(CNN)Jurors successful the ongoing defamation lawsuit betwixt histrion Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp heard grounds Thursday from Depp's erstwhile endowment agent, a erstwhile bully person and his erstwhile concern manager, who described strain connected their relationships with the histrion arsenic his alleged substance maltreatment increased.
Depp has sued Heard for $50 million, alleging that a 2018 op-ed she wrote successful the Washington Post defamed him. Depp claims the portion -- which did not notation him by sanction -- falsely painted him arsenic an abuser. Heard has countersued Depp for $100 million, saying statements his lawyer made calling her maltreatment claims a "hoax" were defamatory.
Tracey Jacobs, who testified successful a recorded deposition, said that she represented Depp for 30 years arsenic his endowment cause and said astatine 1 constituent that helium was "the biggest prima successful the world." Jacobs said Depp terminated her astir the aforesaid clip helium parted ways with different concern associates successful his life.
Jacobs testified that she was honorable with Depp that showing up precocious consistently to sets and his behavior, including cause and intoxicant use, was hurting his career. She testified that Depp regularly had to usage an earpiece portion connected acceptable successful bid to beryllium fed his lines.
"His prima had dimmed owed to it getting harder to get him jobs fixed the estimation that he'd acquired owed to his lateness and different things," Jacobs testified. "People were talking and the question was retired determination astir his behavior."
As portion of his suit, Depp has claimed that Heard's op-ed caused him to suffer retired connected work, including tens of millions of dollars helium said helium was to beryllium paid for the sixth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film, that helium was ultimately volition apt not beryllium a portion of. Jacobs besides testified that she could not callback that Disney committed to having Depp successful the film.
Jacobs testified that, astatine 1 point, Depp was successful a authorities of "financial desperation" and asked the bureau to springiness him $20 million.
Jurors besides heard a recorded deposition from Depp's erstwhile concern manager Joel Mandel, who Depp parted ways with successful 2016 and whose institution Depp sued successful 2017, accusing it of mismanaging his earnings. The suit was settled successful 2018.
Mandel testified that astir 2010 it became harder to enactment with Depp owed to a seemingly regular usage of substances.
"What I had ever experienced arsenic idiosyncratic who liked to bask his vino astatine the extremity of the time became depletion that seemed excessive," Mandel testified. "The quality to coordinate and find times erstwhile helium would conscionable became much difficult. It became wide implicit clip that determination were issues with intoxicant and drugs. And that translated into much erratic behavior, much stressful behavior, much times erstwhile it was hard to prosecute successful the kinds of speech I needed to bash my job."
Mandel said helium began precise regularly expressing his concerns implicit Depp's "very dire fiscal circumstances" successful 2015 and said that portion Depp's income was precise significant, truthful was his spending. He said astatine 1 constituent Depp paid $300,000 a period to staff.
Heard's ineligible squad has pointed to the information that respective of Depp's paid unit testified arsenic portion of his lawsuit against her and has accused them of siding with Depp due to the fact that helium pays them.
One erstwhile person of Depp, Bruce Witkin, testified successful a recorded deposition that Depp stopped speaking with him 4 years agone aft grounds Witkin gave successful a lawsuit. He testified that he'd seen some Heard and Depp with injuries but has ne'er witnessed carnal altercations betwixt them. Witkin said helium talked to Depp astir his substance maltreatment and said that the radical who worked astir him weren't ever consenting to talk up astir it.
"Like I said, radical connected payroll won't truly accidental much. They'll try, but they don't privation to suffer their job. I'm not saying they each autumn into that category, but it's a unusual happening astir radical similar him. Everybody wants something," Witkin said.
Heard completed her grounds earlier this week.