Thousands of pages of documents filed in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s explosive defamation case came to light over the weekend, including text messages between the actor and Marilyn Manson and his team’s apparent attempt to evoke the “brief passage of his ex-wife as an exotic dancer”. At the trial.
The court documents, published online and verified by The Post, expose a series of behind-the-scenes moves by lawyers on both sides to secure certain claims presented to the jury in Fairfax, Virginia.
A 965-page document filed March 28 details Heard’s opposition to a series of motions made by Depp’s attorneys, including one seeking to exclude his medical history from the trial and others asking to present potentially damaging information about his life. ‘actress.
Lawyers for the ‘Aquaman’ star say Depp sought to inappropriately discuss ‘the reality video of Amber Heard’s sister Whitney’ and ‘Whitney and Amber’s past romantic relationships,’ the filing says. .
Depp also wanted to tell the jury about Amber’s “brief stint as an exotic dancer years before she met Mr. Depp,” her attorneys wrote, as they also objected, “Mr. Depp tempting to frivolously and maliciously suggest or imply that Ms. Heard was at any time an escort.
The documents also showed new text messages between Depp and rocker Manson, born Brian Warner, who was accused of sexual abuse and grooming, including by his former fiancée Evan Rachel Wood, whom he sued for defamation in court. march.
In a 2016 text, Manson allegedly wrote: “I have an amber 2.0” and also “Lindsay just pulled an amber on me…please delete”
Depp replies, “I’ve read a LOT of material on this sociopathic behavior…it’s fucking true bro!! My ex-c—t is a fucking TEXTBOOK!!! according to the document.
Then Manson, in an apparent reference to an incident where police were called to Depp and Heard’s shared Los Angeles apartment in 2016, wrote, “I had a serious police amber type scenario with L’s family. I’m fucking stressed. I don’t know if you’re back, but I need asylum somewhere because I think the cops might be heading my way,” the filing reads.
Heard’s lawyers have alleged that Depp and Manson engaged in “drug use” together, including in the days before the actress arrived in Australia and that the two now infamously fought and that the actor lost the tip of his right middle finger.
The documents also include a lengthy passage of allegations that Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, claims she was unable to interview Depp’s former agent, Tracey Jacobs, including that the actor “lied to the LAPD”.
Included in the list of “relevant and prejudicial information” excluded at trial was “Mr. Depp appeared on television drunk and stoned, to the point that Disney Studios executives called Ms. Jacobs to ask ‘What was wrong with your client,'” the document reads. It is unclear what alleged appearance the attorney was referring to in the filing.
Heard’s team also claimed that “these same issues arose during the filming of Pirates 5 and Disney told Ms. Jacobs that the conduct was not going to be tolerated”, Disney was “not going to accept this” and that ‘“There was no love between Johnny and Disney, given the situation of the five pirates. “
Depp’s relationship with Disney played a major role in the lawsuit, as his lawyers argued that Heard’s defamatory allegations cost him tens of millions in future ‘Pirates’ earnings, while Heard’s team argued that Disney had dropped the actor due to his own behavior.
Lawyers for the actor said Heard’s team offered misleading evidence, saying Bredehoft “could have continued to question Ms. Jacobs for an additional three hours, but chose not to.”
Documents also show how Depp’s lawyers worked to exclude testimony relating to the actor’s arrest record and ongoing litigation for other cases, including a lawsuit accusing him of assault which was settled. in July.
His lawyers, who were successful in their case, said “it would serve no purpose other than to prejudice him in front of the jury” and that Heard would use to “present evidence that paints Mr. Depp as a violent man”.
The jury awarded Depp $10.35 million for claiming he was defamed by an opinion piece in which Heard made allegations of domestic violence. She was awarded $2 million for her claims that Depp’s attorney made false and damaging comments about her.
In an interview with NBC News following the jury’s verdict, Heard lamented the evidence excluded from the trial, including “a binder of years of notes dating back to 2011 from the very beginning of my relationship that were taken by my doctor. , whom I reported the abuse to.
“How could they make a judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion,” Heard said, referring to the evidence the jury was shielded from.
Heard’s representatives did not return a request for comment. Representatives for Depp have not commented.
New York Post