Unsealed Depp vs Heard Court Documents: The Most Important Points

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Despite the decision in controversial depp V heard defamation fight In June, new information continues to find its way to the light. Over the weekend, for example, more than 6,000 pages of court documents were sealed, as The. was reported by daily animal, His content doesn’t move the needle significantly on the outcome of the case: A jury found that Heard had defamed Depp on three points in a 2018 op-ed that called him a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Identified as that, yet never actually accused the actor of anything. , But it was a decidedly different ruling from the one a UK judge reached in 2020 after reviewing similar evidence Concluding that Depp misbehaved His ex-wife at least 12 times. Heard now owes the actor more than $8 million, an amount she seems unable to pay.

As the jury returned its verdict, Hurd – who plans to appeal and has already set that process in motion – has claimed that Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Penny Ezcart withheld certain pieces of vital evidence which was included in the UK case. It’s unclear whether the unsealed docs speak to those details, although, as The Daily Beast noted, they “don’t reflect very well on Team Depp.” For example, the actor fought to make out Testimony of Actress Ellen Barkin, whom she previously dated and who said in a statement that in a fit of rage Depp once threw a wine bottle in her direction. he even tried to wipe Heard text messages about drowning and burns From the record, most with testimony from psychologists and physicians who told the court they believed Heard suffered intimate-partner violence from Depp.

Below, some of the biggest takeaways from the cache of court filings.

During the hearing, the jury considered the testimony of one of Depp’s witnesses that raised the possibility that Heard had edited photographs seen in court. That witness, Norbert “Bryan” Neumeister, a metadata expert, claimed not that Heard had fabricated cell-phone photos of his injury, but that they had been opened in Apple’s Photos app on a computer. Still, any edits likely didn’t look good, especially with Depp Camp’s longtime suggestion that Heard had faked his injuries.

According to The Daily Beast, however, court documents suggest that Depp may have been the one who manipulated his images. That’s according to Julian Eckert, a forensics expert at iDiscovery Solutions, who testified in court but didn’t have the opportunity to speak about Depp’s evidence. The docs report that he said under oath that Depp’s camp had submitted evidence photos and audio clips with “inconsistencies that call into question the authenticity of the multimedia documents”. Often, the “created” and “modified” dates come years after Depp claimed that certain events had occurred. For example, the actor said that he has bruises and scratches on his face, said that he got it from Heard around March 2015, reportedly with manufacturing and revision dates in July 2019. Some did not have creation or modification dates, and, according to Eckert, “missing creation dates and/or revision dates that post facto could be a sign of digital evidence manipulation.” The original files were requested by Hurd’s team, but the motions were denied.

Hurd’s team alleges That Depp had “inappropriately” sought to include nude photos of her as evidence, along with information about “a brief stint as an exotic dancer before meeting Mr. According to the documents, the implication was that “Ms. Hurd was at one time an escort.”

For his part, Heard reportedly included Cialis (an erectile-failure drug) and Valtrex (used to treat both oral and genital herpes) on a prescription list for Depp, which his lawyers called a was interpreted as indicating that Hurd “clearly intends to take this test. In particular, including the medical history of Mr. Depp, and in particular down to the many unnecessarily working rabbits.”

According to The Daily Beast, Depp’s team avoided him from undergoing a psychiatric evaluation on the grounds that he “does not allege a specific cause of action to intentionally or recklessly inflict emotional distress; it does not claim that Ms. Heard’s actions caused her a specific mental injury; and it does not claim that Ms. Heard’s actions caused her to experience unusually severe emotional distress.” It stands at odds with the narrative Depp presented at Trial, in which Heard factored in as a serial abuser, both physically and emotionally. at the stop, Depp also told about a special incident In which he used the bloody stubble of his finger to write a blood-soaked message to Heard. Depp describes it as “probably the closest” thing he’s ever experienced to a “nervous breakdown.”

In February 2022, Depp’s team reportedly objected to Heard’s team request that the actors “please describe each incident in detail” in which they said that Heard abused them physically or emotionally, including “dates, A description of the time and place as well as the communications and actions leading to, through and following such an alleged violence or abuse.” Hurd supplied that level of detail in his court testimony, but in the documents, Depp declined to comply. According to The Daily Beast, Counterclaim argued that the request “is unlikely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence,” and that it seeks documents and communications that are irrelevant, immaterial or unnecessary to the issues in this action. .

Although Depp’s friendship with Marilyn Manson often came to the fore during the trial, unsealed court documents show that Depp fought with Manson to keep his messages out of court. according to new york PostManson – who is Similarly suing his ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood for defamation When she—and others—accused of sexual abuse, grooming, and rape at the hands of the singer—wrote Depp about the “Amber 2.0” situation in 2016. “Lindsay just puled [sic] An ember on me… please remove,” he wrote. Depp reportedly texted back, “I was reading a lot of material on that and on sociopathic behavior… this is real fucking my brother!! My ex cunt goddamn textbook!!!” Then Manson, who is currently married to a woman named Lindsay Usich, wrote, “I got a serious cop amber type of scenario with L’s family. I’m bullshit out loud. I don’t know if you’ll be back.” But I need shelter somewhere because I think the police can follow my path.” Depp was reportedly worried that this exchange with Manson would make him appear “guilty by association.”

The supposedly unsealed docs also concern missing texts in which the actor referred to himself as “crazy” and “fucking cruel”. They appeared in the descriptive apology Depp allegedly sent to Heard after (again, reportedly) attacking a plane in 2014. After that incident, Depp’s former assistant Stephen Deuters wrote to Heard, “If anyone was really honest with him about how bad it was in fact, he would be horrified,” referring to Depp. “I’m sad that he has no better way to know the seriousness of his actions yesterday. Unfortunately for me, I remember them in full, in full detail, of everything that happened. That fear When I told him he kicked you, he cried. Depp reportedly sent Heard an apology, explaining that his “illness somehow picked up and caught him again”, Heard claims. According to The Daily Beast, however, Depp’s legal team could not find the text on the actor’s iCloud, raising the possibility that he had been “deleted.” were accepted as evidence in the UK, they were not allowed in the US

Heard’s lawyers reportedly encouraged her to go for a larger sum in the divorce settlement, insisting that she was potentially entitled to “tens of millions of dollars”. pirate 5 Alone because Depp shot it when the pair were married. From the outset, Heard attempted to refute the criticism that she had invented a false abuse claim to obtain more money from her more famous ex-husband, saying that she was donating the amount to charity. (At trial, it turned out that he had not actually done so yet.) When he refused to follow the advice of his attorneys, he was reportedly asked “to be surprisingly true to your word.” Praised him, that it’s not about the money.” Judge Azcarte removed the evidence relating to that particular divorce from the view of the jury.

according to PostHeard’s lawyer, Elaine Breedhoft, was also barred from questioning. Depp’s former agent Tracy Jacobs After a TV appearance, Depp was reportedly drunk and high “to the extent that Disney studio executives called Ms. Jacobs to ask, ‘What was wrong with your client?'” said Heard’s team. that it was a similar story pirate 5During which Disney reportedly warned Jacobs that Depp’s substance abuse was ‘not tolerable’, that he ‘wasn’t going to tolerate it,’ and that ‘there is no love between Johnny and Disney. was not, given that pirate 5 Situation.” During the trial, Depp insisted on Heard’s op-ed that his relationship with Disney had soured and that Captain Jack Sparrow was written out of any future. Pirates of the Caribbean Movies. Hurd said Depp himself ruined his professional prospects.

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