Team Johnny Depp's CLOSING ARGUMENTS highlight Amber Heard's 'deepest fear'
'Ms Heard’s deepest fear is one of abandonment, being left by Mr Depp,' said Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez
Johnny Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez alleged in her closing statements on Friday, May 27, that Amber Heard "would rather be in a fight than have him leave." Vasquez delivered the closing arguments on the 'Pirate of the Caribbean' star's behalf in the defamation suit that began on April 11 in a Fairfax, Virginia court.
Vasquez told the jury, "You’ve heard evidence from Dr Curry...that Ms Heard’s deepest fear is one of abandonment, being left by Mr Depp. Mr Depp’s greatest crime in her mind, the fault she confronts him with time and time again, is that he splits."
She continued, "He leaves the fight – especially when Ms Heard gets physical. And she couldn’t stand it when he did. You heard from Ms Heard herself, in audio recordings, how upsetting it was to her when Mr Depp would split," as she proceeded to play an audio of the 'Aquaman' actress for the courthouse. Heard was heard saying in the clip that was submitted as evidence, "I feel like it’s your first thing. It’s unnecessary. It’s not always [that] you’re splitting cause there’s blows or because there’s yelling or anything. You split many – most times – when I’m still speaking in this volume. And nothing has been thrown or hit or anything."
Vasquez continued, "You saw the barrage of text messages she would send when he would leave, calling him a monster for doing so. You heard from witnesses like [Depp’s bodyguard] Travis McGivern, Tara Roberts [manager of Depp’s private island in the Bahamas], Debbie Llyod [Depp’s nurse] that Ms Heard would claw at Mr Depp, block the elevator, throw a punch when Mr Depp tried to separate himself from a fight.”
"You heard from Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s couples therapist Dr Anderson that Ms Heard reported that when Mr Depp would leave to desescalate a fight," Vasquez said, adding, "She would strike him to keep him there because she would rather be in a fight than have him leave."
The defamation trial stems from an op-ed for The Washington Post that Heard wrote in 2018, where she called herself a victim of domestic abuse. Though she did not name Depp, he started losing out on some roles and filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife for $50 million. Heard is countersuing for twice the amount, claiming her ex-husband is indulging in a "smear campaign".