Elon Musk has weighed in on the controversial lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, saying that “I hope they both move on. At best, they’re all amazing.”
Final arguments in the libel trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard took place on Friday. The jury will return on Tuesday to deliberate.
The proceedings began on Monday, April 11 in Fairfax, Va., following Mr. Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr. Depp claims she defamed him in a December 2018 op-ed published in The Washington Post titled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change”.
Mr Musk was initially thought to be a witness to the trial, among other celebrities. But in the end, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO didn’t take a stand.
On the stand, Ms. Heard described the moment she met Mr. Musk at the 2016 Met Gala after her Mr. Depp “dismissed” me on the red carpet.
Mr. Musk responded to a tweet from Lex Fridman that listed his takeaways from the trial.
The Aquaman actor told the court that she and Mr Depp planned to go to the Met Gala together as guests of Ralph Lauren.
However, the event came shortly after her 30th birthday when she claimed to have been ‘attacked’ by her husband.
She claimed she didn’t have a phone at the time because Mr Depp threw it out the window, so she couldn’t find out if he would still join her at the event.
“I wasn’t sure what was going on or when he would show up or if he would show up,” she said.
“I had no way of knowing,” she added.
Ms Heard told the court she walked the red carpet alone and ‘sat next to an empty place setting for Johnny’ after he ‘effectively stood me on the carpet’.
It was while walking the red carpet alone that she said she met Mr Musk, whom she described as “a gentleman” and said she was at the event with his mother.
“I was queuing right in front of a gentleman. It was Elon,” she said.
“I didn’t recognize him at first. We started talking and he reminded me that we had met before.
Fans show Johnny Depp artwork at the Fairfax County Courthouse
Ms Heard and Mr Musk are believed to have dated between 2016 and 2018 and the SpaceX boss has been named on his witness list for the trial.
During opening statements, Ms Heard’s lawyers said Mr Depp had been “obsessed” with Mr Musk.
The ex-spouses’ agent, Christian Carino, previously said at trial that Ms Heard was dating Mr Musk around the same time she was trying to reconcile with her husband.
In her 2018 op-ed, Ms Heard wrote that “like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted when I was of college age. But I kept silent – I didn’t expect the filing of complaints to do justice, and I didn’t see myself as a victim”.
“Then two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s anger for women speaking out,” she added at the time. .
Although Mr. Depp is not named in the article, his legal team says it contains a “clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and patently untrue”. Mr Depp is seeking damages of “no less than $50 million”.
Ms. Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr. Depp for nuisance and immunity from his claims.