The trial of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp has captured the main headlines of the world’s media and social networks are about to burst with trills for and against the two actors who had a stormy marriage.
Depp sued his ex-wife for a value of 50 million dollars for defamation arising from an article published by her in The Washington Post where she claimed that the legendary “Captain Jack Sparrow” was an abusive husband and had beaten her on different occasions.
One of the debates that is now circulating on social networks is whether Heard could go to jail if the judge finds her guilty of defamation.
However, lawyers consulted by the Fox News media assure that this would be impossible since it is a civil case and not a criminal one and, therefore, he would not have a prison sentence.
“You don’t go to jail as a result of a civil judgment,” attorney George Freeman of the Media Law Resource Center told Fox News.
The only way Heard could go to jail in the state of Virginia, where the case is taking place, is for her to be charged and convicted of perjury, a crime that is criminal but for which she has not been charged. officially charged.
Perjury carries a 10-year prison sentence in this state, but for that, Heard would have to be brought before a felony prosecutor who proves that she lied in court knowing she was under oath, which would prove deliberate deception. before the court.
There is also talk on social networks that Heard could be brought before the Los Angeles Police to investigate why the actress has not delivered the donation she promised from the money she received from the divorce with Depp.
The actress received a sum of 7 million dollars and affirmed that she would donate it to different social causes, something that she has not done because she alleges that the present trial began just when she was going to do it.
However, expert lawyers say that this cannot be proven so easily because it has to be shown that the information she gave is false and would require a tedious investigation.
Johnny Depp was jealous and controlling, says actress Ellen Barkin
Johnny Depp was jealous, controlling and frequently drunk, ex-girlfriend and actress Ellen Barkin said in prerecorded testimony Thursday in the actor’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife. Amber heard.
Barkin, 68, said he had a brief “sexual relationship” with the actor in the 1990s.
Barkin said that during the several months they were together, Depp “was drunk most of the time.”
“He’s a jealous, controlling man: ‘Where are you going? Who are you going with? What did you do last night?’” he added.
“One time he got really mad because he had a scratch on his back and he insisted it was because I had sex with someone other than him,” she said.
Barkin recounted an incident during the filming of the 1998 film “Panic and Madness in Las Vegas” in which Depp “threw a bottle of wine across the hotel room … I don’t know why he threw the bottle ”, although he indicated that he may have had an argument with friends or with his assistant.
Tracey Jacobs, Depp’s former agent who also gave recorded testimony, said the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s reputation began to decline after 2010 due to his “unprofessional behavior.”
Depp’s lawyers allege that his ex-wife’s domestic abuse allegations damaged their client’s reputation, but his former agent maintained that the actor had already begun to decline before that.
Jacobs stated that Depp’s “unprofessional behavior” included drug and alcohol use as well as “consistently being late to set in virtually every movie.”
“The production teams don’t like to wait for hours and hours and hours for the star to appear,” he explained. “It’s a small community and it made people reluctant to come to him towards the end,” she said.
He alleged that Depp was in such “financial desperation” in January 2016 that he went to the agency asking for $20 million. She alleged that she and her associates told him that her firm was “not a bank” even though they helped him obtain a loan through Bank of America.
*With information from AFP