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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Amber Heard had a “short stint as an exotic dancer,” according to recently revealed court documents, and her ex-husband Johnny Depp did not want his association with disgraced singer Marilyn Manson exposed during the trial.
Judge Penney Azcarate ordered the public release of the confidential documents on July 13 following Johnny Depp’s victory in his defamation case against Amber Heard, which resulted in a jury paying him $10.35 million.
legal commentator Andrea Burkhart published the information online over the weekend after raising more than $3,300 from the public to buy them.
The legal documents describe the backroom squabbling that took place during the Fairfax County Circuit trial in Virginia to attempt and get evidence allowed and kept out.
On May 27, 2022, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard appeared in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court. (Reuters, Steve Helber/Pool)
Heard’s opposition to Depp’s team’s attempt to persuade the jury of harmful material about her background was described in a motion filed on March 22.
Elaine Bredehoft, Heard’s attorney, claimed that Depp was attempting to bring up “irrelevant personal things,” such as “Amber’s brief time as an exotic dancer years before she met Mr. Depp,” “naked images” of her, and “unfounded allegations” that she had been a sex worker.
Insofar as they represent Amber Heard as a sex symbol rather than a women’s rights advocate against domestic abuse, naked images of Amber Heard or remarks about stripping or escort services would be highly distracting and unfairly biased, according to Bredehoft.
The Heards team also sought to prevent Whitney Henriquez’s “reality show footage” from being shown. These “personal matters” were not mentioned during the trial.
After the defamation trial involving Johnny Depp, Amber Heard adjourns from the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia. in Win McNamee
Crude text communications between Depp and Marilyn Manson were also discovered in a 965-page motion filed on March 28 but never shown to the jury.
Ben Chew, the actor’s lawyer, fought tenaciously to have any mentions of his client’s acquaintance with Manson, whose actual name is Brian Warner, removed out of fear that doing so would “smear Mr. Depp under a guilty by association premise.”
In 2016, Manson texted Depp to complain that Lindsay Usich “pulled an Amber” by calling the police on him and alleging he beat her up. She was like “Amber 2.0,” he said.
Depp retaliated, “It is fking real, my brother, according to the literature I’ve been reading about that and psychopathic conduct. My ex-boyfriend is a goddamn textbook.”
The 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar party is attended by Marilyn Manson and Lindsay Usich. (WireImage/Toni Anne Barson)
After several women, including his ex-fiancée, “Westworld” actress Evan Rachel Wood, accused him of physical, mental, and sexual abuse, Manson was banned in the music industry. In March, he filed a libel suit against her.
The “Aquaman” actress’ team painted her then-husband Mansons as a drug addict who went on cocaine-fueled binges with the heavy metal rocker, despite the fact that the filthy texts were not revealed during the trial. Mansons name did, however, regularly come up.
The seven-member jury determined following the six-week trial that Heard had defamed Depp by referring to herself in a Washington Post op-ed as a victim of domestic abuse and gave him $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The judge decreased the punitive damages award to the maximum permitted by Virginia law, which is $350,000.
The jury upheld Heard’s argument that Depps attorney Adam Waldman had slandered her in a news release by labeling her allegations a “hoax,” and awarded her $2 million in her countersuit.
The judgement is being appealed by both parties.
Veteran journalist Rebecca Rosenberg has written books with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Send hints through email to @ReRosenberg.