and the caretaker testified that he hadn’t seen one.
This article originally appeared in Fox news and is reproduced with permission.
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