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WARNING: This live blog contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Amber Heard’s defence case continues in the defamation trial brought against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations impacted his ability to work. She is pursuing a counter claim for $100m.

Testimony has been given by several of Heard’s former friends as well as her sister, acting coach, and makeup artist. They all testified either seeing her injuries or alleged altercations with Depp.

On Thursday, Depp’s longtime friend spoke of a jealous streak in the actor, while his former agent said he romanticised drugs and constantly showed up late to sets impacting his career.

The actor’s ex-business manager described his increasingly dire financial situation and “erratic behaviour” relating to drugs and alcohol. Actor and Depp-ex Ellen Barkin recalled him drinking all the time and once throwing a wine bottle across a room during an argument.

Testimony resumes on Monday.

Key points

Psychologist: Memes and videos mocking Amber Heard expose hatred and distrust of women

13:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Memes and videos mocking Amber Heard expose the “deep hatred” and distrust of women as well as revealing the prevalence of misogyny, experts have warned.

Campaigners from leading UK charities and experts told The Independent viral online responses to the lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Ms Heard shed light on how many people assume women who report domestic abuse and sexual violence are lying.

Maya Oppenheim, Women’s Correspondent for The Independent, reports:

Videos and memes mocking Amber Heard expose hatred and distrust of women, experts say

Heard’s sister says Depp asked her to sign NDA after he hit her and trashed closet

12:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard’s sister has claimed that Johnny Depp asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement after he allegedly hit her during a violent attack on the Aquaman actress.

Whitney Henriquez testified in court in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday about an incident where her former brother-in-law allegedly struck her in the back, hurled a Red Bull can at a friend, grabbed Ms Heard by the hair and hit her before trashing Ms Heard’s closet.

The incident, which became known as “the staircase incident”, allegedly took place in March 2015 inside the downtown Los Angeles penthouse in the Eastern Columbia Building where Ms Heard and Mr Depp lived together.

Read more:

Amber Heard’s sister says Johnny Depp asked her to sign NDA after he hit her

Editor’s Letter: Analysing data from the Depp v Heard trial is more complicated than you’d think

11:00 , Oliver O'Connell

I analyse audience interactions all day, every day – and I know that sometimes a story isn’t quite what it seems, writes Lucy Anna Gray.

Analysing data from the Depp v Heard trial is more complicated than you’d think

Depp cackled as he held dog out of car window, court hears

10:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp dangled his dog out of the window of a moving car and joked about putting it in a microwave after he became angry with Amber Heard over a painting from her former partner, according to bombshell courtroom testimony.

Amber Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez took the stand in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday where she testified about the shocking alleged incident back on 21 March 2013.

Read more:

Johnny Depp held dog out car window and threatened to put in microwave, court hears

10 celebrities who’ve been named in the defamation trial

09:00 , Oliver O'Connell

When a relationship between two A-listers self-destructs, there’s bound to be some collateral.

Celebrities from Elon Musk to Kate Moss have been caught up in the explosive trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Below, we have collated 10 celebrities who have made an appearance, whether they like it or not, in the trial between Depp and Heard.

10 celebrities who have come up in the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial

Heard’s friend recalls Johnny Depp ‘screaming, spitting and cursing’ at him

08:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp was reportedly “screaming, cursing and spitting” at a former friend on the last night that he allegedly violently abused Amber Heard, according to damning courtroom testimony.

A pre-recorded deposition from Josh Drew on 11 November 2019 was played in court.

Read more:

Friend recalls Johnny Depp ‘screaming, spitting and cursing’ at him

Heard’s ex-friend cries as she feared ‘monster’ Depp would ‘do something worse than he intended’

07:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard’s former best friend broke down in tears as she described how she feared “monster” Johnny Depp would “do something worse than he intended” to the Aquaman actress.

Raquel Pennington testified in the former couple’s multi-million-dollar defamation trial on Wednesday where she told jurors that she was “scared” for her friend’s safety around her then-husband Mr Depp.

“In the beginning I wasn’t worried. Towards the end when the phsycial abuse was more evident I was worried,” she sobbed.

Read more:

Amber Heard’s friend cries about fearing for actor’s safety around Johnny Depp

Heard friend says she saw bruises inflicted by Depp

04:59 , Oliver O'Connell

A friend of actor Amber Heard testified Wednesday that she saw the bruises and cuts left in the aftermath of multiple incidents of abuse inflicted by Heard’s ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

In a recorded deposition played for jurors, Raquel Pennington said she never personally witnessed Depp strike Heard. But she said she saw the injuries, and she took photos of Heard’s face in December 2015 after a fight in which Heard says Depp head-butted her and perhaps broke her nose.

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Amber Heard friend says she saw bruises inflicted by Depp

Eva Green says Depp will emerge from Heard trial ‘with his wonderful heart revealed to the world’

04:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Eva Green has voiced her support for Johnny Depp amid the ongoing defamation trial.

The actor, who appeared alongside Depp in 2012’s Dark Shadows, shared an image to Instagram of the two of them together on the red carpet.

