Amber Heard took the stand on Monday after a week-long hiatus in her protection within the defamation lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp, her ex-husband.
Heard’s direct examination concluded on Monday with Heard’s recollection of a number of cases earlier than and after her divorce from Depp, and Monday afternoon started Heard’s cross-examination from Depp’s attorneys.
Depp sued Heard in 2019 for $50 million for defamation following an opinion piece that Heard printed with The Washington Post in 2018, during which she insinuated that she was a sufferer of home abuse. Heard counter-sued Depp for $100 million for nuisance.
The high-profile trial, happening in Fairfax, Virginia, has entered its sixth week to this point, and shutting arguments are anticipated on May 27.
Here are 5 notable moments from day three of Heard’s time on the witness stand:
Heard Admits to ‘Reactively’ Hitting Depp During Fights
An audio recording was performed in court docket from 2015 during which the couple could possibly be heard arguing over whether or not or not Heard hit Depp.
“I did not punch you,” Heard may be heard saying. “I did not f**king deck you. I f**king was hitting you.”
She then testified that the dialog was concerning the “disparity” between them throughout their fights.
“He would proactively punch me, and I would have to resort to reactively hitting him. I am talking about the difference between a punch, which Johnny did often, and me having to hit him in my defense,” she stated.
“I know the difference between the two and I’m highlighting the difference between those two, even if he wasn’t twice my size,” she testified.
Depp Seen In Video Smashing Cabinets In Kitchen
A video was proven as proof to the jury on Monday that depicted Depp smashing issues in a kitchen and arguing with Heard.
Heard testified that she took the video on her iPad, recording as a result of she felt “afraid.”
In the video, Heard locations the digicam on a counter as Depp seems to be kicking one thing and yelling the phrase “motherf**ker” a number of instances.
Heard requested Depp what occurred as he wandered across the kitchen in his most important home in West Hollywood carrying a hat and sun shades. He then seems to slam a number of kitchen cupboards as Heard stated, “Nothing happened this morning, you know that?”
Depp responded, “Were you in here?” to which Heard responded, “no.” Depp then stated, “Then nothing happened to you this morning.”
“Yeah, you’re right,” Heard stated within the video. “I just woke up and you were so sweet and nice. We were not even fighting this morning, all I did was say sorry.”
He seems to smash a glass off-camera, after which says, “You wanna see crazy? I’ll give you f**king crazy.” Depp appears to pour a glass of wine earlier than noticing the recording system. Depp then grabbed the iPad, and the recording ended.
Heard Said She Wouldn’t Be Alive If She Had Stayed Married To Depp
Heard recalled submitting for divorce from Depp in 2016, and said that if she had stayed with Depp of their marriage, “I’d likely literally not survive.”
Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, requested her why she filed for divorce, and Heard said by tears, “Because I knew if I didn’t, I’d likely not literally survive. I was scared it was going to end really badly for me.”
“I really didn’t want to leave him,” she testified. “I loved him so much. I would have done anything, but I couldn’t do that one thing. I couldn’t stay.”
She stated that the violence turned regular of their relationship, and added, “It was so hard, but I knew I had to do it. I believe he would have taken it too far and I wouldn’t be here.”
Shortly after submitting for divorce, Heard additionally filed a short lived restraining order towards Depp on the grounds of home violence, stating she was afraid of him.
Depp’s Legal Team Noted That He Has Not Looked At Heard During Testimony
It had been shortly famous by many on-line watching the trial on Heard’s first day on the witness stand that Depp was avoiding taking a look at her in any respect.
Throughout the trial, Depp may be seen along with his head down or with sun shades on, and a few followers thought he seemed to be doodling. Many individuals on-line speculated what his conduct might need meant.
After a day break Monday, the court docket returned for Heard’s cross-examination, the place she confronted questions from Depp’s authorized crew. The cross-examination was led by Camille Vasquez.
During questioning, Vasquez stated that Depp has not checked out Heard as soon as through the trial, which Heard confirmed.
“You know why he won’t look at you,” Vasquez stated. “He told you you would never see his eyes again.”
A recording was performed in court docket from a gathering in San Francisco in the summertime of 2016, during which Depp tells Heard, “You will never see my eyes again.”
Cross-Examination Leads To Questions About Heard’s Lack Of Visible Injuries
The begin of Heard’s questioning started with Vasquez mentioning a sequence of photographs following incidents during which Heard alleged she had been overwhelmed by Depp, mentioning cases the place accidents weren’t seen.
Vasquez questioned Heard about cases when Heard testified Depp “whacked” her within the face whereas carrying very giant rings on his fingers. The photographs proven to the jury have been taken in Russia whereas Heard accompanied Depp to advertise The Lone Ranger, and Vasquez identified the shortage of bruises on Heard’s face.
Depp’s lawyer additionally confirmed photos from the 2014 Met Gala the place Heard believed her nostril was damaged after Depp hit her. Vasquez confirmed a photograph from an occasion the next day, and Heard responded, “You should see what it looked like underneath the makeup.”
The trial will proceed on Tuesday.