Missing fingertip, poo and career loss: Highs and lows of Johnny Depp v Amber Heard lawsuit

After weeks of explosive testimony, the jury finally deliberates in the defamation case between actors Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp sued Heard over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.”

Heard did not name Depp in the article, but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages. Heard sued for $100 million, claiming she suffered “endemic violence and physical abuse.”

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Here are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the hit trial.

– Cut off fingertip –

Hours of testimony during the six-week trial were devoted to a gruesome incident that took place in March 2015 in Australia, where Depp was filming the fifth installment of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.

The tip of the middle finger of Depp’s right hand was severed during a heated argument with Heard at their rented house.

Depp said it happened when Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him.

Heard said she doesn’t know how it happened, but it may have been when he smashed a wall phone.

The two agreed, however, that Depp used his bloody finger to scribble cryptic messages on the walls, lampshades and mirrors of the house.

– Poop on the bed –

Among the many bizarre incidents cited during the trial was a story of feces being deposited one day on Depp’s side of the couple’s bed.

Depp said he was shown a picture of “human feces” on the bed after he and Heard got into a fight at his 30th birthday party.

Heard tried to blame it on their dogs, Depp said, but “they’re teacup Yorkies, they weigh about four pounds each.”

Heard said the dog had intestinal problems after eating Depp’s marijuana as a puppy.

As for the dogs, Heard accused Depp of once holding one of them out of a moving car window while “howling like an animal.”

The dog was unharmed.

– Witnesses –

Both sides presented several witnesses, although rumors of testimony from billionaire Elon Musk, Heard’s ex-boyfriend, and her co-star James Franco ultimately did not materialize.

But there were celebrity appearances.

Kate Moss, Depp’s former girlfriend, has denied a long-running rumor that he threw the British model down a flight of stairs.

Moss said by video link that never happened.

Actress Ellen Barkin, another ex-girlfriend, testified that Depp was jealous, controlling and “often drunk”, and once threw a bottle of wine in a hotel room.

Other witnesses included bodyguards, agents, business executives, psychiatrists, doctors, friends, relatives, even the former doorman at the luxury penthouse resort where the couple once lived in Los Angeles.

Doorman Alejandro Romero likely spoke on behalf of many involved in the case when he said, “I’m so stressed. I don’t want to deal with this anymore.”

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– The proof –

Audio and video recordings of heated and rude arguments between Depp and Heard were also entered into evidence.

In a video recorded by Heard in their kitchen, Depp is seen screaming, breaking windows and pouring himself a huge glass of red wine.

Depp and Heard submitted photos of injuries they claimed were inflicted by the other.

Heard’s attorneys also presented photos purporting to show Depp passed out after drinking excessively or using drugs.

Text messages between Depp and various people were posted in which he described in foul and violent language what he would like to see happen to Heard.

Depp’s attorneys downplayed the texts, saying he just had a colorful way of writing, similar to that of his late friend, journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

– Depp fans –

Depp fans lined up for hours each day to secure coveted seats in the public gallery for the trial held in Fairfax, Virginia.

While the onlookers were mostly well behaved, Judge Penney Azcarate threatened to evict them at one point during Heard’s testimony.

“If I hear one more noise, I will clear the gallery and we will continue this testimony without anyone in the courtroom,” Azcarate warned. “Understood?”

Depp fans also led a massive campaign on social media to support the actor with the hashtag “#JusticeForJohnnyDepp”.

Heard said she had received thousands of death threats. “People want to kill me and they tell me that every day,” she said.

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– Damaged Hollywood careers –

Three-time Oscar nominee Depp and Heard claimed their careers were damaged.

Heard, who starred in ‘Aquaman’, one of the highest-grossing films of all time, said she had to fight to keep a role in ‘Aquaman 2’ and Depp tried to convince Warner Brothers to remove from the suite.

Heard’s legal team introduced an entertainment industry expert who estimated she suffered $45-50 million in lost film and television roles and endorsements.

An industry expert hired by Depp said he lost millions from the abuse charges, including a $22.5 million salary for a sixth “Pirates” installment.

But Tracey Jacobs, Depp’s former agent, said there was never a formal deal for another “Pirates” movie.

Jacobs also said the actor’s star started going dark since 2010 due to “unprofessional behavior” that included alcohol and drug use.

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