The bruises, the undated photos, the videos (and Kate Moss): this is how Amber Heard lost to the “pirate” Depp


The bruises, the undated photos, the videos (and Kate Moss): this is how Amber Heard lost to the “pirate” Depp
Written by aquitodovale

from Matteo Persivale

The bruises, the undated photos, the videos (and Kate Moss): how Depp’s lawyer put Heard in crisis

The pirate ship of Johnny Depp – luxury lawyers, appraisers for a thousand dollars an hour, Kate Moss witness
surprise as in the old Perry Mason series, the bizarre parade of depositions collected between assistants, former agents, doormen of the excellent and abundant Hollywood mansions – arrived in port against all odds on the eve, after six weeks of navigation through the craziest process in the world (the New York Post yesterday on the front page he defined it like this, bonkers) live stream that mesmerized social media.

The cause

But how did he do it Depp to win a libel suit
that most experts considered extremely difficult? The American Constitution reserves an extraordinarily important role for freedom of speech: on public figures one can say and write about everything or almost everything thanks to the sentence of the Supreme Court New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964). Public figures like Depp are considered legitimate targets unless the criticisms were made with actual malice, with actual willful misconduct, lying knowing that they are lying to cause harm, a very difficult obstacle for lawyers to overcome. But one of the first things they teach in the law faculties of countries like America where the tradition of common law the principle
falsus in one, falsus in omnibus
: the witness who lies about something no longer credible. Here then is that the strategy of Team Depp, simple and risky, was to sow doubts on the credibility of the ex-wife Amber Heard, and even on her good faith. And the seven jurors decided that Heard acted with actual maliceactual malice, against Depp, slandering him.

The lawyers

The trial will be studied in the faculties of law as in his time it was that of OJ Simpson: Depp’s lawyers, led by Camille Vasquez, had a Heard that the $ 7 million charitable donation (received from Depp at the time of the divorce) pledged never came. And the very irritated actress got involved in an argument about the literal meaning of promising that she didn’t do her good. Other decisive moments: the useless lies. Heard who first denies her involvement then admits that the videos of her quarrels with Depp shot in secret were not personally sent by her to the tabloid site Tmz but only she and her lawyers had the videos. Heard insisting he didn’t notify the paparazzi about her appearing in court with a bruise on her face.

The jury

Why sabotage your credibility in this way? Mystery. So when the jury saw unpleasant evidence such as the missing metadata from digital photographs of the alleged bruises left by Depp on his face (I suspect it was a ploy to not show that the photos had been tampered with), the conclusion was: Heard is lying. about little things. And on the big ones? It was really the only doubt not to arouse in the jury, who had already seen the horrible picture of the feces she left in Depp’s bed (she claimed they were Yorkshire, weighing 2 kg). What about the host on a popular talk show, where she appeared in excellent shape, less than 24 hours after she believed Depp beat her to death, leaving her black eyes and a bloody nose? Witnesses who swore they never saw bruises or beatings on his face? And so on, in a series of victories for Depp that culminated in the surprise witness Kate Moss who denied Heard last week (He never hit me and never pushed me down the stairs), the latest winning move by the actor’s lawyers. Yesterday the photo of Moss – who went to see Depp backstage at his concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday evening – was on the front page of the Daily Mail: Was she the one who saved Johnny ?.

June 2, 2022 (change June 3, 2022 | 00:02)

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