howard stern think Johnny Depp was “over the top” while on the stand and questions why his trial, in which the actor is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation, is being broadcast live for the public.
radio personality mentioned on Monday’s installment of SiriusXM the Howard Stern Show that he thinks Depp, 58, is a “narcissist” who wanted the trial televised because narcissists “think they can get away with anything.” the Pirates of the Caribbean Star is suing Heard, 36, for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post about surviving domestic violence, although she never mentioned Depp by name.
“On the scale of narcissism, I think Johnny Depp is a great narcissist – and what I mean by that is he was like, ‘I’m going to put this on TV. And because I am so persuasive and so intelligent, and I ‘I’m such a wonderful guy,'” Stern said, according to The envelope.
Stern added that he felt Depp – who has fans present inside and outside the courtroom – “exaggerated” and “wrote his own material as he went”.
Of the decision to have cameras in the courtroom backfire, Stern said, “But that’s what narcissists do: ‘I’m going to charm America at trial. It’s not going well for you, it’s not going well for her. It’s not going well for anyone. You talk like two children fighting.
During his testimony last week and earlier this week, Depp opened up about growing up in an abusive household, revealed intimate details of his former relationship with Heard and responded to disturbing text messages and audio / video evidence presented to the jury.
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At one point, when Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn asked Depp to read an October 2016 text he had sent to his longtime friend and neighbor Isaac Baruch during cross-examination, Depp l prefaced by saying, “I’ll just say that I am not proud of any of the languages which I used in these tantrums…” He texted about Heard’s “rotten corpse” “decomposing in the f—–g trunk of a Honda Civic.”
Under oath, Depp said, “I myself have never come to the point of hitting Ms. Heard in any way, and I have never hit any woman in my life.” He explained that his “objective” in suing Heard for defamation “is the truth”, adding that he hopes to “clear the record” of the domestic violence allegations made against him by Heard.
One of Depp’s witnesses, their former marriage counselor Dr. Laurel Anderson, previously said that Depp and Heard engaged in “mutual abuse” with each other. Anderson said she also observed “multiple” small bruises on Heard’s face during an in-person meeting.
Heard has yet to testify in the case.
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During opening statements, Heard’s attorney, Rottenborn mentioned evidence will show she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of Depp which “took on many forms”, including physical, emotional, verbal and psychological, as well as “sexual violence at the hands of Depp.” A spokesperson for Depp denies the allegations, calling them “fictitious.”
Heard and Depp married in 2015. They broke up in May 2016, when Heard filed for a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abusing her. Depp denied the allegations and the former couple settled their divorce out of court in August 2016.
Back in November 2020, Depp lost his highly publicized UK libel case against the British tabloid The sun for calling him a “woman beater”. The court upheld the outlet’s claims as “substantially true” and Heard testified to support those claims. In March 2021, his attempt to cancel the decision has been canceled.