The REAL story behind Benjamin Chew's viral 'fist-pump' during the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial

Depp’s attorney Benjamin Chew said he 'knew' Heard’s decision to mention the unfounded claim about Depp abusing Kate Moss was a turning point in the case


                            The REAL story behind Benjamin Chew's viral 'fist-pump' during the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial
Benjamin Chew (L), Johnny Depp's attorney, was seen celebrating with a fist pump (R) in the courtroom during the trial (Screenshots from trial and interview with Benjamin Chew/Law&Crime)
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Benjamin Chew, Johnny Depp's attorney could be seen giving an excited fist pump in the courtroom during the actor's over-the-top defamation trial against Amber Heard. Chew admitted that he “lost [his] composure for a moment” when he was caught on camera celebrating with a fist-pump. Chew revealed that his gesture was in response to Heard suddenly bringing up Kate Moss during her testimony. Chew further confirmed to the 'Law & Crime' channel that he knew Heard’s decision to mention unfounded rumors about Depp’s treatment of another famous ex, Kate Moss, would be a turning point in unraveling her testimony.

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“There was an instance in which Ms. Heard actually did admit to punching Johnny, and that was what we call the ‘staircase incident,” Chew said. He recalled how Heard told the court she “had to punch Johnny” or else he would “have pushed her sister Whitney down the stairs the same way she had heard that he had pushed Kate Moss down the stairs.”

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“I lost my composure for a moment and did a fist-pump because I knew that was not true,” Chew said. He further told that Heard's mention of Moss “put a lot of pressure on us — we really had to come up with the goods.” “Fortunately, Ms. Moss came forward — and this is a woman who has never testified, ever, for any reason,” he said. Moss testified that Depp never hit her, kicked, or pushed her during their three-year relationship which ultimately gave an advantage to Depp's team in the case.

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Benjamin Chew, Johnny Depp's attorney could be seen giving a fist pump in the courtroom during the star's defamation trial (Screengrab from trial/Law&Crime)

It was “an important moment … because it debunked a defense to what otherwise appeared to be an instance of violence” by Heard, contradicting her long-held allegations of being the victim rather than the perpetrator of violence in their toxic marriage, he said. Chew called the trial “so much fun” because Depp was “so funny.” He recalled moments from the trial and said they knew that they'd win the case for the star, saying, “It was emotional. I mean, we were so thrilled for him."

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He described Depp as “euphoric”. “He always looks great, but to me, he looked 10 years younger,” Chew said. “I mean, it looked like the weight of the world was off his shoulders.” The Depp v Heard defamation trial ended on Wednesday, June 1. The verdict specified that Depp was owed $15 in total for his damages and Heard, who lost on most counts, would receive $2 million.

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