After breaking for lunch Monday, jurors in the fiery defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard listened to testimony from two expert witnesses, one of whom claimed Depp faced cancellation by Hollywood after his ex-wife published an op-ed in the Washington Post.
"Right now, the pinnacle of negativity in Hollywood is being accused of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, violence, and what we've seen is, almost immediately, terminations and cancellations," said Hollywood entertainment lawyer Richard Marks.
Marks explained that in his opinion, the entertainment industry is willing to accept diva behavior and drug abuse. However, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, even the accusation of domestic abuse is enough to damage a reputation. According to him, the victim is now afforded the benefit of the doubt.
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"My general opinion is that the op-ed damaged Mr. Depp — created a cancel situation, if you will," he continued, adding that Depp's reputation and ability to get roles were affected.
Marks further speculated about the timing of the op-ed, which was published days ahead of the release of Aquaman, a movie in which Heard starred. According to him, the Hollywood entertainment community didn't believe the timing was entirely coincidental.
Next, Douglas Bania, another expert witness, told the jury that the public likes Depp less and that "they dislike him more" than they had prior to Heard's initial allegations in 2016. These perceptions intensified after the op-ed was published in 2018, he argued.
Bania said he analyzed "Q score" data to measure people's perceptions of the actor at different points in time.
According to him, Depp's reputation "has been damaged."
The final testimony of the day was given by Erin Falati, who answered questions regarding her nursing notes about Depp and Heard.
Multiple photographs that were texted to Falati from Heard, featuring the actress's face with a slightly discolored cheek, were shown. The nurse acknowledged the redness but did not provide any more in-depth analysis of the photo.
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Falati's testimony will continue Tuesday with examination from Depp's counsel. There are reports Heard could also begin testimony that same day.
Miss earlier testimony? You can watch on demand here.