Amber Heard’s attorneys instructed that Johnny Depp’s purported erectile dysfunction led to him allegedly lashing out violently at his now ex-wife.
Over the weekend, greater than 6,000 pages of courtroom paperwork from the previous couple’s authorized battle had been unsealed, shining a lightweight on the trial sparked when Depp, 59, filed a $50 million lawsuit towards Heard, 36, in response to a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, during which she mentioned that she was a home abuse survivor.
Following a high-profile trial in Fairfax, Virginia, the jury in June discovered that Heard had, certainly, defamed Depp and awarded him greater than $10 million. Depp was ordered to pay $2 million to Heard—who had counter-sued for $100 million—for defaming her by way of feedback made by his legal professional Adam Waldman.
As each events attraction the verdicts towards them, particulars of pre-trial paperwork, which present data and particulars that attorneys for every star had tried to submit into proof however didn’t get accredited or had been deemed inadmissible by the decide, have been revealed.
One such element exhibits claims from Heard’s group that Depp was taking erectile dysfunction treatment, which they needed to be submitted as proof throughout their televised trial.
According to the paperwork, Heard submitted into proof a medicine listing that included “Nexium, Cialis and Valtrex,” and “suggested that [Depp’s alleged erectile dysfunction] might somehow be a motivation for abuse.”
“Mr. Depp’s Erectile Dysfunction Is Relevant to Mr. Depp’s Use of a Bottle to Rape Amber Heard, in Addition to Explaining Mr. Depp’s Mindset and Anger,” learn a press release from Heard’s group.
“Though Mr. Depp would somewhat not disclose his erectile dysfunction situation, such situation is totally related to sexual violence, together with Mr. Depp’s anger and use of a bottle to rape Amber Heard. Mr. Depp’s erectile dysfunction makes it extra in all probability that Mr. Depp could be indignant or agitated in encounters with Amber Heard, and that he would resort to a bottle.
“This relevance is not substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice. The erectile dysfunction is not likely to generate a ‘strong emotional response’ that would make it ‘unlikely that the jury could make a rational evaluation of its proper evidentiary weight.'”
However, Depp’s group argued towards the inclusion of such data, accusing Heard of trying to submit the proof as a strategy to embarrass him in courtroom through the trial, which happened in Fairfax, Virginia.
Per the paperwork, Depp’s attorneys mentioned that Heard “wants a circus, and clearly intends to take this trial down a number of unnecessarily salacious rabbit holes, including and especially with respect to Mr. Depp’s medical history.”
“Following scorched earth discovery on that topic, Ms. Heard has manifested an intention of presenting evidence regarding Mr. Depp’s medical history and treatments, including treatments for conditions completely irrelevant to the narrow issues in the case,” learn the assertion from Depp’s group.
During her testimony, Heard alleged that she and Depp acquired right into a violent confrontation whereas staying in Australia in 2015, the place her then-husband was taking pictures the fifth installment within the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
She mentioned Depp was ingesting, taking medication and accusing Heard of getting affairs together with her earlier co-stars. She alleged that he was “belligerent” and was throwing issues and screaming.
Depp, Heard testified, slammed her head towards a wall and known as her a “wh*re,” a “sl*t” and “fat a**,” and repeatedly “whacked” her within the face.
Heard alleged that Depp, from whom she cut up in 2016, knocked her to the ground and held a damaged bottle towards her neck, saying he may “carve up her face.”
Then, Heard recalled being held down on a counter and Depp allegedly penetrating her with a bottle. Through tears, she mentioned she thought Depp was punching her and that she felt stress on her pubic bone.
Heard mentioned she remained nonetheless. She mentioned she could not really feel the bottle inside her and could not really feel any ache. She mentioned she simply noticed “so much broken glass.”
“I just remember thinking, ‘Please God, please. I hope it’s not broken,'” she mentioned.
Heard later testified that she remembered Depp saying, “I’ll f***ing kill you,” after which recalled bleeding from her vagina.
In the not too long ago unsealed paperwork, Heard’s group alleged that Depp “engaged in serious sexual violence during instances of rage and violence in which he forcibly penetrated Ms. Heard’s vagina with the neck of a liquor bottle during one of the most violent episodes in their relationship.
“Other occasions, he forcibly and violently thrust his fingers up her vagina, moved her physique by holding onto her vagina, and yelled obscenities at her.
“None of these acts were to initiate sex and none of them consensual. Quite the contrary, they were acts of sexual violence reflecting an abuse of Mr. Depp’s power and control over her, and specifically perpetrated to humiliate and subjugate Ms. Heard.
“These repeated sexual violations had been usually accompanied by vulgar and degrading verbal assaults towards her. These sexual violations had been psychologically devastating to Ms. Heard and bodily painful.”
Newsweek has contacted representatives of Depp and Heard for remark.