Johnny Depp’s lawyers have slammed Amber Heard’s legal team for wanting to bring up the actor’s alleged erectile dysfunction during their defamation lawsuit – calling the attempt ‘pure harassment’, according to recently unsealed court documents .
“Ms. Heard wants a circus and clearly intends to lead this trial through a number of unnecessarily salacious rabbit holes, including and especially with respect to Mr. Depp’s medical history,” wrote the lawyers for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star in a motion filed under seal on March 22.
“As if to prove that she intended to take the low road at trial, Ms. Heard included in her answers to questioning that Mr. Depp was ‘taking erectile dysfunction medication’ and suggested that this might somehow be a motivation for abuse,” confidential filing states.
The lawyers went so far as to call the “tactics” of Heard’s lawyers “nothing more than pure harassment” in the document obtained by The Post.
In a 965-page motion filed days later, Heard’s attorneys pushed back, explaining why they thought it was important for the jury to hear about Depp’s alleged medical condition.
“Although Mr. Depp prefers not to disclose his erectile dysfunction status, such a condition is absolutely relevant to sexual violence, including Mr. Depp’s anger and the use of a bottle to rape Amber Heard,” they wrote. wrote the “Aquaman” star’s attorneys in a citation. to her allegation that Depp, 59, sexually assaulted her with a bottle.
“Mr. Depp’s erectile dysfunction makes it more likely that Mr. Depp will be angry or agitated during encounters with Amber Heard, and resort to bottling,” the document, filed March 28 in Fairfax court, reads. , Virginia, also under seal.
Lawyers wanted to include Depp’s prescription for Cialis, a common treatment for erectile dysfunction, at trial, according to the filing. These allegations were ultimately excluded from the proceedings.
Heard, 36, burst into tears on the stand in May as she recounted the alleged assault, claiming Depp threatened to ‘cut’ her face with a bottle – then insert it inside her during a ‘a fight.
“I didn’t know if the bottle he had in me was broken,” she said, holding back tears. “I couldn’t feel it. I couldn’t feel anything.
The nightmare reportedly unfolded in March 2015 while the then-married couple were staying in Australia, where Depp was filming the fifth installment in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film franchise.
The court documents also include previously sealed testimony from Heard given during a deposition, in which she alleged that Depp would force himself on her in a rage when he could not “fully perform” sexually.
“He wouldn’t be able to get an erection and get mad at me,” she testified. “I call it ‘angry sex’ which Johnny couldn’t fully accomplish. He was throwing me on the bed, he did it multiple times, and he was forcing himself on me in anger.
The actress said it would cause her then-partner to “blame me for her impotence.”
Depp’s team said they had no comment on the newly unsealed documents. Heard’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment.
The jury awarded Depp $10.35 million for claiming he was defamed by an opinion piece in which Heard made allegations of domestic violence.
She was awarded $2 million for her claims that Depp’s attorney made false and damaging comments about her.
Both parties are appealing the verdict.