Amber had more evidence than most victims to support her claims of abuse, but unfortunately, a significant portion of it was excluded from the trial. However, two months after the verdict, thousands of pages of previously sealed documents were released. These documents included notes from several therapists spanning several years, which corroborated Amber's claim that she had been a victim of abuse for a long time.
The documents also showed that Johnny Depp's legal team selectively played only certain parts of the audio recordings during the trial and that his attorney Camille Vasquez requested the judge not allow the jurors to hear them in their entirety during jury deliberation. The unsealed documents contained full transcripts of some of these recordings, providing a more comprehensive picture of the situation and revealing the manipulative nature of Depp's legal team and their tactics to undermine Amber Heard's credibility. The reason they were able to transcribe the full conversation despite the fact that Depp didn't turn over the complete recording was because Adam Waldman leaked them online to the Daily Mail and ThatBrianFella. Unfortunately Judge Azcarate refused to allow Amber's team to present the transcripts because they were transcribed from the leaked recording and not the original file.
Clip from a French documentary about ThatBrianFella manipulating audio. The Youtube upload has English subtitles.
Yet another crucial piece of evidence excluded were text messages sent by Johnny's assistant, Stephen Deuters. These messages were sent after an incident on a flight from Boston to LA, where a drunk and high Johnny kicked Amber in the back, knocking her to the floor. In the texts, Deuters tells Amber "when I told him he kicked you he cried." Amber counters that this wasn't the first time something like this had happened, listing several other trips where similar incidents occurred, which Deuters acknowledges. Judge Azcarate excluded these text messages, despite the fact that Deuters admitted to sending them during his testimony in the UK trial, because the originals weren't produced.
Although Johnny's declining reputation wasn't entirely excluded from the trial, it was downplayed by his lawyers and by the judges pre-trial rulings on what evidence to allow. To succeed in his lawsuit, he needed to prove that her op-ed caused him damages. However, this argument is undermined by the fact that he had already sued The Sun for damaging his career months before the op-ed was published and Judge Azcarate prevented Amber's team from informing the jury that Depp lost in the UK. The jury was allowed to hear the headline of an article about Johnny being fired from Fantastic Beasts, but Amber's team was not permitted to mention that he only lost the role because of the verdict in the UK, which found him responsible for 12 out of 14 incidents of abuse. This created the impression that Amber's accusations alone were responsible for Johnny's declining career.
Tracey Jacobs, Johnny Depp's former agent, was a witness who could testify to the fact that Depp's career had been declining for years prior to his relationship with Amber Heard due to his substance abuse and poor behavior. Amber's legal team requested a transcript of Jacobs' deposition from a different lawsuit in order to prepare their defense, but Depp's lawyers intentionally waited until the day of the new deposition to provide it. After the deposition had already begun, Depp's office emailed the old deposition to the wrong paralegal in a password-protected file that she did not have access to. It was also unmarked and buried among other files. This was clearly done intentionally to prevent Amber from building a proper defense against Depp's claims that her accusations damaged his career and reputation.
In another bizarre and inconsistent ruling from the Judge, the treatment notes of Dr. Bonnie Jacobs and Dr Amy Banks were excluded despite the fact that they should have fallen into the hearsay exception for medical records. They were never called as witnesses due to this fact as there was nothing available to Amber's team to corroborate their testimony. Keeping with the largely prejudicial and inconsistent rulings against Amber, the treatment notes from Depp's providers, were largely allowed except often to the extent that they corroborated Amber's abuse claims. This was evidenced by the unsealed notes and texts from Erin Falati showing Falati was aware of abuse but her testimony was greatly limited. For some reason Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Banks notes were both excluded and with their now unsealed treatment records it shows Amber was reporting the physical and sexual assaults for years and that her story has always remained consistent.
Dr. Kipper was Depp's concierge physician who, like most people in Depp's life, was at his beck and call 24/7. Dr. Kipper used many treatment protocols that weren't legal, he claimed he was unable to provide Depp's drug history due to a building flood he has no proof of, and he was sued by Ozzy Osborne for his unethical practices. Depp has also paid him millions of dollars for his services.
