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Johnny Depp witness cryptically contradicts key Amber Heard witness – Nationwide

Johnny Depp witness cryptically contradicts key Amber Heard witness – Nationwide

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Jurors in Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit towards ex-wife Amber Heard heard a snippet of testimony Tuesday contradicting certainly one of Heard’s key witnesses, however a lot of the context was stripped away.

Jennifer Howell — who as soon as employed Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez — testified briefly Tuesday within the six-week civil trial by a recorded deposition.

Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Publish describing herself as “a public determine representing home abuse.” His legal professionals say he was defamed by the article despite the fact that it by no means talked about his title.

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Depp has denied he ever struck Heard, and says she was the abuser within the relationship. Heard has testified about greater than a dozen separate cases of bodily abuse she says she suffered at Depp’s arms.

Howell testified that she despatched an e-mail in 2020 to Henriquez begging her to inform the reality.

Jurors, although, didn’t see the letter, nor did Howell clarify in what method she thought Henriquez was being untruthful. The edited deposition performed in courtroom for lower than quarter-hour — Howell appeared to stroll out of the deposition earlier than legal professionals had accomplished their questioning.

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In a courtroom doc, Howell goes into a lot better element. She provides a four-page declaration through which she says Henriquez confided in her that Heard was the aggressor within the battle and Henriquez allegedly stated she thought Heard “was going to kill Johnny.”

Howell additionally says within the declaration that Henriquez advised her and others of their office that Heard reduce off Depp’s finger in a battle the couple had in Australia. The severed finger has been some extent of dispute all through the trial. Depp says the finger was severed when Heard lobbed a vodka bottle at him. Heard says Depp did it to himself on an evening when he was in a drunken rage and sexually assaulted her with a bourbon bottle.

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Henriquez is the one certainly one of Heard’s witnesses who testified within the six-week trial that she personally witnessed Depp bodily assault Heard, in a battle the place she stated every landed blows on the opposite whereas she was caught between the 2.

It’s not totally clear why Howell’s testimony was so restricted. All through the trial, although, Decide Penney Azcarate has strictly enforced guidelines limiting rumour proof, and Howell’s description of what Henriquez advised her would probably be a basic instance of rumour until Depp’s legal professionals might declare some kind of exception to the rumour rule.

In Howell’s declaration, she acknowledged that she was upset when she discovered that Heard had pledged hundreds of thousands of {dollars} to the American Civil Liberties Union and a youngsters’s hospital, when Howell thought the cash might do extra good at The Artwork of Elysium, the nonprofit she ran and that had employed Henriquez.

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The restricted nature of Howell’s testimony makes it unclear if jurors will draw the connections that Depp’s workforce hopes to make.

Howell testified as a rebuttal witness for Depp after Heard rested her case Tuesday morning with out calling Depp to the stand — Heard’s legal professionals had initially urged they’d name Depp as a witness.

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Jurors should still hear extra from Depp. His workforce has indicated they could name him to the stand Wednesday.

Each Depp and Heard have every testified extensively already about particulars of their poisonous relationship.

Additionally Tuesday, the movie star information website TMZ filed an emergency movement searching for to dam the testimony of a former worker, Morgan Tremaine.

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TMZ stated it’s involved that Tremaine is ready to testify Wednesday for Depp and violate a pledge of confidentiality that the information outlet offered to a supply who gave TMZ data associated to the couple’s high-profile divorce.

Heard has denied that she tipped off information shops to the truth that she obtained a short lived restraining order after submitting for divorce from Depp in 2016. Heard alleged Depp abused her in that software, and Heard was photographed by paparazzi leaving the courthouse with an obvious bruise on her cheek.

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Depp’s legal professionals have stated she sought publicity about her abuse allegations to falsely injury his status.

Additionally Tuesday, Decide Penney Azcarate rejected a movement from Depp’s legal professionals to toss out a $100 million counterclaim she filed towards Depp. The counterclaim alleges Depp’s then-lawyer, Adam Waldman, defamed Heard when he known as her abuse allegations a hoax.

Azcarate stated the bar for tossing out a declare earlier than it goes to the jury is exceedingly excessive, and stated there may be sufficient proof to permit it to go ahead. She had already dominated Depp might be held liable for statements made by his lawyer, a precept Depp’s workforce disputes.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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