Celebrity Lawyer Breaks Down Amber Heard’s Inconsistencies
[Source: Good Day LA]
Celebrity lawyer Christopher C. Melcher Breaks Down Amber Heard’s inconsistencies in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial on Good Day LA.
The legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is getting a lot of attention, what’s really going on behind the scenes? A lot of people want to know what is all of this, what does it all mean? You were talking to a top family law attorney this morning Christopher C. Melcher, to break it down.
Johnny Depp is suing her for $50 million, claiming defamation following an op-ed piece Amber Heard wrote about surviving domestic abuse. Depp says it defamed his character even though Heard never mentioned him by name. Heard is counter-suing for 100 million. Okay, so for the latest on this case to kind of catch us up, let’s bring in celebrity divorce lawyer, Christopher Melcher of top family law firm Walzer Melcher LLP.
Amber Heard claimed that Johnny Depp was physically abusive towards her and she lived in fear of him, but yesterday we discovered that she gave him a huge knife as a gift. The knife was displayed to the jury. What does this mean for the case?
Well, it’s one of these jarring inconsistencies. It’s understandable that somebody would give a gift to their mate, but it doesn’t make sense when she claimed that she was living in fear all of this time that she would give a big, scary weapon to him. These are one of the things, and they actually displayed that to the jury because the photo doesn’t do it justice. This is just one of the inconsistencies. And again, one of these little data points doesn’t really mean anything but when you start putting them all together the story just does not hold up.
You know, it’s really sad to me when I keep hearing these audio recordings. A lot of us are hearing them played in court. They’re disturbing to so many. I have so many questions and concerns, why this couple recorded each other the way they did and for how long they recorded each other but, in your opinion, what do these recordings reveal?
Well, it is weird that they were taping each other and, under California law, you need consent of both but they didn’t have that.
And so, these recordings were allowed into evidence and it’s important because that’s people unfiltered in their home speaking not many years later after preparation and putting on a bigger show in court.
What we hear in these recordings is consistently Johnny trying to de-escalate and avoid arguments but Amber wanting to pursue those arguments and saying, “Look, we’re not done. I want to continue arguing with you.” And so, those do not sound like Johnny is the aggressor, it makes it sound like Amber’s the aggressor so it’s very hard for her to explain that.
She tried to but, again, it’s her words, her demeanor, and she was really angry, and somebody who’s scared of somebody wouldn’t be using the really foul language and horrible words that she was using in these tapes towards him.
Let’s talk about evidence. Usually, when you have photographic evidence, that can say a thousand words, right? But people are discounting some of the photos of Amber’s bruise. There seems to be a bit of doubt on the severity and authenticity of her bruises. Can you talk about that?
Well, this is the most difficult part of it because we want to support people who come in and claim abuse and she absolutely came in under oath with photographs showing bruises, and so of course everyone thinks like, “Well, this happened.” But now that Johnny’s team has had the time to go analyze this, there are problems with these photographs. Some of them appear to be manipulated. Also, there are photographs of her one day with a big shiner coming out of court and then the next day nothing on her face and she says, well, she had makeup on the next day.
But the problem is, it’s a high-resolution photo the next day that … I mean, it just doesn’t look like there’s makeup there. Look, anything’s possible but, again, we start putting all these things together and Johnny is showing some inconsistencies.
What is it specifically about this case, this trial, that people just cannot get enough of?
It’s amazing, and I think it’s two celebrities with celebrity divorce drama. Also, why are they doing this to each other? That it’s bad enough to have a breakup, but then to do so publicly and …
Why are we hearing about this? But it’s captivating, all of the details, and I think it hopefully teaches us lessons about how not to handle a breakup.
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