Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard: The supporting cast steals the show | Showbiz


Actor Johnny Depp attends his libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on April 28, 2022. – Pool photo via Reuters

WASHINGTON, April 30 — Between drama and farce, the courtroom showdown between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard this week focused on the host of professionals and parasites who surround stars , painting a portrait of Hollywood in all its excesses.

The 36-year-old actress’ domestic abuse accusations and the 58-year-old star’s denials are at the heart of a high-profile libel trial that has been going on since April 11 on the outskirts of the US capital Washington.

After a flood of testimonies, Depp gave up his place on the witness stand on Tuesday to the small actors who revolve around him: agent, driver, bodyguard, wealth manager … And these secondary characters sometimes stole the show.

The vaping doorman

Alejandro Romero is a doorman in a luxury building in Los Angeles where the couple lived. Testifying via video link while sitting behind the wheel of his car, he said he saw no marks on Heard’s face after the couple’s last argument in May 2016.

The actress appeared in court soon after, her face apparently swollen, to seek a protective order.

But the porter didn’t want to dwell on his memories. “I’m so stressed out,” he said, puffing on an e-cigarette. “I don’t want to deal with this anymore,” he said, making the point as he started his car.

“Okay,” Judge Penney Azcarate replied. “That was a first, I’m sorry.”

The faithful bodyguard

Bodyguard Malcolm Connolly has worked for Depp for 23 years. With a heavy Scottish accent, he gave his unwavering support on Thursday, saying Heard “wanted to wear the pants in this relationship” and claimed she was the one who started the couple’s arguments.

Asked about the actor’s alcohol and drug use, he insisted the star had a “very high tolerance” for “any substance”.

“I think Jack Sparrow was more drunk than Johnny Depp,” he said, referring to Depp’s famous character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Even so, he said he had never seen the actor urinate in a hallway, as suggested by Heard’s lawyers.

“I think I would remember that if I had seen Mr. Depp’s penis,” he said.

Seeking to show his financial dependence on the actor, Heard’s lawyers asked him if he had received US$8,500 (RM37,004.75) in gifts over the years.

“He gave me so much more than that!” Connolly replied without flinching.

Actress Amber Heard attends her ex-husband Johnny Depp's libel trial against her, at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on April 28, 2022. - Reuters pic
Actress Amber Heard attends her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel trial against her, at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on April 28, 2022. – Reuters pic

Huge checks from the CFO

The lifestyle of Depp, who has owned 45 luxury cars, a yacht and several properties including an island, regularly makes headlines.

Its business manager Edward White explained in court on Thursday how he had sought to redress his accounts, while settling the costs of the divorce with Amber Heard in 2017.

“She was initially looking for $4 million in consideration, but her demand kept growing,” he said.

In the end, Depp paid him US$6.8 million, wrote checks for US$200,000 in donations in his name, paid half a million to his attorneys, and assumed all debts incurred during of their lives together, which is approximately US$13.5 million.

The agent and confidant

Christian Carino was an agent and friend of the two actors, but no longer speaks to either of them.

By video, he says he tried in vain to reconcile them and read the SMS exchanged with Heard after their divorce.

In a message, the Aquaman The actress said she was “sad” to have broken up with her new lover, billionaire Elon Musk.

“You weren’t in love with him and you told me a thousand times you were just filling in the blanks,” replied Carino, who was once engaged to Lady Gaga.

Psychological analysis of clothes

On the first day of the trial, Depp wore a light gray suit with a black tie featuring a bee design. The next day, Amber Heard wore a gray jacket, and the day after a tie with a bee engraved on it.

On the stand, Shannon Curry, a psychologist called by Depp’s legal team, said she believed the actress suffered from a “borderline personality disorder” which could cause her to “imitate” those close to her.

And now?

Heard’s lawyers want to hear from Elon Musk and actor James Franco, another close associate of their client. But the two men refused, without explaining their reasons. —AFP

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