Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial news summary, Thursday 23 June 2022
Depp v Heard trial aftermath: latest updates
Depp v Heard aftermath: headlines
- Johnny Depp's band Hollywood Vampires announces 2023 tour dates
- Depp currently on tour with musician Jeff Beck; pair set to play in Oslo on Friday
- Lawyer Camille Vasquez to represent Depp again in upcoming assault lawsuit
- Being in spotlight has been "surreal", Vasquez tells Hola! USA interview
- Amber Heard reportedly planning "revenge tell-all book"
- Heard "trying best to have positive outlook", source tells People magazine
- Heard's behaviour on witness stand doesn't mean she was lying, experts tell Insider
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Deep and lawyer Vasquez to date?
Camille Vasquez has had plenty of attention since this case and despite having called out claims she was dating Johnny Depp as being 'sexist' is now sparking conversations about the idea. People who want to see Depp and her get together include podcast host Joe Rogan.
On Tuesday's episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan, 54, spoke with Ari Shaffir, Shane Gillis, and Mark Normand. While the four men were commenting on the Depp v. Amber Heard trial that just ended last month, the topic of Depp's lawyer Vasquez came up.
"She's very hot," Rogan said later adding she is "natural and really smart".
Johnny Depp has been doing what he enjoys most since the trial... playing music.
As luck would have it, his long-time friend Jeff Beck was in the middle of his European tour and invited him along. Depp was already on the road with Beck when the verdict came in, first appearing with the former Yardbirds guitarist at Sheffield City Hall three days earlier on 29 May.
He stayed on the road with Beck for the remainder of the UK tour and also played a couple of dates in Finland. After the stress of a lengthy, six-week trial, it was the ideal way to put the case to the back of his mind and unwind.
And now more details have been released...
Depp-Heard: our collective failing?
"Whatever the truth, most of us are not legal experts and it is beyond us to debate whether the verdict was fair or now," argues Kshitij Mohan Rawat in this opinion piece on the trial and fallout.
"What we can and should debate is how ready we are, even in a post #MeToo world, are to believe men and mistrust women."
Do you agree with these thoughts on it being our collective failing?
Before Amber, Depp's relationship was red hot
Depp’s first marriage was to makeup artist Lori Anne Allison. The pair tied the knot in 1983 and, although their marriage only lasted two years, it led to the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s big break in Hollywood. As it so happened, Allison’s friendship with Nicolas Cage helped him land his first major acting gig in the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Following the couple’s 1985 divorce, the Sweeney Todd star met Twin Peaks alum Sherilyn Fenn. Though they were reportedly engaged for a time, the pair split after three-and-a-half years together.
Another broken engagement came soon after, when Depp and ‘80s film icon Jennifer Grey called off their relationship shortly after the actor proposed.
Depp v Heard trial: the movie?
With all this attention on the trial and the aftermath, some are now talking about the life of the two Hollywood stars to be brought to life as a movie, appropriately enough.
And one of the winning lawyers, Camille Vasquez, revealed that, if it did, then she would want Maleficent actress Salma Hayek to play her role. Another possible option could be Eva Longoria.
“I don’t know, some wonderful Latina…Salma Hayek or Eva Longoria," Camille told Access Hollywood. "There’s been some people who have said I look a little bit like that [Longoria].”
Would you pay money to see this?
Thrilling action for Depp
Anything that involves Mr Depp right now is gaining plenty of interest. What will happen next?
Depp's Hollywood Vampires tour dates for 2023
The Hollywood Vampires, the rock supergroup formed by Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry in 2015, has confirmed it is to tour Germany and Luxembourg next year.
The group has announced six tour dates in late June 2023. Tickets go on sale on Monday at 11am CEST (5am ET).
Depp's social-media boost post-defamation trial
Johnny Depp’s social-media following has rocketed in the wake of his defamation trial win over Amber Heard, Republic World reports.
According to the publication, the 26 million followers enjoyed by Depp’s official Instagram profile is around 10 million more than in the middle of May, when his case against Heard was still ongoing.
The 59-year-old actor on Monday warned fans to be wary of fake social-media profiles purporting to belong to him or people who work with him (see earlier post).
We've had a look at his ex-wife's financial situation, but how does that shape up with the man of many Hollywood faces?
Amber Heard's emotional testimony not signal of lying, say experts
The way Amber Heard behaved on the witness stand should not necessarily be taken as evidence that she was lying, experts have told Insider.
A Depp v Heard jury member last week told Good Morning America that the Aquaman star “didn’t come across as believable” in court, explaining: “It seemed like she was able to flip the switch on her emotions. She would answer one question and she would be crying and two seconds later she would turn ice cold. It didn’t seem natural.”
