Depp v Heard: Actress’ $45m Loss of Earnings Disputed as Court Speaks of ‘Lack of Chemistry’ in Aquaman | Ents & Arts News



Amber Heard’s estimated $45million loss of income due to negative statements by Johnny Depp and his attorney has been challenged in court, as their ongoing defamation battle ends on its 21st day.

Depp is suing Heard over an article she wrote in the Washington Post in 2018, in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence – her lawyers say it falsely implies that he physically and sexually assaulted her while they were together.

Heard is attacking Depp for $100m (£80m), claiming she was defamed when he called her a liar.

There was speculation that Depp could be called as a witness by Heard’s lawyers, but his tea closed their case on Monday without doing so.

British model Kate Moss is also should have testified video link Wednesday – however, with changing court times, she could be pulled as a witness at the last minute.

The court spoke about Heard’s ‘lack of chemistry’ in Aquaman – the final court

Longtime entertainment lawyer and Hollywood expert Richard Marks appeared for the second time as a rebuttal witness to respond to testimony from entertainment industry expert Kathryn Arnold who testified yesterday.

She claimed that Heard had a career trajectory comparable to actors such as Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Ana de Armas, Zendaya and Chris Pine. However, she claimed the fallout from her ongoing legal battles with her ex-husband had cost Heard up to $45m (around £36m).

Heard’s career ‘can’t be compared’ to Momoa

Richard Marks, a technical forensic expert, testifies in the courtroom of Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., May 24, 2022. – Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation after writing an opinion piece in the Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a...public figure representing domestic violence... (Photo by JIM WATSON/various sources/AFP)
Richard Marks, a technical forensics expert, disputed Heard’s loss of income

Mr Marks told the court he disagreed with Ms Arnold’s view that Heard reportedly won $45 million over the next few years.

Superhero and fantasy films pay the most, but actors are also getting into independent films and “passion projects”, says Marks. Heard is unlikely to have taken on multiple movie roles similar to Aquaman afterward, he said.

He also said his career couldn’t compare to that of his Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa, who was already a big star and appeared on Game Of Thrones.

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Momoa, he added, played Aquaman rather than a “supporting character like Mera”, Gadot was Wonder Woman and Zendaya has a name, he told the court.

It comes as a Warner Bros boss described Heard’s “lack of chemistry” with his co-star.

Walter Hamada, president of DC-based film production, said they seemed to have great chemistry in the film – but it “took a lot of effort to get there” in post-production.

Heards team says witness ‘wanted to be on TV’

Writer, director and producer Morgan Higby Night testifies in the Fairfax County Courthouse courtroom in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation before the Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic violence." (Jim Watson/Pool Photo via AP)
Morgan Higby Night, writer, director and producer, testified. Photo: AP

The court also heard from Morgan Night, who previously owned Hicksville Trailer Park, where the couple stayed in 2013.

Heard previously told the court that Depp was “doing drugs” and became “enraged” and “jealous” when one of her friends touched her. He threw glasses at Heard, tore her dress and damaged the cabin they were staying in, she claimed.

Mr Night claimed he had never seen Depp become violent and there had been minimal damage – apart from a $62 (£39) applique, which he charged on the Depp’s agent’s credit card.

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Elaine Bredehoft, one of Heard’s attorneys, said Mr Night contacted a Twitter user called ‘That Umbrella Guy’ who she describes as being ‘pro-Depp’ defending Depp and saying he was with him night at Hicksville Trailer Park and it was heard. who “acted jealously and madly”.

She said M. Night is just there because he wants to be on TV. She also said that M. Night made a movie in 1999 called Matters Of Consequence, and that Depp’s former wife, Lori Anne Allison, worked on it as a makeup artist. M. Night confirmed that this was correct.

The finger, the surgeon and the ransacked wardrobe

The ransacked closet.  Photo: Court Television
The court saw footage of the ransacked wardrobe. Photo: Court Television

The surgeon who operated on Depp highly contested severed finger said Depp would have struggled to catch someone with a cast on their hand – disputing Heard’s claims that Depp had been violent with her after her injury.

The pin remained in Depp’s finger for about 11 or 12 days, the surgeon told the court, but he said treatment continued after it had been removed for several months.

Heard accused Depp of being violent in LA in March 2015 after they returned from Australia after the court showed photos of damage to Heard’s wardrobe in their LA penthouse.

Depp infamously injured his finger during a row with Amber Heard while in Australia to film the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie – but both sides blame the other for inflicting the damage.

The case is due to end with closing statements on Friday.


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