Unsealed Depp v. Heard court docs reveal ‘Aquaman’ actress was ‘exotic dancer’

Unsealed Depp v. Heard court docs reveal ‘Aquaman’ actress was 'exotic dancer'

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Recently unsealed court documents reveal that Amber Heard had a “brief stint as an exotic dancer” and ex-husband Johnny Depp did not want his friendship with disgraced rocker Marilyn Manson exposed at trial.

After Johnny Depp won his libel case against Amber Heard with a jury awarding him $10.35 million, Judge Penney Azcarate ordered the release of the secret documents on July 13.

The documents were published online over the weekend by legal commentator Andrea Burkhartwho raised over $3,300 to purchase the records.

Court documents detail behind-the-scenes bickering on both sides in an attempt to have evidence admitted and kept out of the Fairfax County circuit trial in Virginia.

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard outside Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia on May 27, 2022.
(Steve Helber/Pool via Reuters)

A March 22 motion underscored Heard’s opposition to Depp’s team attempting to present the jury with prejudicial information about his past.

Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, argued Depp was trying to introduce “irrelevant personal matters” – including “Amber’s brief stint as an exotic dancer years before she met Mr. Depp”, nude photos of her and “unsubstantiated allegations” that she had worked as a sex worker.

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“Nude photos of Amber Heard or comments about stripping or escort services would be highly distracting and unfairly harmful as they portray Amber Heard as a sex symbol instead of a human rights activist. women against domestic violence,” Bredehoft wrote.

Heard’s team also fought to keep Heard’s sister out Whitney Henriquez “reality TV video.” None of these “personal matters” were presented at trial.

Amber Heard leaves Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia after Johnny Depp libel trial

Amber Heard leaves Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia after Johnny Depp libel trial
(Win McNamee)

A 965-page motion filed March 28 also revealed raw text messages between Depp and Marilyn Manson that were never shown to the jury.

Depp’s lawyer, Ben Chew, fought hard to exclude any reference to the actor’s friendship with Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, for fear that it would “smear Mr. Depp with a guilty-by-association theory”.

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Manson texted Depp in 2016 that Lindsay Usich “shot an Amber,” in reference to Manson’s now-wife Usich calling the cops on him and claiming he beat her. He described her as “Amber 2.0”.

Depp replied, “I’ve read a LOT of material about this and sociopathic behavior…it’s fucking true bro!! My ex-c—-t is a fucking MANUEL!!!.”

Marilyn Manson and Lindsay Usich attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Marilyn Manson and Lindsay Usich attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
(Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)

Manson was blacklisted in the music industry after several the women accused him of physical, mental and sexual abuse – including his former “Westworld” fiancée, actress Evan Rachel Wood. He sued her for defamation in March.

Although the vulgar texts didn’t come through during the trial, Manson’s name came up several times with the ‘Aquaman’ actress’ team describing her then-husband as a drug addict who had cocaine fits. with the heavy metal rocker.

After the six week trial, the seven-member panel found Heard defamed Depp by writing a Washington Post op-ed referring to herself as a victim of domestic violence and awarded her $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punishment. The judge reduced the amount of punitive damages to $350,000 – the maximum allowed by Virginia law.

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The Jury awarded Heard $2 million in her countersuit, concluding in her favor on a single allegation that Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, defamed her in a statement to the press calling her claims a “hoax”.

Both parties are appealing the verdict.

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