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Johnny Depp’s lawyers Paint Damning Portrait Of Amber Heard In closing Arguments: ‘The Lies Have Grown’



This combination of two separate photos shows actor Johnny Depp, left, and Amber Heard in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va.

Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez asked the jury in a Virginia courtroom Friday “to give him his life back” by finding his ex-wife, Amber Heard, guilty of libel.

Jurors began deliberations on the defamation claims from the former spouses following six weeks of graphic testimony and photographic evidence that revealed the sordid details behind the onetime couple’s tumultuous relationship.

The trial is ending exactly six years to the day that Heard tipped off TMZ, “got a restraining order and ruined his life,” Vasquez told the jury in closing arguments.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million in Virginia’s Fairfax County over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although the article didn’t mention him by name, Depp claimed it was inferred that he was the abuser and he lost acting work, including a proposed sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, because of the allegation.

Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim against Depp after his lawyer Adam Waldman called her accusations an “abuse hoax.”

When he took the stand last month, Depp was forced to admit his past drug abuse, but he alleged that Heard abused him throughout their five-year relationship and severed the tip of his finger during a 2015 fight in Australia.

“She has a need for violence. It erupts out of nowhere,” Depp said.

Over the course of six weeks, jurors heard recordings of the former couple’s nasty arguments and heard how their relationship eventually ended after poop was discovered in the couple’s marital bed.

Depp told the court that the feces was left by Heard or one of her friends, but she maintained it came from one of their dogs after they consumed his marijuana. Starling Jenkins, a security guard who worked for Depp, said that Heard admitted to him it was “a horrible practical joke,” which she denied.

“There is an abuser in this courtroom, but it is not Mr. Depp,” Vasquez said, noting that Heard’s pattern of behaviour during their relationship was “violent, abusive and cruel.”

As she addressed the jury, Vasquez methodically picked apart pieces of Heard’s testimony and played audio from some of their disputes.

“I’m sorry I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap,” the Aquaman star was heard saying. “I was hitting you, but I wasn’t punching you. Babe, you’re not punched.”

“Imagine that was Mr. Depp saying that to Ms. Heard on that recording?” Vasquez questioned.

Jurors were reminded how security guards had seen him at points with a swollen eyelid and various bruises and scratches. Elsewhere, Vasquez read how Heard had referred to her then-partner as a “washed up” a “f—ing c—” and a “deadbeat dad.”

“She took the low blows and hit him where it hurt,” Vasquez said. “Ms. Heard spat at him and left him with a shiner.”

Recounting Heard’s violent allegations, including one in which she said Depp assaulted her with a bottle that left her bleeding, Vasquez carefully outlined how the actress was photographed at various public events, including an appearance on James Corden’s late-night show, with no visible signs of injury and no medical report that documented bodily trauma of any kind.

Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez gives closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Friday, May 27, 2022.Photo by Steve Helber /Associated Press

Photos entered into evidence by Heard’s legal team purporting to show bruises, she stressed, appeared to have been manipulated.

“Either you believe that she was assaulted with a bottle or she was a woman who was willing to say anything,” Vasquez said.

She also reminded the court that LAPD officers testified in April that when they visited the couple’s condo after a fight in 2016 that they did not notice any visible injuries on Heard and did not identify her as a victim of domestic abuse.

Other members of Depp’s legal team also spoke, with his attorney Benjamin Chew calling Heard’s accusations, “#MeToo without any #MeToo.”

Charging that “the lies have grown,” Chew reminded the court that while Depp may have had his personal issues with drugs and alcohol, “no woman ever claimed he raised a hand to them.”

“Mr. Depp’s name will be forever tarnished by these false claims,” he said. “We implore you to give you his name and his reputation back.”

Depp lost a libel case less than two years ago against the U.K. Sun, after the tabloid labelled him “wife beater.” A London High Court judge ruled that he had repeatedly assaulted Heard.

As Heard fought back tears, her lawyer Ben Rottenborn presented his closing arguments by saying that Depp’s graphic text messages, in which he wrote about wanting to “f— her burnt corpse” and his hopes that she was “decomposing in the f—ing trunk of a Honda Civic,” opened “a window into the heart and mind of America’s favourite pirate.”

