FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – Jurors in Johnny Depp libel trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, saw photos of her with red marks and swelling on her face on Monday after their last fight before their divorce, and heard testimony about her expertise in covering up bruises with make-up.
Heard concluded her direct testimony in a Virginia courtroom with a third day focusing on the final months of her marriage to Depp. His lawyers were to begin their cross-examination later in the afternoon.
The trial is now in its fifth week, and jurors have seen several photos of Heard throughout the trial that purport to document the abuse she said she suffered during her relationship with Depp.
Several of the photos shown on Monday, however, had not previously been seen by the jury and showed redness and swelling much more clearly than previous photos.
Heard said the marks came when Depp threw a phone in his face.
The confrontation in May 2016 prompted Heard to file for divorce two days later. Days later, she was granted a temporary restraining order after a courthouse hearing and was widely photographed leaving the courthouse with a bright red mark on her right cheek.
The final fight was a key point in the couple’s ongoing dispute. Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court for defamation over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though he never mentioned his name.
Depp says he never hit Heard and that she is cooking up allegations that she was abused. Earlier in the trial, jurors heard from police who responded to emergency calls during that final fight who said Heard’s face was red from crying but they saw no visible bruising. Witnesses also said they did not see any bruises on Heard’s face in the days immediately following the fight.
Heard, in her testimony Monday, said she was uncooperative with officers who responded to the couple’s penthouse and said her face-to-face interactions with officers were very limited.
She also discussed her makeup routine, using a color correction wheel she called her “bruise kit” to cover the marks on her face. She said she had learned over the years to use green tints on the first day of a bruise to cover redness and to switch more to orange tints when the bruise turned blue and purple.
“I’m not going to walk around LA with bruises on my face,” she said.
Heard testified that she did not want to publicly expose Depp as an abuser in her legal proceedings, but had to go to the courthouse to testify in order to get the restraining order, and she was surprised when she left the courthouse surrounded by paparazzi.
“I just wanted to change my locks,” she explained why she went to court to get the restraining order. “I just wanted to get a good night’s sleep.”
During Monday’s testimony, Heard also revised earlier testimony about when she first said she was physically assaulted by Depp.. And she strongly denied an accusation by Depp that she left human faeces in the couple’s bed after a fight. Heard said it was the couple’s cup of tea, the Yorkshire terrier, that ruined the bed and had a history of intestinal issues since accidentally ingesting Depp’s marijuana.
“Absolutely not,” she said of the alleged shitty prank. “I don’t think it’s funny. I don’t know what a grown woman does. I was in no mood for jokes.
Heard, however, said Depp became obsessed with the idea that someone had pooped in his bed. She said that was all he wanted to talk about in that last fight on May 21, 2016, even though Depp’s mother had just died and the pair hadn’t spoken in a month.
The poo allegation is one of many that Depp’s online fans have particularly latched onto in their criticism of Heard on social media.
Early in her testimony on Monday, she corrected herself on the moment of the first time she said Depp slapped her, which revolved around her questioning about one of her tattoos. Heard first said it happened in 2013, but she said on Monday it actually happened in 2012. She said her confusion stemmed from wanting to believe in her mind that the abuse didn’t start that early in their relationship.
“I had kind of allowed myself to forget that the beginning was so violent and chaotic,” she said.
Heard also spoke about the editorial itself, saying that staffers from the American Civil Liberties Union — for whom she started working as an ambassador — penned the first draft. She said she was happy to lend her voice to the domestic violence debate and had no intention of referencing Depp.
“It’s not about Johnny,” she said. “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 the accusations she receives daily from Depp supporters that she is lying about abuse is “torture”.
“I want to get on with my life,” she said. “I want Johnny to move on. I want him to leave me alone.