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As the Hollywood trial between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard continues, the evidence so far is suggesting Depp is a victim of domestic abuse

The trial between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard is dominating Hollywood.

In case you’ve missed it, Depp is suing his ex-wife over an op-ed she wrote where she is describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. She has filed a counterclaim for $100 million.

Numerous witnesses have taken to the stand to reveal shocking details of the couple’s turbulent relationship.

Most recently, an employee of Depp’s security team, Travis McGivern revealed Heard punched and spat at Depp.

McGivern was a nine-year veteran of Depp’s security and says he witnessed Heard throw a Red Bull can at Depp. 

“The initial look on his face kind of mirrored mine, kind of a look of shock,”.

“My job is ensure the safety and wellbeing of my clients, and I felt like I hadn’t done that,”

“[Depp] had a nice little shiner”

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Sierra Gillespie, law crime network

During the trial in the Virginia Court, numerous witnesses have testified that Depp was the victim of consistent abuse from Heard, with many witnessing it first hand.

Serveral audio pieces were played of Heard taumenting Depp and verbally abusing him. The audio also proved Heard admitting to hitting Depp.

“I’m sorry that I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap…I was hitting you, I was not punching you.”

amber heard audio tape

Evidence was also shown of Depp’s sliced finger, after a bottle was thrown at him by Heard.

Psychologist Shannon Curry on Depp’s team also came the conclusion after an examintation that Heard suffers from two personality disorders that make it likely for her to be abusive.

“Miss Heard’s evaluation supported two diagnoses: Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder, which seems to be a predictive factor for women who implement violence against their partner.” 

shannon curry, psychologist

While, Amber Heard is yet to take the stand and the trial is not over, so far the evidence suggests Depp was the victim of domestic abuse.

Double standards?

While there are still weeks to go, many witnesses to still testify, so far the evidence suggests that Depp was a victim of abuse.

Estimates show around one in four women and one in nine men are the victims of domestic or family violence.

Heard submitted a photo of her alleged bruised face to the court, but her doctor Erin Falatai isn’t confident it was abuse from Depp.

“I’m not an expert… I mean there’s color on her face in different areas, I don’t know what’s what.”

Heard’s nurse, Erin Falatai

When Heard wrote the op-ed that claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse, it severely impacted Depp’s reputation and acting career.

He lost millions after losing his contract with the Pirates Of The Caribbean 6 because of the allegations. He lost his reputation, with people quick to cancel him, based on allegations that might not even be true?

While, Depp should rightly lose acting gigs if he abused Heard in anyway, shouldn’t it be the same for Heard, given the evidence that she abused Depp?

Hollywood soap opera

The trial is being viewed as a Hollywood Soap Opera, with millions tuning in to watch. It’s being viewed on the front lines of TikTok and other social media platforms, like never before.

Over three million people have now signed a petition to have Heard dropped from Aquaman 2, following allegations of her abuse against Depp.

Some are saying it would be double standards if Heard isn’t dropped. It also begs the question are men treated differently as victims of domestic abuse?

Regardless of who’s at fault here, abuse allegations of any kind should be taken seriously.

Regardless of whether these allegations are true or false, there are people across the world who are suffering from domestic abuse, whether its male or female. So this is a very important case even though its getting alot of attention based on the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s elite.”

Sierra Gillespie, law crime network
Sierra Gillespie, law crime network

The #MeToo movement has created a myriad of positive outlets for victims of assault, but, does that mean every allegation of abuse from a woman is true?

These are all valid questions coming to light as the Depp Vs Heard trial continues.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Trump’s campaign tactic – debase and disgrace the legal process

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Donald Trump, former president of the United States, hated Arraignment Day I in Manhattan two months ago, the first time a former president had been criminally charged. 

Trump was being forced against his will into a proceeding he had utter contempt for.  He was being arrested and fingerprinted and photographed under an indictment under the jurisdiction of Manhattan in New York City for allegations of hush money payments and fraudulent bookkeeping practices to conceal criminal activity. Trump heard the charges read out against him and he entered a plea of not guilty.

Trump had a terrible day. Trump wore a scowl throughout. His countenance was fearsome.  What Trump hated most about his arraignment in New York is that he had to sit at a table with his counsel side by side with him — equal to him — and with the judge above him looking down on him. Trump could not control the discussion and could not interrupt to make his points.

Trump was subordinate to the judge. He was subordinate to no one as president.

