Matthew Steeples suggests haranguer Amber Heard is now coming to be seen as the true “domestic abuser” in the libel case brought against her by her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Whilst we’ve thus far limited our coverage of Johnny Depp’s libel action against his ex-wife pointing out to those moaning that there should have been footage also of Ghislaine Maxwell’s criminal trial that there is no “conspiracy” on that front, the fact that Amber Heard has failed to dismiss the case against her on multiple occasions is clearly very telling.
As has been suggested elsewhere by the wonderfully witty wildcard that is Amanda Eliasch: “What is the sordid tale hiding?” It is the question that everyone should be asking in Depp v Heard, yet there is as of yet no clear answer. Though Depp clearly has issues and is far from perfect, his aptly named Rottweiler-like lawyer Benjamin Chew made a very relevant point yesterday in declaring: “Ms. Heard physically abused him. She’s the abuser” and the evidence does seem to point to her being the far more aggressive of the pair.
Here indeed is a woman who supposedly chopped off part of her husband’s finger, stubbed out cigarettes in his face and relieved herself in their marital bed. Reportedly “jealous” of her husband’s fame and prone to “experiencing increased agitation… anger and rage” according to her own personal nurse Erin Falati, here also is a troubled bisexual drug user with a “familial history of substance abuse… anxiety, eating disorder[s], Attention Deficit Disorder, bipolar disorder, codependence issues and occasional insomnia.”
Going further Falati suggested Heard to have “emotional lability” which causes her “emotions [to] spin on a pendulum” and in her added “you see someone sad and quickly transition to extreme happiness, it’s like a pendulum.”
In a statement to Law & Crime after yesterday’s decision, Depp’s spokesperson remarked:
“Over the last 3.5 weeks, we’ve seen and heard from nearly 30 witnesses who have attested to and supported Mr. Depp’s claims that Ms. Heard defamed him in her 2018 op-ed.”
“Ms Heard’s reckless op-ed, in turn, caused him to lose a £18 million ($22.5 million, €21.4 million or درهم82.6 million) deal with Disney for Pirates of the Caribbean 6, resulting in an overall loss of earnings of over £32 million ($40 million, €38 million or درهم146.9 million) since December 18, 2018.”
“Numerous witnesses have testified that Ms Heard engaged in psychological, verbal and physical abuse towards Mr Depp and we are pleased at Chief Judge Azcarate’s ruling to continue with the trial after Mr Rottenborn failed to convince the court that there was reason to dismiss the case. We stand confident in the future of the case and for the truth to be continued to be shared.”
Mr. Depp seeks damages of “no less than £40 million” ($50 million, €47.5 million or درهم183.6 million) whilst Ms. Heard has counterclaimed £79.9 million ($100 million, €95 million or درهم367.3 million), but whatever the outcome, as is so often case, it’s always primarily the lawyers that come out top trumps.
Meanwhile elsewhere on Change.org, a petition to remove “domestic abuser” Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 is trending. It currently has attracted over 3.4 million signatures and should it reach 4.5 million, it will become one of the “platform for change’s” most popular ever campaigns.