When Johnny Depp returns to court next month to fight assault allegations, it will likely not become a spectacle reminiscent of his recent defamation trial, as requests for the proceedings to be televised have been denied.
During his six-week defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, viewers were able to tune in on a daily basis to catch all of the drama live as it was broadcast from Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court.
This time around, Depp will face film crew member Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, who has accused the actor of punching him in the chest during a dispute on the Los Angeles set of the actor’s film City of Lies in April 2017. However, fans hoping for a front-row seat to the proceedings from the convenience of their homes will be disappointed to learn that this trial will not be a repeat performance of Depp’s previous trial in that regard.
The Law & Crime Network, which live-streamed Depp’s defamation trial, said that its request submitted to Los Angeles County Superior Court for permission to broadcast the trial when it begins on July 25 has been denied.
The reasoning around permitting or denying requests to broadcast courtroom proceedings for each case is different. Penney Azcarate, the chief judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court, granted permission for Court TV to operate two pool cameras in the courtroom for the Depp-Heard trial.
During a pre-trial hearing in February, Heard’s team had tried unsuccessfully to exclude cameras from the courtroom, with the Aquaman star’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, expressing concern of interest from “anti-Amber networks,” according to Variety.
Ben Chew, one of the attorneys representing Depp, said that his client “believes in transparency” as he pushed for the inclusion of cameras during proceedings. In the end, Azcarate said that she had been inundated with media requests and felt a responsibility to keep the courtroom proceedings open to observers.
The judge also stated that not allowing cameras could lead to reporters descending on the courthouse anyway, leading to a potentially hazardous situation.
“I don’t see any good cause not to do it,” Azcarate said ahead of the trial.
Shakira Faces Eight Years In Jail And £19million Fine Over £12m Tax Fraud
Spanish prosecutors have recommended that the singer Shakira be imprisoned for eight years and two months for tax fraud, the Spanish newspaper El País reported.
They also said she should pay a fine of $23.51 million (23.7 million euros), El País reported.
Spanish prosecutors first filed charges against Shakira in 2018, saying she failed to pay $16.3 million (14.5 million euro) in tax there.
Prosecutors said Shakira was spending so much time in Spain — as she was dating the Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué — that she owed the country tax, El País reported.
Shakira and Piqué announced their separation after 11 years last month.
Shakira rejected a plea deal with Spanish prosecutors earlier this week and opted to take the case to trial.
The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer’s publicists said in a statement that she “trusts her innocence and chooses to leave the issue in the hands of the law,” according to Billboard.
Shakira said since the investigation started she had been legally residing in the Bahamas, El País reported. She said she was not living in Spain, Reuters reported.
Amber Heard’s Beauty is Latest Weapon for Johnny Depp Fans | Opinion
They get unfathomably furious when she goes to the shops. They froth with vitriol when she dares to open her mouth on television. Now the latest—and perhaps strangest—thing that Johnny Depp‘s troll army loves to attack Amber Heard with is her own beauty.
“She didn’t deserve this beauty,” moaned one Tik Tok account that attracted half a million likes and thousands of comments in agreement. “The real definition of never judge someone by their looks,” grumbled another, in a post that was just as popular.
Other accounts are gleeful about the aging process, because apparently older women aren’t attractive. “Can you imagine how sad a woman Amber Heard will be when her beauty fades?” asked one Twitter account. “Beauty fades, better bag you some old dude before you’re too old,” said another.
While a third lot of trolls meanly compared her looks to others—Kate Moss, of course, the supermodel who stuck by Johnny, or his ex-wife Vanessa Paradis of whom he wrote in a text message to Elton John: “extortionist French c***.” But Vanessa was a good girl, she stood by Johnny and therefore all is forgiven.
Because the real—unspoken—problem with this beautiful woman is that she dared to open her mouth and criticize a popular man. She had the audacity to talk about her poisonous and abusive relationship with an older multimillionaire who has made a handful of good films and a bucketful of bad ones. For that she will never be forgiven. What a witch! Burn her! Or, as Johnny wrote to his friend Paul Bettany: “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! Will f*** her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she’s dead.”