Read more:

Eva Green speaks out in support of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp slips into Jack Sparrow character for fans outside courthouse

03:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A video shows Johnny Depp channelling Captain Jack Sparrow while leaving court on Wednesday (18 May) for fans screaming that they missed his Pirates of the Caribbean character.

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Johnny Depp slips into Jack Sparrow character for fans outside courthouse

Depp’s lawyer accuses Amber Heard of staging cocaine photo

02:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp‘s lawyer has accused Amber Heard of staging a photograph of her breakfast table on which Mr Depp allegedly snorted cocaine.

Camille Vasquez suggested during cross-examination that the photo was inauthentic, citing a single, unsmoked hand-rolled cigarette in the ashtray, four neat lines of cocaine with no residue and a “pretty neat table”.

“It doesn’t really look like Mr Depp or anyone was doing cocaine off that table, does it?” Ms Vasquez asked.

What followed was a bizarre back and forth about the logistics of consuming the drug.

Johnny Depp’s lawyer accuses Amber Heard of staging cocaine photo

What Heard and Depp have each said about the 2015 fight in Australia

01:00 , Oliver O'Connell

WARNING: This article contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have both testified about what they each allege happened during a violent incident in Australia in early 2015, when the latter actor severed his finger.

Read more:

What Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have each said about fight where he severed finger

All the celebrities who have supported Johnny Depp during the trial

Sunday 22 May 2022 00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest names to speak out in favour of Depp, and what exactly they said...

All the celebrities who have supported Johnny Depp

All the celebrities who have supported Amber Heard during the trial

Saturday 21 May 2022 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Depp’s fans are a good deal louder than Heard’s, but who is supporting her? See all the celebrities who have spoken up for her, below…

All the celebrities who have supported Amber Heard during the defamation trial

“What if anything…”

Saturday 21 May 2022 22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Law & Crime breaks down the oft-used phrase by Amber Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft when questioning witnesses: “What if anything…?”

What do we know about the jury and jury instructions?

Saturday 21 May 2022 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

After closing arguments, of the nine jurors who have heard the case, two will be designated as alternates for Judge Penney Azcarate to have on standby in case any of the other seven has to drop out.

Court TV reports that the current makeup of the jury appears to be six men, four Asian and two white, and three women, one Asian, one Black, and one White.

In a win for Amber Heard’s team, Judge Azcarate ruled that the three statements made by Adam Waldman, Johnny Depp’s attorney from the UK trial — the basis of her counterclaim for defamation against Depp — will be considered as the actor’s statements.

Depp lawyer meets the courthouse alpacas

Saturday 21 May 2022 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez, who has found internet fame amongst Depp fans following her cross-examination of Amber Heard, took time to meet the alpacas that have been brought to the courthouse every day in support of her client.

Depp said under oath that he wouldn’t film another Pirates of the Caribbean movie for $300m and a million alpacas.

Johnny Depp laughs at ‘one million alpacas’ for Pirates role question

What to expect from the Depp v Heard closing arguments

Saturday 21 May 2022 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

On Friday, attorneys for both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met with Judge Penney Azcarate to agree on jury instructions and closing arguments.

This coming Friday, 27 May, each side will have two hours for closing arguments with Depp’s team going first, followed by Heard’s team’s rebuttal and closing, and then Depp’s rebuttal, according to Court TV.

Heard’s argument only on her counterclaim will then be heard.

Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez will argue on behalf of Depp, and Elaine Bredehoft and Benjamin Rottenborn will argue on behalf of Heard.

What do lawyers think about Camille Vasquez’s cross-examination of Amber Heard?

Saturday 21 May 2022 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Camille Vasquez, one of the attorneys representing Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, cross-examined Ms Heard over the course of two days on 16 and 17 May.

The moment, which saw Ms Vasquez seeking to undermine Ms Heard’s credibility and her claims that Mr Depp sexually assaulted her and was violent against her, has been described as “often harsh” by Deadline, which noted: “Depp’s lawyers may have lacked an actual kitchen sink, but they tried to throw one figuratively at Heard today during further cross examination of the Aquaman actress in the $50m defamation trial.

“That strategy continued during the redirect, with Depp’s lawyers calling out ‘objection’ on almost every question by Bredehoft, about half of which Judge Penny Azcarte sustained.”

The Independent spoke to two attorneys about Vasquez’s cross-examination strategy, including its possible advantages and drawbacks.

What lawyers say about Johnny Depp attorney’s cross-examination of Amber Heard

Camille Vasquez: Fan pages, video tributes, and romance rumors

Saturday 21 May 2022 17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Clémence Michallon reports on how Johnny Depp’s fandom turned its focus to his lawyer Camille Vasquez after her cross-examination of Amber Heard.

Fan pages and romance rumors: How Depp fans turned focus to lawyer Camille Vasquez

New witness confirmed in Depp rebuttal

Saturday 21 May 2022 16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Court TV reports that Jennifer Howell will testify in Johnny Depp’s rebuttal case next week in a pre-recorded deposition video.

Ms Howell was mentioned during the testimony of Amber Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez.

She is the founder of the Art of Elysium and Ms Henriquez moved out of the Eastern Columbia Building penthouses and in with her in 2015 and referred to her as her “chosen sister”.

