Legal representatives summing up at Depp’s libel trial against UK tabloid

LONDON (AP)– A lawyer for British tabloid The Sun declared Monday that Johnny Depp was “a hopeless addict” whose violence towards ex-wife Amber Heard was fueled by misogyny and a harmful mix of drink, drugs, jealousy and anger.

Lawyer Sasha Wass was summarizing at Depp’s libel case versus the newspaper over an article alleging he physically abused Heard– a high-stakes celeb trial in which the track records of both previous partners are at stake.

Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the newspaper’s managing editor, Dan Wootton, at the High Court in London over an April 2018 short article, which called him a “wife-beater.” He strongly rejects being violent to Heard.

The case is because of end Tuesday, however judge Andrew Nicol is not anticipated to deliver his judgment for a number of weeks.

” There is no doubt that Mr. Depp routinely and systematically abused his better half,” Wass stated in her closing argument. “The characterization that he is a partner beater is completely genuine.”

She said Depp was “a hopeless addict who repeatedly lost his self-discipline and all capability to restrain his anger.”

” Permeating all of the evidence in this case is the character of Mr. Depp himself– his well-documented evidence of violence and destruction over his adult life which have actually happened when he was under the influence of beverage and drugs.”

Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, fulfilled on the set of the 2011 funny “The Rum Journal” and married in Los Angeles in February2015 Heard declared divorce the list below year, and the divorce was settled in 2017.

The previous partners have both remained in court throughout 3 weeks of testimony at the grand neo-Gothic court building, though Depp did not attend on Monday.

Lawyers, reporters and members of the public, spread throughout several video-linked courtrooms to allow for social distancing, have heard lurid details of the couple’s tempestuous relationship. The proof has revealed prodigious drinking and drug consumption, furious arguments, tossed objects and a deposit of excrement left in a bed– whether by pet dog or human is disputed.

The Sun’s defense depends on 14 claims made by Heard of Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016, in settings including his personal island in the Bahamas, a leased house in Australia during filming of a “Pirates of the Caribbean” motion picture– where Depp’s finger was severed in objected to circumstances– and the couple’s downtown Los Angeles penthouse, which was trashed throughout one altercation.

Wass stated that the very first year of the relationship, during which Depp was sober, was “idyllic,” but that the violence started in 2013 after he relapsed.

Throughout 4 days in the witness box recently, Heard declared Depp flew into envious rages over her co-stars, consisting of James Franco and Billy Bob Thornton, and became a violent alter ego he called “The Monster” under the impact of alcohol and drugs. She accused him of slapping and striking her and tossing bottles at her “like grenades,” and claimed that she typically feared for her life during their relationship.

Wass said that for Depp the “mix … of beverage, drugs, jealousy and anger was lethal.”

Depp, who gave proof for nearly five days, branded he accusations a “hoax” and claimed Heard was the aggressor during their unpredictable relationship. He acknowledged using a wide variety of drugs consisting of cannabis, drug and opioid painkillers, however rejected the substances made him violent.

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Depp’s previous romantic partners Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder signed written witness statements stating he had never been violent to them, and numerous present or previous employees offered proof supporting Depp.

Wass said those witnesses were “polluted” due to the fact that they depend on Depp for their livelihoods and had “come to court to lie for their employer.”

Summing up the defense case, Wass stated that “a deep misogyny … lay at the root of Mr. Depp’s anger.”

” He produced a misogynistic personality of (Heard) as the stereotype of a nagging lady,” Wass said. She said Depp branded Heard “a gold-digger, a shrew and an adulterer” in order to challenge her. He likewise utilized crass language about ladies in texts to friends that were read out in court– in spite of his stated aspiration to be a “Southern gentleman.”

Wass said the couple were driven apart by “a clash of cultures and a clash of generations.”

She stated Depp glamorized drug culture and had a “inner circle of aging male rabble-rousers,” however likewise aimed “to be the Southern gentleman with a young and lovely wife.”

Wass stated a Southern gentleman required “a supplicant spouse”– and Heard, a “modern-day and enthusiastic woman” practically a quarter-century more youthful than Depp, was not prepared to satisfy that function.

” Ms. Heard tolerated the violence and the abuse due to the fact that she liked Mr. Depp and she believed she was capable of getting him better,” the lawyer said.

” He grew to resent her for telling him how he could kick his dependency, telling him how he could eradicate ‘The Beast,” she included.

Depp’s attorney is due to provide his closing speech on Tuesday.

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