Johnny Depp trial – live: Court delayed over late juror before more Amber Heard witnesses

Heard’s former friend Raquel Pennington weeped during her testimony

WARNING: This live blog contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Following the testimony and cross-examination of Amber Heard, the court is now hearing from witnesses in her defence in the defamation trial against her brought by ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations impacted his ability to work.

Yesterday, in a pre-recorded deposition, Heard’s former friend Raquel Pennington testified seeing Heard’s injuries after a December 2015 fight with Depp, and intervening in a separate 2016 altercation at the penthouses in which they lived shortly before Heard filed for divorce. She says she feared for her friend’s safety. Josh Drew, Ms Pennington’s ex, was there that night and detailed damage to the penthouses and Depp screaming in his face.

Heard’s sister told the jury of Depp’s drug and alcohol use and separate incidents involving holding a dog out of a car window and hurling clothes racks down the stairs during a row. The court also heard from friend Elizabeth Marz, and Heard’s acting coach and makeup artist.


Court is now in session with Judge Penney Azcarate presiding.

The delayed juror has arrived.

Preliminary matters are now being discussed in a sidebar before the jury is brought in.

Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:31


Depp jokes he made waffles for his fans this morning

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Court TV reports the delay is due to a late juror.

Proceedings will pause until they have arrived.

Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:22


There is an explained delay in proceedings and Depp and his team have left the courtroom.

A short time later Heard also exited, but her lawyers stayed behind.

There was a similar delay earlier in the trial when one of the court staff was late reaching the courthouse, so it is possible that has happened again.

Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:20


Day 19: Expected witnesses

Court is not yet in session in Fairfax County, but today we can expect the following witnesses to appear (though not necessarily in this order):

  • Ellen Barkin
  • Tracey Jacobs – Depp’s former agent
  • Joel Mandel – Depp’s former business manager
  • Bruce Witkin – Depp’s long-time friend
  • Adam Waldman – Depp’s attorney
  • Adam Bercovici – Police expert
  • Ron Schnell – Social media forensic expert
  • Michelle Mulroney – Amber’s former attorney

Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 14:11


Acting coach says Depp was ‘very concerned’ about Heard working with James Franco

Kirsty Sexton gave testimony in the ongoing defamation trial brought on by Depp against ex-wife Heard.

Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 13:55


Heard makeup artist describes covering up actor’s injuries before James Corden appearance

Amber Heard’s former make-up artist has testified that she concealed injuries on Heard’s face before her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 13:48


Depp’s lawyer laughs off internet speculation she is dating actor

Johnny Depp‘s lawyer laughed off fan speculation that she is dating the actor as she left his multi-million dollar defamation case in Virginia.

Camille Vasquez, 37, has become a popular figure with Mr Depp’s fans as she has defended him in the case against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Mr Depp’s supporters have created memes portraying the lawyer as Marvel’s Thor, and even posted TikToks set to romantic music of the pair holding hands and talking closely.

Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 13:40


Most damning things Heard has said about Depp at defamation trial

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Heard says she’s been labelled a ‘liar’ because Depp is ‘the bigger star’

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m (£40.1m) for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t specifically name him, Depp claims her allegations impacted his ability to work.

The matter of Heard’s claimed charity donation of the divorce settlement she reached with Depp was raised in court on Monday (16 May).

Oliver O’Connell19 May 2022 12:45

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