Newly unsealed court papers reveal that Amber Heard had a "brief stint as an exotic dancer," and her ex-husband Johnny Depp did not want his friendship with disgraced rocker Marilyn Manson outed at trial.
After Johnny Depp won his defamation case against Amber Heard with a jury awarding him $10.35 million, Judge Penney Azcarate ordered the release of the secret documents on July 13. The documents were published online over the weekend by legal commentator Andrea Burkhart, who crowd-sourced more than $3,300 to purchase the records.
The court papers detail the behind-the-scenes wrangling on both sides to try to get evidence admitted and kept out of the Fairfax County Circuit trial in Virginia. A March 22 motion outlined Heard’s opposition to Depp’s team’s attempt to present damaging information about her past to the jury.
Heard's lawyer Elaine Bredehoft argued that Depp was trying to introduce "irrelevant personal matters" – including "Amber’s brief stint as an exotic dancer years before she met Mr. Depp," nude pictures of her and "unfounded allegations" that she had worked as a sex worker.
"Nude pictures of Amber Heard or comments about stripping or escort services would be highly distracting and unfairly prejudicial to the extent they portray Amber Heard as a sex symbol instead of a women's rights activist against domestic abuse," Bredehoft wrote.
Heard’s team also fought to keep out Heard's sister Whitney Henriquez's "reality show video." None of these "personal matters" were introduced at trial.
A 965-page motion filed March 28 also revealed crude text messages between Depp and Marilyn Manson that were never presented to the jury.
Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, aggressively fought to exclude any references to the actor's friendship with Manson, whose real names is Brian Warner, out of concern it would "smear Mr. Depp under a guilty by association theory."