Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial live: SNL mocks ‘weird’ court battle and Heard’s bed-making skills

Tears, sex scenes and James Franco: Depp v Heard trial continues

WARNING: This article contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Court proceedings in the defamation trial opposing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will be on hiatus this week. Judge Penney Azcarate is attending a conference and informed both parties and the jury of the break at the start of the trial.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations impacted his ability to work.

At the end of last week, both sides issued statements of confidence in how proceedings are going.

Heard will continue giving testimony on 16 May. She has already spoken extensively about her troubled relationship with Depp and detailed alleged physical fights. The court heard a harrowing account of an alleged sexual assault on Heard during a brutal and bloody altercation in Australia in 2015.

Earlier she described an “unusual and remarkable” first meeting with Depp and a blossoming relationship as she fell “head over heels in love”. However, her testimony took a darker turn as she recalled the first time he allegedly hit her, his jealousy, and his drug and alcohol use.

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Colin Jost pokes fun at Amber Heard bed incident on SNL

Amber Heard’s alleged defiling of Johnny Depp’s bed came up on Saturday Night Live, during which comedian Colin Jost drew an odd connection between the allegation and the Supreme Court.

Oliver O’Connell9 May 2022 18:15

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‘It breaks my heart for everybody involved’

Oliver O’Connell9 May 2022 17:30

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Voices: Why do people blindly support Johnny Depp? I’ll tell you why

Charlotte Proudman writes:

As a barrister, I see many victims of domestic abuse being sued for ‘defamation’, for daring to speak about what their perpetrator did to them. Meanwhile, the world questions whether they’re a ‘real victim’.

Oliver O’Connell9 May 2022 16:45

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Heard did not borrow lines from The Talented Mr Ripley during testimony

After the Aquaman actor delivered her second day of testimony at the ongoing trial on Thursday (5 May), she was accused of taking lines verbatim from director Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed film.

One popular social media claim alleged that Heard’s beginning statement borrowed the plot of the 1999 psychological thriller, which stars Jude Law, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

Oliver O’Connell9 May 2022 16:00

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Tears, sex scenes and James Franco: Depp v Heard trial so far

Tears, sex scenes and James Franco: Depp v Heard trial continues

We entered the fourth week of the Depp v Heard trial, as actress Amber Heard took the stand to tell the court her side of the story.She talked extensively about her troubled relationship with Depp and detailed alleged physical fights, including an alleged sexual assault on Heard during a brutal and bloody altercation in Australia in 2015.She also testified that his jealousy forced her to give up several roles and career opportunity and in one case he even accused her of having an affair with actor and directorJames Franco.Click here to sign up to our newsletters.

Oliver O’Connell9 May 2022 15:25

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Is the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial on today?

Oliver O’Connell9 May 2022 15:14

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Depp and Heard issue dueling statements about trial

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have issued dueling statements about the trial so far, each expressing confidence that their side is winning.

“While Ms Heard’s stories have continued to grow new and convenient details, Mr Depp’s recollections have remained exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her first allegations were made,” Mr Depp’s spokesperson added, according to People magazine. “His truth — the truth — is the same no matter the environment in which it has been presented.”

A spokesperson for Ms Heard, meanwhile, told The Independent that “as evidenced by the statement just released, Mr Depp’s defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor.”

Oliver O’Connell9 May 2022 14:33

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EXPLAINED: Why is Depp suing Heard?

As the court takes a week-long recess, The Independent’s Clémence Michallon outlines how and why these two Hollywood heavyweights landed in court:

Megan Sheets9 May 2022 13:50

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Court on break today

Court proceedings in the defamation trial opposing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will be on a break this week from 9 to 13 May.

Judge Penney Azcarate had informed both parties and the jury of the break at the start of the trial, saying she has a conference this week.

Proceedings will resume on 16 May with continued testimony from Heard.

Megan Sheets9 May 2022 13:28

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When will there be a verdict?

Before the court went dark on 5 May, Judge Penney Azcarate alerted jurors that closing arguments will take place on 27 May. Before then, Heard’s team will finish presenting their defence before Depp’s team has a chance to offer a rebuttal. Judge Azcarate indicated that jury deliberations will begin as soon as closing arguments are finished on 27 May.

It’s impossible to say how long it will take the jury to deliberate on Depp’s claims of defamation, especially given the mountain of evidence presented.

Nathan Place9 May 2022 04:00