Amber Heard spent four days on the stage in the defamation trial, and testified in detail about more than 10 cases of alleged abuse at the hands of Johnny Depp. The Aquaman The star spent most of her time appealing to the jury directly, and broke down as she recounted the sexual assault allegations. Depp, who did not look at the actress once, was “winning” in the court of public opinion before the testimony of the actress. But which star makes the best case in court? Legal experts are considering what position matters will take in the final week of the trial.
“I think Heard had a fairly consistent message and he didn’t break down during a very difficult questioning,” Attorney Rachel Fiset, managing partner of Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman, told Yahoo Entertainment. “In her live action, Heard paved the way for how she fell in love with Johnny and then recounted how their relationship turned to ups and downs along the way. For the most part, she seemed sincere in her love for him—and stunned by that decline.”
However, Feist believes Heard “may have underestimated her role in the vicissitudes of the relationship too much” as the actress admits to physically abusing Depp on audio tapes that were played in court. Fiset also notes that Heard is just an actress.
She explains, “She seemed a little rehearsed and focused on her audience – the jury – who could tell the jury the wrong way because it looks a little contrived and sometimes she just happens to be overdoing it.”
Libel attorney Jeff Lewis, who gave Heard “high marks” for her testimony on direct examination, believes some of that could work.
“For Amber Heard to prevail, all she has to do is convince the jury that at least one act of violence has occurred,” he explains to Yahoo. “Amber’s account of sexual violence, in particular, was both dramatic and interesting for the jury.”
Lewis continues, “Nevertheless, the interrogation was done brilliantly: short, objectionable questions destroyed Heard’s credibility. Questions in particular about Johnny Depp’s taunting voice that no one would ever believe he was a victim The violence was so strong and Heard’s response was weak on that line of interrogation.”
Lewis believes Heard made a mistake “by confronting Depp’s attorney”.
“For example, implying that Depp’s attorney doesn’t really understand cocaine like Amber Heard? That might be true, but this particular issue—with Amber being more experienced with drugs—may not win the jury,” he shares. “The direct examination went very well for Heard but the questioning wiped out any gains I made.”
Lewis gave Depp’s attorney points for taking out the knife Heard gifted the actor amid their volatile relationship.
“Which victim of domestic violence would give such a gift? Having that knife in court – rather than just a picture of it – was a good counsel by Depp’s legal team,” he adds.
Deep Heard sued for $50 million for a 2018 opinion piece she wrote on Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”. Heard resists Depp for $100 million.
Fiset had an interesting take when asked if Heard might have made any mistakes.
“The alleged abuse is so abhorrent that it has set up an extremely significant obstacle to establishing its truth, which may leave the jury confused as to what would be necessary to show that she is a domestic violence survivor as she claimed in the op-ed. She detailed more benign events to get past the ‘abuse’ hurdle, She explains. “Given the wide disparity in each party’s story, the jury has to decide what they identify as domestic violence within the relationship and what [Amber’s] “The Truth” was in the editorial writing. “This trial has turned into a battle,” he said, over these hideous allegations.
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As for how Heard’s time on the platform compares to her ex, both lawyers noted Johnny Depp’s factor.
“Both are passionate about their cause. Johnny Depp is fine, Johnny Depp, and is honest in his testimony, but I felt he was definitely on trial trying to clear his name and regain momentum in his career,” says Fiset. “I felt like Amber Heard’s certification had been a little rehearsed but had a lot to lose in this situation and might have simply been more stressful.”
Lewis adds: “The jury reportedly stuck to every word Depp said. The courtroom laughed along with his jokes. The jury noted Depp’s unusual behavior while fiddling at the chancellor’s table, a way for Depp to communicate with in a way that Heard was unable to communicate with. Depp Very friendly with his attorney and the jury could see and watch how he treated others and would take moments of a non-witness situation into account when assessing his credibility. He was very weak and open with the jury and not defensive. He was well prepared to testify.”
However, Lewis notes that some of Heard’s witnesses were very convincing, particularly the testimony of the former makeup artist. Melanie Ingleses said she covered bruises and a cracked lip that she allegedly sustained in December 2015 after a violent fight with Depp.
“Anytime a third party provides corroborating testimony in a case,” he states, “that testimony will be important to the jury,” he said.
It remains to be seen whether Depp or Heard will prevail in the courtroom, but experts believe every star has a chance of winning.
Entertainment attorney Dominic Romano, founder and managing partner of Romano Law, gives Heard a slight edge: “In the beginning of his testimony, Depp asserted that he was searching for the ‘truth.’ So far, the facts that have been revealed have been very negative for Depp, particularly regarding with alleged drug and alcohol abuse. Depp doesn’t have much to gain and much to lose by pursuing this case.”
Depp still wins over the audience, and possibly the jury.
“If the jury is on the same side as the general public, Depp has a strong chance of winning. However, what was presented in the case and the items Depp would have to show to prove the libel, he should prove in Amber Heard’s favour. in her defense and likely won’t win her counterclaim,” says Fiset.
“Things are going well for Depp,” says Lewis, who “has the opportunity to provide rebuttal before closing arguments,” which are set for May 27, after which the jury will begin its deliberations.
He explains, “Heard’s best strategy appears to be on the issue of damages: Depp’s career was in decline prior to the publication of her op-ed and Heard was not the real cause of any damage to him.” “I also expect Heard’s attorney to summarize during closing arguments any of the third-party support for allegations of violence: the makeup artist and her sister in particular. For Depp, I would expect her voice to make fun of him about the inaccuracy of the knife gift and the dozens of schedule discrepancies to be presented in closing arguments. “.
In the end, it may not matter who wins – for the audience at least.
“Amber faces a lot of vitriol during this case,” Fest adds. “I think most of the public has made a decision about who to support and the facts and evidence may not be driving those sentiments.”
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