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Oliver O'Connell,Maanya Sachdeva
Friday 20 May 2022 07:40

Johnny Depp showed up late to set on ‘virtually every movie’, former agent says

WARNING: This live blog contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Amber Heard’s defence case continues in the defamation trial brought against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations impacted his ability to work.

Testimony has been given by several of Heard’s former friends as well as her sister, acting coach, and makeup artist. They all testified either seeing her injuries or alleged altercations with Depp.

On Thursday, Depp’s longtime friend spoke of a jealous streak in the actor, while his former agent said he romanticised drugs and constantly showed up late to sets impacting his career. The actor’s ex-business manager described his increasingly dire financial situation and “erratic behaviour” relating to drugs and alcohol. Actor and Depp-ex Ellen Barkin recalled him drinking all the time and once throwing a wine bottle across a room during an argument.

Testimony resumes on Monday.

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Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 07:40
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Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 07:20
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Depp attorney says Marilyn Manson video ‘demolished’ Heard’s abuse claims

Johnny Depp’s attorney has claimed that video taken by Marilyn Manson “demolished” Amber Heard’s allegations that she was abused by her ex-husband.

Testimony from Adam Waldman, who has worked on and off on Mr Depp’s legal team since October 2016, was played in court on Thursday during the former couple’s high-stakes defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr Waldman, who is at the centre of Ms Heard’s counterclaim after he called her abuse allegations “fake” and “a hoax”, gave video testimony back in February after being subpoenaed by the Aquaman actress’s legal team.

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Johnny Depp attorney says Marilyn Manson video ‘demolished’ Amber Heard abuse claims

Adam Waldman is at the centre of Amber Heard’s counterclaim in the defamation trial after he called her abuse allegations ‘a hoax’

Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 06:00
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Depp’s ex Ellen Barkin says ‘jealous’ actor threw wine bottle across room

Actress Ellen Barkin has claimed that “jealous” Johnny Depp once threw a wine bottle across a hotel room back when they were dating in the early 1990s.

Ms Barkin said she first became friends with Mr Depp in 1994 when they starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together before their relationship turned “sexual” and they would meet up a few times a week.

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Johnny Depp’s ex Ellen Barkin says ‘jealous’ actor threw wine bottle in fight

Ellen Barkin briefly dated Mr Depp in 1994 when they starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together

Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 04:59
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Heard makeup artist describes covering up actor’s injuries before James Corden show

Amber Heard’s former make-up artist has testified that she concealed injuries on Heard’s face before her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Melanie Inglessis gave evidence in the ongoing $50m defamation trial – brought by Johnny Depp against ex-wife Heard – on Wednesday (18 May).

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Makeup artist describes covering Amber Heard injuries before James Corden appearance

Heard’s former make-up artist gave testimony about covering injuries on the ‘Aquaman’ star’s face before she went on Corden’s chat show

Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 04:15
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Depp attorney who called Heard’s abuse claims ‘fake’ refuses to answer 75 questions

Johnny Depp’s attorney refused to answer more than 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers in the multi-million-dollar defamation trial on Thursday – despite admitting that he had spoken to the press and given information to so-called “internet journalists” about the former couple.

Adam Waldman gave video testimony back in February after being subpoenaed by Ms Heard’s legal team.

Mr Waldman, who has worked on and off on Mr Depp’s legal team since October 2016, is at the centre of the Aquaman actress’s $100m counterclaim in the trial after he called her allegations of abuse “fake” and “a hoax”.

Rachel Sharp reports:

Johnny Depp attorney refuses to answer 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers

Adam Waldman is at the centre of the Aquaman actress’s $100m counterclaim in the trial after he called her allegations of abuse ‘a hoax’

Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 03:30
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Depp’s former friend says Marilyn Manson isn’t to blame for actor’s drug use

Johnny Depp’s former long-time friend Bruce Witkin testified on Thursday (19 May) that Marilyn Manson isn’t to blame for the Pirates actor’s drug use.

While on the stand, Depp – who was briefly married to Witkin’s sister-in-law Lori Anne Allison – claimed he once gave Manson a pill to stop him from talking so much.

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Johnny Depp’s former friend says Marilyn Manson isn’t to blame for actor’s drug use

‘But yeah, him and Manson would it hit it pretty hard as well,’ Bruce Witkin gave evidence in the multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit on Thursday (19 May)

Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 02:45
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Depp ‘romanticised’ drugs and has ‘fundamental issues with anger’, former agent says

Johnny Depp “romanticised” drugs and had “fundamental issues with anger”, according to his former agent who testified in the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s multi-million-dollar defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Tracey Jacobs gave video testimony to the court in Fairfax, Virginia, on Thursday morning where she claimed that his increasingly “difficult” reputation meant people around Hollywood grew “reluctant” to work with him and his “star dimmed”.

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Agent Tracey Jacobs says Johnny Depp ‘romanticised’ drugs and has ‘anger issues’

Tracey Jacobs, who was Mr Depp’s agent for 30 years, claimed that his increasingly ‘difficult’ reputation meant people around Hollywood grew ‘reluctant’ to work with him

Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 02:00
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Lance Bass deletes viral TikTok mocking Heard

Lance Bass has deleted the TikTok video of him mocking Amber Heard’s court testimony.

After being widely condemned, the former *NSYNC member has removed the viral video in which he “reenacted” part of Heard’s testimony.

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Lance Bass deletes viral TikTok mocking Amber Heard’s testimony after backlash

Bass attracted widespread criticism for his ‘disturbing’ clip

Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 01:15
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Depp says he made waffles for fans cheering him on outside court

Johnny Depp said he made waffles for his fans as he arrived at the Virginia courthouse on day 19 of his defamation trial against Amber Heard.

The actor, 58, arrived at Fairfax County Circuit Court on Thursday just before the day’s proceedings were temporarily held up over a delayed juror.

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Johnny Depp says he made waffles for fans cheering as he arrives at court

‘I just made breakfast for all of them,’ the actor, 58, told press outside the Virginia courthouse

Oliver O'Connell20 May 2022 00:30

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