Johnny Depp v Amber Heard aftermath: headlines
– Johnny Depp pictured in Paris, reportedly preparing for new film role
– The actor’s rep downplays talk of $300m Pirates of the Caribbean offer
– Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury show of support “helpful” for Depp, PR expert says
– Judge Azcarate confirms Depp’s $10.3m defamation award
– Amber Heard legal team formally confirm appeal against trial verdict
– Heard must post $11m suspension bond to appeal verdict
– Tickets go on sale for Hollywood Vampires’ tour of Germany, Luxembourg in 2023
– Depp presently on Scandinavian leg of tour with guitarist Jeff Beck
Amber Heard’s co-star speaks about his experience with the actress
Entertainement Tonight spoke with Dolph Lundgren, 64, who stared in Aquaman 2 alongside Amber Heard. There has been no contact since filming ended, but read their full story to learn what he had to say.
Amber Heard to boost finances by selling Elon Musk gift
Amber Heard has a very large bill to pay but apparently she doesn’t have the funds to settle it in one go. There had been talk that she and Johnny Depp would reach a settlement agreement over their defamation trial but the judge ratified the final verdict last week, ordering Ms Heard to pay Depp $10.35m in damages.
To boost her finances, it is being reported that Heard is selling off some of her personal belongings, including a luxury car – a gift from former boyfriend Elon Musk. They dated briefly in 2017 and Musk gifted her a top-of-the-range Tesla Model S Plaid, valued at $140,000. It will only make a small dent in the damages bill she has to pay but the final amount could change as the two Hollywood stars head to court again next month for an appeal.
Depp’s ex Winona Ryder recalls painful split from actor
Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp started a whirlwind romance in 1989 and within five months the couple were engaged. Their relationship lasted four years and while Ryder tends to keep her personal life out of the media, she did recognise that she took the break-up badly in an interview with Heather Havrilesky in next month’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
“That was my Girl, Interruptedreal life,” Ryder said, referring to the 1999 film which she produced and starred in about a young woman in a psychiatric hospital. “I remember, I was playing this character who ends up getting tortured in a Chilean prison [The House of the Spirits]. I would look at these fake bruises and cuts on my face and I would struggle to see myself as this little girl. ‘Would you be treating this girl like you’re treating yourself?’ I remember looking at myself and saying, ‘This is what I’m doing to myself inside.’ Because I just wasn’t taking care of myself.”
#WinonaRyder fell in love with the world of film way before she appeared on the big screen.— Harper's Bazaar (@harpersbazaarus) June 28, 2022
Now, decades into her career, she's coming to terms with the past—while defining her future.
Read @hhavrilesky's interview with the #StrangerThings star here 👉 https://t.co/gfmUiXnRLR pic.twitter.com/Srre7lG3dY
Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial: Craziest moments and weirdest courtroom appearances
AS USA’s Will Gittins has also put together a look back over the trial – but has focused on the more unusual moments witnessed at Fairfax County Court.
Dakota Johnson explains her reaction to Depp’s finger
During this interview, the resurfacing of an old clip of Dakota Johnson reacting to Johnny Depp’s bandaged middle finger at a 2015 press conference was mentioned. A YouTube clip with more than 3 million views is titled “The EXACT moment Dakota Johnson KNEW Amber Heard was VIOLENT towards Johnny Depp.”
Johnson has now seen the video.
“I was like, ‘For the love of God, why? Why am I involved in this?’ ” she says, shaking her head. “I don’t remember that at all, but please, take me out of this. Don’t let this go further. Can you imagine, oh, my God, if I was called to the witness stand? I can’t believe that people are watching [the trial] like it’s a show. It’s like it’s a courtroom drama and my heart breaks. It’s so, so, so crazy. Humans are so fucking weird. The internet is a wild, wild place.”
While viral internet memes champion her humor off-screen, Johnson is wary of social media, specifically cancel culture. “What I struggle with in terms of cancel culture is the term cancel culture—the whole concept behind canceling a human being, like they’re an appointment.”— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) June 28, 2022
Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez outlines pressure of the trial
Camille Vasquez, a key member of Johnny Depp’s legal team, spoke to Access about the immense pressure she felt during the trial “to represent women, to represent Latino women, and just to be famous for doing a good job.”
She downplayed the changes to her life since the trial, although she has undoubtedly become more of a celebrity after playing a crucial role in the very public court case. Her efforts were rewarded earlier this month when she was made partner at her law firm.
Depp in Paris ahead of major screen role
Johnny Depp was spotted in Paris over the weekend, reportedly preparing for his first big screen film in three years. He will be playing the role of Louis XV in “Jeanne Du Barry” opposite actress and filmmaker Maïwenn who will direct the movie.
The French language film tells the story of Jeanne Bécu, the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress who managed to rise through the ranks of the court of King Louis XV to become his last official mistress.
Depp is currently on tour with Jeff Beck after releasing a new album with the English guitarist. Since winning his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, the Pirates of the Caribbean star has been riding a wave of jubilation which TMZ reports could be seen from his ear-to-ear smile he’s been sporting for the past three weeks.
Johnny Depp was spotted arriving for a private flight out of France last weekhttps://t.co/Si5p6IiD5e— JustJared.com (@JustJared) June 27, 2022
Expert explains Heard’s expressive actions during court case
A Depp v Heard jury member 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?”