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Did Amber Heard reference Carly Simon in court? 'You're So Vain' message explained

Bruno Cooke May 17, 2022
Did Amber Heard reference Carly Simon in court? 'You're So Vain' message explained
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During the 17th day of the ongoing Johnny Depp Amber Heard defamation trial, Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez asked Heard if she knew “the Carly Simon song You’re So Vain” – in reference to a note written on a mirror in Australia. Here’s what we know.

Where does Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain fit into the ongoing Johnny Depp Amber Heard defamation trial?

The most recent time Carly Simon has come up during legal proceedings between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard happened today, on day 17 of John C Depp, II v Amber Laura Heard (CL-2019-2911).

During Amber Heard’s cross-examination, Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez asked her about what the Daily Mail called “the 2015 amputation incident” in Australia.

The Mail quotes Vasquez as asking Heard, “You know the Carly Simon song You’re So Vain? It’s your testimony Mr Depp was writing messages to himself in the mirror back and forth.”

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“It’s your testimony he was writing crazy messages to himself?” Vasquez continued. “That’s what it looked like”, Heard answered. 

Minutes later, according to the Mail’s liveblog, Amber Heard claimed that the lyrics from the Carly Simon song You’re So Vain, written on the mirror of the couple’s Australia home, were written by Johnny Depp.

Some people have started analysing the handwriting to claim that either Amber Heard or Johnny Depp wrote the Carly Simon note

Fox LiveNOW’s Twitter account wrote about the Carly Simon reference two days ago (15 May 2022).

“Johnny Depp testified”, Fox tweeted, “that he believes the message written on the bathroom mirror in Australia that mentions Carly Simon was done by Heard intentionally to look like his own handwriting.”

Others have since chimed in. People claim to be sure one way or the other about the handwriting – whether it is Amber Heard’s or Johnny Depp’s.

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However, it is worth noting that both parties (Depp and Heard) claim not to have written the note. 

When it came up in 2020, Page Six wrote that Heard wrote it; the Guardian reported on 7 May 2022 that Heard had testified that she “wasn’t familiar with [Carly] Simon or her work”. She would therefore be unlikely to write a reference to a Carly Simon track.

But, per Law And Crime, Heard “took a picture of that mirror, which included the message”. She “insisted that it was Depp”.

Johnny Depp once recorded a cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain with Marilyn Manson

In 2012 – a year after he and Amber Heard co-starred in The Rum Diary (2011) – Johnny Depp recorded a cover of Carly Simon’s 1972 hit You’re So Vain with Marilyn Manson.

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Depp was 48 at the time, Manson 43.

The cover featured on Marilyn Manson’s eighth studio album, Born Villain. The pair are “actually old pals”, wrote MTV’s Gil Kaufman at the time.

And “they rekindled their friendship recently by teaming up to record one of the all-time great kiss-off songs in rock history”.

Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation because of an op-ed she published in the Washington Post in 2018. Heard is countersuing Depp. The trial is set to continue.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.