There are two accounts of why this was. Ms Henriquez says it was because Depp accused her of leaking stories to the press, but Ms Howell allegedly has a different story — that it was because Ms Henriquez was fighting with Heard.

Ms Howell also allegedly has a very different account of what has become known as “the staircase incident” at the penthouses as told to her at the time by Ms Henriquez.

‘Paranoid’ Depp told psychiatrist of ‘chaotic’ relationship with Heard

Saturday 21 May 2022 15:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp’s psychiatrist has revealed that the “paranoid” actor admitted to having a “very chaotic” relationship with “lots of anger” towards ex-wife Amber Heard.

Testimony from Dr Alan Blaustein was played in court on Thursday during the former couple’s defamation trial, where he spoke about the Pirates actor’s issues with drugs, alcohol, “rage” and “jealousy”.

“It was a very chaotic relationship with a lot of fluctuations, ups and downs. Lots of difficulties, emotional expressions” he testified Mr Depp told him in their sessions.

“Lots of anger in both places and high intensity… A lot of love, a lot of disappointment, a lot of fears.”

He added: “Part of his goal of therapy was to work through the anger that he and his fiancee had toward each other.”

Rachel Sharp reports:

‘Paranoid’ Johnny Depp told psychiatrist of ‘chaotic’ relationship with Amber Heard

Heard insists her 2018 op-ed on domestic violence is ‘not about Johnny’

Saturday 21 May 2022 15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard has insisted that the 2018 op-ed at the centre of the defamation trial with her ex-husband Johnny Depp is “not about Johnny”.

Ms Heard said that the article is actually about her and what happened to her “after I escaped my marriage”.

“The only one who made it about him ironically is Johnny,” she told the court.

Amber Heard says op-ed on domestic violence is ‘not about Johnny’

Heard breaks down saying she filed for divorce from Johnny Depp as she feared she ‘wouldn’t survive’

Saturday 21 May 2022 14:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard sobbed in court as she said she filed for divorce from Johnny Depp because she feared she “wouldn’t survive” if she stayed in the relationship.

“I knew if I didn’t I’d likely not literally survive,” she said, choking back tears.

Amber Heard breaks down telling court why she filed for divorce from Johnny Depp

Depp fulfilling promise that Heard ‘will never see his eyes again’

Saturday 21 May 2022 13:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp is fulfilling a promise he made to Amber Heard that she will “never see his eyes again” after accusing him of being an abuser, a US court has heard.

The Aquaman star again denied Mr Depp had been the victim in their violent relationship, and reiterated that her 2018 article had not been about him, as she continued giving evidence on Monday.

Mr Depp is suing Ms Heard over the piece she wrote in The Washington Post, which his lawyers say falsely implies he physically and sexually abused her while they were together.

He has denied all accusations.

Read more:

Johnny Depp fulfilling promise that Amber Heard ‘will never see his eyes again’

Amber Heard says her role in Aquaman 2 was cut down amid controversy

Saturday 21 May 2022 12:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard has said that her role in Aquaman 2 was significantly cut down amid her battle with ex Johnny Depp.

Speaking in court, the actor commented: “I fought really hard to stay in the movie. They didn’t want to include me in the film.”

She added: “I was given a script and then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it. That depicted my character and another character, without giving any spoilers away, two characters fighting with one another. They basically took a bunch out of my role. They just removed a bunch.”

Amber Heard says her role in Aquaman 2 was cut down amid Johnny Depp controversy

Heard recounts police being called after Depp allegedly attacked her

Saturday 21 May 2022 11:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard has shared her account of an incident during which she says police were called to her apartment after Johnny Depp attacked her.

Ms Heard was asked about the alleged events of 21 May 2016 as she returned to the witness stand on Monday (16 May) as part of the defamation trial opposing her and Mr Depp in Virginia.

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Heard says police called after Depp attacked her as court shown photos of injuries

Amber Heard begs Johnny Depp to stop ‘smear campaign’ as court hears emotional audio

Saturday 21 May 2022 10:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Emotional audio was played to the court during Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s multi-million-dollar defamation trial on Monday as the Aquaman actor said she begged her then-husband to stop calling her “a liar” about his alleged abuse.

In the audio clip, Ms Heard is heard speaking to Mr Depp in a recorded conversation in June 2016 – one month after she filed for divorce from the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.

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Amber Heard begs Johnny Depp to stop ‘smear campaign’ as court hears emotional audio

Heard describes meeting Elon Musk at Met Gala after Johnny Depp ‘stood me up’

Saturday 21 May 2022 08:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard has described the moment she met Elon Musk at the 2016 Met Gala after her then-husband Johnny Depp “stood me up” on the red carpet.

The Aquaman actor told the court that she and Mr Depp had been planning to go to the Met Gala together as guests of Ralph Lauren.

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Amber Heard describes meeting Elon Musk at Met Gala after Johnny Depp ‘stood me up’

Depp’s friend vapes while giving testimony in defamation trial

Saturday 21 May 2022 06:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp‘s friend Bruce Witkin was seen vaping as he gave testimony in the actor’s defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Mr Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over an article she wrote in 2018 in which she referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Witkin is not the first person to be seen vaping during the trial. A security guard at Depp’s West Hollywood penthouse, Alejandro Romero, started vaping as he testified via video link in April.

