Amber Heard supporters booted out of Johnny Depp trial

Amber Heard (rear) and Eve Barlow (front) exchanged a brief tribute before entering the courtroom.

Amber Heard (rear) and Eve Barlow (front) exchanged a brief tribute before entering the courtroom.

A supporter of belongs to amber was booted out of a Virginia courtroom for the remainder of a libel trial between Heard and Johnny Depp After a judge agreed, the supporter had tweeted and texted during the trial. But the backer also allegedly misrepresented information she provided to Heard’s attorneys, which – in part – has resulted in a witness for Depp being excused from the case (and her testimony removed). That’s according to a source familiar with the court order.

Judge Penny Azcarate issued the “exclusion” order on Friday afternoon Eve Barlow from the courtroom for the “pending of the trial”.

Barlow self-identifies as “The Interrupter” and as a “Journalist” on twitter. On Thursday, Barlow interrupted the testimony of Gina Deutera longtime friend of Johnny Depp by giving her phone to Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn.

Heard and Depp’s attorneys then entered a brief sidebar with Judge Azcarate. The discussion prompted the judge to ask Deuters, Depp’s friend and witness, if she had seen any testimony from the trial. Deuters admitted she saw clips online; Judge Azcarate pardoned her and asked the jury to ignore her testimony.

The sidebar was captured by Law&Crime Network cameras; it is demonstrated in this video:

Someone familiar with the court order told the Law&Crime Network that Depp’s attorneys asked the judge to permanently ban Barlow from the courtroom for tweeting and texting from the facility in violation of a previous order. That earlier order banned anyone from using personal electronic devices in the courtroom — except for members of Depp and Heard’s respective legal teams.

On Friday it turned out that an Instagram post Office that Barlow Rottenborn showed was from January 2021 – when Deuters was reporting on Depp’s separate defamation lawsuit against him The sun.

A person familiar with the court order said Depp’s lawyers told Judge Azcarate that Rottenborn, as a court official, misrepresented the information to Judge Azcarate as an item from the current trial – which began Monday, March 11.

Depp’s lawyer, Ben Kau, claimed Barlow was both a journalist and Heard’s girlfriend. Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehöftsaid Barlow was neither a journalist nor Heard’s girlfriend and seemed surprised by Chew’s request that Barlow be expelled.

Chew also told Judge Azcarate that Barlow passed notes to Heard throughout the testimony. Chew called what Barlow had done “outrageous” and said Depp’s team was trying to play by the rules.

A person familiar with the court order excluding Barlow said Judge Azcarate was not pleased that Barlow broke her previous order and granted Depp’s request.

Barlow routinely arrived in the same car as Heard throughout the trial. On Thursday Law&Crime’s Annette Levy sat in the courtroom during Deuters testimony and watched as Barlow and a woman near her were asked to sit on the benches at the back of the courtroom. The couple had been sitting in the front bench reserved for Heard’s legal team.

Depp’s family members and supporters were also asked to move from the first bench to the back of the courtroom after Deuters was excused.

Shortly thereafter, a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy approached Barlow, who was holding her cell phone as she sat on the gallery. Three sheriff’s deputies escorted Barlow out of the courtroom. A short time later, she re-entered the courtroom with her cellphone in hand.

A person familiar with the court order said Barlow repeatedly tweeted from the courtroom during the trial commenting on Depp’s attorney’s opening statement Camille Vasquez and make other comments. Depp’s team has also taken issue with Heard post a statement on Instagram just before the start of the negotiations.

Gina Deuters had made statements that could have hurt Amber Heard.

Barlow has not yet responded to a tweet asking her for comment about her removal from the trial — or allegations that she caused Heard’s team to misrepresent information about Deuter’s Instagram post in court.

Depp’s Law & Crime legal team had no comment when asked about Barlow in person.

When asked in person about the incident on Thursday, Rottenborn said he could not discuss the matter. He also didn’t immediately respond to an email from Law&Crime on Saturday.

Deuters said she was “too emotional” to discuss the matter when approached personally by Law&Crime.

If any responses are issued by any of the key players, this report will be updated.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a Washington Post Op-ed Heard wrote in December 2018, claiming that she is a public figure who represents domestic violence. Depp claims Heard was the culprit in their relationship. Heard is now seeking a $100 million counterclaim. She claims Depp defamed her when his lawyer called her claims a hoax.

Law&Crime Network’s coverage of the situation is embedded below:

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James Brien

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