TW: This podcast details allegations of physical, sexual, drug, and alcohol abuse.
Nick Wallis presents “Reporting: Depp v Heard.” In July 2020, Wallis was the first journalist to break news after Johnny Depp lost his libel claim against NGN at London’s High Court. He started live-tweeting from inside the courtroom and gained traction as a resource for those following the case. Now, Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard, for $50 million. In the defamation lawsuit, Depp claims Heard’s Washington Post op-ed from 2018, that implied Depp domestically abused her, “devastated” his career.
Wallis headed to Fairfax County Court in Virginia to report on the case and speak with people outside the courthouse from day 1. For this trial, no electronic devices are allowed in court. Wallis will summarize the daily proceedings and interview people around him to debrief in a series of “park bench interviews.” Some of the podcast’s guests were inside just before appearing on the podcast to observe the courtroom’s proceedings. Wallis also interviews journalists like Vinnie Politan on how the trial is impacting the world.
If you’d like to hear a recap of Depp v News Group Newspapers Ltd from 2020, how Wallis began following the case, and all updates since the start of the Depp v Heard trial, stream the 14+ episodes in order from the beginning of April. For the most recent news, start at the latest episode. Following each day of the trial, new episodes are posted on weekdays and run less than 25 minutes on average.
In the episodes, hear what’s going on at trial, including Heard’s allegations of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Depp. We heard recaps of witnesses’ cross-examinations including Depp’s older sister, the building manager where Depp owned five penthouse lofts, and Isaac Baruch, just to name a few.
Wallis recapped witnesses’ statements from Depp’s private doctor, Heard’s former personal assistant, and the couple’s former marriage counselor. We learned that Depp hired a forensic psychologist to diagnose Heard’s mental state, what LAPD Officer Saenz saw when she responded to a call at Depp’s residence after an argument, and more. Wallis also debriefed on witness statements from Depp’s business and financial affairs manager, Depp and Heard’s former agent, Depp’s Scottish bodyguard, and Heard’s counsel that helped draft her op-ed piece and confirmed it was about Depp.
During the week of April 20, Depp took the stand and told his story from childhood to fame and meeting Heard. Wallis shared details about the text messages submitted as evidence and the revelations unfolding in court. Wallis recapped Johnny’s examination by his own attorney, and the cross-examination from Heard’s attorney, and what Heard said when she took the stand.
Some of the court-goers Wallis interviews are Depp fans. Others are not.
If you enjoy podcasts covering true crime and celebrities like “DISGRACELAND,” you might find yourself bingeing “Reporting: Depp v Heard.” Tune in for new episodes throughout the trial.