Jurors within the ongoing defamation case between actress Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp heard testimony Thursday from Depp’s former expertise agent, a former good friend and his former enterprise supervisor, who described pressure on their relationships with the actor as his alleged substance abuse elevated.

Depp has sued Heard for $50 million, alleging {that a} 2018 op-ed she wrote within the Washington Post defamed him. Depp claims the piece – which didn’t point out him by identity – falsely painted him as an abuser. Heard has countersued Depp for $100 million, saying statements his legal professional made calling her abuse claims a “hoax” had been defamatory.

Tracey Jacobs, who testified in a recorded deposition, mentioned that she represented Depp for 30 years as his expertise agent and mentioned at one level that he was “the largest star on the earth.” Jacobs mentioned Depp terminated her across the similar time he parted methods with different enterprise associates in his life.

Jacobs testified that she was sincere with Depp that displaying up late persistently to units and his conduct, together with drug and alcohol use, was hurting his profession. She testified that Depp repeatedly had to make use of an earpiece on set to be fed his traces.

“His star had dimmed resulting from it getting more durable to get him jobs given the repute that he’d acquired resulting from his lateness and different issues,” Jacobs testified. “People had been speaking and the query was on the market about his conduct.”

As a part of his swimsuit, Depp has claimed that Heard’s op-ed triggered him to lose out on work, together with tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} he mentioned he was to be paid for the sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, that he was finally will likely not be a part of. Jacobs additionally testified that she couldn’t recall that Disney dedicated to having Depp in the movie.

Jacobs testified that, at one level, Depp was in a state of “monetary desperation” and requested the company to offer him $20 million.

Jurors additionally heard a recorded deposition from Depp’s former enterprise supervisor Joel Mandel, who Depp parted methods within 2016 and whose firm Depp sued in 2017, accusing it of mismanaging his earnings. The lawsuit was settled in 2018.

Mandel testified that around 2010 it turned more durable to work with Depp resulting from a seemingly each day use of gear.

“What I had all the time skilled as somebody who favoured to take pleasure in his wine on the finish of the day turned consumption that appeared extreme,” Mandel testified. “The means to coordinate and discover instances when he would meet turned tougher. It turned clear over time that there have been points with alcohol and medicines. And that translated into extra erratic conduct, extra disturbing conduct, extra instances when it was tough to interact within the sorts of dialogue I wanted to do my job.”

Mandel mentioned he started very repeatedly expressing his consideration over Depp’s “very dire monetary circumstances” in 2015 and mentioned that whereas Depp’s revenue was very important, so was his spending. He mentioned at one level Depp paid $300,000 a month to workers.

Heard’s authorized staff has pointed to the truth that several of Depp’s paid workers testified as a part of his case in opposition to her and has accused them of siding with Depp as a result of the pays.

One formepayod friend of Depp, Bruce Witkin, testified in a recorded deposition that Depp stopped talking with him 4 years in the past after testimony Witkin gave in a lawsuit. He testified that he’d seen each Heard and Depp with accidents however has by no means witnessed bodily altercations between them. Witkin mentioned he talked to Depp about his substance abuse and mentioned that the individuals who laboured around him weren’t all the time prepared to talk up about it.

“As I mentioned, individuals on payroll gained’t say a lot. They’ll strive, however they don’t need to lose their job. I’m not saying all of them fall into that class, however, it’s a weird factor around individuals like him. Everybody desires one thing,” Witkin mentioned.

Heard completed her testimony earlier this week.

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