Unsealed Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard court docs reveal sensational claims the jury never heard
The documents included alleged text conversations between Depp and Marilyn Manson
Thousands of pages of documents filed in the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been unsealed, revealing several sensational claims that both sides tried to get presented to the jury.
The court documents show information and claims that never saw the light of day during proceedings at the courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia. This included text messages between Depp and Marilyn Manson and an attempt from Depp's team to bring up his ex-wife's "brief stint as an exotic dancer."
The New York Post reports that one 965-page document shows a series of motions made by Depp's lawyers to block his medical history from being shown to the jury, and their attempts to get damaging information about Heard presented to the court.
This reportedly included attempts to bring up her sister Whitney's previous romantic relationships.
Depp's team also wanted to tell the jury about her "brief stint as an exotic dancer years before she met Mr. Depp," according to Heard's lawyers. They claimed this was an attempt by the Pirates of the Caribbean star to suggest his ex-wife had at one time been an escort.
The unsealed documents also include texts between Marilyn Manson and Depp. Manson is accused of sexual abuse and grooming by a number of women, including Westworld actress and former fiancée Evan Rachel Wood, who he is suing for defamation.
In one text from Manson to Depp, he allegedly wrote that he is dealing with an "amber 2.0" and that his wife Lindsay Usich "just pulled an amber on me."
Depp reportedly responds: “I been reading A LOT of material on that and sociopathic behavior…it is f–king real my brother!! My ex-c—t is goddamn TEXTBOOK!!!"
Manson then, according to the documents, asked Depp for "asylum somewhere" because he has a "serious police amber type scenarios with L’s family" and thinks the "cops might be headed my way."
Heard's lawyers claimed Depp and Manson would go on "drug binges" together, including in the days leading up to the infamous fight between the then-couple in Australia which resulted in the actor losing part of his middle finger.
Depp's lawyers managed to get this evidence excluded from the proceedings on the basis that it would "smear Mr. Depp under a guilty by association theory," the Daily Mail reports.
Included in the list of information not heard at the trial were allegations that Depp had "appeared on TV drunk and stoned, to the point that Disney studio executives called Ms. Jacobs asking ‘What the hell was wrong with your client.'”
Heard's team claim this information should have been heard at the trial as it helped prove that Depp was removed from his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise due to his behaviour and not because of Heard's allegations against him.
Depp's team argued during the trial that the infamous 2018 Washington Post op-ed Heard wrote cost Depp millions in revenue.
They successfully argued before the trial that this evidence, alongside testimony regarding Depp's arrest record and ongoing litigation cases, would have served "no purpose other than to prejudice him in front of the jury” and that Heard would use it to “proffer evidence that portrays Mr. Depp as a violent man.”
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