A lawyer for British tabloid The Sun claimed Monday that Johnny Depp was “a hopeless addict” whose violence towards ex-wife Amber Heard was fueled by misogyny and a poisonous mixture of drink, medication, jealousy and anger.
Attorney Sasha Wass was summing up at Depp’s libel case in opposition to the newspaper over an article alleging he bodily abused Heard — a high-stakes superstar trial during which the reputations of each former spouses are at stake.
Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, writer of The Sun, and the newspaper’s govt editor, Dan Wootton, on the High Court in London over an April 2018 article, which known as him a “wife-beater.” He strongly denies being violent to Heard.
The case is because of finish Tuesday, however choose Andrew Nicol just isn’t anticipated to ship his ruling for a number of weeks.
“There is no doubt that Mr. Depp regularly and systematically abused his wife,” Wass stated in her closing argument. “The characterization that he is a wife beater is entirely truthful.” She stated Depp was “a hopeless addict who repeatedly lost his self-control and all ability to restrain his anger.”
“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.”
Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the next 12 months, and the divorce was finalized in 2017.
The former spouses have each been in court docket all through three weeks of testimony on the grand neo-Gothic court docket constructing, although Depp didn’t attend on Monday.
Lawyers, journalists and members of the general public, unfold throughout a number of video-linked courtrooms to permit for social distancing, have heard lurid particulars of the couple’s tempestuous relationship. The proof has revealed prodigious ingesting and drug consumption, livid arguments, hurled objects and a deposit of excrement left in a mattress — whether or not by canine or human is disputed.
The Sun’s protection depends on 14 allegations made by Heard of Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016, in settings together with his non-public island within the Bahamas, a rented home in Australia throughout filming of a Pirates of the Caribbean film — the place Depp’s finger was severed in contested circumstances — and the couple’s downtown Los Angeles penthouse, which was trashed throughout one altercation.
Wass stated that the primary 12 months of the connection, throughout which Depp was sober, was “idyllic,” however that the violence began in 2013 after he relapsed.
During 4 days within the witness field final week, Heard claimed Depp flew into jealous rages over her co-stars, together with James Franco and Billy Bob Thornton, and become a violent alter ego he known as “The Monster” below the affect of alcohol and medicines. She accused him of slapping and hitting her and throwing bottles at her “like grenades,” and claimed that she usually feared for her life throughout their relationship.
Wass stated that for Depp the “combination … of drink, drugs, jealousy and anger was lethal.”
Depp, who gave proof for nearly 5 days, branded the allegations a “hoax” and claimed Heard was the aggressor throughout their unstable relationship. He acknowledged utilizing all kinds of medication together with marijuana, cocaine and opioid painkillers, however denied the substances made him violent.
Depp’s former romantic companions Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder signed written witness statements saying he had by no means been violent to them, and a number of other present or former workers gave proof supporting Depp.
Wass stated these witnesses had been “tainted” as a result of they relied on Depp for his or her livelihoods and had “come to court to lie for their boss.”
Summarizing the protection case, Wass stated that “a deep misogyny … lay at the root of Mr. Depp’s anger.” “He created a misogynistic persona of (Heard) as the stereotype of a nagging woman,” Wass stated. She stated Depp branded Heard “a gold-digger, a shrew and an adulterer” with the intention to discredit her. He additionally used crass language about girls in texts to pals that had been learn out in court docket — regardless of his acknowledged aspiration to be a “Southern gentleman.”
Wass stated the couple had been pushed aside by “a clash of cultures and a clash of generations.” She stated Depp glamorized drug tradition and had a “clique of aging male rabble-rousers,” but additionally aspired “to be the Southern gentleman with a young and beautiful wife.”
Wass stated a Southern gentleman required “a supplicant wife” — and Heard, a “modern and ambitious woman” virtually a quarter-century youthful than Depp, was not ready to satisfy that function. “Ms. Heard tolerated the violence and the abuse because she loved Mr. Depp and she believed she was capable of getting him better,” the lawyer stated.
“He grew to resent her for telling him how he could kick his addiction, telling him how he could banish ‘The Monster,” she added. Depp’s lawyer is because of ship his closing speech on Tuesday.
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