Nurse Erin Falati/Boerum was hired to be Amber's personal nurse. At trial she testified to seeing Amber's injuries from the December 2015 incident in person. She was the one who suggested Amber see Monroe Tinker for an examination due to her having headaches for 2 days after the assault in which Depp split her lip, ripped out her hair, smothered her, punched her in the back of the head, and headbutted; her leaving her with two black eyes. Falati's full treatments notes were unsealed as well as personal text messages wherein Amber and her discuss the assault from December 2015 and the final assault in May 2016 where Depp threw a phone at her face. Erin Falati took consistent notes after every interaction with Amber yet in May 2016 after the phone throwing incident she had none. Even when Amber had texted her that night with pictures of her red and swollen face she never documented it. When it came time to testify and she was asked about the pictures she claimed she wasn't an expert and wasn't sure what the pictures were showing. Perhaps the fact that after the divorce she became Depp's nurse might explain the missing notes and inability to recognize redness and swelling of a facial injury. Even so, she still testified to seeing prior injuries on Amber which the jury ignored.
Dr. Cowan was a clinical psychologist recommended by Dr.Kipper and was one of the many people whom Amber reported the abuse to, including the assault in December 2015. Depp's team objected to his testimony and treatment notes as hearsay and the court sustained the objections. Again another inconsistent and unfair ruling that impacted Amber's ability to defend herself.
Dr. Blaustein was Depp's personal psychiatrist and Depp self reported to him that he used to cut and burn himself and the judge allowed this portion of the testimony to be excluded as hearsay. Again another prejudicial and inconsistent ruling when it came to treatment notes between Depp and Amber. A large majority of things that would be deemed harmful to Depp were excluded. Depp accused Amber of putting cigarettes out on him despite the fact that she doesn't smoke. Blaustein's full deposition showed Depp had a pattern of self mutilation, including burning himself with cigarettes, since childhood. There's an audio of Amber and Depp after the divorce filing where he's holding a knife to his skin and threatening to cut himself or insisting she cut him.
Dr. Anderson testified that Amber had reported to her that Johnny had slapped her, hit her in the head, kicked her in the leg, and pulled her by the hair leaving her with bruises. The judge excluded this part of the testimony yet included the portion of testimony when Dr. Anderson repeated Depp's words that "Amber gave as good as she got". Another example of inconsistent and prejudicial rulings on evidence. Amber has never denied that she hit Depp but her doing so was only after years of sustained abuse and largely in self defense. Dr. Anderson was allowed to testify that in her opinion it was mutual but not about the beatings Depp gave her. It's extremely suspicious that during joint sessions Depp was wholly uncooperative but immediately after Amber filed the TRO he scheduled a solo visit where he reported Amber gave as good as she got. This was no doubt an attempt to do damage control on the impending accusations to make it appear as if the abuse was equal. Even still, she testified that she saw bruises in photos and in person on Amber which the jury ignored.
Debbie Lloyd was Depp's personal nurse. In her testimony she claims she doesn't remember any physical violence. In fact she remembers almost nothing at all despite treatment notes and countless text messages read back to her. Texts between her and Depp's assistant confirms that things got physical the night Depp went after her on the staircase and she punched him to protect her sister but when questioned she didn't remember. These texts confirm she did witness violence and that Depp's security guard Travis McGivern was lying when he said only Amber was violent. The texts were excluded from trial. Even still she testified to seeing injuries on Amber which the jury ignored.
Melanie was Amber's makeup artist and friend. She was there the night of the December 2015 incident and saw her shortly after the May 2016 phone incident. The unsealed documents revealed just how much personal knowledge she had about the abuse. The court blocked testimony where she recalls telling Amber to stay strong and not go back to Depp because he would end up killing her, or at least stealing her youth and killing her spirit. She testified that she spoke to witness Samantha McMillen, who helped do Amber's hair the day after the December 2015 incident. Melanie confronted her about how her description of Amber's appearance could differ so greatly from hers and how she knows what she saw. She saw Amber's injuries to her face and her missing hair. They styled her hair specifically to cover up the chunk that was ripped out. She also talks about how one of Amber's former friends, Amanda De Cadenet, gave her Adam Waldman's phone number, but she never reached out.
