In a defamation claim involving actor and former wife Amber Heard, actor Johnny Depp was granted $10.35 million on Wednesday. The panel in the Fairfax County Court in Virginia voted in Depp’s benefit on all three counts, concluding that Heard not only fabricated false and misleading comments but also did so with deliberate malice. Although Depp won the lawsuit, Heard was also granted $2 million when the court determined that Depp’s former counsel had previously defamed her. Now, just when you thought it was all done, new allegations and updates about Amber Heard’s testimony have surfaced, by her own personal assistant. The following are the specifics:
What Amber Heard’s personal assistant said:
Amber Heard’s previous personal secretary, Kate James, has slammed the star for copying her personal experience of sexual assault and turning it into a new narrative. James revealed that she was a victim of sexual assault in Brazil while she was in her 20s and that the ordeal has tormented her since then. She did not specify which elements of Heard’s statements she believed were stolen from her personal history. According to her, she first realized the link in June when she received court records relating to the case. “I’m a sexual violence survivor and that’s very, very serious to take that stance if you are not one and I am one,” she told the court. “That’s the reason I’m here because I take offense,” she said.
What exactly happened to Kate James:
Kate James testified in Depp’s defamation lawsuit in London’s High Court that her old boss called her in 2013 so she could question her about experiencing a six-hour rape while on a vacation. “Ms. Heard referred to a conversation we had about me being violently raped at machete point in Brazil and she used it as her own story,” James told the court Wednesday. “She referred directly to a violent rape that occurred to me 26 years ago”.
James revealed how she barely escaped her death during the incident when she was 26 in a testimony acquired by the Daily Mail. “This attack went on for 5-6 hours and I narrowly escaped with my life. This tortuous experience of such extreme sexual violence has haunted me ever since,” she wrote in the filing, according to the Mail.
What else did James Kate reveal about Amber Heard:
James testified through a video conference from Los Angeles, revealing she was employed at Heard’s for three years until being sacked in 2015. “She was probably the least-known person I have ever worked with in Hollywood, to be honest,” she informed the court while adding that she now works for one of Hollywood’s nicest men. James further informed the jury about how the Justice League actress would consume a lot of wine and then send nonsensical and hostile messages every day between 2 and 4 in the morning.