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Private Investigator Amber Heard Hired Claims She Took Advantage Of Johnny Depp To Further Career

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Amber Heard took advantage of because she wanted to boost her fledgling acting career, the actress’s former private investigator said.

Hollywood ‘fixer’ Paul Barresi, 74, was at the ‘frontline’ of the couple’s saga and was hired by Heard, 36, to dig up dirt on Depp, 58, before his UK defamation case.

Johnny Depp won his US defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday and was awarded $15million.

During a three-month investigation Barresi interviewed 100 people across the US and Europe who worked with Depp on films dating back 30 years.

Yet when Barresi couldn’t find any dirt he was fired by the Heard.

However, the P.I. from Rancho Cucamonga, California — who was once hired to investigate unproven claims that Tom Cruise had a gay affair — had ignited a fascination in himself and continued investigating Depp.

From some of Depp’s closest friends he learned the A-lister was surrounded by so-called pals who leeched off him financially and emotionally.

Barresi told MailOnline: ‘When Amber hired me she wanted proof that Johnny was a serial abuser for women and I couldn’t find that.

‘I couldn’t find another women who said Johnny abused them.

Barresi said he interviewed more than a dozen people whose rent, medical bills, house payments, car payments and even bail and even legal fees were paid by Johnny.

He said: ‘Johnny was besieged by people who ingratiated themselves into his domain.

Johnny Depp won his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday and was awarded $15million
Heard, like so many others, took advantage of Depp's goodwill and 'sensitive' nature, her former P.I. said
Hollywood 'fixer' Paul Barresi, 74, (pictured), from Rancho Cucamonga, California, was at the 'frontline' of the defamation cases between the couple and was hired by Heard, 36, to dig up dirt on Depp, 58, before his UK defamation case.

Hollywood ‘fixer’ Paul Barresi, 74, (pictured), from Rancho Cucamonga, California, was at the ‘frontline’ of the defamation cases between the couple and was hired by Heard, 36, to dig up dirt on Depp, 58, before his UK defamation case.

Barresi said: 'Even Amber in some respects was an opportunist on par with everyone else. 'She obviously knew his power in Hollywood and she seized upon that power in the hopes of furthering her career'

Barresi said: ‘Even Amber in some respects was an opportunist on par with everyone else. ‘She obviously knew his power in Hollywood and she seized upon that power in the hopes of furthering her career’

Heard, like so many others, took advantage of Depp’s goodwill and ‘sensitive’ nature, her former P.I. said

Johnny Depp won his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday and was awarded $15million

‘Once they were there, they’d scratch his back with one hand while the other took in the feed.’

‘All of the people around him have been on the take for so many years.

‘They feel comfortable with taking things from him. He’s a very passive guy.

He added: ‘Even Amber in some respects was an opportunist on par with everyone else.

‘She obviously knew his power in Hollywood and she seized upon that power in the hopes of furthering her career.

‘At the end of the day, in Hollywood, it’s who you know and who’s pulling for you. Because for every part in a movie there are 2,000 people equally competent to handle that role.

Barresi saw the inner workings of Johnny’s Depp’s lifestyle and was shocked to find the multimillionaire actor was ‘king in the realm of entertainment’ but also easy game for people with predatory behavior.

Before his success in Pirates of the Caribbean, Depp had a troubled upbringing.

He was a high school dropout with an abusive and suicidal mother who moved from a small town in Kentucky to Hollywood.

He suffered childhood abuse at the hands of his volatile and violent mother.

Amber Heard is best known for her role as Mera in Aquaman. Her former private investigator said she took advantage of Johnny Depp because she wanted to boost her fledgling acting career

Amber Heard is best known for her role as Mera in Aquaman. Her former private investigator said she took advantage of Johnny Depp because she wanted to boost her fledgling acting career

Depp became one of the top actors in the world after starring in Pirates of the caribbean as Captain Jack Sparrow

Depp became one of the top actors in the world after starring in Pirates of the caribbean as Captain Jack Sparrow

During his defamation trial against Heard he said: ”In our house we were never exposed to any type of safety or security, the only thing to do was stay out of the line of fire.

‘My mother was quite unpredictable. She had the ability to be as cruel as anyone can be with all of us,’

Depp testified that the violent home life he was brought up in taught him to never recreate the same kind of abuse in his own home later in life.

Yet his position as a megarich superstar meant he had a vast amount of money, and Depp had the rockstar attitude to match it, spending lavishly and sometimes irresponsibly.

