Missing texts, nude photos and Russian bots are among the explosive claims found in previously sealed documents from Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard.
In output documents viewed daily beast containing pages of evidence excluded from a worldwide lawsuit has been revealed, giving new insights into the strategy of Depp’s tough legal team.
And that doesn’t reflect too well on Depp’s team.
Heard has filed an appeal against a jury verdict ordering her to pay Johnny Depp $14.5 million ($10 million) in damages after the court found she slandered him in 2018. Washington Post article on how to become a victim of domestic violence.
Claims Depp wanted to provide nude photos as evidence
Ahead of the trial, Heard’s lawyers requested that a number of “irrelevant personal matters” be excluded from the defamation trial.
The document stated: “Mr. Depp inappropriately attempts to present evidence of the following Irrelevant Personal Files: (1) Amber Heard nude photos; (2) reality show video of Sister Amber Heard Whitney; (3) Whitney and Amber’s past romantic relationship; (4) Amber’s short stint as an exotic dancer a few years before she met Mr. Depp, and Mr. Depp attempted to flippantly and maliciously suggest or imply that Ms. Heard was once an escort.”
Cursed texts mysteriously “removed”
According to unsealed documents, text messages former Depp aide Stephen Deuters sent to Hurd in 2014 regarding an incident in which Depp allegedly “kicked” Hurd while flying a private jet were declared inadmissible in the Virginia lawsuit, despite the fact that they were featured in the 2020 Depp libel. a lawsuit in the UK, which he lost.
Lyrics from Deiters to Heard read: “If anyone was really honest with him about how bad things really are, he would be shocked.
“I’m sad that he doesn’t have a better way to really know the gravity of his actions yesterday. Unfortunately for me, I remember them completely, in every detail, everything that happened. He was shocked when I told him that he kicked you, he started crying.”
Subsequently, Depp wrote to Hurd: “I feel shame and regret again. Of course I’m sorry… I’ll never do it again… My illness somehow crept up and grabbed me… I’m so sorry I let you down.” I
In the messages Heard kept, he apologized, calling himself a “fucking savage” and “crazy”.
But Depp’s law firm, Brown Rudnick, was unable to locate the texts in Depp’s iCloud and checked to see if they had been “deleted,” as they say.
Ultimately, the law firm determined they were “missing” but did not elaborate on why.
According to the documents, Depp’s lawyers fought to “eliminate evidence of negative social media traffic and an alleged Russian ‘bot’ campaign against Ms. Heard.”
Petitions that “alleged wrongdoing” including “Russian ties” from Depp’s legal team member Adam Waldman would never see the light of day were also granted by the court.
Sister Heard is outraged by the death of a friend
February 3, 2022 interview with Whitney Henriquez, Heard’s sister, included in newly printed court documents.
During his testimony, Enriquez is asked about Heard’s deceased friend “Logan”, who died in a car accident as a teenager, which had a profound effect on Heard.
Lawyers asked if Heard and Logan were romantically involved or ever fought, to which Enriquez clarified that they were just friends and didn’t fight.
Depp’s team asked if Heard was with Logan on the day of his death and/or if she was driving the car in which he died, to which Enriquez replied in the negative.
Despite Enriquez insisting that Hurd was not present at the tragic accident, lawyers continued questioning her about whether Hurd’s driver’s license suspension “had anything to do with the crash that killed Logan,” to which Henriquez replied, “It had nothing to do with it.” with this”.
Henriquez also revealed that Heard never hit, spanked, or threw anything at her, adding, “I never said I was abused because of Amber.”
Any “references and evidence relating to Marilyn Manson” were removed from the court, with Depp’s team arguing that this would “denigrate Mr. Depp as guilty under association theory.”
Manson’s former partner Evan Rachel Wood has filed several sexual assault allegations against the goth rocker, including that he forced her to have sex while filming one of his music videos.
Johnny Depp has been close friends with Manson for almost three decades.
Issues: Photos and audio recordings of Depp were faked
According to daily beastHurd’s team argued that the metadata from the photographs and audio presented by Depp as evidence in the case prove they were manipulated.
Lawyers argued that photographs of Depp’s bruises and scratches allegedly taken by Heard contained “created and altered” dates years after the alleged incidents.
They said the data “shows that, in this case, the items were ‘modified’ days before they were produced”; that Depp “produced several partial audio recordings that begin and end in the middle of a sentence”; and that the metadata “indicates the recordings were created in September 2015 and then modified in June 2016 and again the day before they were produced, but Depp only released a modified version. This raises serious concerns about manipulation, modification and deletion.”
Documents show that Heard’s team repeatedly requested a full audio recording of these conversations, but was denied.
Julian Akkert, the medical examiner who testified for Heard during the trial and authenticated photos of her bruised face allegedly taken by Depp, found that the photographs submitted by Depp contained “anomalies that cast doubt on the authenticity of multimedia documents.”
Akkert, who was only cross-examined during the trial, said they included “cases where date metadata, such as creation and date metadata, is either missing or well after the alleged date of the incident.” Missing creation dates and/or modification dates that predate the facts may be a sign of manipulation of digital evidence.”
Witnesses Depp’s team fought for lockdown
While Ackert’s testimony was blocked, Depp’s team unsuccessfully sought the exclusion of several of Heard’s witnesses from the trial.
These included the testimony of actress Ellen Barkin, who claimed that Depp angrily threw a bottle at her while they were dating; Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist who testified on Heard’s behalf about Depp’s alleged trauma; an exchange between Depp and his actor/buddy Paul Bettany, in which Bettany suggested that Heard be subjected to a “drowning test” to determine if she was a “witch”, to which Depp replied, “Let’s drown her before we burn her!! ! Then I’ll fuck her burnt corpse to make sure she’s dead”; and an audio recording of Heard telling Depp, “I dumped you a fucking week, a week ago, a fucking week ago after you beat the crap out of me.”
However, the testimony of Dr. Don M. Hughes, a psychologist who met with Heard for 29 hours over four sessions and determined that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of Depp’s “intimate partner violence”, was deleted before the trial began. .
Heard’s list of “comparable actors”
Meanwhile, the documents set out a pre-trial claim by Heard’s team that the actress suffered economic losses of “$47-50 million” over a “3-5 year period” due to slanderous statements made by Depp and his inner circle.
The lawsuit featured a list of actors her lawyers said were “comparable” to Heard in height, including Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Zendaya, Ana de Armas and Chris Pine.
Hurd intends to appeal
Hurd, 36, filed a “notice of intent to appeal” last Thursday in Fairfax County, Va., near Washington, D.C., where the case was being heard.
Hurd plans to appeal the verdict, the decision on the post-trial motions and “all additional rulings and rulings of the trial court,” the statement said. New York Post.
Her lawyers have until September 4 to file an appeal outlining their arguments.
A Fairfax County jury sided with the 59-year-old man. Pirates of the Caribbean actor last month after discovering his ex-wife slandered him in 2018 Washington Post article on how to become a victim of domestic violence.
Aquaman The actor won a $2.9 million (US$2 million) jury verdict against Depp over one of her allegations that he slandered her.
Hurd’s appeal follows a judge dismissing her application for a new trial last week on several grounds, including one juror biased against the outcome of the case.
In a statement Thursday, Hurd’s team said they believe “the court made mistakes that prevented a fair and just verdict consistent with the First Amendment.”
Meanwhile, Depp’s side expressed constant confidence in their cause.
“The jury has heard extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and reached the clear and unanimous conclusion that the defendant herself repeatedly slandered Mr. Depp,” the actor’s spokesperson said in a statement.
“We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand.”