Amber Heard was anticipated to be the primary witness to testify in her protection, however her authorized workforce made a last-minute change Monday. Her workforce, led by Elaine Bredehoft and Ben Rottenborn, will name psychologist Dr. Daybreak Hughes to the stand on Tuesday earlier than Heard. The Aquaman actress and her ex-husband Johnny Depp are in the course of a defamation trial.
Hughes will give testimony on Tuesday to begin the protection’s case, sources informed Deadline. Monday. Heard was anticipated to be her protection’s first witness, however her legal professionals selected a special solution to start. Hughes’ testimony might counter testimony from psychologist Dr. Shannon Curry, who was known as to the stand by Depp’s workforce on April 26. Heard’s representatives didn’t touch upon the choice.
Hughes is cited as an knowledgeable in “treating victims of intimate companion violence.” She additionally evaluated Heard and is anticipated to debate the outcomes and Heard’s psychological well being, sources informed Deadline. Her testimony might contradict what Curry informed the jury and Choose Penny Azcarate. Curry claimed Heard had Borderline Persona Dysfunction and Histrionic Persona Dysfunction, however Heard’s attorneys famous this opinion was solely made after a single 12-hour session with Heard final 12 months. Heard’s attorneys additionally famous that Curry’s opinions have been virtually the identical as what Depp stated about Heard in recorded arguments between the 2 stars.
The technique shift shouldn’t be remarkable throughout a trial, however Heard did make a shock transfer late final week. She fired public relations agency Precision Methods as a result of she was pissed off with the unfavourable press she obtained whereas Depp’s workforce made their case, sources informed Web page Six. Heard employed Shane Communications, led by David Shane, who labored with The Administration Firm when Depp sued them for fraud in 2017. (That case ended abruptly in July 2018 with a confidential settlement earlier than trial.)
Depp’s workforce nonetheless had witnesses to name on Monday on the Fairfax County, Virginia courthouse. The actor’s expertise supervisor, Jack Whigham, testified through video hyperlink that Depp had a $22.5 million take care of Disney to star in a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Nonetheless, Whigham later informed Bredehoft that “it could be truthful to say I’ve not seen a doc” confirming Depp joined Pirates 6, and he or she by no means noticed “$22.5 million written on a web page.” Whigham tried in charge Depp’s former lawyer, Jacob Bloom, whom Depp sued efficiently over making hundreds of thousands on the actor’s film offers. Depp’s workforce has claimed his profession was “destroyed” after Heard’s 2018 Washington Submit op-ed was printed.
Travis McGivern, one other Depp safety guard, additionally took the stand on Monday. He claimed Heard allegedly threw a Pink Bull can at Depp in March 2015 throughout an argument at their Los Angeles dwelling. McGivern claimed Heard hit Depp with a “closed fist” in the course of the dispute. McGivern additionally spoke about Depp’s drug use, claiming that cocaine “ranges him out.”
Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit towards Heard over her 2018 Washington Submit op-ed. Though she didn’t identify Depp within the piece, she wrote about being a home violence survivor. Depp has claimed the allegations aren’t true. In 2020, Heard counter-sued Depp for $100 million. The lawsuit was filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, the place The Washington Submit‘s on-line servers are situated. The trial lastly began on April 11 and is anticipated to final 5 weeks. Subsequent week, the proceedings shall be on maintain whereas Azcarate attends a beforehand scheduled convention.