Excellent thoughtful, right-on-the-money post, AdeleAgain. Thanks for deftly touching on so many key points.AdeleAgain wrote: ↑Fri May 08, 2020 7:56 am§1. I am sorry I keep on saying this but there is no way Amber wants to testify in the Sun case.
§2. She said she was keen to do her 2016 deposition but did everything to drag her heels. She said she would file a police report yet didn't. Like many narcissists she says things with authority and confidence and many times gets away with it because most people tend to believe authoritative, confident statements.
§3. If she had wanted to testify for the Sun she would have been in London on that Friday. Her plane ticket would have been long since booked (we had loads of notice it was due to be heard 23 March so the people involved definitely did). She would have turned up to court on that Friday in a dramatic - here I am, I am ready - especially as Johnny had already appeared in court. She would also have spent that previous week with the Sun's lawyers - in the UK you are not allowed to do the same amount of witness 'coaching' as you are in the US, but they would have met, ensured the Sun's barrister had the right questions to ask her etc. For something so important surely you would want to be well rested and ready
§4. Isn't it remarkable the lengths her side is going to just to avoid being questioned. It seems to me, Johnny has easily been able to gather people together to make witness statements. There is simply no explanation for iO and Raquel, along with Amanda de Cadet and whoever else claims to have relevant testimony -not to have already made witness statements for the VA case unless there is something to hide. Take for example the present and former employees of JD or Samantha McMillen. No need to speak to the press - sit down - give your testimony, that gets filed and if the press wants to pick it up they can. So COME ON. If iO were to do the same - all of the media would pick it up and report it.
§5. The fact is - iO was happy to speak to the media where there are no legal consequences but doesn't seem to want to commit to court. Well that is plain crazy if he was telling the truth. So much more powerful and legally proper to say what he has to say through a court process.
§6. I think the Sun (1) desperately needs a dramatic, front page story (2) will claim that they relied on her testimony - whether or not she spoke to them directly. Their defence will be that they believed she was a victim. It won't help but they will have to put up a defence and that's what it will be I guess.
§7. (And please don't forget that article was not just a swipe at Johnny - they were going for JK Rowling - darling of the UK liberal establishment and hated by the right wing press. They could have just written that JD was a 'wife beater' they didn't have to bring her into it. At the time, the UK was deeply mired in Brexit recriminations and JK Rowling was a bit proponent of Remain - so a real target for the right.)
§8. AH"s entire strategy from day one has been to put pressure on Johnny knowing how much he hates publicity. I think her miscalculation was that she took his 'splitting' to thinking he would also run away from this fight. But over the divorce he didn't back down and she got the minimum settlement she was entitled to. And then when she made her speeches etc, he didn't react so she became emboldened. And then she went to far - forgetting that fundamentally he is a person of principle.
§9.I feel that court is the thing she really fears - on that recording of the two of them it was remarkable how her tone completely changed and she became desperate at the point he said 'fine I'll see you in court'.
§1. §2. §3. Agreed. The police report fiasco was the one that, if filed timely, could have buried AH back in 2016, newly available evidence or not. And every tabloid and moderately respectable media source took Spector’s word that her client filed one and “jumped the gun” with headlines proclaiming same. Headlines they could never recant with the same ferocity once they realized they’d been played. I get chest pains every time I revisit that particular sequence of lies.
She has tried for dismissal of JD’s case against her three (4?) times now. This will be different - it’s not her case. But, as I’ve held before, a plane ticket as well as hotel arrangements would have been bought and paid for long before the (anticipated) shut down made it possible to put on a show of going to all lengths to secure that last flight across the pond IF she truly wanted to make an appearance . . . What a joke she is!
§4.& §5. Yeah, mouthy despicable cowards the lot of them, until they each have to raise their right hand...
§6. Wow. Do you really think the Sun will turn up for this showdown with nothing but a plaintive “We believed she was a victim.” Ha! Geez - A hideous rag that deserves to be ground into dust throwing their case on the pity of the Court for having been betrayed by the very scum they were so stalwartly defending? Of course, the Court would not be faulted for firing back with a resounding, WHY? Why did you believe she was a victim? What research did you do and evidence did you find to drive you to that conclusion without receiving any confirmation from her?? At about that point (if not sooner) I would think the courtroom would be in an uproar of uncontrollable laughter.
§7. Yes - the J.K. Rowling angle. I hadn’t really considered how odd - and risky - it was for the Sun to drag her into the fray until you mentioned it. It was such a low blow. I guess a political swipe of that magnitude was just too irresistible to ignore. Glad Johnny didn’t let it go.
§8 & §9. Agreed. A costly miscalculation on AH’s part - and a lazy one on Kaplan’s part. And a bottomless pit of arrogance and wheel-spinning on both parts. I know the Sun case is not Kaplan’s terrain, but I hope she’s starting to sweat.