Heard's attorney Benjamin Rottenborn opening statement during the trial did not include lines from The Talented Mr. Ripley script.
The Law and Crime Network uploaded the trial video on YouTube which clearly shows Benjamin Rottenborn, Heard's lawyer, and Benjamin Chew, Depp's lawyer, opening statements during the trial. Rottenborn's opening statement was over 30 minutes long, and it did not contain any plagiarized lines from the movie. The statement was about Heard's opinion piece published by the Washington Post in 2018 and whether or not it was protected by the First Amendment, which relates to freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. USA Today quoted one of Rottenborn's statements, saying, "I am sorry Amber will have to relive it, but that is the case Depp chose to bring, and we're not going to stand by and let them sling mud and make inflated false statements."
On December 18, 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post about being a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Though she did not mention Depp by name, he claimed that the piece ruined his career. The Post reported that Depp filed a defamation case against Heard three months after the piece was published.