Watch live as Johnny Depp defamation case against Amber Heard continues
The fourth day of testimony in Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard has drawn to a close in Virginia.
Monday’s proceedings opened with the second half of a pre-recorded video testimony from Dr David Kipper, who treated the couple during their marriage and still treats Depp for addiction.
Dr Kipper testified that he never witnessed abuse between the pair, but recalled treating Depp’s severed finger after a March 2015 incident in which the actor later claimed Heard had hurled vodka bottles at him.
The trial centers around Depp’s claim that Heard defamed him by implying that he abused her in a 2018 column. Although she did not name him, lawyers claim her allegations have made it difficult for the actor to land movie roles.
He is asking for $50m (£38.2m) in damages during the trial in Fairfax County’s district courthouse. Heard has filed a counterclaim against Depp for nuisance.
Depp has previously lost a defamation case in the UK against The Sun newspaper over the same article by Heard.
Doctor says he never witnessed abuse between Depp and Heard
Under questioning from Depp’s attorneys in a video deposition shown in court on Monday, Dr Kipper said he “never” witnessed abuse between the actor and Heard over the six years that he treated them.
He said neither Depp nor Heard ever reported abuse to him either.
Depp’s lawyers are seeking to make the point that if Depp abused Heard, Dr Kipper would have been aware of it.
Read more about Dr. Kipper’s testimony:
Megan Sheets19 April 2022 02:00
Depp and Heard: A timeline of their relationship
Depp and Heard are believed to have started dating in 2012, after Depp split from his longtime partner, French actor Vanessa Paradis.
They got engaged in 2014 before tying the knot a year later.
By May 2016, they were in court seeking a divorce.
The Independent’s Clémence Michallon recaps the relationship:
Megan Sheets19 April 2022 01:00
Why is Depp suing Heard?
If you’re just joining The Independent’s coverage of the trial opposing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, here’s what you need to know:
Depp filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Heard in March 2019, alleging that she defamed him in an op-ed she wrote in 2018 for The Washington Post.
The op-ed, which ran in December of that year, is titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”
Depp isn’t mentioned by name in the op-ed, but his legal team has argued that it contains a “clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser”, which it says is “categorically and demonstrably false”.
Clemence Michallon explains:
Megan SheetsApril 19, 2022 00:00
Voices: Hollywood takes over Fairfax County court
Our reporter, Clémence Michallon, covered the defamation trial from inside the Fairfax County courthouse throughout last week.
Here, she shares her insights on the proceedings:
Megan Sheets18 April 2022 23:00
Court adjourned for the day
The fourth day of testimony has concluded, with Mr Bett expected to finish his turn on the witness stand tomorrow.
Megan Sheets18 April 2022 22:14
Security guard recalls breaking up fight between Depp and Heard
Mr Bett is now describing an incident in which he stormed into Depp and Heard’s penthouse after hearing her screaming.
He said he helped grab some of Depp’s belongings and ushered him away from the scene.
He added that he did not witness any injuries on Heard.
The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander describes standout moments from Mr Bett’s testimony so far:
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Court shown images of Depp’s injuries
The jury has been shown images of injuries to Depp’s head that Mr Bett confirmed he took.
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Security guard describes shift in Depp and Heard’s relationship
Mr Bett told the court that Depp and Heard’s relationship was very happy at the beginning, but grew acrimonious over time.
He said he witnessed an increase in arguments between the pair and claimed those incidents were more frequent when Heard was drinking.
At one point he said he told Heard: “This can’t continue – you’re either gonna kill each other or you’re gonna be in jail.”
Mr Bett also noted that Heard’s friends were very nice to Depp – suggesting their attitudes had something to do with his generosity.
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Depp ‘very likeable’ with or without alcohol
Mr Bett confirmed he has seen Depp drink alcohol, adding: “He handles alcohol a lot better than I would.”
He called the actor “very likable” and said he goes into “Jack Sparrow mode” when he drinks.
Mr Bett said he has never witnessed Depp do drugs but that he is aware of the the actor’s history with substance abuse.
Asked about Heard, Mr Bett said he had a positive impression when they first met.
Megan Sheets18 April 2022 21:32
Security guard describes ‘open door’ access to Depp
Bett said his responsibilities have “evolved” over the course of roughly eight years working with Depp, involving more and more travel as time went on.
He said he had “open door” access to Depp both at home and on trip.
“Wherever he’s at, it’s mandatory that I have access to him,” he said.
He said his main responsibility is providing security for Depp and his “wellbeing”.
Megan Sheets18 April 2022 21:28