Elon Musk has finally addressed the infamous trial.
Elon Musk has finally addressed the infamous defamation trial going on between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard at Fairfax County Court, Virginia. Both the legal teams rested their cases on Friday with strong and impactful closing arguments, and the trial is currently in deliberation with the jury picking up things on Tuesday to decide the verdict.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, has been mentioned throughout the trial along with actor James Franco in their connection with Amber Heard. Elon Musk was linked to Amber Heard and the two of them dated for several months right after Johnny Depp and Amber Heard announced their split, and was being named as a potential witness for Amber Heard but eventually did not testify.
Elon Musk took to his social media to share just a few hours after the hearing at the Fairfax County Court, Virginia ended on Friday about what he thinks about the two of them and the ongoing defamation trial. He wrote that he hopes that both of them move on and wished them the best and added that both of them are incredible.
Elon Musk responded to a tweet from Lex Fridman, an MIT research scientist and podcaster, who listed the main takeaways from the trial as fame is a powerful drug for some people, psychiatrists and lawyers have varying levels of skill, lying to millions of people is something humans are capable of, love can be messy, and finally, a mega pint of wine. Elon Musk did not react too much or say too much about the trial except for the fact that he wished both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard would be able to move on after the verdict was announced.
Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard for defaming him in an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018 where she described herself as a survivor of domestic violence and abuse. Although Amber Heard did not name Johnny Depp in the op-ed, she used a couple of sentences and a paragraph which, according to Johnny Depp, easily points out that she was trying to talk about him especially after the fact that she obtained a restraining order against him in 2016.
Amber Heard countersued Johnny Depp over the statements made by Adam Waldman (Johnny Depp’s attorney) for defaming her. Both the actors have detailed the physical violence and abuse they endured during their relationship, although both of them have denied the accusations.
During the trial, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s former agent, Christian Carino, testified for Johnny Depp, who mentioned in a pre-taped deposition that after Amber Heard obtained a restraining order against Johnny Depp in 2016, she had asked Christian to set up a meeting with Johnny Depp and he assumed that she’d want to reconcile with him, but he was soon made aware that she had spent time together with Elon Musk.
The creative agent also mentioned an email exchange between him and Amber Heard in August 2017 in which the actress mentioned that she was going through a breakup and added that she hates it when things go public. Christian Carino stated that he thought that Amber Heard was talking about her breakup with Elon Musk, and he replied, saying that she was not in love with him and she had mentioned that to him as well, telling him that she was just filling up the space after she split up with Johnny Depp. Christian Carino later mentioned that he was not aware to whom she was referring.
Candie Davidson-Goldbronn, a representative of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, claimed in a pre-recorded deposition on Tuesday that the charity only ever got $250,000 directly from Amber Heard, plus a $100,000 payment made by Johnny Depp's money manager as part of her divorce settlement. A representative of the American Civil Liberties Union also mentioned that the organization had received a donation of $350,000 under Amber Heard’s name from an account that they believe is to be associated with Elon Musk.
Amber Heard testified that she fully intended to pay the agreed money to the two organizations over time in installments, but she was forced to halt payments when Johnny Depp sued her in 2019.