Johnny Depp’s friend vapes while giving testimony in defamation trial

Heard makeup artist describes covering up actor’s injuries before James Corden show

Saturday 21 May 2022 04:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard’s former make-up artist has testified that she concealed injuries on Heard’s face before her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Melanie Inglessis gave evidence in the ongoing $50m defamation trial – brought by Johnny Depp against ex-wife Heard – on Wednesday (18 May)

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Makeup artist describes covering Amber Heard injuries before James Corden appearance

Heard says she’s been labelled a ‘liar’ because Depp is ‘the bigger star’

Saturday 21 May 2022 03:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard has explained why she believes she’s been labelled a “liar” during the Johnny Depp trial.

Jacob Stolworthy reports:

Amber Heard explains why she thinks she’s been labelled a ‘liar’ in Johnny Depp trial

Depp was ‘very concerned’ about Heard working with James Franco, acting coach says

Saturday 21 May 2022 01:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp was “very concerned” about Amber Heard in roles opposite James Franco, her acting coach testified.

Kirsty Sexton gave testimony on Wednesday in the ongoing defamation trial:

Johnny Depp was allegedly ‘concerned’ over Amber Heard roles with James Franco

Psychologist: Memes and videos mocking Amber Heard expose hatred and distrust of women

Saturday 21 May 2022 00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Memes and videos mocking Amber Heard expose the “deep hatred” and distrust of women as well as revealing the prevalence of misogyny, experts have warned.

Campaigners from leading UK charities and experts told The Independent viral online responses to the lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Ms Heard shed light on how many people assume women who report domestic abuse and sexual violence are lying.

Maya Oppenheim, Women’s Correspondent for The Independent, reports:

Videos and memes mocking Amber Heard expose hatred and distrust of women, experts say

Heard’s sister says Depp asked her to sign NDA after he hit her and trashed closet

Friday 20 May 2022 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard’s sister has claimed that Johnny Depp asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement after he allegedly hit her during a violent attack on the Aquaman actress.

Whitney Henriquez testified in court in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday about an incident where her former brother-in-law allegedly struck her in the back, hurled a Red Bull can at a friend, grabbed Ms Heard by the hair and hit her before trashing Ms Heard’s closet.

The incident, which became known as “the staircase incident”, allegedly took place in March 2015 inside the downtown Los Angeles penthouse in the Eastern Columbia Building where Ms Heard and Mr Depp lived together.

Amber Heard’s sister says Johnny Depp asked her to sign NDA after he hit her

Editor’s Letter: Analysing data from the Depp v Heard trial is more complicated than you’d think

Friday 20 May 2022 22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

I analyse audience interactions all day, every day – and I know that sometimes a story isn’t quite what it seems, writes Lucy Anna Gray.

Analysing data from the Depp v Heard trial is more complicated than you’d think

Depp cackled as he held dog out of car window and threatened to put it in microwave, court hears

Friday 20 May 2022 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp dangled his dog out of the window of a moving car and joked about putting it in a microwave after he became angry with Amber Heard over a painting from her former partner, according to bombshell courtroom testimony.

Amber Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez took the stand in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday where she testified about the shocking alleged incident back on 21 March 2013.

Read more:

Johnny Depp held dog out car window and threatened to put in microwave, court hears

Heard’s friend recalls Johnny Depp ‘screaming, spitting and cursing’ at him

Friday 20 May 2022 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp was reportedly “screaming, cursing and spitting” at a former friend on the last night that he allegedly violently abused Amber Heard, according to damning courtroom testimony.

A pre-recorded deposition from Josh Drew on 11 November 2019 was played in court.

Friend recalls Johnny Depp ‘screaming, spitting and cursing’ at him

Heard’s ex-friend cries as she feared ‘monster’ Depp would ‘do something worse than he intended’

Friday 20 May 2022 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard’s former best friend broke down in tears as she described how she feared “monster” Johnny Depp would “do something worse than he intended” to the Aquaman actress.

Raquel Pennington testified in the former couple’s multi-million-dollar defamation trial on Wednesday where she told jurors that she was “scared” for her friend’s safety around her then-husband Mr Depp.

“In the beginning I wasn’t worried. Towards the end when the phsycial abuse was more evident I was worried,” she sobbed.

Amber Heard’s friend cries about fearing for actor’s safety around Johnny Depp

Heard friend says she saw bruises inflicted by Depp

Friday 20 May 2022 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A friend of actor Amber Heard testified Wednesday that she saw the bruises and cuts left in the aftermath of multiple incidents of abuse inflicted by Heard’s ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

In a recorded deposition played for jurors, Raquel Pennington said she never personally witnessed Depp strike Heard. But she said she saw the injuries, and she took photos of Heard’s face in December 2015 after a fight in which Heard says Depp head-butted her and perhaps broke her nose.

