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Live Updates: Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial

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The trial is nearing its end with testimony expected to end next week and closing arguments set for Friday, May 27.

Depp’s former attorney declines to elaborate on Daily Mail comments

Adam Waldman, Depp’s former attorney, claimed attorney-client privilege when asked questions about the comments he made in the Daily Mail that Heard’s abuse allegations are a “hoax.”

Those three statements to the Daily Mail made in 2020 are the center of Heard’s countersuit against Depp. Waldman admitted to making the comments quoted to him by Heard’s attorney.

“Did you make these statements on Mr. Depp’s behalf?” Heard’s attorney asked.

Waldman was instructed not to answer to protect communications made under attorney-client privilege.

“What were you trying to convey to the press making these statements?” Heard’s attorney asked.

Waldman was instructed not to answer to protect communications made under attorney-client privilege.

“Did you discuss these statements with Mr. Depp before making these statements?” Heard’s attorney asked.

Waldman was instructed not to answer to protect communications made under attorney-client privilege.

“Was Mr. Depp aware either before or after that you were making these statements?” Heard’s attorney asked.

Waldman was instructed not to answer to protect communications made under attorney-client privilege.

“Did Mr. Depp ever ask you to retract or correct these statements?” Heard’s attorney asked.

Waldman was instructed not to answer to protect communications made under attorney-client privilege.

Depp’s former attorney addresses Twitter suspension

Johnny Depp’s former attorney Adam Waldman said during a February video deposition that he was suspended from Twitter “for life.”

Waldman was asked about having a Twitter account. He said he previously had one, but was unable to pinpoint exactly how long he had it for or when he created an account.

He said he was suspended from the social media platform.

“I wrote several letters to Twitter to ask why I was suspended for life from their platform,” he said. In response, he said Twitter told him that he had violated its policies.

Adam Waldman, Depp’s former attorney and subject of countersuit, testifies

Adam Waldman, who represented Depp and claimed Heard’s allegations were a “hoax” in statements to the Daily Mail in 2020, provided video testimony that was played for the court on Thursday.

The video deposition occurred in February 2022, but Waldman was instructed by another member of Depp’s legal team on numerous occasions to not answer certain questions due to attorney-client privilege protections.

Waldman said he met Depp after his divorce settlement with Heard was reached. He said he represented him in his lawsuit against Depp’s former business manager and other suits.

In response to Heard’s attorney saying Waldman had no personal knowledge of Depp and Heard’s relationship, he said, “I wasn’t there if that’s what you mean.”

Speaking generally, Waldman agreed with Heard’s attorney that it is up to a client to determine whether to follow an attorneys advice or not.

Waldman was instructed not to respond to questions about his role in Depp’s lawsuit against The Sun newspaper in the United Kingdom, his interactions with Rolling Stone magazine on behalf of Depp regarding a 2018 interview, and whether it was Depp’s decision to file lawsuits.

Depp became increasingly ‘less filtered’ and erratic, former business manager said

Depp’s former business manager, Joel Mandel, testified that he saw the actor’s behavior became erratic and displayed “disproportionate” reactions to things.

“I felt things were less predictable,” Mandel said. “I felt like you know I was professionally in a place where I never knew day-to-day what to expect.”

Depp’s behavior began to change around 2010, according to Mandel, and at some point it appeared clear to Mandel that Depp’s “use of alcohol and drugs became a daily event,” he said. Depp’s stretches of sobriety helped but that Depp began to express his discontent in an aggressive manner.

Mandel said that Depp became increasingly “less filtered.”

“People moderate their behavior, they might moderate their behavior in public because things are inappropriate in particular settings … my experience was that Mr. Depp became increasingly less constrained,” Mandel said. “Less concerned with whether he was going to upset someone’s feelings or, or just increasingly comfortable venting in an aggressive way when he was upset or disappointed with something.”

Depp’s former business manager testifies on actor’s finances, spending

Joel Mandel, a former business manager who met Depp in around 1999 and worked with him until 2016, testified to Depp’s income and spending during the time they worked together.

Mandel denied accusations that he stole money from Depp or failed to file required tax returns on Depp’s behalf during his testimony. He also testified that he was never charged or found liable for malpractice during his time with Depp.

The former business manager described how Depp’s lifestyle changed as his star began to rise, saying that the increase in income also came with increased spending to maintain a lifestyle.

“I don’t want to fix dates, it’s a long stretch of time,” Mandel said. “But that meant a bigger life, it meant more employees. That meant buying additional property, buying additional personal property … a bigger life and more expensive.”

