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First look at Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard documentary

Emma Guinness

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First look at Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard documentary

The first look trailer for the new documentary about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial has just dropped and it looks like a must-watch. Check it out:

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Johnny vs Amber: The US Trial follows the highly publicised court case between the former married couple, as Depp fought to clear his name from accusations of domestic violence.

A synopsis says: "With intimate access to Johnny Depp’s lawyers, legal experts and journalists, the series gives a forensic account of the key evidence and turning points of the case from both sides, allowing viewers to make up their own minds about who to believe."

The riveting trailer takes a look at the testimony of both parties during the trial, which took place in Virginia this summer and ultimately saw Depp emerge victorious.

The documentary features behind-the-scenes moments from the legal battle, including with Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez. Credit: Discovery+
The documentary features behind-the-scenes moments from the legal battle, including with Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez. Credit: Discovery+

We see the court being told of a text from Depp which read: "She's begging for total global humiliation."

It is also claimed that the strongest part of Heard's case was that Depp wasn't always conscious of his own actions due to substance abuse.

"I'm not proud of any of the language that I've used," Depp said in another scene from the court.

Heard later says: "I've received thousands of death threats since this trial started, people mocking my testimony about being assaulted.

"I just want them to leave me alone."

The two-part documentary is airing exclusively on Discovery+ on Tuesday, 20 September.

The dramatic trial came after Depp lost a libel lawsuit in the UK against The Sun newspaper, which described him as a 'wife beater' following Heard's apparent accusations.

Amber Heard leaving the Virginia court in June. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy Stock Photo
Amber Heard leaving the Virginia court in June. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy Stock Photo

After the trial, Heard announced that she would be appealing the verdict via a spokesperson.

"We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment," a spokesperson said. "We are therefore appealing the verdict."

They added: "While we realise today's filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice."

Depp's spokesperson, meanwhile, told Entertainment Weekly of the proposed appeal: "The jury listened to the extensive evidence presented during the six-week trial and came to a clear and unanimous verdict that the defendant herself defamed Mr. Depp in multiple instances.

"We remain confident in our case and that this verdict will stand."

The former couple divorced in 2016. Credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy Stock Photo
The former couple divorced in 2016. Credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

The trial itself centred around an op-ed that Heard wrote for the Washington Post in 2018, where she alleged that she had been a victim of domestic violence.

Despite not naming Depp, he claims he was defamed by the work, which led to him losing multiple acting jobs including his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Heard's spokesperson argued that it is fundamentally a freedom of speech case, stating: "When it comes to protecting the fundamental right of Freedom of Speech, we look at the jury's decision – to paraphrase a famous quote – not 'as the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning'."

Featured Image Credit: Discovery

Topics: Celebrity, TV and Film

Emma Guinness
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