Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard is a success in Hollywood

The actor Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heardhas all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster except for the absence of a single redeeming character.

Comedian Henny Youngman may have been right that “the secret to a happy marriage is still a secret.” But Depp’s trial shows that it’s clear how to have a miserable marriage. It includes things like duct-taping each other, throwing objects of different sizes, and competing with each other in conspicuous consumption competition.

There was gripping and disturbing testimony despite Depp’s tortuously fragmented and incoherent accounts. There were the hospital photos and details of the severed fingertip, which he said was the result of Heard throwing a vodka bottle at him.

The Heard’s stony demeanor in court it played well for Depp as it depicted someone who seemed to enjoy torturing him with every weakness.

Instead, Depp presented himself as a fragile figure tormented by a greedy and scheming spouse.

He used his abusive relationship with his mother not only to explain his own inability to be abusive, but also to paint Heard as a classic case of marrying his mother.

Depp may have succeeded in one notable respect. He didn’t try to hide the fact that he was a complete mess of a human being; someone who burned millions and past relationships.

However, it may have been connected to the idea that Heard went through the rubble to take what she could. Being clueless (even comically clueless) is better than being abusive.

Depp detailed how Heard allegedly had bouts of violence and abuse to the point that her children didn’t want to be around her. He alleged that she used nail polish to pretend he broke her nose while she repeatedly cut and bruised him.

Amber Heard admitted hitting John Depp

The actress was evidenced with audios and videos

Heard is heard on tape admitting that she hit Depp and photos were offered to back up her claims that she was physically abusive.

Depp probably hurt Heard in the end, but will now be the subject of cross-examination.

He got off to a bad start in cross-examination with Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, a name Depp seemed to like to emphasize on the stand.

Depp used a common approach to depositions by asking questions and giving hyper-technical and nit-picky answers to the lawyers.

That doesn’t work well in front of a jury. It makes you look less like a clueless mess and more like a sarcastic sophisticate. You look less like Ingrid Bergman in “Gaslight” and more like Marlene Dietrich in “Prosecution Witness.”

The defense continues to criticize Depp for the fact that he was not actually mentioned in the Washington Post column where Heard claimed that she was an abused wife. It is a curious tactic since it is not necessary for defamation. She was clearly referring to Depp, as evidenced by the tsunami of criticism that followed.

What is probably more damaging to Depp is the self-inflicted damage to his career. Depp’s drinking and strange behavior made him notorious in the media.

Disney (owner of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series) had already decided that he would not continue in his most famous role before Heard’s column was published. In addition, she previously accused him of abuse years before when seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO).

However, Depp made a compelling case that his career was effectively over when Heard first reported abuse.

There is no appeal process in the court of public opinion. Furthermore, by making the allegation in a court file, Heard could not be sued for defamation due to immunity rules.

He would have to repeat such claims outside of court to lay the groundwork for a lawsuit. That didn’t come until years later with the Washington Post column. At the time, Depp’s career was as sunk as Davy Jones’s locker.

The thing is, this trial would have been better off two years ago when Heard made the first accusations. He is right that, when asked on the stand how much the complaint cost him and he replied, “nothing less than everything.”

In the end, both Depp and Heard seem more intent on mutually assured destruction than actual verdicts in their favor.

The only thing that’s already established is perhaps the best line from the movie “So I Married an Ax Murderer”: “We both said, ‘I do!’ And we haven’t agreed on anything since.”

Several celebrities testified in the trial of Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard, as the actor seeks to show that he was not a victimizer, but a victim of his ex-wife, the latter information was pointed out in AmericanPost.News.

Journalist’s opinion Jonathan Turley.

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