Actor Johnny Depp often appeared irritated on Monday by the pace imposed by one of his ex-wife’s lawyers, who regularly interrupted him and urged him to respond more briefly, in the context of the defamation lawsuit he is bringing against Amber Heard, following a forum in which she accused him of domestic violence.
The eighth day of hearing of the trial, held in the court of Fairfax, near the American capital, was the occasion of long passes of arms between lawyers.
Johnny Depp’s legal team has widely disputed the relevance of private messages, exchanged between the actor and his relatives, which the defense tried to add as evidence in the file.
Among other incriminating evidence, Benjamin Rottenborn, who is representing Amber Heard, 36, presented the jury with various magazine headlines that detailed the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s alcohol abuse.
Married for two years, the former spouses accuse each other of defamation during this trial, very followed and partly broadcast on American news channels.
While Amber Heard had already obtained, in 2016, an order which prohibited her ex-husband from approaching her within 100 meters, Mr. Rottenborn wanted to know why the actor had waited for the publication of the tribune signed by his ex-wife to file a complaint.
In a weary tone, the star replied that he was tired of seeing that “his relentlessness against (him) did not stop”.
In the text, published in 2018 by the Washington Post, Amber Heard did not name Johnny Depp by name, but she mentioned the domestic violence charges she had brought against her husband in 2016.
Last week, the 58-year-old actor claimed to have lost “everything” because of the accusations of violence from his ex-wife, trying to convince the jurors that it was she, on the contrary, who carried the blows.