Lawyers for Johnny Depp on Tuesday questioned the veracity of Amber Heard’s allegation that Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle.
Heard was questioned for most of the day after her testimony in Depp’s libel lawsuit against her.
Depp is suing Heard in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Her lawyers say she was defamed by the article even though she never mentioned her name. The trial is now in its fifth week.
Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, questioned Heard about a variety of incidents in which she says Depp assaulted her.
The questioning was particularly intense over a fight the couple had in March 2015 in Australia, shortly after they were married, while Depp was filming the fifth film at the pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
It was during that fight that Heard says she was sexually assaulted. Depp, on the other hand, says that he was her victim and that she lost the tip of her middle finger when Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him.
Vasquez questioned why Heard never sought medical attention, even though she said her feet were cut by broken glass and she was bleeding after the attack.
“You’re the one who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia, aren’t you, Mrs. Heard?” Vasquez asked.
“I did not assault Johnny in Australia. I never assaulted Johnny,” Heard replied.
Vasquez then questioned why Heard wrote a series of love notes to Depp in the months after she said she was assaulted.
Heard said she believed Depp had hit rock bottom after the fight in Australia and was committed to sobriety. She has said that most of the assaults occurred while Depp was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“When things were good, they were really good,” he said.
The jury also viewed a recording of a statement Heard made in 2016 in connection with her divorce in which she appeared to inadvertently admit that she had informed celebrity news outlet TMZ about aspects of her initial divorce proceedings.
Heard testified before the jury that she was shocked when paparazzi invaded her court appearance seeking a temporary restraining order and that she tried to avoid publicity as much as possible.
However, during the 2016 deposition, Heard puts her hands to her lips as if she mistakenly blurted something out after saying she wanted Depp to find out about the divorce filing “from a source other than TMZ, which was tipped off.” …”
“You were wrong there, weren’t you, Mrs. Heard?” Vasquez asked.
“That’s not what I’m talking about,” Heard responded.
During the redirection exam, Heard said he “asked my team to present it in the most discreet way, literally put it under a stack of papers and file it away at the end of the day so that I had a better chance of getting it.” will be overlooked.” by the paparazzi and by TMZ.”
Heard’s redirect questioning lasted only a few minutes, as Depp’s lawyers objected to nearly every question Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, tried to ask.
After Heard’s testimony concluded, the jury heard recorded testimony from a mutual friend of the couple, iO Tillett Wright, who said that Depp confided in him that he hated sobriety.
“I wanted to get sober for Amber,” Tillett Wright said. “He didn’t enjoy being sober. It wasn’t fun, and it was nerve-wracking and exhausting and very hard to do. Really, he really resented having to be sober.”
Tillett Wright said that Depp’s personality became petty and paranoid when he was using alcohol or drugs.
There was also testimony about Heard’s $100 million counterclaims against Depp. She says she was smeared by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, when he called Heard’s accusations a hoax.
Heard has said the allegations hurt her career, but Vasquez pointed to a series of negative articles about Heard that preceded Waldman’s comments.
The jury also heard an audio recording of a verbal fight between the two in which each belittled the other’s acting career. Heard laughed derisively at Depp’s breakout role in the 1980s TV show 21 Jump Street.
“Hey, at least I didn’t do a little show where I’m a heartthrob. God, that would be embarrassing,” Heard said.
Depp responded with a dismissive comment about Heard’s biggest movie role to date, yelling “Aquaman!” in a mocking way to denigrate the superhero movie.
And Heard took offense when Vasquez suggested that Heard only got the part in Aquaman with Depp’s help.
“Excuse me?” heard said. “No, Ms. Vasquez, I got that role by auditioning.”