Depp’s former financial manager Joel Mandel testified last month that the actor earned more than $600million between 1999 and 2016, the year he split from Heard. Mandel claimed Depp’s spending habits were becoming increasingly irresponsible during that time period.

Depp spent his money on mansions, a fleet of luxury cars, traveling only by private plane and blasting the ashes of his late friend Hunter S. Thompson’s from a cannon.

He also spent $100,000 per month for an addiction doctor, $10,000 a day for security detail and $300,000 per month for full-time staff.

It was previously claimed Depp’s lavish lifestyle cost more than $2 million-a-month to maintain, causing the star financial troubles.

Barresi said: ‘I interviewed so many people who said there are many people who took advantage of Johnny.

‘Johnny feels sorry for these people. Maybe he feels guilty because he made so much money and he feels like he has to take care of these people.

‘I think it proved to be the bane of his existence, unfortunately. His ruin was in part by his own doing.

‘Johnny would let them have free reign and walk all over him. Isaac Baruch, who testified on Johnny’s behalf, he’s the worst of all. He’s been living off Johnny his entire adult life.

‘Johnny was a big addict and in those moments that he was distracted they would just take things from him.

‘That’s what he’s lived with for decades.’

He added: ‘He grew up to be a sensitive, fragile man. He didn’t have the role models to champion him.’

Barresi said he realised much of Depp’s fall from grace ‘was his own doing’ because he allowed himself to be surrounded by people who would take advantage of him.

The P.I. said: ‘The decline and downfall were due to these grifters, these wannabes, these freeloaders that came into Johnny’s life.

‘They would insinuate into Johnny’s life. They would milk him for whatever he was worth – not so much materialistically or monetarily but emotionally.’

It wasn’t only Barresi who thought Depp had a problem with his demanding entourage.

Chuck E Weiss, one of Depp’s closest friends, thought the people Depp surrounded himself with were bad for the world-famous actor.

Before Weiss died in 2021, Barresi said the songwriter told him: ‘For decades, Johnny’s so-called friends stole from him.

‘The worst part is they relied on his alcohol and drug addiction to keep his head in the clouds so he didn’t catch them doing it.

‘Over the years Johnny became accustomed to his friends helping themselves to his stuff— cash, jewelry, even pieces of his clothing.’

Weiss said Depp had told him the manager of a nightclub he owned took cash from the till, while a supposed friend had stolen several hundred-dollar bills from his bedstand.

Even at the time of Heard and Depp’s split in May 2016, celebrity tattooist Jonathan Shaw, who did most of Depp’s body artwork, wrote: ‘As a close personal friend of Johnny Depp’s for over 30 years, I’ve only seen him be one of the kindest, gentlest, most sensitive and generous human beings I’ve ever had the great pleasure to know.

‘The man is constitutionally incapable of raising a violent hand to a woman.

‘Everything I know about Amber Heard, however (and it’s a lot), seems to support the many claims that she is a lying, two-faced, bottom-feeding fame harpy, who lives by the old Hollywood code of ”hurray for me and f**k you!”

‘It’s disgustingly obvious to anyone with half a brain that the absurd contrived allegations about Johnny’s behavior are nothing but a pathetic and desperate attempt to extort money from my dear little brother.’

After less than three days of deliberation, the jury ruled in favor of all three of Depp’s defamation claims against Heard on Wednesday, finding that she had falsely accused him of domestic abuse.

At the time of Heard and Depp's split in May 2016, Jonathan Shaw wrote on Facebook: 'As a close personal friend of Johnny Depp's for over 30 years, I've only seen him to be one of the kindest, gentlest, most sensitive and generous human beings I've ever had the great pleasure to know'

At the time of Heard and Depp’s split in May 2016, Jonathan Shaw wrote on Facebook: ‘As a close personal friend of Johnny Depp’s for over 30 years, I’ve only seen him to be one of the kindest, gentlest, most sensitive and generous human beings I’ve ever had the great pleasure to know’

Shaw added: 'The man is constitutionally incapable of raising a violent hand to a woman'

Shaw added: ‘The man is constitutionally incapable of raising a violent hand to a woman’

Chuck E Weiss, one of Depp's closest friends, thought the people Depp surrounded himself with were bad for the world-famous actor (pictured seated, performing with Depp, left, in 2019)

Chuck E Weiss, one of Depp’s closest friends, thought the people Depp surrounded himself with were bad for the world-famous actor (pictured seated, performing with Depp, left, in 2019)

Before Weiss died in 2021, Barresi said the songwriter told him: 'For decades, Johnny's so-called friends stole from him'

Before Weiss died in 2021, Barresi said the songwriter told him: ‘For decades, Johnny’s so-called friends stole from him’

The actor was awarded $15million — $10million in compensation and $5million in punitive damages.