Amber Heard friend says she saw bruises inflicted by Depp

Eva Green says Johnny Depp will emerge from Amber Heard trial ‘with his wonderful heart revealed to the world’

Friday 20 May 2022 17:30 , Inga Parkel

Eva Green has voiced her support for Johnny Depp amid the ongoing defamation trial.

The actor, who appeared alongside Depp in 2012’s Dark Shadows, shared an image to Instagram of the two of them together on the red carpet.

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Eva Green and Johnny Depp (Getty)
Eva Green and Johnny Depp (Getty)

Eva Green says Johnny Depp will emerge from Amber Heard trial ‘with his wonderful heart revealed to the world’

The French actor joins other stars who have expressed their support for Depp, including his Before Night Falls co-star Javier Bardem, and his Edward Scissorhands co-star and former partner, Winona Ryder.

Johnny Depp slips into Jack Sparrow character for fans outside courthouse

Friday 20 May 2022 17:00 , Inga Parkel

A video shows Johnny Depp channelling Captain Jack Sparrow while leaving court on Wednesday (18 May) for fans screaming that they missed his Pirates of the Caribbean character.

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney)
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney)

Johnny Depp slips into Jack Sparrow character for fans outside courthouse: ‘He’s still around somewhere’

The fan-made video was posted to Twitter on Wednesday after the day’s proceedings had concluded in the trial for the multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit Depp filed against ex-wife Amber Heard.

All the celebrities who have supported Johnny Depp

Friday 20 May 2022 16:30 , Inga Parkel

Over the course of proceedings – and Johnny Depp’s previous legal case against The Sun – a number of prominent celebrities have offered their take on the couple, with Amber Heard receiving public backing from many.

However, others have also spoken out in support of Depp.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest names to speak out in favour of the Pirates of the Caribbean star, and what exactly they’ve said:

Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem (Getty)
Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem (Getty)

All the celebrities who have supported the Johnny Depp

Winona Ryder, Javier Bardem and Sia are among the famous figures to voice support for Depp.

Depp’s lawyer accuses Amber Heard of staging cocaine photo

Friday 20 May 2022 16:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp‘s lawyer has accused Amber Heard of staging a photograph of her breakfast table on which Mr Depp allegedly snorted cocaine.

Camille Vasquez suggested during cross-examination that the photo was inauthentic, citing a single, unsmoked hand-rolled cigarette in the ashtray, four neat lines of cocaine with no residue and a “pretty neat table”.

“It doesn’t really look like Mr Depp or anyone was doing cocaine off that table, does it?” Ms Vasquez asked.

What followed was a bizarre back and forth about the logistics of consuming the drug.

Johnny Depp’s lawyer accuses Amber Heard of staging cocaine photo

All the celebrities who have voiced their support for Amber Heard

Friday 20 May 2022 15:30 , Inga Parkel

Johnny Depp fans are a good deal louder than Amber Heard’s. A petition to have Heard removed from Aquaman 2 has exceeded 4 million signatures, and celebrities such as Winona Ryder and Javier Bardem have explicitly voiced support for him. Chris Rock even joked on stage that we should “believe all women, just not Amber Heard” – to a considerable backlash.

But who is supporting Heard? Here’s a list of all the celebrities who have spoken up for her:

Julia Fox and Amber Heard (Getty Images)
Julia Fox and Amber Heard (Getty Images)

All the celebrities who have supported Amber Heard during the defamation trial

Julia Fox and Kathy Griffin are among the stars to have taken sides with Heard in the defamation case.

What Heard and Depp have each said about the 2015 fight in Australia

Friday 20 May 2022 15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

WARNING: This article contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have both testified about what they each allege happened during a violent incident in Australia in early 2015, when the latter actor severed his finger.

Read more:

What Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have each said about fight where he severed finger

Jennifer Grey claims ex-fiancé Johnny Depp was ‘crazy jealous and paranoid’

Friday 20 May 2022 14:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey has reflected on her brief engagement to Johnny Depp.

The pair met after Grey’s agent set her up on a blind date with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor in 1989 – two years after the release of Dirty Dancing.

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Jennifer Grey claims ex-fiancé Johnny Depp was ‘crazy jealous and paranoid’

Most damning things Johnny Depp said about Amber Heard

Friday 20 May 2022 13:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Here’s a rundown of some of the most damning things Mr Depp testified about Ms Heard:

Most damning things Johnny Depp said about Amber Heard at their defamation trial

Most damning things Amber Heard has said about Johnny Depp

Friday 20 May 2022 12:00 , Oliver O'Connell

WARNING: This article contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Most damning things Amber Heard has said about Johnny Depp at defamation trial

Trial interrupted as spectator breaks into uncontrollable laughter

Friday 20 May 2022 11:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A man was caught on camera giggling with his head in his hands as he sat in the gallery in the courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, watching the day’s testimony.

Several other spectators were spotted looking around at the man and also smirking at his reaction.

Seconds later, the man – apparently unable to regain composure – got up and walked out of the courtroom.