De Cadenet is Amber's former friend and confidant during her relationship with Depp. They were so close that Amanda had a key to Amber's penthouse for emergencies. Amber saw her just after the May 2016 incident at a birthday party. Amber wanted to cancel due to the bruises but didn't want to disappoint her. In the photos of the party, you can see that Amber took great care to keep her hair over her right eye to cover up the marks. Texts show Amber apologizing the day after for bringing her drama to the party. De Cadenet suggested using a special cream to help with the bruising, so she was a firsthand witness to Amber's injuries. She told Amber to send photos of her injuries to her and her friends to keep a record of them, saying she had been in a similar position. De Cadenet was set to testify on Amber's behalf until right before the UK trial when she claims she heard the audios and dropped out. We now know that De Cadenet had been in personal contact with Adam Waldman.
Amber's strategically placing her hair over her eye to cover bruising.
Another photo from the party where you can see bruising.
De Cadenet confirming Amber was hiding facial injuries at her party.
Text's between Amber and De Cadenet directly after the party confirming her injuries and that something had happened.
During the trial there was a rumor floating around claiming Amber had murdered her best friend in a car accident. It was one of many unsubstantiated claims used to paint her as an awful person to the public. When the unsealed docs were released they showed that it was actually Depp's team who had brought up this claim with zero evidence or cause for thinking it. Amber had nothing to do with the car accident that killed her best friend in high school yet they grilled Amber's sister Whitney during her deposition trying to make a case for it. This was a particularly evil tactic and considering this information was in a sealed deposition we can make an educated guess as to where the rumor started online.
Among the unsealed documents was a letter from Amber's divorce attorney commending her for being true to her word that she wasn't after Depp's money. The letter debunked the narrative that Amber was merely a gold digger out for his wealth, as it revealed she turned down her right to half the profits he made during the year they were married. Depp filmed Pirates of the Caribbean 5 during that year, and under California law, she was entitled to half of the earnings from that film regardless of any other circumstances, such as accusations of abuse. A forensic accountant for Amber's attorney estimated that she was potentially turning down over $20 million dollars by declining this right.
Instead, Amber settled for $7 million, and she pledged all of it to charity. The judge excluded the letter, stating that the issue of the divorce wasn't relevant. The judge did however allow the issue of Amber not donating the full $7 million which came from the divorce to be scrutinized, despite the fact that she had been paying in installments up until Depp sued her in 2019. Depp knew this, as his attorney sent a check from his account on Amber's behalf on the day the divorce was finalized. Amber was even ahead of the outlined payment schedule.
After the lawsuit in the UK, in which Amber was a witness, and the lawsuit against her specifically in Virginia, she put the payments on hold because of the legal expenses she was incurring at that time. However, according to the ACLU, Amber made her last payment in December 2018, and she was still on the donor roll for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 2017 and 2018. It's worth noting that Depp's continued litigation against her cost her millions of dollars.
In the unsealed medical notes from her therapist, Bonnie Jacobs, she confessed that she thought Depp was trying to intentionally bankrupt her as punishment.
Letter from Amber's divorce attorney
Letter from Depp's attorney confirming that the charity donations would be paid in installments. In a continued effort to assert control over her, he violated the court order by not giving her the money directly. He then used the fact that she hadn't donated everything in a lump sum to discredit her even though she received the divorce money in installments as well.
Letter from Amber's divorce attorney saying that if Depp wants to donate directly on her behalf then she was fine with it as long as he doesn't use it to his own benefit by collecting the tax benefits, essentially recouping it all. Most large donations are done in installments due to tax implications for the donor and the charity as well.
An unsent email Amber wrote to Johnny. This email coincides with Depp sending the burn and rape texts to Paul Bettany.
Depp admitted in the UK trial that he sent the burn and rape texts out of anger that Amber was insisting he give up drugs and drinking.