Amber Heard Attorney Highlighted His Own Mistakes in Court—Lawyer

Johnny Depp and his legal team struggled to hold back laughter in court on Tuesday, as a lawyer representing Amber Heard objected to his own questioning.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star's $50 million defamation trial against his ex-wife is ongoing in Fairfax, Virginia, with the actor completing his testimony on the stand this week.

On Monday (April 25), Depp's house manager Ben King took to the stand to recall the incident when the actor's finger was severed during an argument with Heard in Australia.

However, one moment from King's questioning has gone viral as Heard's lawyer, co-counsel Adam Nadelhaft, interrupted his own line of questioning citing a "hearsay objection."

"But you asked the question," judge Penney Azcarate replied.

Nadelhaft blocking his own question sparked and giggles around the courtroom, including Depp and his lawyer, who could be seen cracking up with laughter.

Those following the trial will remember Depp previously drew laughter from the court when he was repeatedly interrupted on the grounds of hearsay.

"This might be the best clip of the year. Amber Heard's lawyer objecting his own question," reads one tweet of the clip with almost 10,00 views.

While another viral tweet about the moment—with more than 300,000 likes—reads: "If you want to know how the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard defamation trial is going, all you need to know is that Amber lawyer objected to a question he asked."

Over on TikTok, actor Chris Fahmy made a video about the moment which has amassed more than 965,000 views.

"This man just objected to his own question," Fahmy says incredulously in the TikTok, adding in the caption: "LOL damn this lawyer is bad."

@chrisfahmy LOL damn this lawyer is bad 😂😂 #sokeepup #johnnydepp #amberheard ♬ Oh No - Kreepa

Newsweek spoke to two lawyers for a professional opinion on this situation and one of them said "yikes" in relation to Nadelhaft's self objection.

"Regarding the lawyer objecting to his own question—yikes. The attorney should not have highlighted his mistake by objecting to his own question," Brian Wagner, Partner, McLoughlin, O'Hara, Wagner & Kendall LLP told Newsweek.

Wagner said that such a move affects a lawyer's credibility in front of a jury.

"As a trial attorney, you have to know how to limit your questions," he explained.

"If the lawyer did not want hearsay, tell the witness that. Ask, without telling me any conversations you had with other doctors, you did not know what caused the injury to Mr. Depp's hand?"

Amber Heard Attorney Highlighted His Own Mistakes
Actor Johnny Depp (L) stands in the courtroom during a recess amid his defamation trial against his ex-wife. Attorney for Amber Heard, Ben Rottenborn, (R) attends the defamation trial against her at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 21, 2022. Jonathan Ernst/Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP Getty Images

Similarly, David Lin, an attorney in New York who specializes in defamation law, said "it looks like Heard's attorney didn't like the way his question was being answered."

Lin explained: "But his question about Ben King's knowledge of Johnny Depp's injury opened the door for the witness to testify about what Dr. Kipper told him.

"When you ask a question to a witness, you're stuck with however the witness responds, as long as it's a fair attempt by the witness to answer."

Depp is suing his ex-wife over an op-ed she wrote in 2018, claiming it damaged his career. Amber Heard did not name Depp in the article entitled.

As Depp's testimony has drawn to an end, a slate of celebrity witnesses such as Elon Musk and James Franco are expected to take the stand.

The trial continues.

This article was updated to correct the name of Amber Heard's lawyer. The lawyer is not Benjamin Rottenborn, it was co-counsel Adam Nadelhaft.