Johnny Depp hired one of the lawyers involved in the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer after seeing her on the hit show, it has been revealed.
Kathleen Zellner, who was a case consultant for the actor in his multi-million dollar US defamation suit, said he had called her personally after watching the popular true-crime show.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor sued his former partner, Amber Heard, for defamation following an op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post in 2018, which was found to be defamatory by a US jury on Wednesday.
Speaking to the Law & Crime Network following the verdict, Kathleen said: “He called me and left a voicemail at my office.
She continued: “I didn’t really believe that it was Johnny Depp at all, but it sounded like him and he left the phone number and just said he wanted to talk to me.
“It was indicative to me of the fact that he was innocent, because he said, ‘I saw on Making a Murderer, where you said that you’d be the last person someone would hire if they were guilty, because you would find out about it’.
“And I was very struck with that that that’s what motivated him to contact me.”
Kathleen also praised the actor’s legal team and said his testimony during the case was “not an act” adding that the film star was a “very humble and sincere person”.
Johnny sued his Aquaman ex-wife for $50 million dollars over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post, titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”
The article does not mention him by name, yet his lawyers said it falsely implied he physically and sexually abused Amber while they were together.
Johnny was awarded compensatory damages of $10 million (£8m) and a further $5m (£4m) in punitive damages.
In a separate verdict, Amber was awarded $2m dollars (£1.6m) in damages after her counterclaim against Johnny over comments made by his lawyer Adam Waldman, who allegedly referred to her abuse claims as a “hoax”, was found to be defamatory.
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