Johnny Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, returned to the witness box on Monday in a defamation lawsuit filled with allegations of physical and emotional abuse on both sides. Heard recounted, in as much detail as possible (given the high number of objections from Depp’s attorney), several situations in which she says she was physically abused by her ex-husband.
Until the moment of facing the cross-examination, which turned out to be fierce. And Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, insisted on putting her finger on the wound, returning to the moving testimony of the actress about an alleged rape. “He testified that he was raped with a bottle“, recalled Camille Vasquez, recalling that the actress had said to have “bleeded from the vagina” then asked if she had consulted a doctor or taken a photo. “I didn’t want to tell anyone,” Heard replied. Vasquez continued to question every episode in which Heard claimed to have been assaulted, until he came to another issue: money. After all, this case is worth millions on both sides.
Camille Vasquez was keen to point out that the actress’ statement that she donated the sum of her $7 million (6.7 million euros) divorce settlement from 2016 it was wrong. “To date, you have not paid 3.5 million of your money to the ACLU…to date, you have not paid 3.5 million of your money to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles” , said the complainant in front of an uncomfortable but concordant Amber Heard. . . “I promised the full amount” to the institutions, Heard said, adding that he could not keep his promise because “I was being sued”.
However, Depp’s attorney recalled that the $7 million was given to her almost six months before her ex-husband sued her in March 2019, and that at least $500,000 was paid to her. the ACLU by Elon Musk, the multi-millionaire Amber Heard dated after their divorce. . Heard insisted that Musk’s donations had nothing to do with the $3.5 million he had pledged.
He says, she says
From the start of the trial, jurors in the case listened to explicit recordings of arguments between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, who had been together for about six years (and married just over a year), and listened to the actors testify about shocking episodes. which included a severed finger (of which Depp accused Heard), a stool on a bed (of which Heard was accused), kicking, hair pulling and punching (of which Heard accused Depp) and sexual assault with a bottle (which Heard described suffering from, pointing to her ex-husband).
The first to present the case was Johnny Depp, who appeared in the witness box on April 19. the star of the saga Pirates of the Caribbean said he had never hit Amber Heard, or any other woman, and argued that the abuser in the relationship was the ex-wiferelying on the testimony of a psychologist who stated that Heard suffered from histrionic and borderline personality disorder (limit).
Regarding the behavior of the woman he accuses of being violent, the actor said that in early 2015, shortly after their wedding, Amber Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him which cut off the upper part of his right middle finger. – corroborating the accusation. Medical reports have been presented, but the actress’ defense claims the cut was made by himself.
In another case, in April 2016, Depp said feces was found in the couple’s bed and one of his security guards testified that Amber Heard told him the feces had been left there as a “horrible joke gone wrong”. Heard, however, denied it, adding that he didn’t find the idea funny at all.
Amber Heard, who rose to prominence after her divorce from Depp, with her role as Mera in Aquamanguaranteed he just hit Depp to defend oneself and to protect his younger sister – at this point his psychologist witnessed that the actress had only been aggressive in self-defense, but faced with a recording in which Amber Heard confesses to having “hit” Depp, the therapist would eventually agree that it was not in this case an assault reactive.
One of the most dramatic moments in the trial came during Amber Heard’s second day of testimony, in which the actress described an episode in which she accused Johnny Depp of assaulting and killing her. inserting a glass bottle into her vagina while threatening to kill her. During the description, the actress showed extremely distressed and stress emotionala position that many body language experts, heard by Court TVwho broadcast the judgment, found it unreliable.
The comments will have been taken into account and, a week later, Amber Heard was more contained and more careful in the way she explains the different situations she claims to have had.
War on the networks and on the screen
Less than two years ago, Johnny Depp suffered a bitter defeat in the UK, when a court ruled that “Woman Beater”, as the The sun wrote, did not constitute defamation, after proving several incidents of extreme violence by Depp against Heard. And now, in case of defamation, it is enough that Amber Heard can prove that her ex-husband hit her once for the jury to dismiss Depp.
What seems certain is that, in the PR war, the team managing actor Johnny Depp’s image is leading the way (and Heard’s was replaced halfway). A study of memes and posts on TikTok indicates a clear tendency to align with Depp, despite both ex-spouses claiming to be abused. “What’s coming out on social media, Instagram and TikTok is quite heinous because these are serious allegations of abuse coming from both sides,” said Alex McCready, reputation and privacy manager at the London office of legal experts at the Vardags family, cited fur The Guardian.
The TikTok tag #JusticeforJohnnyDepp has more than 11 billion views, while that of #JusticeforAmberHeard has just over 80,000. hashtag #AmberHeard has 9.8 billion views. And, thanks to this public support, it is very possible that Depp will resume his career regardless of the verdict. Amber Heard will be able to see your call in Aquaman 2 in danger: a petition in line is calling for the actress to be removed from the DC Comics character movie sequel and has already garnered more than four million signatures.
The actress spoke on Monday about her participation in the two films, saying her professional life had been hampered by the controversy currently on trial. Heard outlined the terms of his Justice League contract with Warner Bros.: for participation in the Aquaman 2018 received $1 million plus “box office bonuses” and its check for the 2023 sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom it was two million dollars – a film that almost lost. “I fought to be in the movie, they didn’t want me…in the movie,” he said.
Johnny Depp is being processed Amber Heard for defamation, following the publication of an article in The Washington Post in which the actress identified herself as an abuse survivor. The actor is claiming compensation of 50 million dollars (48 million euros), claiming to have lost his job because of the accusation which he describes as false. For her part, Amber Heard fought back with a $100 million ($96 million) defamation lawsuit, arguing that Depp defamed her by calling her a liar.