Johnny Depp trial: Actor’s sister reveals abusive mother called him ‘one eye’

Johnny Depp’s $50 million libel lawsuit against Amber Heard began with explosive closing arguments and testimony from his sister on Tuesday (April 11).

After jury selection was completed on Monday April 10, attorneys for Mr Depp and Ms Heard – who were briefly married in 2015 – made their opening statements to jurors at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia, US , where the case is heard. .

Mr Depp is suing Ms Heard for defamation caused by an editorial she wrote for The Washington Post in which she accused him of being abusive.

Ms Heard filed a $100 million libel counterclaim against Depp for nuisance. The actors divorced in 2017.

the Aquaman The actor’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, claimed on Tuesday that Mr. Depp had sexually assaulted his client with a bottle of alcohol during an episode of intoxication.

In a statement to the independent, a spokesman for Mr Depp called Ms Heard’s allegation, which she never made before the trial, “fictitious” and “conveniently” at the time of trial.

the Pirates of the Caribbean The actor’s lawyers aimed to prove that Ms Heard is a ‘compulsive liar’ and a ‘deeply troubled person’ who tried to use a ‘hoax’ story of domestic abuse to gain fame in Hollywood and advance his career .

Mr. Depp’s older sister, Christi Dembrowski, who is also president of his production company Infinitum Nihil, spoke.

During her testimony, Ms Dembrowski spoke in juvenile court about the siblings and their childhood in Kentucky with an abusive mother described as “angry” and “nervous”.

She said her mother hit them and their father and insulted them. She claimed her mother called Mr Depp ‘one eye’ because he wore an eye patch to correct a lazy eye as a child.

Johnny Depp in the courtroom

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“Did Johnny answer?” Mr. Depp’s lawyer, Benjamin Chew, asked Ms. Dembrowski.

“These names were just a way of life. We got used to them,” she replied.

Ms Dembrowski said her mum treated Mr Depp and herself ‘the same way she treated dad’, adding that she ‘screamed, yelled, hit [us]threw things, insulted us”.

Mr Chew continued his line of questioning: ‘How, if anything, did Johnny react when his mother hit him?’

“He was a typical little boy, when he was hurt he would cry,” Ms Dembrowski said, adding: “For the most part he just wanted to get away from it.”

When Mr Chew asked if the Hollywood actor had ever hit his mum, Mr Depp’s sister said: ‘When he was older, even if she hit or threw things, he never went to that place .”

“He would run away, he would leave the scene, go to his room,” Ms Dembrowski told jurors.

Alluding to abuse during Mr Depp’s short-lived marriage to Ms Heard, Ms Dembrowski said she always booked a separate room for the couple when they traveled in case a row broke out.

“When they were traveling I wanted to make sure there was an extra bedroom because it was not uncommon for them to argue,” she said, after admitting she had been called on the “personal manager” of Mr. Depp in the past.

Amber Heard inside Fairfax County Circuit Court, Virginia, where Mr. Depp’s $50million libel lawsuit is being heard

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“I saw a repetition happen in [his] life. When we were kids we used to argue and fights would start to happen… Our first thing was to go hide and get away from it. I recognized, what I felt, a pattern of repetition from his childhood. I wanted to make sure there was a place where he could do just that.

Ms Dembrowski added that during Mr Depp’s previous 14-year marriage to Vanessa Paradis, the couple had rarely fought.

Later, after discussing their mother’s death, Ms Dembrowski said she was ‘disgusted’ to learn that Ms Heard had filed for divorce just three days after her death.

Separately, Ms Dembrowski recalled Ms Heard calling her brother a “fat old man” after Mr Depp met Dior over a partnership.

“I saw the insults, several times in fact. She called him a “fat old man”. I think he heard her call him that.

During cross-examination, Ms Heard’s legal team asked Ms Dembrowski about her personal confidence in her brother’s career, suggesting she may have a financial incentive to protect her brother’s reputation.

You can follow live updates from the trial here.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can call the 24-hour national helpline, run by Refuge, on 0808 2000 247, or visit their website. here.

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