Johnny Depp’s lawyer refused to answer more than 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers in the multimillion-dollar libel trial, despite admitting that he had spoken to the press several times and given information to so-called “internet journalists” about the former partner. .
Adam Waldman, who has worked on and off with Depp’s legal team since October 2016, gave video testimony in February after being subpoenaed by Heard’s legal team.
Waldman is in the center of the aquaman actress’s $100 million countersuit at trial after she called her allegations that she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of Mr. Depp “false” and “a hoax”.
Testimony was repeatedly interrupted by Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, who advised Waldman not to answer several questions, citing “attorney-client privilege” between Waldman and Depp.
In all, he refused to answer at least 75 questions put to him by Ms Heard’s lawyers, including questions about whether he was acting on Depp’s behalf when he gave media interviews about Ms Heard.
Waldman confirmed that he met Depp in October 2016, five months after Heard filed for divorce, and was hired on his legal team.
In the video, played for the jury on Thursday, he confirmed that he had no personal knowledge of the couple or witnessed their interactions when they were together.
Waldman’s refusal to answer dozens of questions put to him in the deposition seems out of character for the lawyer who has spoken to the media on several occasions about the couple’s legal disputes.
They showed a section of Mr. Depp’s to 2018 Rolling Stone interview with Mr. Depp saying: “It was Adam Waldman who first contacted Rolling Stone about writing a story about the injustice being done to Depp’s reputation and the end result. He pointed to what he perceived to be an anti-Depp story in the Hollywood reporter.
Waldman testified that it was not true that he had first contacted the magazine to write an article, saying that it was actually Depp who had done it.
When asked about his comments made in an interview with MailOnline, Mr Waldman said: “I think I said that, yes.”
In the interview, Waldman accused Heard of faking the scene of an alleged domestic violence incident at the home she shared with Depp on May 21, 2016.
The incident occurred two days before Ms. Heard filed for divorce and six days before she filed for a domestic violence restraining order.
“Simply put, this was an ambush, a hoax,” Waldman said in the interview.
In the statement, Waldman said he knew several witnesses who said they hadn’t seen Heard with facial injuries between May 21 and May 27.
“I have seen things that show that their statements are false,” he said.
Waldman admitted that he also provided two recordings to the outlet.
He also told a German network that Ms. Heard was being investigated for perjury by the Los Angeles Police Department, the court heard.
This was wrong. Mr. Waldman testified that the police had told him this information, but it was actually the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department that opened the investigation.
He admitted the investigation was launched after Waldman turned over “an information folder” to the LAPD that he claimed showed Heard had perjured himself.
“The investigation was opened at your request after you gave this folder to the desk officer?” Ms. Heard’s attorney asked.
Waldman said he did not ask for an investigation, but instead “filed a complaint” about what he claimed were perjurious statements made by Ms. Heard and a friend.
He also said he had given information to what he described as “internet journalists,” people on social media who are not affiliated with a media outlet.
He testified that he had been “banned for life” by the platform and had written several letters to Twitter asking why.
Mr. Waldman’s comments accusing Ms. Heard of organizing “a hoax” are at the heart of Ms. Heard’s counterclaim in the defamation trial.
Depp sues his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote washington post where she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The pirates of the Caribbean The actor is not named in the article, which is titled “I have spoken out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
However, Depp claims that it falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser, something he adamantly denies, and has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50 million.
Ms Heard is countersuing for $100 million, accusing Mr Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.
Her defamation countersuit was initially brought over comments by Mr. Waldman in which he accused Ms. Heard of lying about the domestic violence she said she suffered at the hands of Mr. Depp, calling her accusations “untrue”, a ” hoax of sexual violence” and an “ambush”. .
Waldman was reportedly later removed from Depp’s legal team, but is now back working as his attorney.