On the heels of their legal victory last week, several news outlets are reporting Amber Heard’s legal team may now have proof Johnny Depp abused other domestic partners. At the moment, this remain unverified.
On Friday, Heard’s attorneys asked the judge to allow them to prove Depp has been violent towards other, past partners. It’s a claim Depp denies and says amounts to her going on a ‘fishing expedition’ to ‘harass’ him. The fact no other women have come forward and claimed abuse by Depp has been an important part in his defense. Nevertheless, rumors have persisted for years about altercations involving Kate Moss, Juliette Lewis, and Winona Ryder.
Heard’s team didn’t name other partners they claim he may have been abusive towards.
“He says he is not a perpetrator of domestic violence. So we have requested documents relating to Mr. Depp’s commission of domestic violence against other romantic partners,’ her lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, said.
Depp’s team protested the request, claiming it to be irrelevant. Depp’s lawyer then claimed that Heard was trying to “taint the jury” and harass the actor. In response, Judge Bruce White questioned why Depp would include his ex-wife’s past statements—as well as the assertion that he has never abused Heard—in the lawsuit if they weren’t relevant to the case. In response, his lawyer argued:
There are many reasons why things are said in complaints. Truthful statements are made. But whether that is a relevant issue for the case to allow open-ended discovery on, is a wholly different matter, Your Honor. Mr. Depp understood that this case is going to be in the public press. And so it’s important for him to say that. But what’s at issue is whether he abused Ms. Heard as she falsely claims.
That statement began an interesting interaction between Depp’s lawyer, Robert Gilmore, and Judge White, who grew increasingly skeptical of Gilmore’s tactics:
Judge White: Say that again. That Mr. Depp put that in his complaint because he knew that this would be in the press and it was important for him to put it in the press?
Gilmore: Mr. Depp —
Judge White: That’s the motivation for that being in the complaint? That’s what you’re saying on the record?
After that apparent admission by Depp’s legal team that his prior denials may have been to protect his public image, the judge immediately sided with Heard and ordered Depp’s medical and arrest record made available. Though Team Depp fought their release, they’ve consistently said Depp has nothing to hide.