Depp spent about $10,000 a day on his personal security guard, Jerry Judge, Mandel testified, offering examples of how much Depp’s new lifestyle could cost. During the time Depp employed a personal doctor and nurses to help his sobriety, he spent $100,000 a month.

There became a point when Depp’s income could not longer support his lifestyle, Mandel said, requiring the business manager to require severe cutbacks.

“The spending levels had grown very, very, very large and require that level of incredibly high income to be maintained,” Mandel said. “And when it dropped off, that disconnect became untenable.”

Depp would acknowledge over numerous conversations that changes had to be made, Mandel said, but often commitments to adjust to new circumstances fell short. The actor’s financial situation became relatively dire between July 2015 and when Mandel was terminated in March 2016, Mandel confirmed.

Mandel testified that he was unable to pay Depp’s taxes in October 2015.

“His financial circumstances in 2015 had reached a point where I was extremely concerned and was on a very regular basis was expressing that concern,” Mandel said. “And it seemed as I increased my level of expressing that concern, there was anger directed, you know in my direction. And so, my warnings in 2015 that we were in very dire circumstances were not met very favorably.”

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“I’m Grateful” : Thoughtful American Mum Pregnant With Son’s 5th Baby At 56

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American Nancy Hauck will deliver her granddaughter. Photo: People

A mother has revealed she is pregnant with her own son’s baby after he and his wife struggled to conceive for years. 

Nancy Hauck, a 56-year-old mum-of-five and administrator from St George, Utah, decided to be a surrogate for her 32-year-old son Jeff and his wife Cambria, 30, as her daughter-in-law was unable to carry more children after undergoing a hysterectomy.

Knowing Jeff loved being a father and wanted to grow his brood, Nancy tentatively volunteered to carry a child for the couple, but had concerns it wouldn’t be possible due to her age.

However, the embryo successfully transferred earlier this year, with Nancy due to give birth to her grandchild in November.

“I never imagined I would be pregnant at 56 or that this would be possible, but it is the most beautiful thing,” Nancy told the British news agency South West News Service (SWNS), as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Jeff and Cambria had long struggled with fertility issues, undergoing IVF treatment for six years before falling pregnant their now-three-year-old twins, Vera and Ayva. Not long after, the couple conceived another set of twins, 11-month-old Diseal and Luka.

However, the traumatic birth meant Cambria was required to undergo a hysterectomy, an invasive procedure that surgically removes a woman’s uterus. The procedure may also involve the removal of the cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes, meaning the woman will no longer be able to get pregnant. As per Health Navigator, hysterectomies are often carried out to treat conditions that affect the female reproductive system, including bleeding problems, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, prolapse or cancer.

Despite being unable to carry more children, the couple had remaining frozen embryos they were hoping could be implanted into a surrogate – and Nancy decided to volunteer.

“I just had a feeling a few months after that I should offer to do it,” she said.

“I told my son, and he teared up and was shocked – I hadn’t even told my husband at that point, but he was really supportive.

“I feel very powerful carrying my son’s daughter… I think this is quite a rare thing to do. I never planned for it, but I am so glad I chose to carry my son’s baby.”

Jeff, 32, and Cambria Hauck, 30, and their two sets of twins.

Jeff, 32, and Cambria Hauck, 30, and their two sets of twins. Photo credit: Jeff Hauck / Facebook

Surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby for a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves. Such couples may include those who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, repeated IVF failures, premature menopause or a hysterectomy.

Straight surrogacy involves using the surrogate’s egg and the intended father’s sperm; the least expensive and simplest form of the procedure. Host surrogacy, which is the case for the Hauck family, requires IVF with either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs, rather than those of the surrogate. In this case, the surrogate is typically unrelated to the baby, and donor eggs can be from friends or relatives, or anonymously donated.

After approaching fertility experts with their proposal, doctors had concerns about Nancy’s age; however, an exam found she could still be a viable carrier for the couple as long as they acted before she entered menopause.

“I left the choice up to Jeff and Cambria. They’d just had their twins, so it was very quick after to have another baby. But they decided to go for it.”

Jason, 59, and Nancy Hauck, 56.

Jason, 59, and Nancy Hauck, 56. Photo credit: Nancy Hauck / Facebook

Nancy began hormone treatment in January 2022, injecting herself daily for 12 weeks with the help of her husband and Jeff’s father, Jason. The fertilised embryo was transferred into her uterus a month later – and 26 years after Nancy’s last pregnancy.

