The latest on the Depp Heard trial in Fairfax

The ongoing libel suit filed by Johnny Depp against ex-wife Amber Heard continues in Fairfax Virginia here is Thursday’s report from ABC News.

Heard’s personal assistant gave a video deposition in the ongoing libel suit Depp filed against his ex-wife.

Kate James testified that she never saw the actress suffer any physical abuse at the hands of then husband Depp.

She did say that Heard once spat in her face when she asked for a higher salary.

James added that Heard would descended into screaming fits of blind rage sending incoherent text messages at 4 a.m. and was often drunk and high on illegal drugs.

The deposition from James went on to say that Depp on the other hand was very calm almost shy like a total southern gentleman.

James in the video went on to indicate that Depp was the peaceful one while Heard was frequently intoxicated and verbally abusive to Depp her own mother and sister as well.

James worked for Heard from 2012 to 2015 saying that she was paid very poorly and was charged with a number of duties ranging from picking up Heard’s dry cleaning  to talking to Heard’s agents.

James was told to buy two copies of any magazine featuring Heard and place them in the garage so Depp wouldn’t see them.

Once when she did not put them in the garage Heard flew into a blind rage.

James called Heard very dramatic who was deeply insecure in her relationship with Depp.

Heard often called James to cry and complain about Depp once calling James while walking the streets of New York alone crying.

James told her to go inside before a paparazzi took a picture of her.

Much of James deposition focused on text messages that Depp sent to James after he and Heard split.

Depp wrote come over for a spot of purple and we’ll fix her flabby a nice and good.

Heard’s lawyer asked if a spot of purple meant wine and whether her meant Heard.

James didn’t want to speculate saying Depp writes in a very abstract way.

Lawyers also presented a video deposition of Laurel Anderson the couple’s therapist in 2015.

Anderson said both suffered childhood abuse.

As a couple they were engaged in mutual abuse.

Heard’s father beat her Anderson added it was a point of pride to her if she felt disrespected to initiate a fight.

Heard would rather be in a fight with Depp than see him leave striking him to keep him there.

Anderson recalled a time that Heard told her that Depp was stepping up on a lot of drugs and she slapped him because he was being incoherent and talking about being with another woman.

Depp’s mother was in the hospital at the time.

Anderson said that Depp told her that Heard gave as good as she got.

Anderson added that at least one session alone with Heard the actress said Depp hit her.

The therapist did say Heard did show her bruises in both photos and in person.

Heard also told Anderson that Depp allegedly told her No one likes you you’re getting fame from me I’m falling out of love with you.

Anderson noted that Heard’s Jackhammer style of talking and habit of cutting Depp off  overwhelmed him.

Heard knew the relationship wasn’t healthy according to Anderson.

The couple will eventually testify  along with actors Paul Bettany, James Franco and Elon Musk in what is expected to be a six week long trail in Fairfax Virginia.

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First day of the Depp Heard trail in Fairfax

ABC News reports on the Johnny Depp Amber Heard libel suit in Fairfax that opened yesterday.

Depp’s suit against his ex-wife Heard will likely turn into a six week mudslinging soap opera is how Heard’s lawyer opened yesterday’s proceedings.

Some people lined up hours before the trail began with about 80 people able to get in but several rows were left empty in the gallery.

The courtroom fell silent a few minutes before the 10 a.m. start time when Heard entered the room through a special entrance that is usually reserved for judges.

An audible intake of breath was heard when Depp came in a minute later using the same entrance.

The first witness was Depp’s older sister Christi Dembrowski who told the court the pair endured a difficult childhood where Depp learned to hide from an abusive mother.

Dembrowski said she saw the same pattern in Depp’s relationship with Heard.

She added that when she booked travel for the couple as their personal manager she would book an extra room so Depp would have somewhere to hide if Heard started a fight.

Dembrowski did struggle with cross examination when asked why she sent texts to Depp in 2014 that said “Stop drinking. Stop coke. Stop pills.”

She only said she did not know what the text were in reference to unwilling to acknowledge her concerns about her brother’s drinking and drug use.

Heard’s lawyers have argued that Depp has no credibility when he denies abusing Heard because he would black out from drug and drink and not remember what he did.

Depp who faced forward through most of the first day glared at Heard’s lawyers for an extended time after the questioning of his sister.

At the end of the proceedings Depp turned and saluted the gallery as he exited receiving dozens of excited waves in return.

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