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Spectator at Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial erupts into uncontrollable laughter

‘Actual malice’, strong testimony, and the court of public opinion: What attorneys think about the trial

Friday 20 May 2022 10:00 , Oliver O'Connell

What attorneys say about the Depp v Heard trial

Johnny Depp’s lawyer laughs and refuses to comment on speculation she is dating actor

Friday 20 May 2022 09:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp‘s lawyer laughed off fan speculation that she is dating the actor as she left his multi-million dollar defamation case in Virginia.

Camille Vasquez, 37, has become a popular figure with Mr Depp’s fans as she has defended him in the case against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Mr Depp’s supporters have created memes portraying the lawyer as Marvel’s Thor, and even posted TikToks set to romantic music of the pair holding hands and talking closely.

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Johnny Depp’s lawyer laughs and refuses to comment on fan theory she is dating actor

Friday 20 May 2022 07:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Friday 20 May 2022 07:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Depp attorney says Marilyn Manson video ‘demolished’ Heard’s abuse claims

Friday 20 May 2022 06:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp’s attorney has claimed that video taken by Marilyn Manson “demolished” Amber Heard’s allegations that she was abused by her ex-husband.

Testimony from Adam Waldman, who has worked on and off on Mr Depp’s legal team since October 2016, was played in court on Thursday during the former couple’s high-stakes defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr Waldman, who is at the centre of Ms Heard’s counterclaim after he called her abuse allegations “fake” and “a hoax”, gave video testimony back in February after being subpoenaed by the Aquaman actress’s legal team.

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Johnny Depp attorney says Marilyn Manson video ‘demolished’ Amber Heard abuse claims

Depp’s ex Ellen Barkin says ‘jealous’ actor threw wine bottle across room

Friday 20 May 2022 04:59 , Oliver O'Connell

Actress Ellen Barkin has claimed that “jealous” Johnny Depp once threw a wine bottle across a hotel room back when they were dating in the early 1990s.

Ms Barkin said she first became friends with Mr Depp in 1994 when they starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together before their relationship turned “sexual” and they would meet up a few times a week.

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Heard makeup artist describes covering up actor’s injuries before James Corden show

Friday 20 May 2022 04:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard’s former make-up artist has testified that she concealed injuries on Heard’s face before her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Melanie Inglessis gave evidence in the ongoing $50m defamation trial – brought by Johnny Depp against ex-wife Heard – on Wednesday (18 May).

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Depp attorney who called Heard’s abuse claims ‘fake’ refuses to answer 75 questions

Friday 20 May 2022 03:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp’s attorney refused to answer more than 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers in the multi-million-dollar defamation trial on Thursday – despite admitting that he had spoken to the press and given information to so-called “internet journalists” about the former couple.

Adam Waldman gave video testimony back in February after being subpoenaed by Ms Heard’s legal team.

Mr Waldman, who has worked on and off on Mr Depp’s legal team since October 2016, is at the centre of the Aquaman actress’s $100m counterclaim in the trial after he called her allegations of abuse “fake” and “a hoax”.

Rachel Sharp reports:

Johnny Depp attorney refuses to answer 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers

Depp’s former friend says Marilyn Manson isn’t to blame for actor’s drug use

Friday 20 May 2022 02:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp’s former long-time friend Bruce Witkin testified on Thursday (19 May) that Marilyn Manson isn’t to blame for the Pirates actor’s drug use.

While on the stand, Depp – who was briefly married to Witkin’s sister-in-law Lori Anne Allison – claimed he once gave Manson a pill to stop him from talking so much.

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Johnny Depp’s former friend says Marilyn Manson isn’t to blame for actor’s drug use

Depp ‘romanticised’ drugs and has ‘fundamental issues with anger’, former agent says

Friday 20 May 2022 02:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp “romanticised” drugs and had “fundamental issues with anger”, according to his former agent who testified in the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s multi-million-dollar defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Tracey Jacobs gave video testimony to the court in Fairfax, Virginia, on Thursday morning where she claimed that his increasingly “difficult” reputation meant people around Hollywood grew “reluctant” to work with him and his “star dimmed”.

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Agent Tracey Jacobs says Johnny Depp ‘romanticised’ drugs and has ‘anger issues’

Lance Bass deletes viral TikTok mocking Heard

Friday 20 May 2022 01:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Lance Bass has deleted the TikTok video of him mocking Amber Heard’s court testimony.

After being widely condemned, the former *NSYNC member has removed the viral video in which he “reenacted” part of Heard’s testimony.

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Depp says he made waffles for fans cheering him on outside court

Friday 20 May 2022 00:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp said he made waffles for his fans as he arrived at the Virginia courthouse on day 19 of his defamation trial against Amber Heard.

The actor, 58, arrived at Fairfax County Circuit Court on Thursday just before the day’s proceedings were temporarily held up over a delayed juror.

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Johnny Depp says he made waffles for fans cheering as he arrives at court

Psychologist: Memes and videos mocking Amber Heard expose hatred and distrust of women

Friday 20 May 2022 00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Memes and videos mocking Amber Heard expose the “deep hatred” and distrust of women as well as revealing the prevalence of misogyny, experts have warned.

Campaigners from leading UK charities and experts told The Independent viral online responses to the lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Ms Heard shed light on how many people assume women who report domestic abuse and sexual violence are lying.

