Part of the team. Amber Heard has several lawyers working for her in the Johnny Depp defamation trial, including Virginia-based attorney Elaine Charlson Bredehoft.
The Minnesota native made headlines in May 2022 when she imitated the Oscar nominee while questioning her client on the stand. While recalling a tape played by Depp’s legal team earlier in the trial, Bredehoft briefly dropped her voice to a lower register to repeat the line, “You will not see my eyes again.”
The unexpected impression, which drew a laugh from the Pirates of the Caribbean star, quickly went viral as one of the lighter moments in an otherwise grim trial. Depp, who was married to Heard from 2015 to 2017, is suing the Aquaman actress for defamation based on a 2018 op-ed she wrote in which she claimed she was a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Heard never mentioned her ex-husband by name in the Washington Post article, but Depp claims her essay has negatively impacted his career and life. In November 2020, the Edward Scissorhands star revealed that he was asked to resign from the Fantastic Beasts series, and he has also alleged that his ex-wife’s claims caused Disney to hold off on producing a sixth Pirates movie.
During her testimony in May 2022, Heard denied that her op-ed was about her former spouse. “It’s not about Johnny. The only person who thinks it is about Johnny is Johnny. It’s about me and what happened to me,” the Magic Mike XXL star said.
In addition to Bredehoft, Heard’s legal team includes Benjamin Rottenborn, who is the lead attorney on the case, and Adam Nadelhaft. The group has faced ridicule on social media from Depp fans who have accused Heard of lying about her claims that her ex-husband abused her during their marriage.
TikTok user @Leilanidani has pointed out that Rottenborn’s firm, Woods Rogers, has been receiving negative online reviews in the wake of the trial, seemingly from people who have not employed the firm in a legal capacity. Other pro-Depp TikTok users have accused Heard’s legal team of incompetence or attempting to intentionally “throw” the trial.
When she took the stand for the first time in early May 2022, Heard reiterated her claims that Depp was abusive to her during their relationship. “I struggle to find the words on how painful this is,” she told the court. “This is horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything here with people that I knew — some well, some not. This is the most painful and difficult thing I’ve ever gone through for sure.”
The 21 Jump Street alum, for his part, has emphatically denied Heard’s accusations of abuse. “Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” he argued in April 2022.
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