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Amber Heard didn't want Johnny Depp to pay $100 million. She wanted to send a message

Christie D’Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

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Amber Heard isn’t really asking for the $100 million she sued Johnny Depp for. Her lawyer said Friday that they simply asked for that amount to send a message to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star after he asked for half that amount when he sued her for defamation.

That information came Friday in a Virginia courtroom as legal teams for the former spouses registered their closing arguments in their dueling defamation cases.

“Johnny Depp sued for $50 million, and we sent a message back saying, ‘Fine, then we’re gonna sue for $100 million because look what you did to her.’ We’re not asking you to give $100 million,” attorney Elaine Bredehoft told the jury, speaking about compensatory damages. “We’re asking you to just look at the damages in this case and just be fair and reasonable in whatever you determine.”

The case, which kicked off April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, went to the jury Friday afternoon. While Depp’s side has painted the case as being about getting his life and reputation back, Heard’s side has argued that it’s a First Amendment case about the right to tell one’s own story.

Heard attorney Benjamin Rottenborn led off the defendant’s closing arguments by warning the jurors about the message they would be sending to victims of domestic abuse if they found in Depp’s favor.

“If you didn’t take pictures, it didn’t happen. If you did take pictures, they’re fake. If you didn’t tell your friends, you’re lying. If you did tell your friends, they’re part of the hoax. If you didn’t seek medical treatment, you weren’t injured. If you did seek medical treatment, you’re crazy,” Rottenborn said.

 

“If you do everything that you can to help your spouse, the person that you love, rid himself of the crushing drug and alcohol abuse that spins him into an abusive, rage-filled monster, you’re a nag. And if you finally decide enough is enough, you’ve had enough of the fear, enough of the pain and you have to leave to save yourself, you’re a gold digger.”

Rottenborn called the case “victim-blaming at its most disgusting.” He also replayed the notorious video of Depp wandering around a kitchen, slamming cabinet doors, pouring himself a large glass of wine and getting angry when he realized Heard was recording his actions.

“Who does that? Who does that?” Rottenborn asked the jurors. “Imagine watching your husband, the person you love, behaving violently that way. Like a wild animal. That is abuse. That’s abuse.”

Those statements came after Depp’s attorneys argued that he was the actual victim in the relationship.

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