‘She’ll Turn Out Good’: The Week Amber Heard Finally Speaked | American news

Amber Heard was asked in court last week if she recognized the name Carly Simon, shortly after her lawyers introduced an exhibit of a mirror that Johnny Depp had defaced in tight, interrupted writing after slitting part of his middle finger in what his ex-wife described as a drug and alcohol induced blackout.

Depp’s note read, “Call Carly Simon. She said it better. Bye.”

Heard testified that she was not familiar with Simon or her work. But Depp, one can reasonably speculate, was referring to Simon’s 1972 hit You’re So Vain. His lawyers could cross-examine the matter next week. Or the week after.

Such is the case with the Depp-Heard defamation case in Fairfax, Virginia. Certainly a cautionary tale with disturbing allegations of domestic and sexual violence. But also a man-woman fight, part Sunset Boulevard, part gender, part Mean Girls, with flashbacks and stills – fitting enough given the sinister, if not vampiric nature of the relationship – in Bela Lugosi’s old house.

Which narrative jury members choose will only be known after May 27, when lawyers hold closing arguments. For now, with the court next week — the judge, Penny Azcarate, is at an unrelated judicial conference — the jurors must spend the final two days reflecting on Heard’s take on her turbulent marriage.

“Two skilled actors as witnesses can be equally resonating no matter where the truth is in their stories,” said Nancianne Aydelotte, a New Jersey attorney. “This is quite a challenge for jurors, who can find what the plaintiff said to be compelling and then be equally moved by the defendant.”

Heard’s testimony, at times highly charged, was delivered while maintaining eye contact with the jurors. Depp kept a low profile and occasionally consulted his lawyers, usually when he seems to find something unbelievable, such as taking eight to 10 ecstasy pills at once in Australia, or taking quaaludes in Los Angeles.

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The general story of Heard is that she was wooed and seduced, bought a foal and fell madly in love with a movie star – “when I was around Johnny I felt like the most beautiful person in the world” – while the world outside their “bubble” was shelved.

“We weren’t doing normal things,” Heard said. “We weren’t stuck in traffic jams together, we didn’t go to the supermarket and we didn’t live life. We were hiding in these places all over the world.”

That bubble, she testified, started to deflate as Depp began to disappear and she didn’t know how to find or reach it. Heard argued that Depp was threatened by her career and became jealous of her co-stars.

She testified that Depp threatened her life shortly after the couple got married, and that several weeks later, in Australia, while filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, he sexually assaulted her with a bottle of Maker’s Mark.

“I’ll fucking kill you,” Heard claimed that Depp screamed. “I was scared,” she added. “I had just married him.” Months later, Heard claimed, Depp broke her nose and ripped out pieces of hair during another abusive encounter.

The mirror, shown in the courtroom, which Johnny Depp had daubed, with the Carly Simon reference in the bottom left corner. Photo: Court handout

Depp has testified that he never hit Heard and that it was she who was the perpetrator, including when she threw a bottle of vodka at him and cut his finger.

Heard testified that in her effort to help Depp get sober, she sought help through Al-Anon and tried to distance herself from the relationship, but was withdrawn when Depp reached brief periods of sobriety and when the “monster” the couple called his intoxicated persona was understated.

But at every turn, she said, his efforts were hampered by an entourage — his security team, aides, camp followers — who protected him from the effects of his drug and alcohol use. In London, she said, his security carried him “like a baby” into their rented house.

Some of the most interesting testimonials from the past week came from Depp’s accountants. One estimated that Depp had lost $40 million in revenue as a result of Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she described herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.”

Hollywood dealmaker Richard Marks, a Depp witness, told the court that the movie community had interpreted Heard’s message loud and clear.

“That actor is synonymous with the product,” Marks said. “When you hire that actor or actress, you want a reputation that supports the value you put into making that product. Especially in the last five years, with the #MeToo movement, you don’t want any negativity hiring an actor who, quote-unquote, was canceled.”

Outside of proceedings, Heard’s PR team has accused Depp of not taking responsibility. “One of Ms Heard’s disappointments has been Mr Depp’s inability to separate fact from fiction — a disease that appears to have spread to his legal team,” a spokesperson said in an email to reporters Friday.

A Depp flack objected that Heard had delivered “the performance of her life” and that his lawyers are looking forward to questioning her.

Public relations experts are divided over the ramifications of Depp’s $50 million defamation claim and Heard’s $100 million counterclaim.

“This case should serve as a warning to high-profile people in the public eye: when you decide to make an abuse allegation, or discuss your personal life in the form of an op-ed, a television interview, or a conversation with reporter, you run the risk of having to discuss all kinds of ugly private details in public,” said Red Banyan’s Evan Nierman.

“It’s remarkable that Heard chose to write the op-ed that started this whole saga, and that Depp decided to take legal action, as both have more skeletons in their closets than a haunted house.”

But Herald PR’s Juda Engelmayer says that regardless of the verdict in the case, Depp has given himself the opportunity to plead his case in the court of public opinion.

“He was allowed to tell his story instead of having Heard tell it in the Washington Post. He enjoyed himself and eventually got a lot of people, including female spectators, on his side. That’s how he wins regardless of the verdict, because he wants the world to see that he is still capable of producing fans and producing entertainment.”

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For Heard, the issue may be more complex. “She was considered a hero for getting her story out there, so now she’s coming out as more of a hero for taking the abuse into her marriage, if believed, and for abusing it in court last week when he was entertaining, was witty and took the light and laughed.

“She comes out looking good too,” Engelmayer says. “She’s strong, bold, and unafraid, and she’s up there telling her story. She is straightforward, she does not back down and fights for what she thinks is right.”

Depp, Engelmayer thinks, will slowly make his way back into movies, though perhaps not as prominently as before. Heard, he says, will also find her way back.

“She will be recast in some movies to test the waters to see if she has that moxie. She was never as big as Depp, but many studios may think it’s a good draw for women and progressives who think she was strong and worthy of a shot. She will get the rolls and the box office will tell if she can order them.”

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