Maya Oppenheim, Women’s Correspondent for The Independent, reports:

Videos and memes mocking Amber Heard expose hatred and distrust of women, experts say

Depp was ‘very concerned’ about Heard working with James Franco, acting coach says

Thursday 19 May 2022 23:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp was “very concerned” about Amber Heard in roles opposite James Franco, her acting coach testified.

Kirsty Sexton gave testimony in the ongoing defamation trial brought on by Depp against ex-wife Heard.

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Editor’s Letter: Analysing data from the Depp v Heard trial is more complicated than you’d think

Thursday 19 May 2022 23:25 , Oliver O'Connell

I analyse audience interactions all day, every day – and I know that sometimes a story isn’t quite what it seems, writes Lucy Anna Gray.

Analysing data from the Depp v Heard trial is more complicated than you’d think

Heard makeup artist describes covering up actor’s injuries before James Corden show

Thursday 19 May 2022 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Amber Heard’s former make-up artist has testified that she concealed injuries on Heard’s face before her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Melanie Inglessis gave evidence in the ongoing $50m defamation trial – brought by Johnny Depp against ex-wife Heard – on Wednesday (18 May).

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Makeup artist describes covering Amber Heard injuries before James Corden appearance

Depp attorney says Marilyn Manson video ‘demolished’ Heard’s abuse claims

Thursday 19 May 2022 22:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp’s attorney has claimed that video taken by Marilyn Manson “demolished” Amber Heard’s allegations that she was abused by her ex-husband.

Testimony from Adam Waldman, who has worked on and off on Mr Depp’s legal team since October 2016, was played in court on Thursday during the former couple’s high-stakes defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr Waldman, who is at the centre of Ms Heard’s counterclaim after he called her abuse allegations “fake” and “a hoax”, gave video testimony back in February after being subpoenaed by the Aquaman actress’s legal team.

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Johnny Depp attorney says Marilyn Manson video ‘demolished’ Amber Heard abuse claims

Depp’s ex Ellen Barkin says ‘jealous’ actor threw wine bottle across room

Thursday 19 May 2022 22:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Actress Ellen Barkin has claimed that “jealous” Johnny Depp once threw a wine bottle across a hotel room back when they were dating in the early 1990s.

Ms Barkin said she first became friends with Mr Depp in 1994 when they starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together before their relationship turned “sexual” and they would meet up a few times a week.

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Johnny Depp’s ex Ellen Barkin says ‘jealous’ actor threw wine bottle in fight

Thursday 19 May 2022 22:01 , Oliver O'Connell

Testimony closes for the day and for this week.

The jury is excused for a three-day break as jury trials do not sit on Fridays in Virginia.

Next week is the final week of testimony.

New Witness: Jessica Kovacevic, Heard’s talent agent

Thursday 19 May 2022 21:53 , Oliver O'Connell

Jessica Kovacevic, Amber Heard’s agent, testifies about Heard getting the part of Mera in Aquaman. She says the movie was very successful and Heard received no negative reviews and no complaints about her performance.

Her career arc was steadily rising. When it came to the Aquaman sequel, Ms Kovacevic successfully renegotiated Heard’s contract despite some comments from the studio of a lack of chemistry with leading man Jason Mamoa.

She testifies there were online rumours of Heard being replaced and many negative posts and much social media chatter. Her career faltered at the time of Mr Waldman’s statements regarding her relationship with Depp.

Ms Kovacevic points to a movie project at Amazon as an example of work that Heard was dropped from following the bad press she received, though industry people would not say that was the reason.

She has not been hired for any roles similar to Aquaman since the bad press began.

“No one want someone who’s been accused [of lying] and making things up and abusing someone, involved in their project.”

New Witness: Eric George, attorney for Heard for op-ed

Thursday 19 May 2022 21:32 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric George, a litigator in entertainment law who advised Heard on the op-ed, is now testifying in pre-recorded video testimony.

He says he took a long time reviewing the draft of the op-ed to prevent Heard from being sued about it in relation to the dissolution of her marriage.

Mr George says Heard followed all of his legal advice and ignored none of it.

Thursday 19 May 2022 21:17 , Oliver O'Connell

Dr Blaustein and Depp met 18 times.

He had concerns about some of the medication Depp was taking, particularly when used with alcohol. They stopped having sessions when Depp went to Australia to film Pirates 5.

Depp told him he had a “chaotic” relationship with Heard featuring “lots of anger, disappointment, and high emotional expression”. At one point he refers to her as a “pain in the ass”.

He once told Heard she was being like “his mother and psychotic sister”.

Depp also talked about “rage and chaos” in his other relationships and told him about “something horrible inside him” and used the term “devil” which Dr Blaustein believes was about his “internal struggle”.

New Witness: Dr Alan Blaustein, Depp’s psychiatrist

Thursday 19 May 2022 20:56 , Oliver O'Connell

The next witness is Dr Alan Blaustein, a psychiatrist who treated Depp.

He says Depp had anxiety and there were discussions about Depp being bipolar and having anger issues.

