Supporting roles steal the show from their boss

After a river testimony, on Tuesday, Johnny Depp gave up his place on the witness stand to those who revolve around him: agent, driver, bodyguard, wealth or property manager… And these minor characters sometimes stole the show from everyone.

Between farce and drama, this week’s trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard focused on the galaxy of professionals surrounding the star and painted a portrait of Hollywood in all its excess. The domestic violence charges against the 36-year-old actress and the 58-year-old star’s denials are at the center of a high-profile defamation lawsuit that has been ongoing in a Washington suburb since April 11.

After a river testimony, on Tuesday, Johnny Depp gave up his place on the witness stand to those who revolve around him: agent, driver, bodyguard, wealth or property manager… And these minor characters sometimes stole the show from everyone.

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The doorman who vapes

Alejandro Romero is a bouncer at a luxury Los Angeles building where the couple lived. Testifying via video link while driving, he affirmed he saw no marks on Amber Heard’s face after the couple’s last argument in May 2016. The actress appeared in court shortly after, apparently bloated, to seek a protection order.

But the porter didn’t want to dwell on his memories. “I’m too stressed, I don’t want to have to get involved anymore,” he said, showing ill will as he puffed on his e-cigarette. Finally, to drive the point home, he started his car.

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“Well, here’s a first, sorry,” Judge Penney Azcarate commented, stunned.

The bodyguard with sculpted replicas

Security guard Malcolm Connolly has worked for Johnny Depp for 23 years. With a distinctive Scottish accent, he was tireless in his support on Thursday, describing an Amber Heard “who wanted to wear the panties” and sparking a row.

When asked about the actor’s alcohol and drug use, he affirmed that the star has “a high tolerance for all substances” and referred to his role in Pirates of the Caribbean: “I think Jack Sparrow was drunker than Johnny…”

Even under the circumstances, he never saw the actor urinate in a hallway, a lawyer for Amber Heard suggested. “I think I would remember if I had seen Mr. Depp’s penis…”

Ms. Heard’s attorneys underscored his financial dependence on the actor and asked him if he received $8,500 in gifts over the years. “He gave me so much more!” Malcolm Connolly replied without batting an eyelid.

Treasury manager’s huge checks

Johnny Depp’s lifestyle, which has owned 45 luxury cars, a yacht and several properties, has regularly made headlines. His “business manager,” Edward White, told Thursday how he tried to reconcile his accounts while paying the costs of a divorce from Amber Heard, which was pronounced in 2017.

“She initially asked for $4 million, but her requests kept increasing,” he said. In the end, Johnny Depp paid her $6.8 million, wrote checks for $200,000 in donations on her behalf, paid half a million to her attorneys, and assumed all of the community’s lifetime debt, a total of $13.5 million.

The shop steward

Christian Carino was an agent and friend of the two actors, but no longer speaks to either of them.

He reported via video that he had unsuccessfully tried to reconcile her and read text messages exchanged with Amber Heard following their divorce. In a post, the Aquaman actress said she was “sad” to have broken up with her new lover, billionaire Elon Musk.

“You didn’t like him and you told me a thousand times you just wanted to plug the hole,” the agent replied, advising him to stop dating “super famous people.”

Christian Carino spoke knowingly: He was once Lady Gaga’s fiancé.

Psychological analysis of costumes

On the first day of the trial, Johnny Depp wore a light gray suit with a black tie decorated with a bee-shaped pattern. Amber Heard wore a gray jacket the next day, and a bee tie the day after.

Leading the charge, Shannon Curry, a psychologist hired by Johnny Depp’s lawyers, thought the actress suffered from a personality disorder that could make her “mimic” her relatives “because it’s comforting.”

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Ms Heard’s lawyers wanted to hear Elon Musk and actor James Franco, another relative of her client. But the two men declined without explaining their reasons.

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