Heard won just one of her three countersuit claims, which related to statements made by Depp’s lawyer suggesting she and friends had trashed their apartment before calling the police out.

She was awarded $2million in compensatory damages out of the $100million she was seeking in her countersuit against her ex-husband and received zero dollars in punitive damages.

The judge later reduced Depp’s $5million punitive damages award to the Virginia maximum of $350,000, reducing Depp’s total to $10,350,000 – minus the $2million he was ordered to pay Heard.

It means Depp walks away from the case with $8.35million.

In a statement after the verdict Depp said: ‘Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed.

‘And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.’

Depp is seen with a fan in Newcastle, England as the trial came to a close on Wednesday

Depp is seen with a fan in Newcastle, England as the trial came to a close on Wednesday

Depp was seen in the UK shaking hands with fans Wednesday as the verdict was being reached Wednesday

Depp was seen in the UK shaking hands with fans Wednesday as the verdict was being reached Wednesday

Depp was seen in the UK shaking hands with fans Wednesday as the verdict was being reached Wednesday

Depp was seen in the UK shaking hands with fans Wednesday as the verdict was being reached Wednesday

Depp was seen with UK singer Sam Fender (pictured in yellow) and seated next to Beck at a pub on Wednesday

Depp was seen with UK singer Sam Fender (pictured in yellow) and seated next to Beck at a pub on Wednesday

Johnny Depp turns up in Newcastle as he wins defamation trial

Depp was not present as he was in the UK on tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck - a source claimed it was due to 'previously scheduled work commitments.' Meanwhile, Heard walked into court wearing a black dress and appeared anxious

Depp was not present as he was in the UK on tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck – a source claimed it was due to ‘previously scheduled work commitments.’ Meanwhile, Heard walked into court wearing a black dress and appeared anxious

Depp was not present as he was in the UK on tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck - a source claimed it was due to 'previously scheduled work commitments.' Meanwhile, Heard walked into court wearing a black dress and appeared anxious

Depp was not present as he was in the UK on tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck – a source claimed it was due to ‘previously scheduled work commitments.’ Meanwhile, Heard walked into court wearing a black dress and appeared anxious

Johnny Depp wins defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard

Meanwhile, Heard said: ‘The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I’m heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband.

‘I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously.

‘I believe Johnny’s attorneys succeeded in getting the jury to overlook the key issue of Freedom of Speech and ignore evidence that was so conclusive that we won in the UK.

‘I’m sad I lost this case. But I am sadder still that I seem to have lost a right I thought I had as an American – to speak freely and openly.’

 MailOnline has contacted Johnny Depp and Isaac Baruch for comment.

 Amber Heard refused to comment when approached by MailOnline.

Source:dailymail.co.uk

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Lomé Will, Again, Host WHO’s African Regional Committee Meeting

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Lomé, the Togolese capital, will host the 72nd session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) African Regional Committee from 22 to 26 August.

This was revealed by the Minister of Health, Public Hygiene, and Universal Access to Health Care, during the Council of Ministers held on August 3, 2022.

“This choice attests to the efforts and progress made by our country, under the leadership of the Head of State, in the field of public health,” the government said. “The Council welcomed this choice and encouraged all ministers to be actively involved for the success of this regional meeting,”it added.

According to the provisional agenda of WHO Africa, the meeting, in hybrid format, will be structured on 5 pillars. It will address issues such as the Regional Strategy for the control of serious non-communicable diseases in primary health care facilities, the framework for strengthening the implementation of the global action plan for mental health, protection against financial risks for universal health coverage in the WHO African Region, a framework for integrated control, elimination and eradication of tropical and vector-borne diseases in the African Region 2022-2030, or the strengthening of the UN agency, for more effective and efficient support to African countries

Togo hosted (via videoconference) the previous session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa.

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South African Minister Accuses West of ‘Bullying’ On Ukraine

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and South African Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor appear at a joint press conference after meeting together in Pretoria, South Africa, on Aug. 8, 2022.

South African Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor accused the West of sometimes taking a patronizing and bullying attitude toward Africa, as she hosted U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the first leg of his Africa visit. Pandor made it clear that South Africa has different views from the U.S. on Ukraine, China, and Israel and the Palestinians.

At a joint press conference in the South African capital, Blinken stressed he was not on his three-country tour of the continent in order to counter Moscow and Beijing’s growing influence in the region, as has been widely speculated, after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited last month.

