Johnny Depp smiles when court hears he’s obsessed with Elon Musk

Johnny Depp smiled in a Virginia courtroom when a lawyer for Amber Heard suggested the Hollywood star was “obsessed” with Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Depp has filed a multimillion-dollar libel suit in Virginia against his ex-wife, claiming that a 2018 article about domestic violence she wrote about The Washington Post implied that he was an aggressor.

The actor appeared to stifle a laugh during opening statements in the case, when Ms Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, told the 11-person civil jury that “Johny Depp is obsessed with Elon Musk”.

The billionaire tech entrepreneur was listed as a possible witness by Ms Heard, with Spider Man actor James Franco, Paul Bettany and Ellin Barkin.

During the 2020 defamation case between Ms Heard and Mr Depp, the actor’s lawyer claimed Ms Heard had an affair with Mr Musk.

Her name appeared in opening statements, as Ms Bredehoft explained her client’s charitable donations from his divorce settlement to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the ACLU, which Mr Depp’s lawyers told him. accused of not having done.

“On top of that she was also dating Elon Musk at that time, you’ll find Mr. Depp is obsessed with Elon Musk,” she told the court as Mr. Depp sat right behind her.

“She was dating him, so he donated $500,000 to these two charities in her honor.

Actor Johnny Depp enters the courtroom at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va. (Brendan Smialowski, Pool via AP)

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“Now she’s not claiming it’s part of the $7 million but what’s happening is she’s making her payments through 2018, Mr. Depp is suing her on March 1, 2019 and she can’t. not allow itself for the moment to make these promises that it must defne. But she has every intention of continuing to make these payments… she will give it to them once she can afford it again.

Ms. Heard also accused Mr. Depp of sexual assault during the trial. Ms Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, claimed Mr Depp sexually assaulted Ms Heard using a bottle of alcohol during a drunken episode.

Mr Depp was visibly skeptical when Ms Bredehoft made the statements and shook her head ‘no’ after her comments.

Actress Amber Heard in the courtroom at Fairfax County Circuit Court on April 12, 2022

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This is the first time Ms. Heard has made these statements in public.

Depp’s attorneys also claimed Heard fabricated domestic violence allegations against him in order to further his own career.

He sued her for $50 million, alleging that she harmed his career when she brought the charges against him in The Washington Post, although he was not named.

Heard’s attorneys told the jury that his allegations against the actor were true and that his claims were protected by the First Amendment.

His attorney, Ben Rottenborn, told the court that Depp was trying to harm Heard’s life with his lawsuit.

“For years, all Mr. Depp wanted to do was humiliate Amber, haunt her, ruin her career,” Mr. Rottenborn said, calling Depp a “revenge-obsessed ex-husband.”

The first witness in the trial was Depp’s older sister, Christi Dembrowski, who narrated. the jury on their family life, having grown up in Kentucky and Florida.

“Johnny and I were very close, with an older brother and sister, we were the two youngest, we were together all the time we played together, we played Batman and Robin. He will be embarrassed for me to say this, but we practiced karate together, we were best friends,” she told the court.

“He was a shy and sweet little boy, he had a very caring personality but was also a bit of a clown, he liked to play tricks on us or try to scare us, he was a typical happy little boy.”

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She described their parents as “complicated”.

“Our parents were two completely different personalities, our father was a kind, patient, loving and gentle man, our mother on the contrary was very tense and nervous, anxious and angry. Mom was yelling and shouting at him, hitting him, insulting him Dad never reacted when mom hit him or yelled at him Basically he let her yell and take him out or hit and get fucked The way he dealt with my mom he always tried to keep the peace he never never wanted to commit to anything, he took a step back and tried to get rid of whatever angered her.

She said she and her brother would “run and hide” to “get away from it”.

And she said there was a similarity to the way she treated her husband and children.

“She called us names, we each had our own set of special names. Mine was Violet, she’s my dad’s mom and my mom hated my dad’s mom. She had a few for Johnny, her favorite was “one eye” and she called him that because when he was young doctors thought he had a lazy eye and put a patch on his good eye to make it stronger. other. He did not respond negatively. It was a way of life, we got used to it. We accepted everything. »

She told the court that their mother got “physical” with the children.

“She was hitting us, she was throwing things, she was making us put out a tree and that’s what she was hitting us with. It had to be nice and green, if it wasn’t a nice green switch, it was breaking, they didn’t break. They don’t work the same way.”

She said her mother got mad at Johnny and saw him hitting her brother.

“He was a typical little boy where if it hurt he cried most of the time, he just wanted to get away from her.”

She said he never hit his mother as a young boy or when he was growing up.

“When he was older, even if she hit or threw things, he would never go to that place, he would run away and leave the area. “

She said she and her brother swore to each other never to act the way their mother did. “We promised ourselves to do things differently,” she said.

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