Unsealed court documents reveal what Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s lawyers were barred from discussing at trial
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been making headlines for several years now, thanks to their lengthy legal battle. Things got even crazier when the two met in Virginia court over their defamation cases, with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor mostly winner. And some recently unsealed court documents reveal what lawyers for Heard and Depp were not allowed to discuss at trial.
The libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has gone viral on several occasions, thanks to cameras in the courtroom allowing the public to follow the proceedings from the comfort of their own TV. Now 965 pages of documents have been unsealed relating to the case, revealing what matters could not be discussed during the trial. The New York Post has the full report, which includes potentially damaging information about both actors.
According to these never-before-seen documents, Johnny Depp’s team originally intended to target Amber Heard and her sister Whitney in court. Specifically their romantic relationships, as well as reality TV footage of the couple from 2006/2007. According to The Post, Depp’s lawyers also planned to bring up the Aquaman the actress’s brief stint as an exotic dancer, and would have even wanted to suggest that she might have been an escort at some point. In the end, it was all sealed and could not be used in their defamation case.
But it’s not just potentially damaging information about Amber Heard in these unreleased documents. Johnny Depp’s team also had some topics dropped, including additional information about his relationship with controversial singer Marilyn Manson. The documents showed texts between the two celebrities, where they appeared to compare their experiences of being accused of various forms of abuse. At one point, Mason thinks the cops might be looking for him and asks for accommodation. Ultimately, Depp and Mason’s relationship was addressed at trial, with Heard’s attorneys alleging that they had “used drugs” before major incidents in the former marriage.
There was more information about Johnny Depp that could not be brought up in the defamation trial, specifically related to his tenure as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Specifically that he was drunk while promoting the franchise and possibly even while filming.
It’s unclear whether that information was enough to change the jury’s mind on the libel case, but Depp’s role in the Pirates of the Caribbean The franchise was brought up several times throughout the trial. Depp’s team alleged that Amber Heard’s 2018 op-ed and abuse allegations made him lose his role as Jack Sparrow. It is possible that this potential loss inspired the $10 million that Heard was ordered to pay her ex-husband by the jury.
Both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have appealed related to the libel jury, so their legal battle will continue for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next cinematic experience.