On Tuesday, lawyers for Johnny Depp questioned Amber Heard’s claim that Depp sexually attacked her with a liquor bottle.
After appearing in Depp’s libel suit against her, Heard was cross-examined for most of the day.
Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia for an op-ed she penned in The Washington Post in December 2018 characterizing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers claim that the piece defamed him despite the fact that it never stated his name. The trial has entered its sixth week.
Camille Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer, questioned Heard about a number of events in which she claims Depp assaulted her.
The investigation focused on a dispute the pair had in Australia in March 2015, shortly after they married, while Depp was filming the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
Heard claims she was sexually abused during the fight. Depp, on the other hand, claims he was the victim and that Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, causing him to lose the tip of his middle finger.
Vasquez questioned why Heard did not seek medical help after the attack, despite the fact that her feet were injured by broken glass and she was bleeding.
“You’re the one who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia, isn’t that right, Ms. Heard?” Vasquez asked.
“I didn’t assault Johnny in Australia. I didn’t assault Johnny ever,” Heard responded.
Vasquez then questioned why Heard penned a series of love letters to Depp in the months following her claim of being assaulted.
Heard stated that she believed Depp had reached rock bottom following the fight in Australia and was committed to sobriety. She claims that the majority of the assaults occurred when Depp was high on drugs or alcohol.
“When things were good, they were really good,” she said.
A recording of a deposition Heard gave in 2016 in connection with her divorce was also shown to the jury, in which she appeared to unintentionally concede that she had tipped off the celebrity news source TMZ to aspects of her initial divorce proceedings.
Heard stated to the jury that she was surprised when the paparazzi flocked to her court appearance to obtain a temporary restraining order and that she tried to avoid attention as much as possible.
During the 2016 deposition, Heard puts her palms to her mouth, as if she accidentally blurted something out after saying she wanted Depp to learn of the divorce petition “from some other source other than TMZ, which was alerted…”
“You slipped up there, didn’t you, Ms. Heard?” Vasquez asked.
“That’s not what I’m talking about,” Heard responded.
During redirect examination, Heard said she “asked my team to file in the most discreet way, literally to put it under a stack of papers and file it at the end of the day so it kind of had more of a shot of being missed by the paparazzi and by TMZ.”
The redirect questioning of Heard lasted only a few minutes, as Depp’s lawyers objected to nearly every question asked by Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft.
There was also evidence about Heard’s $100 million complaints against Depp. She claims Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, defamed her by calling Heard’s charges a fake.
Heard has claimed that the allegations harmed her career, while Vasquez pointed to a string of negative articles about Heard that preceded Waldman’s remarks.
The jury also heard an audio clip of the two arguing in which each disparaged the other’s acting career. Heard mocked Depp’s breakout role in the 1980s television series “21 Jump Street.”
“Hey, at least I didn’t do, like, a teeny show where I’m a heartthrob. God that would be, like, embarrassing,” Heard said.
Depp responded with dismissive commentary about Heard’s biggest film role to date, shouting “Aquaman!” in a mocking way to denigrate the superhero film.
And Heard took offense when Vasquez suggested that Heard only got the role in “Aquaman” with Depp’s help.
“Excuse me?” Heard said. “No, Ms. Vasquez, I got myself that role by auditioning.”