LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for British tabloid The Solar claimed Monday that Johnny Depp was “a hopeless addict” whose violence towards ex-wife Amber Heard was fueled by misogyny and a poisonous mixture of drink, medication, jealousy and anger.
Lawyer Sasha Wass was summing up at Depp’s libel case in opposition to the newspaper over an article alleging he bodily abused Heard — a high-stakes movie star trial wherein the reputations of each former spouses are at stake.
Depp is suing Information Group Newspapers, writer of The Solar, and the newspaper’s government editor, Dan Wootton, on the Excessive Court docket in London over an April 2018 article, which referred to as him a “wife-beater.” He strongly denies being violent to Heard.
The case is because of finish Tuesday, however decide Andrew Nicol just isn’t anticipated to ship his ruling for a number of weeks.
“There isn’t any doubt that Mr. Depp commonly and systematically abused his spouse,” Wass mentioned in her closing argument. “The characterization that he’s a spouse beater is solely truthful.”
She mentioned Depp was “a hopeless addict who repeatedly misplaced his self-control and all capacity to restrain his anger.”
“Permeating all the proof on this case is the character of Mr. Depp himself ― his well-documented proof of violence and destruction over his grownup life which have occurred when he was beneath the affect of drink and medicines.”
Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy “The Rum Diary” and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the next yr, and the divorce was finalized in 2017.
The previous spouses have each been in courtroom all through three weeks of testimony on the grand neo-Gothic courtroom constructing, although Depp didn’t attend on Monday.
Legal professionals, journalists and members of the general public, unfold throughout a number of video-linked courtrooms to permit for social distancing, have heard lurid particulars of the couple’s tempestuous relationship. The proof has revealed prodigious ingesting and drug consumption, livid arguments, hurled objects and a deposit of excrement left in a mattress — whether or not by canine or human is disputed.
The Solar’s protection depends on 14 allegations made by Heard of Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016, in settings together with his non-public island within the Bahamas, a rented home in Australia throughout filming of a “Pirates of the Caribbean” film — the place Depp’s finger was severed in contested circumstances — and the couple’s downtown Los Angeles penthouse, which was trashed throughout the couple’s altercations.
Wass mentioned that the primary yr of the connection, throughout which Depp was sober, was “idyllic,” however that the violence began in 2013 after he relapsed.
Throughout 4 days within the witness field final week, Heard claimed Depp flew into jealous rages over her co-stars, together with James Franco and Billy Bob Thornton, and changed into a violent alter ego he referred to as “The Monster” inebriated and medicines. She accused him of slapping and hitting her and throwing bottles at her “like grenades,” and claimed that she typically feared for her life throughout their relationship.
Wass mentioned that for Depp the “mixture … of drink, medication, jealousy and anger was deadly.”
Heard’s proof was backed by witnesses together with her sister Whitney Henriquez, who mentioned she had seen Depp hit Heard “a number of instances” throughout a fracas on the couple’s LA penthouse in March 2015.
Depp, who gave proof for nearly 5 days, branded he allegations a “hoax” and claimed Heard was the aggressor throughout their unstable relationship. He acknowledged utilizing all kinds of medicine together with marijuana, cocaine and opioid painkillers, however denied medication made him violent.
Depp’s former romantic companions Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder signed written witness statements saying he had by no means been violent to them, and several other present or former staff gave proof supporting Depp.
Wass mentioned these witnesses had been “tainted” as a result of they relied on Depp for his or her livelihoods and had “come to courtroom to lie for his or her boss.”
Summarizing the protection case, Wass mentioned that “a deep misogyny … lay on the root of Mr. Depp’s anger.”
“He created a misogynistic persona of (Heard) because the stereotype of a nagging girl,” Wass mentioned. She mentioned Depp branded Heard “a gold-digger, a shrew and an adulterer” with the intention to discredit her. He additionally used crass language about girls in texts to associates that had been learn out in courtroom — regardless of his said aspiration to be a “Southern gentleman.”
Wass mentioned the couple had been pushed aside by “a conflict of cultures and a conflict of generations.”
She mentioned Depp glamorized drug tradition and had a “clique of getting old male rabble-rousers,” but additionally aspired “to be the Southern gentleman with a younger and exquisite spouse.”
Wass mentioned a Southern gentleman required “a supplicant spouse” — and Heard, a quarter-century youthful than Depp, was not ready to satisfy that function.
“Ms. Heard tolerated the violence and the abuse as a result of she cherished Mr. Depp and she or he believed she was able to getting him higher,” the lawyer mentioned — however her makes an attempt to assist Depp “banish his Monster” solely triggered his resentment.
Depp’s lawyer is because of ship his closing speech on Tuesday.
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