Arraignment Day II

Arraignment Day II in Miami will be worse from Trump, even more stressful.  The charges are substantially more serious:  the alleged violation of federal criminal statutes involving the alleged mishandling and illegal possession of classified documents, lying to legal authorities, and obstruction of justice.  Potential penalties run to years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

Trump throughout his business life had always crafted his affairs to avoid being a defendant. But in his term in office, he was caught up in it big time. He was a defendant in two impeachment trials – again, unprecedented events – and left office in disgrace.

But Trump does not feel disgraced. He never does.  Trump does not have a reverse gear.  He never retreats.  Never admits. Never concedes. Never yields.  Trump is never embarrassed. Trump never feels ashamed. When something goes wrong, it is always the fault of someone else.

And Trump never repents.

Trump can feel this way because Trump is waging war on behalf of his armies in “the final battle” for the future of the county. In his first, fiery post-indictment speech in Georgia, Trump said, “They’ve launched one witch hunt after another to try and stop our movement, to thwart the will of the American people.  In the end, they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you … “Either we have a Deep State, or we have a Democracy…Either the Deep State destroys America, or WE destroy the Deep State.”

It is a powerful formulation, and his true believers love it.

Hours later, In North Carolina, Trump mainlined his distilled message for the Republican crowd:

“We are a failing nation. We are a nation in decline. And now these radical left lunatics want to interfere with our elections by using law enforcement.

It’s totally corrupt and we cannot let it happen.

This is the final battle.

With you at my side we will demolish the Deep State.

We will expel the warmongers from our government.

We will drive out the globalists.

We will cast out the communists.

We will throw off the sick political class that hates our country.

We will roll out the fake news media.

We will defeat Joe Bide and we will liberate America from those villains once and for all.”

Any lesser mortal would be staggered by these events.  Any other presidential candidate would be driven from the race.  But not Trump.

Debase and disgrace

Trump is using the same playbook today as he successfully triggered after being charged in New York:  debase and disgrace the legal process by terming it completely political.  Trump said the federal indictment is “election interference at the highest level.”

Almost every other Republican running for president has adopted this line, insulating Trump from pressure to leave the field.

Trump’s chief opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said after these indictments: “The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society. We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation.”

Republican congressperson Nancy Mace: “This is a banana republic. I can’t believe this is happening.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “Democrats are arresting their political enemies. and they work together in their corrupt ways to get it done.”

Trump is using his affliction to raise millions of dollars from his base.

Trump will likely face Arraignment Day III in Georgia in August.  A state prosecutor is expected to charge Trump with criminal interference in the certification of Georgia’s vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

As of now, there is no sign of cracks in Trump’s support among Republican voters.  There is no surge to another candidate.  What remains to be seen is whether Republican voters, as they see Trump spend his days in courtrooms and his evenings at rallies around the country, reach a conclusion that this is a spectacle too far, too much to bear, and that they want to turn to another conservative populist who stands for them in the political trials— and not the criminal trials – of 2024.

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Donald Trump’s legal woes will serve him well

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It’s not often that a U.S. President faces federal indictment, but if it’s going to happen to anyone, it might as well be Donald Trump first.

The news that Donald Trump is facing a federal investigation over the removal of secret documents from the White House in 2021 came as no surprise.

Keen watches of the Washington soap opera have seen this playbook before, albeit in a different form.

There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a Washington outsider. But as seriously damaged as he may be (thanks to the events of January 6), his support base has only grown whenever he faces scrutiny.

For his supporters, his legal woes mirror their own relationship with the government – a giant, unfair beast that picks and chooses its fights.

Trump is accused of storing sensitive documents—including those concerning matters of national security—in boxes, some even in a shower.

The documents were seized last August when investigators from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.

The Department of Justice has historically avoided charging people who are running for public office. Whether they should do that is a debate for another day. But it’s happening now. And it’s making it all too easy for Trump to claim there is a concerted campaign to get him away from the White House.

Trump exposed the deep state. IF they exist, they probably don’t want him back in power. Whether they exist doesn’t matter really, because plenty of Trump’s supporters agree with him, and believe the secret state is working against them. Call it QAnon, call it a conspiracy – it doesn’t matter in a democracy.

The DoJ now has to go all in. Failing to secure a conviction would be a serious embarrassment for the department.

This is the second time Trump has been indicted in recent months, yet the opinion polls show he only increases his popularity among MAGA and Republican voters. It leaves the Republican party in a difficult position. Support their leading candidate or support the law?

As other Republicans rallied around the embattled candidate, Trump held on to his loyal base of supporters.

For the Democrats, and for Biden, another reality will soon sink in – if Trump becomes President, and they lose office next year, how will a Trump-run DoJ deal with them?

Broadly, the tit-for-tat one-up-manship of U.S. politics is breaking tradition and potentially breaking the country.

 

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