A difficult cross. In the middle of Johnny Depp and Amber Heardongoing libel suit, one of the Pirates of the Caribbean The star’s lawyers have made headlines for her sensible questions.
Camilla Vasquez is a litigation partner for Brown Rudnick, the firm Depp, 58, hired to oversee his legal defense. Vasquez, 37, asked Heard, 36, earlier this week about the nature of her relationship with Depp and the timeline of their divorce.
“[James Franco] was my friend. And he lived next door, literally next door,” said the Aquaman the actress told Vasquez on Tuesday, May 17 about their relationship shortly before her divorce. “And I, frankly, had exhausted my support network with my regular friends and was happy to welcome as much friendship at that time as possible.”
the dark shadows The star is suing Heard – to whom he was married between 2015 and 2017 – for defamation following a 2018 article she wrote for the Washington Post. In the op-ed, Heard revealed she was a survivor of domestic violence. While the Friday night lights alum did not name his alleged abuser in the op-ed, Depp’s team claimed there were parallels between the Kentucky native and the allegations.
Heard – who initially hooked up with Depp on the set of 2009’s The rum journal – previously claimed on the stand that she was not sure if she could walk out of their marriage.
“Unfortunately, this is all real. I narrowly survived it, but I survived it,” Heard said in her testimony on Monday, May 16, referring to her past allegations that Depp abused her.” I tried to protect Johnny – and the secret I tried to keep for five years. … I was scared and I was very conflicted because the person I was scared of was also the person I was in love with.
the danish girl The actress added, “I knew if I didn’t I probably literally wouldn’t survive. I was so scared it would end really badly for me, and I really didn’t want to leave him.
Depp, for his part, spoke out last month and fervently denied Heard’s claims.
“It’s been six years of tough times,” said the 21 jump street alum said during his April 19 testimony. “It’s kind of weird when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, then 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve that, neither did my kids [Lily-Rose and Jack Depp, whom he shares with ex Vanessa Paradis], nor the people who have believed in me for all these years. I didn’t want any of these people to believe that I had wronged them or lied to them or that I was an impostor. I pride myself on honesty.
He continued: “Since I knew there was no truth to it, I felt it was my responsibility to not only defend myself in this case, but to defend my children, who at the time had 14 and 16 years old.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential support.
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