Jurors in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s libel trial saw pictures of the bruised actress on Monday – as she denied the editorial at the heart of the case was about her ex-husband.
Heard’s attorneys showed multiple images of the actress with a red, swollen face from what she said was the troubled former couple’s last fight, in May 2016.
“That’s my face after Johnny threw a phone at him,” Heard, 36, said of the aftermath of the alleged fight with Depp, 58.
The “Aquaman” actress also defended the 2018 essay she wrote in The Washington Post in which she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.”
“What, if anything, in this editorial is incorrect?” I heard attorney Elaine Bredehoft ask.
“Nothing,” Heard replied. “Every word is true.”
“It’s not about Johnny,” she continued. “The only one who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny. It’s about me. It’s about what happened to me.
Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over the column, which does not name him. He claims it was in clear reference to domestic abuse allegations Heard made when she filed for divorce after less than two years of marriage in May 2016 – and it defamed him, damaging his career and reputation .
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During cross-examination, Depp’s lawyers confronted Heard with several photos taken of the couple during public affairs after alleged violent fights – which showed her without any visible injuries.
An image showed Heard looking fresh next to Depp during Spike TV’s ‘Don Rickles: One Night Only’ special – the day after she claimed Depp may have broken his nose after the 2014 Met Gala.
“For the record, I don’t know if it was broken,” Heard admitted during questioning by Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez. “You should have seen what it looked like under the makeup.”
“Your nose doesn’t appear to be injured in any of these photos?” asked the lawyer.
“I wear makeup and makeup covers the swelling, right?” Heard answered.
Other photos produced by Depp’s team included the couple attending the 2015 Tokyo premiere of his comedy film “Mordecai,” which followed an alleged fight, as well as stills from an appearance by Heard on ” The Late Late Show with James Corden”.
Heard claimed she had a split lip from a beating by Depp which she covered in lipstick at the time.
Earlier, during questioning by his own attorneys, Heard had detailed his makeup routine for the jury, even brandishing a concealment kit.
“I’m definitely not going to walk around LA with bruises on my face,” she said.
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Jurors also saw a now infamous photo of Heard with what appear to be bruises on her face – taken in an LA courthouse the day she filed for a temporary restraining order against Depp in May 2016.
Heard became emotional on the stand as she recalled how photographers “just surrounded me as I walked out of that courthouse” and “screamed awful things.”
Depp accused Heard of painting a bruise with makeup that day, a claim she denies.
Heard explained why she decided to file for divorce that month despite Depp’s assurances that he was sober, sorry and “not the monster.”
“I knew that if I didn’t [divorce him], I probably wouldn’t literally survive,” she said. “I was so scared.”
Depp’s attorneys made Heard admit that she never kept her promise to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union and a children’s hospital in California.
“I use ‘pledge’ and ‘don’ as synonyms,” Heard said.
“I don’t know,” Vasquez retorted.
Additional reporting by Snejana Farberov