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‘My goal is the truth’ – Johnny Depp tells court he’s never hit a woman

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Actor Johnny Depp has taken the stand in his $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard

The Pirates of the Caribbean star denies any abuse on his ex-wife Amber Heard.

AMBER HEARD

The lawsuit is over an opinion piece Heard wrote for the Washington Post, calling herself a victim of domestic violence.

The closely-watched civil trial, which is taking place in Virginia, is now in its second week.

Heard’s team has portrayed Depp as an abusive partner prone to drug and alcohol binges.

Meanwhile, Depp’s team has presented Heard’s claims of domestic violence as a “hoax”

JOHNNY DEPP

Speaking to the jury, Depp says that he wants to stand up for his family, children and all that matters to him, is the truth.

“I wanted to stand up for my family, my children. My goal is the truth because it killed me that people that I had met over the years would think that I was a fraud. That I had lied to them.”

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He says he never struck any woman in his life and described how people’s attitudes towards him changed after her op-ed was published.

Lawyers for Depp have accused his ex-wife, who is also an actor, of giving the “performance of her life” in her descriptions of alleged abuse.

His lawyer went on to ask him to describe his childhood in Kentucky, and the abuse that he suffered from his mother.

“It’s been six years of trying times – so strange when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and then in 0.6 seconds, you’re Quasimodo,”

DEPP TELLS THE JURY
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The jury has heard evidence presented by the celebrity ex-couple’s former therapist, as well as from medical workers who treated Depp as he was detoxing himself from opiates.

The trial is expected to last at least six weeks, and jurors have so far been presented with duelling accounts of Mr Depp and Ms Heard’s relationship.

Ms Heard is also expected to testify later in the trial.

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Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city

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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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First look – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official portrait together

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Today is a historic milestone for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they have viewed the first official joint portrait of themselves

On a visit to Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, the portrait was unveiled to the future king and queen consort.

The portrait, painted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth, has gone on display at the University of Cambridge.

When William saw the work of art he immediately said ‘It’s quite big’

The artwork of Prince William and Catherine was commissioned last year by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund as a gift to the people of the county.

The artist said he wanted to portray the royal couple as “relaxed and approachable”

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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall reportedly split

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Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and actress Jerry Hall are reportedly getting a divorce

Murdoch and Hall tied the knot at a mansion in central London in 2016.

The divorce would be a fourth for Murdoch, who is aged 91. Hall, 65, was previously married to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

According to The New York Times, the split comes as a surprise to those close who are to the family.

At the time of his marriage, the billionaire said he was “the luckiest and happiest man in world”.

Murdoch owns the News Corporation empire, which controls major media outlets across the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

In 2018, his eldest son Lachlan was named as his successor. Murdoch has also sold most of 21st Century Fox to the Walt Disney Company.

Neither Murdoch nor Hall have commented on the matter.

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