Johnny Depp’s lawyer refused to answer more than 75 questions from Amber Heard’s lawyers in the multimillion-dollar defamation trial, despite admitting that he had repeatedly spoken to the press and given information to so-called “internet journalists.” ” about the ex-partner.
Adam Waldman, who has worked on and off with Depp’s legal team since October 2016, testified on video in February after being subpoenaed by Heard’s legal team.
Waldman is at the center of the actress’ US$100 million countersuit. Aquaman at trial after he called the actress’s allegations that she had suffered domestic abuse at the hands of 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 from Heard’s lawyers, including questions about whether he was acting on Depp’s behalf when he gave media interviews about Heard.
Waldman did confirm 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 the dozens of questions put to him in the deposition appears to be out of character for the attorney, who has spoken to the media on several occasions about the couple’s legal disputes.
He was shown a section of Depp’s interview with rolling stone in 2018 that read: “It was Adam Waldman who first came into contact with rolling stone to write an article about the injustice being done to Depp’s reputation and results. He pointed to what he perceived to be an anti-Depp report on the hollywoodreporter”.
Waldman stated that it was not true that he had been the first to contact the magazine to write an article, saying that it was actually Depp who had done it.
When asked for his comments in an interview with the MailOnlineWaldman replied “I think I said that, yeah.”
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 Heard filed for divorce and six days before she filed for a domestic violence restraining order.
“This was simply an ambush, a deception,” Waldman said in the interview.
In the statement, Waldman noted that he knew of several witnesses who said they had not 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 Heard was being investigated for perjury by the Los Angeles police, according to the court.
This was wrong. Waldman stated that law enforcement had given him that information, but that 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 Los Angeles police that he claimed showed Heard had perjured himself.
“Was the investigation opened at your request after you handed over this folder to the officer?” Heard’s attorney asked.
Waldman replied that he did not ask for an investigation, but instead “filed a complaint” about what he said were perjurious statements by Heard and a friend.
He also said he had given information to what he described as “internet journalists,” meaning people on social media who are not affiliated with a media outlet.
He stated that he had been “banned for life” by the platform and that he had written several letters to Twitter asking why.
Waldman’s comments accusing Heard of staging “a hoax” are at the heart of Heard’s countersuit in the defamation trial.
Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation over an op-ed he wrote in 2018 for Washington Post in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
the actor of Pirates of the Caribbean He is not named in the article, which is titled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This has to change.”
However, Depp claims the article falsely implies he is a domestic abuser – something he adamantly denies – and has made him scramble for roles in Hollywood. He has filed a lawsuit for US$50 million.
Heard, for her part, has filed a countersuit for $100 million, accusing Depp of having orchestrated a “smear campaign” against her and describing her lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
Her defamation countersuit was initially filed over comments by Waldman, who accused Heard of lying about the domestic violence she claimed to have suffered at Depp’s hands, calling her accusations “false,” a “sexual violence hoax,” and a “sexual violence hoax.” ambush”.
Waldman was removed from Depp’s legal team, but now returns to work as his attorney.