Depp laughs as Disney executive asked whether he could be paid ‘one million alpacas’

Thursday 19 May 2022 20:51 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp found humour in a question a Disney executive was asked during her witness testimony in the ongoing defamation trial brought against Amber Heard.

During Thursday’s (19 May) trial, a pre-recorded deposition from Tina Newman was presented to the court.

In the video, Newman was questioned about Depp’s future in the forthcoming Pirates 6 film.

Inga Parkel reports:

Johnny Depp laughs at ‘one million alpacas’ for Pirates role question

Thursday 19 May 2022 20:28 , Oliver O'Connell

Court breaks for the afternoon recess and will resume at 3.45pm

Thursday 19 May 2022 20:28 , Oliver O'Connell

Barkin does recall him throwing a wine bottle across a hotel room during an argument with his friends and others.

It was thrown in her direction where she was standing with others.

She was asked how the relationship ended and recalls there was a goodbye and he stopped calling her.

Barkin also recalls Depp being jealous to the point he thought a scratch on her back was because she had cheated on him.

She finishes her testimony by saying Depp could be “controlling” and “demanding”.

Thursday 19 May 2022 20:24 , Oliver O'Connell

Barkin recalls Depp being drunk “all the time” and his preferred drink was red wine.

She doesn’t recall him being on medication but remembers him taking hallucinogenics, cocaine, and marijuana.

Barkin says she witnessed this dozens of times over the full course of their friendship and sexual relationship.

She says his behaviour did not change.

New Witness: Ellen Barkin, actor

Thursday 19 May 2022 20:22 , Oliver O'Connell

The next witness is the actor Ellen Barkin.

Barkin says she first met Depp in about 1990 and became friends. They were living on different coasts until 1994 when she moved to Los Angeles.

They embarked on a sexual relationship for several months (she estimates three to five) and they would see each other several times a week at either of their houses about ten minutes apart.

She recalls meeting Depp’s sister and an assistant called “Pig” by Depp.

They first acted together in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).

New Witness: Tina Newman, Disney

Thursday 19 May 2022 20:11 , Oliver O'Connell

Another video deposition. Tina Newman represents the Disney corporation where she is a production executive in the live-action department.

She has worked on the Pirate franchise and testifies she has no knowledge of the Heard op-ed in The Washington Post and it has not been mentioned in discussions at Disney.

Further, she says decisions about whether Depp would be in a possible Pirates 6, she says that decision: “Is above my pay grade.”

Ms Newman does acknowledge that the project is in development at Disney.

Thursday 19 May 2022 20:02 , Oliver O'Connell

Ms Mulrooney says she was first contacted “about an Amber Heard pre-nup” for her marriage to Johnny Depp in late January or early February 2015.

This appears to have turned into arrangements for a post-nup agreement.

She then recalls one phone call from Depp in which he was “mean”, slurring his words [she felt he was intoxicated], called her a “bitch” and fired her.

Ms Mulrooney says: “I was very rattled by the call, I was on the call for a very short time... I told him I had to hang up after a few minutes. It took me off guard. It really shook me up”.

New Witness: Michelle Mulrooney, Heard’s former attorney,

Thursday 19 May 2022 19:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Next up by video deposition is Michelle Mulrooney, Heard’s former attorney.

She is head of her law firm’s estate planning practice, covering pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Former agent says Depp tried to ‘shut down’ London Fields set over Heard nude scene

Thursday 19 May 2022 19:45 , Oliver O'Connell

According to Johnny Depp’s former agent, the actor tried to shut down a version of 2018 film London Fields, which included nude scenes of Amber Heard.

Tracey Jacobs made the claim on Thursday 19 May, during her testimony in the ongoing defamation trial brought against Heard by her ex-husband.

Inga Parkel reports:

Johnny Depp tried to ‘shut down’ London Fields version which featured Amber Head nude

Thursday 19 May 2022 19:24 , Oliver O'Connell

Testifying as an expert witness, Mr Schnell has been a consultant on statistical and forensic analysis of social media posts on all of the major platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Reddit) hundreds of times.

He used Twitter’s API to analyse various hashtags relating to negative tweets about Amber Heard from April 2020 to January 2021 to coincide with Adam Waldman’s defamatory statements about her.

Most tweets used one of four hashtags and there was a total of more than 2 million tweets. The hashtags he described as “rude”.

Using four random tests of thousands of tweets about Heard from that period, he couldn’t find a single tweet that was positive about her.

Depp attorney who called Heard’s abuse claims ‘fake’ refuses to answer 75 questions from her team

Thursday 19 May 2022 19:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Johnny Depp’s attorney refused to answer more than 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers in the multi-million-dollar defamation trial on Thursday – despite admitting that he had spoken to the press and given information to so-called “internet journalists” about the former couple.

Adam Waldman gave video testimony back in February after being subpoenaed by Ms Heard’s legal team.

Rachel Sharp counted them all:

Johnny Depp attorney refuses to answer 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers

New Witness: Ron Schnell, social media forensic expert

Thursday 19 May 2022 18:55 , Oliver O'Connell

Court resumes after lunch with a new in-person witness.

Ron Schnell, a social media forensic expert, is testifying in Heard’s defence case.

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