A lawyer has said that Johnny Depp fans may have inadvertently damaged the actor’s reputation by paying to disclose pre-trial documents.
The actor had a new career boost and surged in popularity during and after a multi-million dollar defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, but now out-of-court documents have been released online containing a slew of new discoveries – and they don’t even show Depp in a photo. Favorable, mostly.
Some of the bombshell revelations revealed in the documents include Depp’s refusal to wear a mask during Heard’s deposition, and Depp’s texts to Marilyn Manson about Heard and Depp’s attempt to use Heard’s tenure as a stripper against her in court.
It also included accusations of photo editing by Depp, as well as allegations that he suffers from erectile dysfunction which could lead to him becoming violent.
“I think the court records revealed over the weekend hurt Johnny Depp the most, as it appears that some unsealed court records dealt primarily with irrelevant information regarding Heard, who may sometimes resent the jury as a form of debunking.” Victim,” Frank Salzano, entertainment attorney for New York City-based Salzano Lampert & Wilson LLP, said. NEWSWEEK.
While Seattle attorney Kirk Davis added: “If fans think that disclosing the records will greatly help Depp, they are certainly wrong.”
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The files were opened and posted online by Andrea Burkhart, a Washington state criminal defense attorney who provides color legal commentary on her YouTube channel.
Burckhardt obtained more than 6,600 pages of recently disclosed documents and posted them on her website because “the public has an interest in being able to evaluate their merits.” [Heard’s] Complaints about the court system.
The Aquaman The actress formally filed an application last month in Circuit Court in Fairfax County, Virginia, to appeal the libel trial ruling she lost to her ex-husband.
“Certainly, if the system is unfair and does not treat any party fairly, that is something we want to know,” Burckhardt said in a joint statement with him. NEWSWEEK.
Burkhart confirmed that the cost of opening files held by the Virginia Circuit Court is $0.50 per page, and she tweeted in July to say she will pay $3,300 for Depp-Heard’s files and those interested can contribute to the cost.
“Excitement for obtaining copies of documents was fast and bright, and sufficient funds were raised within hours; and excess funds totaling $7,000 were donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Art of Elysium, two charities affected by the experience. I once again thank the hundreds of people generous donors.”
Burckhardt’s tweet was filled with comments from several people who publicly support Depp saying they had contributed.
NEWSWEEK Contact Burkhart for further comments.
The revealed documents were the subject of great interest online and also revealed more details about Depp’s severed finger and the couple’s divorce settlement,
They also suggested that Depp said his ex-wife never hurt him, which appears to contradict what was suggested during the couple’s defamation trial in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Twitter user @cocainecross created a viral thread that featured a number of seemingly cursed facts to Depp and his legal team.
A number of lawyers said that despite the enthusiasm of Depp’s fans to cancel the seal of documents NEWSWEEK That this hurt him and benefited Heard.
“Obviously Amber Heard benefited most when court documents were revealed from her trial with Johnny Depp because she lost the trial and is now appealing both in court and in the court of public opinion,” Andrew M. Tell NEWSWEEK.
“The irony is that Depp’s fans apparently paid for the collection of these unsealed documents in an attempt to frustrate Heard. However, their strategic calculations were off as they failed to realize that Ms. Heard had already reached the lowest point of her loss at trial and that she was subjected to There was nothing left to lose at this juncture.”
Carol Lieberman, a forensic psychiatrist and expert witness, feels that “people attack unsealed court documents like a gang of hungry hyenas, looking for pieces of meat to cast a negative light on Johnny or Amber, depending on who they like least.”
I told NEWSWEEK: “Unsealed documents taint Johnny more than Amber because Johnny came out a hero during the trial, and these documents make us wonder if he is as pure as we want to believe.”
Lieberman said Depp’s fans “got more than they bargained for” by paying to reveal the documents and “will undoubtedly pay to have them re-stamped if they can try to get them off.”
“It’s not that the documents reveal shockingly bad information about Johnny, we want to hold onto the perfect image of him as the underdog who beat the Big Bad Witch,” she added.
After a televised trial in Virginia ended in late May, the jury largely ruled in Depp’s favor on June 1, awarding him $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages, while Heard, who opposed $100 million for inconvenience, was awarded $2 million. dollars in damages by the jury. The punitive damages against Heard were subsequently reduced from $5 million to $350,000 under a Virginia law establishing such damages.
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