Speaking to the news service, Jeff said his mother’s selfless act has left him in awe of her “kindness, love, strength, attitude, wisdom, and dedication”.

“She is sacrificing so much for us, and our family and we just feel so grateful. It has been so miraculous and beautiful,” Cambria added, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

In May, the family discovered they were expecting a baby girl, who is due to be born on November 5.

“There is no repayment for something like that – all I can do is follow the example my parents have set and try to give that same level of love and devotion to my own family and to others,” Jeff concluded.

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Is Chinese President Xi Jinping under house arrest?

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Reports suggest that Chinese President Xi Jinping has been put under house arrest after he was removed from the post of PLA chief.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently under house arrest, several media reports claimed on Saturday, adding that the capital Beijing is currently under army control. The reports have not been confirmed by either Chinese credible media, or have been independently confirmed by India TV.

The reports claimed further that international and domestic flights to and from Beijing have been halted, and that the city has been cut off from the rest of the world. Claims add that President Xi Jinping has been put under house arrest after he was removed from the post of PLA chief.

A report by News Highland Vision stated that ex-Chinese President Hu Jintao and former PM Wen Jibao persuaded Song Ping, a former member of the Standing Committee, to join them and take control of the Central Guard Bureau. The CGB is responsible for the security of the President, and the standing committee of the ruling Communist Party of China.

Army convoys leading to Beijing?

Videos that surfaced on social media from unverified accounts suggest large army convoys taking rounds around Beijing. Tweets mention that President Jinping has been sacked.

The videos add that the large army convoy is about 80 km long and is headed to Beijing. Rumours suggest that military vehicles of the PLA were going towards Beijing on 22 September. The convoy allegedly started from  Huanlai County near Beijing, ending in the city of Zhangjiakou.

Xi detained at the airport: Reports

As soon as Jintao and Jibao took control of the CGB, rumours add, members of the Central Committee in Beijing were intimated on the phone. This led to Jinping allegedly being detained at the airport when he returned from Samarkand in Uzbekistan, where he attended the SCO summit. Reports stated that the members of CGB have had several closed-door meetings in the past 10 days. The same reports add that this action was taken with the aim of taking power away from Xi.

It is also being said that while Xi Jinping was at Samarkand, the ex-PM and President had plotted against the President. This was a result of Xi’s probability to become the Chinese President for the third consecutive time.

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Johnny Depp is another victim of the corrupt UK justice system

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In our last article in May 2021 we reported on how Johnny Depp came to the UK to seek justice and was deprived of the right of a fair trial. A story all too familiar with many thousands who come to the courts in the UK to get justice, only to be served more injustice.

The USA courts are more focused on delivering justice. Earlier this week, on 17th August the Chief Judge in Fairfax, Virginia presiding over the Depp v Heard 2019 case dismissed Heard’s claim of res judicata (stating all matters had been tried in the UK), endorsing our view and citing in the 11-page pre-trial opinion that: “The Court is not persuaded by Defendant’s argument that Plaintiff had a full and fair opportunity to litigate the UK Action. Defendant was not a part in the UK action and was not treated as one”.

In fact, Defendant could not have been a named defendant to the U.K. litigation because her allegedly defamatory statements were made after the U.K. action commenced” said Penney Azcarate, the judge presiding over the case.

After our intensive investigation, it is our view that the allegations by Heard and the assistance by the UK’s corrupt judiciary is nothing other than an elaborate fraud designed to discredit Johnny Depp (“JD”) whilst using the high profile allegations to drive traffic to The Sun newspaper.

An obvious conflict of interest

Let’s face it, the UK trial was a sham. The Judge, Andrew Nichol is intimately connected with Dan Wootton, The Sun’s journalist who posted the defamatory allegation that JD was a “wife beater”. The connection is through the Judge’s own son, Robert N Palmer, who works alongside Wootton at TalkRadio, part of the same group owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Wootton, is a journalist and broadcaster from New Zealand, an executive editor of The Sun newspaper and a regular host of TalkRadio’s drivetime show. An incestuous conflict of interest, putting it mildly. Why, knowing of this conflict did Mr Justice Nichol preside over the case we ask? Why, in such a high profile case did the Lord Chief Justice allow Mr Justice Nichol to preside over the case, when any other judge could have done so? We believe the answers are naturally, self-revealing.

Johnny Depp’s counter allegations and evidence was ignored

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