Johnny Depp trial live: Amber Heard’s defense opens up about actor’s ‘erratic’ behavior

Johnny Depp showed up too late to drop “virtually every movie,” says the former agent

WARNING: This live blog contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find disturbing.

Amber Heard’s defense case continues in the defamation lawsuit brought against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50 million over allegations that he molested her in 2018 Washington Post op ed. Although she did not give his name, he claims her allegations affected his ability to work.

Testimony has been given by several of Heard’s former friends, as well as her acting coach and makeup artist. They all recalled either seeing or documenting their injuries, and most of being present at alleged altercations with Depp. Raquel Pennington said she feared for her friend’s safety.

Heard’s sister Whitney recalled Depp’s drug and alcohol use and separate incidents of holding a dog out of a car window and throwing clothes racks down the stairs during a row.

Depp’s longtime friend spoke of the actor’s jealous streak, while his former agent said he romanticized drugs and was consistently late for sets, which influenced his career. The actor’s ex-CEO described his declining financial situation and his “unexpected behavior” in relation to drugs and alcohol.

Testimony will continue on Monday.


Depp’s ex Ellen Barkin says the ‘jealous’ actor threw a wine bottle across the room

Actress Ellen Barkin has claimed that the “jealous” Johnny Depp once threw a wine bottle across a hotel room when they were dating in the early 1990s.

Ms Barkin said she first became friends with Mr Depp in 1994 when they played the lead Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together before their relationship became “sexual,” and they met a few times a week.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 10:15 p.m


Testimony ends for the day and for this week.

The jury is excused for a three-day break because there are no Friday juries in Virginia.

Next week is the last week of the testimony.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 10:01 p.m


New witness: Jessica Kovacevic, Heard’s talent agent

Jessica Kovacevic, Amber Heard’s agent, testifies that Heard took on the role of Mera Aquaman. She says the film was very successful and Heard received no negative reviews or complaints about her performance.

Her career arc steadily went up. When it came down to it Aquaman Sequel, Ms. Kovacevic successfully renegotiated Heard’s contract with lead actor Jason Mamoa, despite some comments from the studio about a lack of chemistry.

She testifies that there have been rumors online about Heard being replaced and a lot of negative posts and chatter on social media. Her career was stalling at the time of Mr. Waldman’s statements about her relationship with Depp.

Ms Kovacevic points to a film project on Amazon as an example of work that Heard was dropped because of the bad press it received, although the industry wouldn’t say that was the reason.

She was not hired for similar roles Aquaman since the bad press started.

“Nobody wants a defendant [of lying] and make things up and abuse someone involved in their project.”

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 21:53


New witness: Eric George, Heard’s attorney for comment

Eric George, an entertainment trial attorney who advised Heard on the op-ed, now testifies in pre-recorded video testimony.

He says it took him a long time to review the draft comment to avoid Heard being sued over the dissolution of their marriage.

Mr George says Heard followed all his legal advice and ignored none of it.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 21:32


dr Blaustein and Depp met 18 times.

He had concerns about some of the medications Depp was taking, particularly when taken with alcohol. They stopped having sessions when Depp went to Australia to film pirates 5.

Depp told him he had a “messy” relationship with Heard with “a lot of anger, disappointment and high emotional expression.” At one point, he refers to them as a “pain in the ass.”

He once told Heard she was like “his mother and his psychotic sister.”

Depp also spoke about “anger and chaos” in his other relationships, telling him about “something terrible inside him” and using the term “devil” that Dr. Blaustein believes it is his “inner struggle.”

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 21:17


New witness: Dr. Alan Blaustein, Depp’s psychiatrist

The closest witness is Dr. Alan Blaustein, a psychiatrist who treated Depp.

He says Depp was scared and there was discussion that Depp was bipolar and had anger issues.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 20:56


Depp laughs as Disney exec asked if he could be paid ‘a million alpacas’

Johnny Depp found humor in a question posed to a Disney exec during her testimony in the ongoing Amber Heard defamation trial.

Pre-recorded testimony from Tina Newman was presented to the court during Thursday’s (May 19) trial.

In the video, Newman was quizzed about Depp’s future in the forthcoming pirates 6 Movie.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 20:51


The court takes breaks for the afternoon break and resumes at 3:45 p.m

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 20:28


Barkin recalls throwing a bottle of wine across a hotel room during an argument with his friends and others.

It was thrown towards her where she was standing with others.

She was asked how the relationship ended and recalls that there was a parting and he stopped calling her.

Barkin also recalls that Depp was so jealous that he thought a scratch on her back was because she cheated on him.

She ends her statement by saying Depp can be “controlling” and “demanding.”

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 20:28


Barkin recalls that Depp was drunk “all the time” and his drink of choice was red wine.

She doesn’t remember him taking any medication, but does recall using hallucinogens, cocaine, and marijuana.

Barkin says she’s witnessed this dozens of times throughout their friendship and sexual relationship.

She says his demeanor hasn’t changed.

Oliver O’ConnellMay 19, 2022 20:24 Johnny Depp trial live: Amber Heard’s defense opens up about actor’s ‘erratic’ behavior

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