Johnny Depp got legal consultant after seeing her on Making A Murderer
A legal consultant who worked for Johnny Depp on his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard has revealed she was hired after he saw her on Netflix documentary Making A Murderer.
Today, the verdict of the hearing was announced, with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor winning the case and being awarded $15million in damages.
Heard, 36, won one of her three defamation countersuit claims against Depp, 58, and was awarded $2m.
Following the verdict, Kathleen Zellner – who was a case consultant for Depp – recalled how he called her up directly to hire her.
Speaking to the Law & Crime Network following the ruling, Zellner said: ‘He called me and left a voicemail at my office.
‘I didn’t really believe that it was Johnny Depp at all, but it sounded like him and he left the phone number and just said he wanted to talk to me.’
Zellner remarked that in her opinion, the fact that Depp reached out to her demonstrated to her that ‘he was innocent’.
‘It was indicative to me of the fact that he was innocent, because he said, “I saw on Making a Murderer, where you said that you’d be the last person someone would hire if they were guilty, because you would find out about it”,’ she recollected.
‘And I was very struck with that that that’s what motivated him to contact me.’
The legal consultant also stated that his testimony during the trial was ‘not an act’, describing the Hollywood star a ‘very humble and sincere person’.
Depp sued his ex-wife Heard for $50m over an op-ed that she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, about her experiences with domestic violence.
While he was not named in the article, his team argued that it implied he was sexually and physically abusive over the course of their relationship, which he denied.
The Aquaman actress later countersued her ex-husband, seeking $100m in damages and claiming that he libeled her by calling her a liar.
Following the verdict, she expressed how ‘heartbroken’ she felt by the decision of the jury.
‘The disappointment I feel today is beyond words,’ she said in a statement.
‘I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.
‘I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback.’
In his own statement, Depp said: ‘Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed.
‘All in the blink of an eye. False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me.’
He concluded his statement by saying: ‘The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun. Veritas numquam perit. Truth never perishes.’
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