This new obsession with Amber’s facial loveliness started when someone unearthed a 2016 story about how a British cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Julian De Silva, said Amber had the perfect face according to the Greek Golden Ratio phi—which measures distances on the face from the nose to the top lip and the lip to the chin.
To say that has sent the deranged attack dogs onto Amber’s scent would be an understatement. Even as they acknowledge her beauty, they turn it to poison. The idea that Amber bewitched Johnny with said beauty has become so prevalent there are social media accounts linking the actress to the old TV series about witches, Bewitched. Because of course it was her fault that Johnny fell in love with her.
The idea that women use their beauty against men is practically as old as time. Dear old Eve using her womanly wiles to tempt Adam into betraying himself was perhaps the first example—the misogyny of that story echoes down our culture in the West.
It’s why in many places women are still forced by men to hide their beauty—their ankles, their hair, sometimes even their eyes. Because otherwise their attractiveness will lead men astray. Amber’s surface beauty is the excuse they need—she bewitched him and she made him do those bad things that he did. The victim is the real perpetrator, or as other social media attacks have it, “a snake in the grass” and “venomous.”
None of us need reminding that we still live in a misogynistic culture—however many gains women have made, there are always men to bring us down and try and control our bodies. That some males—people who know that a beauty such as Amber would never once look their way—are incensed at the audacity of Amber to speak is one thing.
But the saddest thing about this internet hatred is that some of it comes from women too. Yes, we all love to judge, and many of us may have been hurt by the beauty of another—a boyfriend, husband or girlfriend may have had their head turned—but one reason why the patriarchy is so powerful is that women can be quick to turn on one another.
No one ‘deserves’ beauty; it’s a gift just as an ear for music, a way with numbers or a brilliance at languages is. And no one deserves to be attacked simply because they are beautiful.
When it comes to Amber, who has seen her career stalled, her wealth under threat and her life taken up with this battle with her ex for four years, perhaps the judges on the internet, so quick to demand real beauty needs to come from the inside too, could look to themselves, see what they have written and recognize the ugliness within.
Nicki Minaj Disses Kanye West At Essence Fest: ‘We Don’t f*ck With Clowns!’
Last night Nicki Minaj headlined Essence Festival in New Orleans where she performed her career-spanning hits along with the latest songs like ‘We Go Up’ , and ‘Seeing Green’.
Kanye West’s collaboration ‘Monster’ a song that undoubtedly skyrocketed then 27-year-old Rapper’s career would be expected as a no-brainer part of the setlist. But Nicki took a left turn last night, as soon as the DJ started playing the track from Kanye West’s 2010 album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , Nicki cut him off.
Nicki exclaims while cutting the track which also included Rick Ross and Jay-Z as guest features “Wait hold on hold on….I’m Monstered up..I’m Monstered Up….We don’t f*ck with Clowns”. Minaj’s announcement was met with cheers from fans during the show.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, the fans of both artists are deducing that Nicki’s act might be the cause of Kanye linking up with her archenemy Cardi B on her song ‘Hot Sh*t’ which was released just yesterday. Check out some of the reactions below:
Nicki Minaj issue with Kanye West is deeper than the Cardi feature. Him and his 20 personalities been poking that lady and she had enough. It’s not about Cardi, it’s about him playing on her time
— Gutta Gutta 🗣 (@__realhighgrade) July 2, 2022
Nicki minaj saying she doesn’t f*ck with clowns(kanye) after skipping over monster. Does this 40 year old rapper have a blooming issue with super star rapper kanye west jumping on mega star cardi bs song? pic.twitter.com/srpdhEwZJ6
— jayda🏼🤍 (@Jaydathebratt) July 2, 2022
Apart from the above incident, Nicki’s performance was on par as she brought out her mentor Lil Wayne as a surprise guest , both performed their latest collaboration ‘Seeing Green for the first time ever. Along with it Weezy performerd his hit ‘A Milli’ , Truffle Butter’ and more.
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