A lawyer for Johnny Depp sought to discredit allegations of abuse by his ex-wife, Amber Heard, during cross-examination on Tuesday, confronting her with audio recordings of the couple’s arguments as well as text messages and notes from love the lawyer suggested showing Mrs. Heard to be an unreliable witness.
As Ms. Heard finished her testimony in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia, the attorney, Camille Vasquez, challenged Ms. Heard’s claims that she only ever hit Mr. Depp in self-defense. Ms Vasquez released recordings of an argument several years ago in which Ms Heard admitted: ‘I started a physical fight’ and called Mr Depp a ‘baby’.
Ms Heard testified that during this incident she only hit him because he was trying to “break into” the bedroom where she was trying to hide from him.
“I accused him of being a baby for complaining that I was hitting him as he tried to walk through the door that I was trying to barricade,” she testified on Tuesday.
Ms Heard, 36, is locked in a tense legal battle with Mr Depp, 58, over competing defamation claims and spent several hours during the trial sharing her accounts of repeated physical abuse throughout their relationship , as well as multiple cases of sexual violence. assault. Mr Depp denied ever hitting or sexually assaulting her and accused her of being the aggressor in the relationship.
Mr Depp sued Ms Heard three years ago over an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic violence”. Ms Heard counterattacked Mr Depp, claiming his former lawyer defamed her by calling his abuse charges a hoax.
During part of her questioning, Ms Vasquez disputed an account of the aftermath of an incident in Australia in 2015, in which Ms Heard said Mr Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle and the beat him while he was intoxicated. MDMA. Ms Heard testified that after Mr Depp’s attack she suffered a bruise to her jaw, as well as cuts to her arms and feet from broken glass on the floor.
“There isn’t a single medical record reflecting the treatment of any of these injuries, is there, Ms. Heard?” Ms. Vasquez asked.
“I didn’t seek treatment,” replied Ms. Heard.
Mr Depp testified he was the person injured that night when Ms Heard threw a bottle of vodka, hitting his hand and severing part of one of his fingers. Ms Heard said he injured his finger when he smashed a wall-mounted telephone into ‘crumbs’ when he was angry; Ms Vasquez pointed to the lack of photographic evidence of the broken phone or the injuries Ms Heard said she suffered that night.
Ms Heard said documentation of the abuse was incomplete as she only started taking pictures of her injuries “incidentally”, when she wanted to show them to a friend or her mother. She never considered a legal battle like this, she said.
Ms. Vasquez also presented a love note that Ms. Heard wrote to Mr. Depp about two months after the incident in Australia, which included the phrase: “I have seen in you the true bones of friendship and respect.
Ms Heard said the couple were on a ‘honeymoon period’ at the time.
As in Mr. Depp’s testimony, Ms. Heard’s cross-examination included a broadcast of insults that she had hurled at him during the arguments. In one recording, Ms. Heard can be heard calling it a “betrayal” and a “joke”. She acknowledged on the stand that she had called him “ugly, ugly things”, noting that he called her too. (During cross-examination of Mr. Depp by his lawyers, they sent several text messages to others in which he referred to Ms. Heard using insults and obscenities, including calling her a “worthless prostitute “.)
At the heart of the matter is the editorial, and Ms Vasquez has sought to establish that while Ms Heard did not mention Mr Depp’s name in the article, it was clear the subject was their relationship . Ms Heard confirmed that when she said she had become a “public figure representing domestic violence” she was referring to securing a temporary restraining order against Mr Depp in 2016.
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At one point, Ms. Vasquez zeroed in on the title of the article: “I spoke out against sexual violence — and I faced the wrath of our culture. This must change. Ms Heard denied writing the headline, testifying that the Washington Post did not consult her about it and said she had no intention of publicizing her sexual assault allegations in the editorial. When she tweeted the op-ed, Ms Heard testified that she didn’t realize what the headline was saying.
“You don’t pay much attention to what you post, do you, Ms. Heard?” Ms. Vasquez asked.
“I just didn’t notice the title,” she said.
After Ms Heard left the stand, the jury heard pre-recorded testimony from iO Tillett Wright, a former friend of the couple who said he had never seen either of them hit the other. But he said that in 2015, shortly after a fight in which Ms Heard said Mr Depp tore chunks of his hair out, he witnessed injuries to his scalp.
Throughout Ms Heard’s testimony, which spanned the four days of the trial, Mr Depp diverted his attention from his ex-wife on the stand, often staring at a screen in front of him. On Monday, Ms Vasquez said he took his eyes off her because he promised her she would never see his eyes again.
But during the redirect on Tuesday, one of Ms Heard’s lawyers, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, asked her why she thought Mr Depp had avoided looking at her.
“Because he’s guilty, because he knows he’s lying,” Ms Heard said. “If not, why can’t he look at me?” »