Attorneys for actor Johnny Depp started their questioning of Amber Heard within the couple’s defamation trial on Monday and challenged the Aquaman star’s claims that she suffered bodily abuse earlier than and through their temporary marriage.
Depp’s attorneys launched pictures of Heard making public appearances on crimson carpets and The James Corden Present shortly after occasions that she stated Depp had struck her along with his fingers, on which he often wore heavy rings.
The images proven to jurors appeared to disclose no accidents. Heard stated the hurt, which included what she thought was a damaged nostril, was not extreme sufficient to be seen or was lined up by make-up. Although, the images she shared with the jury confirmed redness and swelling rather more clearly than earlier images.
The trial is now in its fifth week, and jurors have seen a number of images of Heard all through the trial that purport to doc the abuse she stated she acquired throughout her relationship with Depp.
Heard stated the marks got here when Depp threw a cellphone at her face.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50 million, saying she defamed him when she claimed she was a sufferer of home abuse. Heard has countersued for $100 million, arguing that Depp smeared her by calling her a liar.
The pair wed in February 2015 and their divorce was finalised about two years later. The authorized case centres on a December 2018 opinion piece by Heard that appeared in The Washington Publish. The article by no means talked about Depp by identify, however his lawyer informed jurors it was clear Heard was referencing him.
Lower than two years in the past, Depp misplaced a libel case towards The Solar, a British tabloid that labeled him a “wife beater.” A London Excessive Court docket decide dominated that he had repeatedly assaulted Heard.
Heard mentioned her make-up routine throughout her Monday testimony, utilizing a color correction wheel that she referred to as her “bruise kit” to cowl up marks on her face. She stated she discovered through the years to make use of inexperienced shades within the first day of a bruise to cowl up redness, and swap extra to orange shades because the bruise turned blue and purple.
Photograph: AP“I’m not going to walk around LA with bruises on my face,” she stated.
On cross-examination, Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez questioned Heard about a number of images of her that appeared to not present bruises even they have been taken inside days of alleged abuse incidents. Heard stated she used make-up to cowl bruises and ice to scale back swelling.
“You should see what it looked like under the makeup,” she stated.
Vasquez additionally questioned Heard about her $7 million divorce settlement from Depp. Heard pledged to donate the total quantity to charity however has thus far solely donated a portion of it. She testified she’s been unable to fulfil her pledge but as a result of Depp sued her for $50 million. However on cross-examination she acknowledged that she had acquired the total $7 million from Depp months earlier than he filed the lawsuit.
In her direct testimony, Heard testified she didn’t need to publicly expose Depp as an abuser in her court docket proceedings, however needed to go to the courthouse to supply testimony to acquire the restraining order, and he or she was stunned when she left the courthouse surrounded by paparazzi.
“I just wanted to change my locks,” she stated about why she went to court docket to get the restraining order. “I just wanted to get a good night’s sleep.”
Throughout Monday’s testimony, Heard additionally strongly denied an accusation from Depp that she left human fecal matter within the couple’s mattress after a battle. Heard stated it was the couple’s teacup Yorkshire terrier that messed the mattress and that it had a historical past of bowel issues ever because it had by accident ingested Depp’s marijuana.
“Absolutely not,” she stated concerning the alleged poop prank. “I don’t think that’s funny. I don’t know what grown woman does. I was not in a pranking mood.”
Heard stated, although, that Depp turned obsessive about the concept somebody had pooped in his mattress. She stated it was all he wished to speak about throughout that closing battle Might 21, 2016, despite the fact that Depp’s mom had simply died and the couple hadn’t spoken in a month.
Photograph: ReutersThe poop allegation is one among a number of that Depp’s on-line followers have significantly latched onto of their social media critiques of Heard.
Heard additionally talked concerning the op-ed piece itself, saying staffers with the American Civil Liberties Union — for whom she had began work as an envoy — wrote the primary draft. She stated she was pleased to lend her voice to the talk over home violence, and wasn’t desiring to reference Depp.
“It’s not about Johnny,” she stated. “The only one who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny. It was about me, and my life after Johnny.”
Heard concluded her testimony by saying that accusations she receives every day from Depp supporters that she’s mendacity concerning the abuse are “torture.”
“I want to move on with my life,” she stated. “I want Johnny to move on. I want him to leave me alone.”