Johnny Depp’s $50 million libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard began today with explosive opening arguments and his sister’s testimony.
r Depp’s older sister, Christi Dembrowski, who is also president of his production company Infinitum Nihil, told the court about the siblings’ early lives and growing up in Kentucky with an abusive mother who was described as “angry” and “overwhelmed.”
She said her mother would hit her and her father and verbally abused them. She claimed her mother called Mr Depp “one-eyed” because he wore an eyepatch as a child to correct a sluggish gaze.
“Did Johnny respond?” Mr Depp’s attorney, Benjamin Chew, asked Ms Dembrowski.
“Those names were just a way of life. We’ve gotten used to it,” she replied.
Ms Dembrowski told the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia that her mother treated Mr Depp and herself “much like how she treated father,” adding that she “screamed, yelled, punched.” [us]He threw things, called us names.”
Mr Chew continued his question: “How, if at all, did Johnny react when his mother was about to hit him?”
“He was a typical little boy, when he was hurt he cried,” Ms Dembrowski said, adding, “Most of the time he just wanted to get away from it.”
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When Mr Chew asked if the Hollywood actor ever hit his mother, Mr Depp’s sister said: “When he was older he never went to that place even if she was hitting or throwing things.
“He would escape, he would leave the area, go to his room,” Ms. Dembrowski told jurors.
Alluding to the abuse during Mr Depp’s short-lived marriage to Ms Heard, Ms Dembrowski said she always booked a separate room for the couple when traveling in case a dispute arose.
“When they were out I wanted to make sure there was an extra room because it wasn’t uncommon for them to fight,” she said after admitting she was Mr Depp’s “personal manager” in the past had been designated.
“I’ve seen things repeat themselves [his] Life. When we were kids, quarrels and fights started… First we had to hide and get away from it. I recognized what felt to me, a repeating pattern from his childhood. I wanted to make sure there was a place where he could do just that.”
Ms Dembrowski added that the couple rarely fought during Mr Depp’s previous 14-year marriage to Vanessa Paradis.
Later, after speaking out about her mother’s death, Ms Dembrowski said she was “disgusted” to learn Ms Heard had filed for divorce just three days after her death.
Separately, Ms Dembrowski recalled Ms Heard calling her brother an “old fat man” after Mr Depp met with Dior about a partnership.
“I actually saw the insults several times. She called him an “old fat man”. I think he heard her call him that.”
During cross-examination, Ms. Heard’s legal team questioned Ms. Dembrowski about her personal confidence in her brother’s career and suggested that she might have a financial incentive to protect her brother’s reputation.
Mr Depp is suing Ms Heard for defamation caused by a comment she wrote for The Washington Post in which she accused him of being abusive.
Ms Heard has filed a $100 million defamation counterclaim against Depp for harassment. The actors divorced in 2017.
Ms Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, alleged Tuesday that Mr Depp sexually assaulted her client with a liquor bottle during a drunken blackout episode.
In a statement to the independent, A spokesman for Mr Depp called Ms Heard’s allegation, which she never made before the trial, “fictitious” and “conveniently” timed to coincide with the lawsuit.
That Pirates of the Caribbean The actor’s lawyers wanted to prove Ms Heard is a “compulsive liar” and “deeply concerned person” who attempted to use a “hoax” story of domestic abuse to raise her profile in Hollywood and advance her career .
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