However, Dr Kate Porterfield of Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma says such sudden emotional shifts can occur when survivors talk about traumatic experiences, as they first become agitated then seek to calm themselves down.
"Thus, the person can then appear flat, detached, and disconnected," Porterfield said. "All of this is difficult for juries to understand because it seems counterintuitive that a person could look flat or maybe even bored."
Dr Jim Hopper of Harvard Medical School said that it was “only human” for jurors to be swayed by witness’ outward emotions, but added: “The question is what knowledge base do you have? […] If they were someone who was traumatized, then are you capable of empathizing with someone who might express that trauma in a variety of different ways?"
With a multi-million-dollar damages payout now hanging over Amber Heard, AS USA's Jeffrey May looks at how much the 36-year-old is worth.
Heard "trying best to have positive outlook"
Amber Heard is “trying her best to have a positive outlook” after losing her defamation trial against Johnny Depp, according to a source who spoke to People magazine.
Heard "feels drained and exhausted after the trial”, the source said, but added: “She’s going okay.”
"Amber is still disappointed about the jury's verdict," the source also told People. "She is still weighing her legal options, but right now, she needs some breathing room to just enjoy the summer."
Heard reportedly planning "revenge tell-all book"
Amber Heard is preparing to write a “revenge tell-all book” after losing her defamation trial against former husband Johnny Depp, OK! Magazine USA has reported.
"Amber considers her career in Hollywood over. She’s already in talks and is excited about it. At this point, she has nothing to lose and wants to tell all," a source told OK!.
However, a legal expert spoken to by the magazine says Heard needs to tread carefully if she is to avoid ending up “right back in court”.
"To the extent that Heard wants to discuss this case and her relationship with Depp in a tell-all statement or book, she needs to be extremely careful as to what she says about him,” divorce lawyer Dror Biken said.
"Depp and his attorneys will be reading and listening to everything that Heard states.”
Video purporting to show Heard in elevator kiss goes viral
On the YouTube show Popcorn Planet, Andy Signore has shared what he claims is a video of Amber Heard kissing a woman in the elevator LA building in which she shared a penthouse with Johnny Depp.
The video, posted on Tuesday, quickly went viral.
Signore and his Popcorn Planet contributor Ami Goodheart suggest that the other woman in the video could be Cara Delevingne. A friend of Heard's has previously claimed that the 36-year-old had a three-way affair with Delevingne and Elon Musk.
It's important to note that very little about this video is confirmed information: neither the identity of either woman, nor the location, nor the date on which it was filmed.
Depp lawyer Vasquez talks to Hola! USA about being in spotlight
Johnny Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez is the new cover star of Hola! USA. Vasquez, 37, sat down for an interview with the magazine, discussing the attention she has received over her role in representing Depp in his defamation case against Amber Heard.
"It’s been a surreal experience and, if I’m being honest, a tad overwhelming," Vasquez said. "And something I wasn’t prepared for. I was just doing my job. I had a feeling that because of the client and the nature of the case, it would kind of turn into something bigger than itself, but the attention to the legal team - on me specifically - has been interesting."
Depp issues warning over fake social-media accounts
With all the noise going around, earlier this week, Johnny Depp warned his fans to be wary of fake social-media accounts claiming to "be me or people working with me."
In a message posted on Instagram, he said:
I’ve been made aware that there are fake accounts pretending to be me or people working with me.
I do not have any private or side accounts on any platforms. These are the only pages run by me and my team where we share updates and communicate:
I ask that you remain cautious as it seems these fake accounts can be relentless. My team is working to combat the problem. Thank you for your continued support and for making me aware of this issue!
Love & respect, JD xx.
And if you've forgotten what actually happened in the Virginian courthouse, AS USA's Jennifer Bubel has compiled this brief video looking back over some of the crucial moments in the six-week Depp v Heard trial.
Note the warning at the beginning regarding its content.
In case you missed it, Heard's full interview with NBC was broadcast last Friday, with the 36-year-old telling host Savannah Guthrie that significant evidence supporting her claims of abuse were not allowed into evidence in the trial.
"There’s a binder worth of years of notes dating back to 2011 from the very beginning of my relationship that were taken by my doctor, who I was reporting the abuse to," Heard said.
Depp v Heard aftermath, live updates: welcome
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the aftermath of the Depp v Heard defamation trial, today 23 June 2022, which concluded at the start of June.
Amber Heard was found to have defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she didn't mention Depp by name, but referred to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse".
Heard was ordered to pay Depp damages of $10.35m, but was herself awarded $2m after the jury in Fairfax, Virginia, found in her favour on one count of her defamation counter-suit.
That could have been that... but it wasn't, and we're keeping our eye on the ripples emanating from the courthouse feud.