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The entertainment attorney believes Amber Heard thought she would benefit from Johnny Depp’s abuse claims

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An entertainment attorney has said he assumes so belongs to amber may have thought that the allegations of abuse against Johnny Depp could have been beneficial to them.

Richard Marks was asked during his testimony if he knew of any actresses whose careers improved after making allegations of domestic violence against men in Hollywood.

While Mr Marks said he didn’t know anything, he went on to speculate: “I suppose Amber Heard thought her career would be better if she got that out there. I do not know”.

The defamation trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard began Monday, April 11, in Fairfax, Virginia, following Mr. Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr. Depp argues that she killed him in a December defamed a comment published in 2018 The Washington Post entitled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change.”

“I can’t think of any actresses that got through that got canceled,” Marks said. He told the court he was brought in to look into how the op-ed might have damaged Mr Depp’s reputation.

He told the column “damaged Mr Depp” and created a “breakdown situation, if you will”.

He added that companies “look for value, not negativity,” noting that a movie star becomes the “face” of a franchise in which they appear.

“You could say Pirates of the Caribbean is Johnny Depp and vice versa,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to hire an actor followed by negativity … especially in the last five years with the Me Too movement.”

He added that “right now, the pinnacle” of negativity in the filmmaking business is “being accused of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, violence … and what we’ve seen is almost immediate terminations and cancellations.”

The “peak” of sensitivity, on the other hand, can be found in “family-friendly companies like Disney”.

He added that Ms Heard’s comment was published in a “flagship journal, if you will, of American news”, not in a “trade paper” or “rag”. He said the column was “targeted at Hollywood,” which got the message “loud and clear.”

Mr Marks said Ms Heard had “called on Hollywood” to take action and that the “publicity machine was in overdrive” when the column surrounding the release of her film was published Aquaman.

Mr Marks said Mr Depp managed to “keep private” for most of his private life prior to his relationship with Ms Heard and what “set him apart in this business is he was congruent, he was personable, he was… one of the guys. I have never heard any complaints.”

He said the comment was “devastating” for Mr Depp and suggested Disney wouldn’t put him in sixth place pirates Movie “Under That Cloud”.

While agreeing that negative stories about Mr Depp had been circulating before the comment, Mr Marks said the column was “something different”.

Hollywood can “put up with divas and drugs to make money,” Marks said, but added that they “drawn a line” on allegations of abuse.

In her 2018 commentary, Ms Heard wrote: “Like many women, I was molested and sexually abused when I was college-age. But I was silent – I didn’t expect that filing complaints would bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”

“Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full brunt of our culture’s anger at women speaking out,” she added at the time.

While Mr Depp is not named in the piece, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Mr Depp is seeking “not less than $50 million” in damages.

Ms Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr Depp for harassment and immunity from his allegations.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/amber-heard-johnny-depp-abuse-b2070073.html The entertainment attorney believes Amber Heard thought she would benefit from Johnny Depp’s abuse claims

Bobby Allyn

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