Johnny Depp's Closing Arguments Lay Into Amber Heard

Johnny Depp's Closing Arguments Lay Into Amber Heard

Johnny Depp has sued news group papers, publisher of The Sun and its executive editor for calling him "a wife beater". But he denied drugs made him violent.

Judge Andrew Nicol has to decide which star has been telling the truth and is expected to deliver a verdict by September. But, in all the years of violence that she alleges "when she has her phone at the ready, where is the secret recording of Mr Depp knocking seven bells out of her, grabbing her by the throat, pulling her by the hair, screaming at her?" he said.

Mr Sherborne also accused Ms Heard of "layering additional allegations upon additional allegations" during her testimony and said: "Ms Heard's evidence in the witness box was inconsistent with documents put to her - and worse she refused to accept the documentary evidence".

"Permeating all of the evidence in this case is the character of Mr Depp himself - his well-documented evidence of violence and destruction over his adult life which have occurred when he was under the influence of drink and drugs".

"Mr Depp has spent his entire adult life doing exactly what he wanted, and he was not about to answer to a woman at this stage in his life", she said.

© Provided by People Michael Kovac/Getty Images Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in January 2016. Heard filed for divorce the following year, and the divorce was finalised in 2017.

The former spouses have both been in court throughout three weeks of testimony at the grand neo-Gothic court building, though Depp did not attend on Monday.

Depp's lawyer, David Sherborne, is due to make his closing arguments on Tuesday.

The evidence has revealed prodigious drinking and drug consumption, furious arguments, hurled objects and a deposit of excrement left in a bed - whether by dog or human is disputed. Since Heard's claims, Depp has never faced any criminal charge of violence against her.

"During the last two weeks, the defendants have established that many more than one incident of wife-beating took place over the course of the relationship between the claimant (Mr Depp) and Amber Heard".

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He said Heard was a "wholly unreliable witness and, frankly, compulsive liar" who had tailored her story to meet the evidence produced against her and lied about injuries she said she had suffered.

Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court for the final day of the libel trial by her former husband, actor Johnny Depp, against News Group Newspapers in London, England, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Some legal experts say Depp's reputation will have trouble recovering, even if The Sun is forced to retract its claim.

Wass said those witnesses were "tainted" because they relied on Depp for their livelihoods and had "come to court to lie for their boss".

The fact Depp had a history of consuming alcohol and taking drugs was not "newsworthy", and he had been "candid" about his use of certain substances.

It also suggests Mr Depp had been "tried, convicted and sentenced", his barrister said.

"He created a misogynistic persona of (Heard) as the stereotype of a nagging woman", Wass said.

In early 2019, Depp sued Heard for $50 million for defamation over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018, which "depended on the central premise that Ms".

AMBER HEARD said it had been "incredibly painful" to relive stormy scenes from her marriage to Johnny Depp as the actor's libel action against The Sun drew to a close yesterday. Depp denies ever hitting Heard, 34, who has submitted details of 14 occasions during their relationship when she claims he assaulted her.

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