Rottenborn advised jurors Friday that “If Amber was abused by Mr. Depp even one time, then she wins” And he was clear to specify that the abuse didn’t have to be physical and could include “emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse.”

In her rebuttal closing arguments delivered after lunch, Vasquez rested Depp’s case by raising questions about Heard’s character.

“No one showed up for Miss Heard in this courtroom other than her sister. Every other witness who traveled to Virginia for her was a paid expert,” Vasquez said. “This is a woman who burns bridges. Her close friends don’t show up for her.”

Actor Johnny Depp talks with his attorney Camille Vasquez after she spoke during rebuttal during closing arguments at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Friday, May 27, 2022.Photo by Steve Helber /Associated Press

The case is now with the jury.



Black Teen Makes History, Becomes Youngest Glider Pilot in the United States




Meet 16-year old Caleb Smith from P.G. County, Maryland, who according to the FAA has become the youngest Glider pilot in the United States. He is currently a 10th grader at Charles H. Flowers High School in the city of Springdale.

According to WUSA-9, Caleb’s dream began when he was just 10-years old during a discovery flight at Bowie Freeway Airport. From this experience, his ambition sparked a sincere interest in aviation. Periodically he would fly with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) just to see if the desire was still there. Over the course of time, he began to gradually pursue his dream by having one-on-one ground instruction and airtime.

In May 2021, Caleb was awarded a scholarship for gliding school. He was able to achieve his first solo after 33 flights and has already flown 12 solos. Even more, he has passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written exam and his check-ride which allows him to obtain his Glider Pilot’s license. Ultimately, his goal is to become a commercial airline pilot.

Caleb credits Skyline Soaring Club at Front Royal Airport, in Virginia for awarding him a scholarship that helped him to achieve this monumental goal. He also says that Destiny Aviation Services also provided valuable aviation guidance in his early years and warmly welcomed him as a team member.

He says his goal is to inspire other young people and let them know that they can live their dreams if they stay connected with God, remain family-oriented, achieve a good education, maintain values, and above all, cultivate love and respect for others.

For press inquiries, contact his parents, Chazz & Dee Smith, at 301-906-2976.

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Texas News Anchor, Shatanya Clarke, Sadly Dies at 27 After Cancer Diagnosis




Shatanya Clarke, an HBCU graduate and a well-respected news anchor for KFDX in Wichita Falls, Texas, has sadly died from brain cancer. She was only 27-years old and had recently graduated from Florida A&M University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She was also a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

While on campus, she worked as a live shot reporter, an entertainment news anchor, and an associate news producer. This all led to an audition with the University’s radio station, and she became the radio host and DJ of a Caribbean segment. Later, she landed a radio internship in the Cayman Islands, and in 2018, Texas-based KFDX hired her as a news reporter/ multimedia journalist.

Shatanya was originally from Ochos Rios, Jamaica, but she immigrated to Florida when she was a teenager. Her passion for giving back went beyond journalism. She served on the local Child Care Partners board, she helped establish an annual event for the homeless community, and she created a project at KFDX called The Remarkable Woman Campaign that featured local women history makers.

She reportedly passed away at her home after a 2-year battle with cancer. According to her family members, she was very optimistic about upcoming medical treatments.

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82-Year Old Woman Makes History, Graduates From University of Maryland




Nationwide — Mae Beale, an 82-year-old woman from Maryland, has finally achieved her dream of graduating college as she recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

n the past years, Beale has been working as a licensed practical nurse at different health care and government agencies in Washington, DC. While working at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, she discovered her skills in event planning.


“My supervisors thought I had something special,” she told WJLA-TV. “When I was working at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I organized some large events and everybody was impressed with it, so I started coordinating their IT information conferences.”

In 1994, she decided to make a new career out of event planning and launched her own event planning business called “In Grand Style.” She then went back to school to earn her associate degree in business management at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.

Just a few years ago, Beale, who was then in her late 70s, decided to continue her studies and pursue a bachelor’s degree to help her grow her business. She worked really hard towards her goal, even making it to the Dean’s list several times and participating in various extra-curricular activities.

“I discovered that I had to be intentional about it and make it my priority,” she said.

Most recently, Beale graduated with honors on the day after she just turned 82-years old.

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