Gina Deuters, who’s married to a member of Depp’s employees and is herself an in depth pal of the actor’s, gave testimony on Thursday (14 April) on the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
She answered questions on Depp’s medicine and alcohol use, telling the court docket she had seen him use weed and cocaine sometimes, and that she had seen him drink alcohol. Deuters testified that she had by no means seen Depp be violent or indignant after utilizing any substances or consuming alcohol.
At one level throughout her testimony, Heard’s authorized group requested for permission to strategy Choose Penney Azcarate. The choose conferred with the attorneys, then despatched the jury out for a short recess.
Choose Azcarate then requested Deuters: “Have you ever been watching the trial this previous week?”
Deuters replied: “I’ve seen clips of it on-line, sure.”
The choose then confirmed that Deuters had watched clips of witness testimony, after which she instructed Deuters she was excused.
Deuters then needed to depart the court docket, and Choose Azcarate stated she would instruct the jury to strike Deuters’s testimony.
Depp has sued Heard for alleged defamation over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 for The Washington Publish. Heard has filed a countersuit accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear marketing campaign” in opposition to her and describing his personal lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
The trial began on Monday (11 April) with jury choice and is anticipated to final a complete of six weeks.