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With the controversial defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard winding down, jurors heard from a former TMZ employee alleging that the actress filmed her bruised face and leaked a video of her then-husband closing lockers in 2016.
The Pirates of the Caribbean The star, 58, is suing Heard for $50 million, saying she discredited him when she wrote about being a victim from local Abuse in a 2018 opinion piece for The Washington Post. Heard, 36, sued for $100 million, arguing that Depp sullied her when his lawyer said her allegations were “abuse.” Trick.“
Despite TMZ’s attempt to block the testimony, Morgan Tremaine revealed that he sent a camera team to take pictures of Heard leaving Los Angeles courthouse after she filed a temporary restraining order in May 2016.
“Their goal was to catch her as she was leaving the courtroom, and she would kind of stop and turn toward the camera to show the bruise on the right side of her face, the alleged bruise,” he said.
Tremaine, who works as a field producer for the celebrity news outlet, said he received video footage that appeared earlier in the trial in which Depp was seen screaming and hitting cabinets. Heard’s defense team used the video as evidence to chart his alleged abusive behavior during their relationship.
Tremaine said he did not know how the outlet received the clip, but hinted that it came from Heard or someone close to her.
“We downloaded it, alerted the web editor, and then instructed the news producers to put a bumper and an error on it, which is to mark it dun, dun, dun, and put a transparent watermark over it, which indicates the copyright property.”
Tremaine said the only way TMZ would have been able to get hold of the copyright so quickly was if they had photographed it themselves or if the original owner had given it to them or if it had been purchased. But he added that it may take some time to “widely verify” that the person submitting the content actually owns it – and TMZ revealed it posted the kitchen cabinet video in about 15 minutes.
But Tremaine testified that the clip he received in August 2016 was edited with a portion in which Heard was seen laughing was removed from the footage.
“There was a bit at the beginning that played here where Ms. Heard seems to be setting up the camera and getting into position. And then there’s a little bit at the end where she seems to be laughing and looking at the camera. That part wasn’t there in what we received.”
Heard’s attorney, Eileen Bridhoft, attempted to argue that Tremaine sought to participate in the trial in an effort to achieve a certain level of excellence. “That gives you 15 minutes of fame, right?”
Tremaine retorted, “I can say the same, by taking Amber Heard as a client, for you.”
Depp also returned to the catwalk after Kate Moss refuted testimony from Heard, who referred to a “rumor” while appearing on the catwalk that the actor “pushed” the model down a flight of stairs during a trip to Jamaica in the ’90s.
“Miss. Heard took the story and turned it into a very gruesome accident, all in her mind,” he said. “There was never a moment when I pushed Kate down any flight of stairs.”
He described Heard’s allegations of abuse:awesomeAnd the sillyAnd the insultingfunny painfulSavage.”
Depp said he sued Heard, despite losing a defamation trial in 2020 in which she sued the UK Sun for calling him “the wife beat” in an attempt to clear his name.
“No matter what happens, I came here and told the truth. And I spoke about what I had been carrying on my back reluctantly for six years.
Depp also disputed Heard’s claim that during one fight in Australia in 2015, he took eight to 10 MDMA pills. “I’m sure I’m going to die,” Depp said sarcastically. “I think one will die. Perhaps rather quickly.”
In response to the video text messages the actor sent to friends, Depp said, “When you’re accused of horrific acts and things you didn’t do… you have a tendency to get angry and angry. You wonder why this person would do this to me.”
A photo from their 2015 honeymoon on the Orient Express was also shown to the jury in which it appears that Depp has a black eye.
“I see what appears to be a very shiny and scratched nose,” he said of the photo closing his testimony by telling jurors that he had “never offended Heard.”
On Thursday, jurors heard from Dr. Richard Gilbert, who corroborated Depp’s claim that he lost a piece of his fingertip when he claimed Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him.
“I certainly believe that a bottle of vodka thrown from a distance…(could) lead to this breakage and loss of soft tissue,” he said.
Forensic psychologist Dr. Don Hughes was also called by Heard’s team to convince jurors that the actress was not faking PTSD symptoms.
Heard also returned to the stage on Thursday and said with tears, “I don’t deserve this… I can’t get a job… I can’t find people related to me.”
She said she receives hundreds of death threats and “satirical” jokes because of her testimony. “People want to kill me,” she said.
She continued, “It was painful, painful and humiliating… I just want Johnny to leave me alone.” “I have the right to my voice and my name.”
Elsewhere, Heard told Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez that she has not modified the kitchen cabinet video and said she expects the broad endorsement of her beleaguered ex-partner.
“I know a lot of people are going to come out of the woodwork to support Johnny,” she said.
Closing arguments at the trial are scheduled for Friday.
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