Johnny Depp is attracting extra assist and popping out on prime within the court docket of public opinion, which might be much more necessary than whether or not he wins his defamation case in opposition to his ex-wife Amber Heard, in line with consultants.
“When [Johnny Depp] stepped off the stand, I feel he already received primarily based on his definition of profitable,” mentioned Texas civil legal professional Katherine Lizardo.
“As a result of he already obtained the favor of the court docket of public opinion … as soon as he informed his story.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean testified for 4 days through the second week on the Fairfax, Virginia, trial — after which once more for greater than three hours on Wednesday. The 58-year-old has informed his aspect publicly, authorized and PR professionals informed The Submit a jury ruling in his favor doesn’t matter as a lot.
“I feel for Johnny Depp, profitable the authorized aspect of the defamation declare doesn’t matter to him,” Lizardo informed The Submit. “Profitable – it will simply be icing on the cake for him as a result of his essential aim for submitting the defamation lawsuit was to clear his identify and to enchantment to the court docket of public opinion.”
“Proper now I feel it’s undisputed that the court docket of public opinion favours him and heard him and at the moment are supporting him. Whether or not or not he wins — I don’t assume it issues to him and even to the court docket of public opinion,” Lizardo mentioned.
California leisure lawyer Mitra Ahouraian added that the case isn’t actually about profitable a defamation declare — however about clearing Depp’s identify within the public sphere, as he’s mentioned.
“This case is about utilizing the courts as a platform to inform his aspect of the story and clearing the report and swaying the court docket of public opinion,” Ahouraian mentioned.
“It’s extra necessary than the precise lawsuit,” Ahouraian mentioned. “Actually profitable the lawsuit helps as a result of it will set up that one thing unfaithful was mentioned about him and that’s an enormous deal.”
Depp’s authorized staff made positive to deal with Heard’s allegations in opposition to him head-on, giving his perspective on what occurred.
“He went into this figuring out that every one of this was going to come back out,” Ahouraian mentioned. “‘Superb, I do medicine, I battled habit since I used to be younger, however I’m not a spouse beater.’ And that’s all he’s attempting to say.”