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Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial aftermath: Heard appeal, mistrial, Vasquez, hate tracker... | 20 July

The latest news today on the Depp v Heard defamation case, after Amber Heard’s motion for a mistrial was last week rejected by a Virginia judge.

Depp v Heard: Wednesday 20 July 2022

Depp and Beck signed T shirts auction to help animal centre ends soon

In the middle of their current European Tour, Jeff Beck and his special guest, Johnny Depp have very graciously signed 10 tour t-shirts to raise funds for Folly Wildlife Rescue, in Tunbridge Wells - a UK charity, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and distressed wild animals and birds throughout West Kent, East Sussex and the surrounding region. Both stars are patrons of Folly Wildlife Rescue.

The shirts, which feature striking artwork from their forthcoming album, 18, were designed by Sandra Beck. Each shirt has a slightly different layout and wording and comes with a copy of a letter of authentication.

All proceeds will go 100% to helping UK wildlife in need.

The Ebay auction, was extended nows ends on Sunday 24 July,can be found here:

Ethan Hawke says Depp and Crowe "broke" film director Peter Weir

Peter Weir is known for mainstream movies that are artistic such as 'Witness', 'Green Card' and 'The Truman Show'. However the director hasn't completed a new movie since 2010. Ethan Hawke, who starred in Weir's 1989 classic 'Dead Poets Society', puts the director's abscence down to Russell Crowe and Johnny Depp giving him "a hard time."

In a recent interview with IndieWire, Hawke said, “I think he lost interest in movies. He really enjoyed that work when he didn’t have actors giving him a hard time. Russell Crowe and Johnny Depp broke him.” 

Crowe starred in Weir's 2003 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.' which there had been talk of making it into a series of films but that never came to pass. 

Weir quit “Shantaram” starring Depp in 2014 and the project never saw the big screen but the rights were sold to bring it to the small screen. After many delays it could be released sometime  in 2022.

Troll groups target Amber Heard and other women online

While my colleague Will Gittins has produced a full report on the Bot Sentinel study (see earlier post), you might also be interested in our story-form version of the news:


Ex-Aussie agriculture minister calls for Heard rap over perjury claims

Australia’s former minister for agriculture says the book should be thrown at Amber Heard if she perjured herself during a trial over her failure to declare two dogs she took into the country in 2015.

Heard avoided conviction in the court case, held in 2016, but Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is reportedly looking into claims that the actor lied under oath in the trial.

“[Biosecurity] is something that’s very important to us,” Barnaby Joyce told Law & Crime’s Sidebar podcast. “People come to Australia, and you don’t have the screw fly, we don’t have rabies, we don’t have bovine tuberculosis, we don’t have brucelosis…

“My father was a vet, and we spent a lot of time and a lot of money and a lot of pain trying to get these diseases out of our nation and we don’t want them back, and we don’t want new ones in.

“In my area, if we got foot and mouth or rabies, people would go broke. There’d be people who would lose their houses. That’s how serious it is. If you lost your house, if you lost your income, what would you expect from the court?

“How would you see justice if you realised it was just someone who flagrantly broke the law because they thought they were a little bit special?

Joyce added that the authorities should look at the role played by those around Heard, including former husband Johnny Depp, in any perjury that might have been committed.

“I would hope that if it was the occasion that someone had perjured themselves, that firstly [there would be] a fulsome investigation of whether anybody knew about it, was complicit in it, gave advice on it. I think that should be investigated,” he said.

More from Depp and Beck's Gardone Riviera gig

Here's some further footage of Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck's concert in Gardone Riviera:

Mystery Depp companion revealed to be French teacher

There had been speculation that Johnny Depp had a new romantic interest in his life, after the 59-year-old was spotted with a mystery female companion during his European tour with musician Jeff Beck.

However, TMZ reports that the woman is a French teacher helping Depp prepare for his upcoming role in Jeanne du Barry, a film about the life of Jeanne Bécu, the last chief royal mistress of King Louis XV of France.

Depp, Beck in Gardone Riviera: in pics

Here are some more images of Depp and Beck's concert in Gardone Riviera on Monday:

Pordenone follows Gardone Riviera gig

The Pordenone Blues Festival is the latest in a string of Italian dates on Depp and Beck's tour. On Monday, the pair were on stage in Gardone Riviera, near Brescia:

Pordenone up next for Depp and Beck

Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck's ongoing European tour takes them to Pordenone, northeast Italy, where they'll be playing at the Parco San Valentino on Wednesday, as part of the annual Pordenone Blues Festival.

If you're keen to go but don't yet have a ticket, I'm afraid you're too late - the festival organisers announced on Tuesday that the Depp and Beck concert is now sold out.

Key moments from the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial

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Key moments from the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial

Another video you might be interested to watch is this AS USA recap, put together by my colleague Jennifer Bubel, of some of the stand-out moments in the Depp v Heard trial between April and June.

"A Marriage on Trial": NBC doc looks at Depp v Heard case

In case you missed it, NBC News has released a half-hour documentary on the Depp v Heard case, examining the role social-media played in the six-week defamation trial in Fairfax, Viriginia.

Watch the documentary: 

Bot Sentinel research shows the extent of Amber Heard Twitter hate after Johnny Depp trial


Bot Sentinel research shows the extent of Amber Heard Twitter hate after Johnny Depp trial

A new report has shed light on the online hate Amber Heard has suffered as a result of her defamation trial against Johnny Depp. Put together by research firm Bot Sentinel, the study describes the “rampant abuse and widespread targeted harassment" Heard has endured.

The report's authors say it is “one of the worst cases of platform manipulation and flagrant abuse from a group of Twitter accounts.”

AS USA's Will Gittins has the full story

Depp v Heard, live updates: welcome

Good morning and welcome to AS USA's daily live blog on the fallout from the Depp v Heard defamation case


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