FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amber Heard pushed to have particulars of her marriage with fellow actor Johnny Depp included in an op-ed piece that she wrote about home violence, although her attorneys wished these passages faraway from the article, which is now the topic of a libel lawsuit, based on proof launched Thursday on the trial.
Jurors within the libel lawsuit Depp filed in opposition to Heard heard testimony Thursday from Terence Dougherty, basic counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. It was the ACLU that drafted the article below Heard’s identify, reflecting her function as an ACLU ambassador on gender violence points.
Dougherty testified concerning the push-and-pull that occurred between first draft and publication of the op-ed piece in The Washington Post in December 2018 — strategically timed by each the ACLU and Heard to coincide with the discharge of “Aquaman,” a film during which she performed a distinguished function.
Depp sued in Fairfax County Circuit Court after the article was revealed, during which Heard says that “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.” Depp’s attorneys say that’s a transparent reference to abuse allegations she levied in opposition to Depp in 2016 that Depp says are unfaithful.
Dougherty testified that quite a few ACLU attorneys reviewed the article at varied phases, and requested Heard’s attorneys to assessment the piece as properly to make sure it didn’t run afoul of a non-disclosure settlement she had with Depp in reference to the couple’s 2016 divorce.
During these discussions, Heard despatched again an edited model authorised by her attorneys that “specifically neutered much of the copy regarding her marriage,” based on an electronic mail from Jessica Weitz, an ACLU worker who coordinated with Heard.
According to the e-mail, although, Heard was searching for a solution to have a deleted passage restored to the article.
The varied drafts of the articles weren’t proven to the jury so it’s not clear what number of private particulars have been within the first draft and the way a lot Heard’s attorneys had excised.
But the ultimate model incorporates little or no about Heard’s private experiences. It doesn’t point out Depp in any respect. In addition to the passage about “a public figure representing domestic abuse,” in one other passage she writes, “I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”
Much of the article talks about legislative priorities for advocates of home abuse prevention. Other passages check with components of her private life unrelated to Depp.