Actress Amber Heard has sacked her PR team just days before testifying in her court battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp, who is suing her for defamation.
The actress is so unhappy with the bad press she has received during the trial that she ditched her original PR firm, Precision Strategies, on Thursday, CNN reports.
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After Depp’s week-long testimony exposed some of the uglier details of the former couple’s volatile relationshipHeard is set to give her side of the story in the Fairfax, Virginia courtroom this week.
Depp is suing Heard for defamation after the actress wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post in 2018 describing herself as a victim of domestic violence.
Although she did not name Depp, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor claims the inference that she was alluding to their relationship cost him lucrative film roles.
A source told The New York Post that Heard was frustrated with the “bad headlines” and was worried that her story was “not being told effectively.”
Heard has now employed Shine Communications as her replacement PR team, CNN reports.
The PR team worked against Depp in his failed 2017 lawsuit against his former business managers, The Management Group.
PR experts said Heard’s team had an “uphill battle” and that it was “crazy” for her to switch public relations teams mid-trial.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for US $ 50 million (AUD $ 71 million).
The actor filed a similar lawsuit in the UK against The Sun tabloid, in which he was referred to as a “wife-beater,” but lost the case.
The pair met in 2009 and were married from 2015-2016.
They have since accused each other of acts of physical violence during their relationship, and each has denied the other’s claims.
With Heard due to take the stand soon, here’s what’s been revealed in the trial so far.
Depp says he’s a victim of domestic abuse
Jessica Meyers, Depp’s attorney, played a 2016 recording of a conversation between the former couple in which Heard expressed concern about regaining her reputation after press reports of abuse in their relationship.
“What did you say in response when Ms. Heard said, ‘Tell the world, Johnny. Tell them, Johnny Depp, I, Johnny Depp, a man, I’m a victim, too, of domestic violence ‘? ” Meyers asked Depp.
‘I said,’ Yes. I am, ‘” Depp responded.
Depp’s former agent
In a taped deposition played for the court, Depp’s former agent, Christian Carino, testified that he believes accusations of domestic violence made by Heard against Depp cost the actor future Pirates of the Caribbean films.
“My opinion is that Amber’s accusations would have had the most dramatic impact on his off-screen reputation. I’m not talking about any one specific accusation, ”Carino said.
Carino began representing Depp in October 2016, and at one point represented Depp and Heard at the same time.
An attorney for Heard pressed Carino on other issues Depp may have had while working on previous Pirates films.
“I’m aware of him being tardy but he’s been tardy on everything his entire life,” Carino said.
“I think it’s troublesome to everybody, but everyone has learned how to produce a film to deal with it.”
The trial, which started on April 11, is expected to last six weeks.
– with CNN
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