“This Is MeToo Without Any MeToo” – Deadline

Updates: Johnny Depp’s attorney told jurors that Amber Heard’s allegations of domestic violence are meaningless given that no other woman has accused the actor of physical assault.

“Before Amber Heard, no woman had ever made the allegation that Mr. Depp had raised her hand at 58 years of age,” attorney Benjamin Chew told jurors, also noting that no woman since Heard had raised the allegations.

“This is MeToo without any MeToo.”

He said Depp supported the MeToo movement, but argued that the movement was for “real survivors of abuse”.

“Mr. Depp has been cancelled because Miss Heard has falsely accused him of domestic violence.”

In his argument, Chiu also said that Depp is “not a saint.” He said, “He has his flaws which he admits to them, but he is not a violent aggressor.”

Depp admitted to his drug addiction, but Chiu said “there is a vast difference between suffering from substance abuse problems and being a physical abuser.”

Earlier in Depp’s team’s closing argument, another Depp attorney, Camille Vasquez, said it was the actor, not Amber Heard, who was the victim of “ongoing verbal, emotional and physical abuse.”

“There is a victim of domestic violence in this courtroom, and she is not Miss Heard,” Vasquez told the jury.

Vasquez noted that Friday marked six years since Heard went to court to obtain a restraining order against domestic violence against Depp, after an argument in a penthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

But Vasquez called the scene in court a “setup,” claiming that Heard coordinated press coverage to ensure paparazzi were there to take pictures of her bruised face. She claimed that Depp hit her with a phone. But Vasquez noted that it was Heard who caused her injuries, and that “the world saw only what she wanted it to see.”

“Exactly six years later, we ask you to give Mr. Vazquez. Depp has come back to his life,” said Vasquez.

When Heard filed for divorce the same month six years ago, Vasquez said, not only did she want to break up their marriage, she “wanted to destroy it.”

Vasquez played back audio clips of Heard during an argument with Depp, during which he heard her laugh and appear to be making fun of her husband.

“It’s Miss Heard who repeatedly admits to violence,” Vasquez said, referring to an audio recording in which Heard spoke of hitting Depp. By contrast, Vasquez said, Depp has never admitted to any physical violence against Heard.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million during the month of December 2018, in an op-ed in the Washington Post in which she wrote, “Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s outrage toward the women who spoke out.” Heard opposed the $100 million payment over allegations that she made up the abuse allegations.

Before the oral arguments began, Judge Benny Azcaret instructed the jury on the process for reaching a verdict, reflecting the high level each side has in making its case. In Depp’s case, the jury has to consider three statements she heard in the Washington Post, and in each case whether his side has proven seven elements. They include whether the statements refer to Depp, whether they are defamatory, whether they are false, and whether they show real malice.

Heard faces a similar burden of proof, and the jury has to decide whether her lawyers have proven five different elements. They will look at three different statements, including those made by Adam Waldman, claiming that Heard’s abuse allegations were a hoax. They must also determine if Waldman is acting as an agent for Depp.

Both Depp and Heard were present in the courtroom for closing arguments.

Chiu said the Washington Post editorial was clearly about Depp. and that Heard was “trading her accusations of abuse” against him for a new role as the ACLU’s ambassador on domestic violence. He said the influence of the opening editorial had a clear impact on Depp’s reputation, citing USA Today’s coverage of the article referring to Heard’s earlier allegations against him.

Vásquez presented Heard as a manipulative character and cited testimony about the actress’ emotional and mental state. She described Heard as “a very restless person” who craves attention.

Vasquez suggested that when Heard was at the witness stand, she faked some of her most emotional moments, arguing that even when the actress was crying, there were no tears. Vasquez cited testimony from an acting coach who said Heard had difficulty faking such fits.

“It was a show,” Vasquez said of Heard’s testimony.

Vasquez noted the lack of medical records for Heard’s allegations of physical abuse.

Vasquez went through what she described as inconsistencies in Heard’s allegations, as she reviewed her own allegations of abuse. The jury was shown photos of Heard, looking happy and playful, taken on December 3rd. 15, 2015, when she appeared Late Show with James Corden. Heard claimed that just before her appearance, she was physically abused by Depp, who hit her and pulled a lock of her hair. “We are [the Corden photos] Consistent with the brutal assault and serious injuries sustained by Miss Heard? Vasquez asked the jury.

It also featured side-by-side photos of Heard taken on May 21, 2016. That was the night that Depp and Heard had an argument that eventually led to the end of their marriage. One of the photos showed Heard with a blush on her face, which she said was because Depp hit her with a phone. The other did not show redness. Vasquez challenged Heard’s claim that they were two separate photos – the difference being that the light was turned on in one photo – by noting that they were “taken at the exact same time and have the same recording”.

“These pictures cannot be trusted,” she said.

What Heard’s side showed, Vasquez said, was “a mountain of unsubstantiated claims.”

“Either she is the victim of really horrific abuse or she is a woman who is willing to say anything at all,” she said.

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