Incriminating testimony in court
A former marriage counselor talks about Heard and Depp
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been in court since the start of the week. Both accuse each other of defamation, Heard accused her ex-husband of domestic abuse in 2018. Now a therapist who once counseled the couple is testifying before the jury.
A former marriage counselor for the actors, divorced since 2017, had his say in the civil lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Therapist Laurel Anderson said she saw abusive behavior on both sides. Heard provoked Depp with his behavior and started bickering.
During a visit in December 2015, the actress had bruises on her face. Anderson’s testimony was recorded in February. The video was played Thursday in front of a jury at a courthouse in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Frequently reprimanded by Heard
A former Heard aide also spoke via video statement. Kate James said she did not witness any physical violence between the couple and did not notice any injuries to the actress. But she herself was often insulted by Heard, James said in the recording.
The trial began Monday with jury selection. Depp and Heard would testify themselves in the weeks-long process, and prominent witnesses are also expected, including Tesla boss Elon Musk and actors Paul Bettany and James Franco.
Depp accuses his ex-wife of making false statements in a 2018 commentary on domestic violence published by The Washington Post. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star is seeking approximately $50 million (equivalent to a whopping 45 million euros) in damages for defamation. The actress is seeking $100 million in damages for defamation.