‘I survived that man’: Amber Heard ends testimony in Johnny Depp libel trial
Amber Heard wrapped up her testimony Tuesday after 4 days on the witness stand in the libel suit filed against her by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.
Depp’s lawyer CamilleVasquez on Tuesday afternoon ended her cross-examination of Heard, which was adopted by the redirect questioning of Heard, lasting just a few minutes, as Depp’s attorneys objected to almost each query that Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, tried to ask.
A portion of the cross-examination regarded a struggle Heard had with Depp in Australia in March 2015. The actress beforehand testified that he sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle throughout the struggle, and he has testified that she severed the tip of his finger. Each have denied the opposite’s allegations.
“I simply keep in mind being conscious that I used to be being assaulted by a bottle on the countertop,” Heard alleged. “This was a multi-day assault that passed off over three horrible days.”
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When requested why there was no proof of damage from her sexual assault, she confirmed she “did not search remedy.”
Vasquez mentioned Heard did not appear to be afraid of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor regardless of the alleged assault.
“This can be a man who tried to kill me,” Heard testified in response. “In fact it is scary. He is additionally my husband.”
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Vasquez recounted a number of cases by which Heard wrote in a “love journal” about her relationship with Depp and textual content exchanges following the incident in Australia.
“I am sorry I can get loopy. I am sorry I harm you. I feel, such as you, I can get depraved once I’m harm, once I really feel provoked, shattered and final night time I used to be. I felt a little bit bit bewildered about you not coming residence final night time. I used to be heartbroken and offended after many makes an attempt in useless on my half,” Heard mentioned in a single textual content to Depp. “You’re the final particular person I ever meant to harm. I really like you. I’m perpetually yours.”
The actress was later questioned by her lawyer about why she acknowledged that Depp has been unable to take a look at her throughout their U.Okay. trial and through this trial. “He is responsible. He is aware of he is mendacity in any other case why cannot he take a look at me,” Heard testified. “I survived that man and I am in a position to take a look at him.”
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After Heard’s lawyer redirected, Depp’s attorneys referred to as to the stand iO Tillett Wright, who was pals with each Heard and Depp.
Wright, who labored as a New York Occasions journalist and photographer in 2011, testified he by no means witnessed Depp bodily assault Heard. Depp’s lawyer requested Wright in regards to the actor’s character and substance use.
“Johnny, when sober, was pretty and magical and really humorous. Johnny, when sober, was extremely lucid, imaginative and I felt a kindred reference to him,” Wright mentioned. “Cocaine and alcohol would carry out an unsightly aspect of him, misogynistic and merciless. When he would take any sort of psychedelic, he would develop into paranoid. When he would drink alcohol, he would develop into paranoid.”
When questioned about Heard’s substance abuse, Wright testified that although Heard would drink wine recurrently until she was coaching for a task, he hardly ever noticed her take medication.
“Amber was vehemently towards cocaine,” mentioned Wright, who’s identified Heard for 11 years. “Amber doesn’t have a narcotic of selection. I’ve seen her ingest ecstasy as soon as (throughout her birthday).”
Wright additionally spoke about witnessing lots of the couple’s verbal arguments however mentioned he by no means noticed both of them develop into bodily violent with one another. He additionally testified that Depp received upset when each he and Heard laughed on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor pondering they’d defecated on his pillow.
Following the dialog, Wright mentioned he heard Depp threaten Heard and commotion within the background which precipitated him to name Heard’s buddy and authorities.
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Depp’s lawyer additionally grilled Heard about her previous drug use with Depp in 2013. The actress confirmed she did mushrooms with Depp throughout a visit to Hicksville and took MDMA together with her ex-husband on a aircraft to Russia.
Vasquez honed in on different events when Heard drank alcohol and smoked weed on her thirtieth birthday dinner in 2016 and MDMA and mushrooms at Coachella the next day, noting that she needed to be picked up from the pageant early.
Vasquez additionally centered on Heard being photographed with bruises on her face in Might 2016 as she got here out of a Los Angeles courtroom after submitting a restraining order towards Depp. Depp’s lawyer has argued that Heard tipped off paparazzi, one thing she denied.
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Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court for libel over an op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public determine representing home abuse.” His attorneys say he was defamed by the 2018 article regardless that it by no means talked about his identify.
Vesquez addressed the op-ed throughout Heard’s testimony on Tuesday, asking if particular components of the article have been about Depp. Heard mentioned the article was in response to the #MeToo motion quite than particular to her ex-husband.
“When highly effective males, usually, do one thing horrible or one thing they should not there’s a system in place to guard them, clear up after them, keep them, hold them afloat,” Heard testified of her op-ed. “It was not about him.”
She later added: “It was a reference to a common bigger phenomenon, not simply Johnny.”
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On Monday, Heard at times broke down in tears as she recalled her relationship with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor. She characterised their relationship as “violent and chaotic” at instances.
The court docket performed clips of a dialogue between Heard and Depp, the place she may be heard telling her ex-husband that regardless that she has proof of his abuse in the direction of her, she would not wish to go public with it as a result of she did not wish to “harm” him.
“I used to be begging Johnny to not make me show what I’ve needed to sit on this stand in entrance of all of you and show and speak about. … I did not need this. I do not wish to be right here,” Heard mentioned. “I used to be attempting to level out how absurd it could be for him to maintain making me show this by calling me a liar.”
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A spokesperson for Heard mentioned in a press release to USA TODAY Monday forward of her testimony that they anticipated Depp’s attorneys to “pound away on the sufferer,” as a result of “when the information aren’t in your aspect, pound away on the rostrum.”
“We worry will probably be equal components shameful and determined. And, the overwhelming proof — the reality — isn’t on Depp’s aspect,” the assertion learn. “The one factor we suspect Depp’s attorneys will keep away from is the central challenge of this trial: does Amber or any lady have the First Modification Proper of Freedom of Speech.”
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The high-profile trial resumed after a one-week hiatus to accommodate a judicial convention. Jurors have already heard 4 weeks of testimony with each Heard and Depp taking the stand, getting emotional at instances as they shared allegations towards each other and recounted their rocky relationship from assembly on the set of 2011’s “The Rum Diary” to sparking a romance, getting married, splitting up, and all of the fights in between.
Cross-examination of Heard by Depp’s attorneys started Monday afternoon after greater than two days of testimony.
Heard informed jurors she was bodily and sexually abused on a number of events earlier than and through her temporary marriage to Depp, which lasted from 2015-16.
When Depp took the stand earlier, he maintained he “by no means struck Ms. Heard in any approach, nor have I ever struck any ladies in my life.”
Heard and her attorneys argued the 2018 Washington Submit column did nothing to wreck Depp’s status – that the abuse accusations had been public for 2 years already, and Depp’s spiraling profession was the results of his ingesting and drug-using, which made him an unreliable commodity to Hollywood studios.
Contributing: Naledi Ushe, Maria Puente, Rasha Ali, Edward Segarra, USA TODAY; The Related Press