“Our commitment to a stronger partnership with Africa is not about trying to outdo anyone else,” Blinken said.

Blinken spoke, too, about U.S. support of Ukraine, saying Russia’s invasion was an aggression against the entire international order.
South Africa has remained neutral on the conflict with Russia, its partner in the BRICS group of countries, and abstained from any U.N. votes on the matter, though Pandor said the country “abhorred” war and would like to see an end to the conflict.

However, she said the different approaches by the international community to different conflicts sometimes “leads to cynicism about international bodies.” She referenced the plight of the Palestinians.

“Just as much as the people of Ukraine deserve their territory and freedom, the people of Palestine deserve their territory and freedom,” she said, “and we should be equally concerned at what is happening to the people of Palestine as we are with what is happening to the people of Ukraine. We’ve not seen an even-handed approach.”

Pandor added that while it didn’t come from Blinken, South Africa had experienced pressure from some in the West to align with its policy on Ukraine. She also appeared to criticize the U.S. bill passed in April, “Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa Act,” which has been seen by some on the continent as a vehicle to punish African countries that have not toed the line on Ukraine.

“From some of our partners in Europe and elsewhere, there has been a sense of patronizing bullying — ‘You choose this or else.’ And the recent legislation passed in the United States of America by the House of Representatives, we found a most unfortunate bill.”

Bob Wekesa, director of the African Center for the Study of the United States, said Pandor’s candid remarks at the press conference showed the closed-door meeting between the U.S. and South African sides “must have been a very difficult one.”

“I think the U.S. is attempting to figure out how to get South Africa on to its side, but South Africa is not coming to the party,” Wekesa said.

Blinken was in Pretoria to launch the new U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, which focuses on areas such as climate change, trade, health and food insecurity.

During his remarks Monday, he also criticized Beijing for its strong reaction to House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Pandor would not comment specifically on Taiwan but did say South Africa did not want to be made party to a conflict between China and the U.S.

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Man Who Killed His 2-Day Old Daughter For Crying Too Much Found Dead In His Prison Cell

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Trigger Warning: This story mentions child abuse and infanticide which may be disturbing to readers.

Newborn babies cry a lot, in fact, that is how they communicate. But, when a two-day-old baby wouldn’t stop crying, an infuriated father punched her in the face, so hard that she died.

Karen Bissett, 21, the child’s mother had left the child with her father, Liam Deane, when she went to get some sleep on July 10, 2017. Since Luna wouldn’t stop crying while Bissett was away, he shook her hard; punching her in the face, and squeezing her body and arms, reports BBC.

Despite suffering grave injuries, the father did nothing. The next day, he informed Luna’s mother that she was struggling to breathe and lied that she fell from the bed while sleeping at night. The two-day-old was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where she died in intensive care on July 14.

According to a doctor, Luna died as a result of head trauma, which left her with “catastrophic brain injuries.”

When questioned by police, Deane broke down and admitted that he was the one who attacked the infant. During Deane’s trial, prosecutor Michael Smith stated that the infant suffered damage to her brain, body, and face.

Smith said, “He said he was responsible for all of the injuries that she had suffered and he said that Luna had not settled down and he lost control.” The then 22-year-old father was given a life sentence with a minimum of 10 years in prison in October 2017.

But unfortunately, fate had other plans for him. You see, just months after receiving his sentence, Dean was found dead in his prison cell in IMP Leeds on 12 November 2017. Fellow inmate John Westland, who was serving a sentence for rape and grievous bodily harm, was arrested and given a minimum of 19 years in prison, as he was responsible for the murder of the father.

During the trial, judge Rodney Jameson QC told Westland, “You told the jury that you believed Liam Deane was a sex offender, but he was not. He had committed a very serious crime, but had admitted it from the first and was trying to come to terms with what he had done.”

“It is an unfortunate consequence of life in prison than those who are themselves guilty of serious offenses, as you were, will find another inmate to look down on. Given the nature of your own conviction, some might find that to be rank hypocrisy,” said Judge Jameson.

Then, Westland revealed that because of the nature of Deane’s conviction, he was frequently referred to as a “baby killer” around the jail, and he received daily threats and taunts. He also claimed that his cellmate was in debt to other inmates.

During the week-long trial, jurors heard that the convict killed his cellmate with a broken bottle of aftershave and that the victim had shown symptoms of asphyxiation caused by pressure on his head and face.

Even though Deane’s crime of killing his infant daughter was termed as “an appalling crime that tore her family apart” by West Yorkshire Police, they believed that he was entitled to his right of serving his time in prison.

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