Johnny Depp Lawyers Cross-Examine Amber Heard

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Just before 4 p.m. on May 16, Johnny Depp’s attorney began cross-examining Amber Heard in his libel trial against her. One of the actor’s attorneys, Camille Vasquez, opened the cross with a fast-moving volley. “Mr. Depp didn’t look at you once during the entire trial, did he?” Vasquez asked. “Not that I noticed,” Heard replied. “You’ve looked at him a lot, haven’t you?” Vasquez prodded. “Yes, I did,” Heard said. Vasquez urged, “You know exactly why Mr. Depp isn’t looking at you, right?” Heard said, “I do.” you’d never see his eyes again, would you?” “I don’t remember if he said that,” Heard said, her voice a low whisper.

Prior to Vasquez’s cross-examination, Heard’s attorney preemptively tried to clarify what will turn out — question after question about possible contradictions in testimonies about Depp’s alleged abuse. Heard responded directly to claims that her allegations were a “hoax” and discussed the timing of her alleged abuse at Depp’s hands. Earlier this morning, Elaine Bredehoft, Heard’s lead counsel, first addressed a potentially major bone of contention: when the first instance of alleged abuse took place. Heard previously said that Depp first hit her in 2013 after she asked him about a Winona Ryder tattoo on his arm that read “Wino Forever.” Heard recalled, “I was just laughing because I thought he was joking … and he slapped me in the face.” On Monday, Heard said the alleged incident actually took place in 2012, the same year that she started dating. Heard, who wore a muted gray top, cried at several points during her testimony. At one moment when Heard described Depp’s alleged self-harming behavior, he appeared to chuckle as he whispered to his attorney.

“How come you think you got the date wrong?” asked Bredehöft. “I’m embarrassed to say that I think I would have liked to have believed that the period in which I [fell] in love with Johnny … and he wasn’t violent to me, lasted a lot longer than it did,” Heard said. “I think I would have liked to have believed that I wasn’t met that early in the relationship and I stayed anyway.” Bredehoft also asked Heard about her statement that police were called prior to the May 2016 incident that Depp allegedly attended phone thrown at her. Police were called “by a landlord” in December 2011, 2012 and 2013, Heard said. When Heard was issued a protective order against Depp after the alleged phone incident, she only mentioned several alleged assaults. Bredehoft asked Heard why she didn’t name all the alleged abuse cases. “I followed my attorney’s advice,” she said.

Bredehoft also attempted to address possible cross-examination issues that could present some of Heard’s testimony as opportunistically novel and tailored to this trial. Heard testified that 17 alleged acts of abuse surfaced in Depp’s UK defamation trial against him The sun Newspaper. (Depp filed a lawsuit over a 2018 article calling him a “woman-beater” and lost, with the court finding the language “essentially true.”) Heard noted that she was not a party to the case , but only a witness. “When was the first time you were asked to provide a detailed account of physical and sexual abuse by Mr. Depp, as many times as you can remember?” asked Bredehöft. “A few months ago, in February, in 2022,” Heard said.

“How come you can’t remember all these events that way?” Bredehöft continued. “That’s not how your memory or my memory works,” Heard said. “As anyone can imagine, there was a lot going on and unfortunately the violence became almost normal, especially towards the end.”

Heard also detailed an alleged fight after her 30th birthday party on April 21, 2016, due to Depp’s late arrival. Depp threw her a large bottle of champagne at her home and threw her phone out the window, Heard said. Once Depp grabbed her pubic bone. “He kind of just pushed me down and held me down as a result,” Heard said. Depp reportedly taunted her, “You’re such a freaking tough guy.” When Heard related this alleged incident, Depp appeared to be putting gum or candy in his mouth. Heard’s attorneys showed photos of Heard showing a fairly large red bruise on his face after the alleged phone incident.

Clarified details about the Washington 2018 heard post Office Op-ed Depp is suing her, which appeared online with the headline: “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture.” That needs to change.”
She said the article was not about her ex-husband and his alleged behavior. It was about her and what happened to her after their relationship ended. Heard said she had nothing to do with the headline and thought she first learned about it in connection with the lawsuit.

“The only one who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny,” Heard said. “It was about me. It’s about what happened to me after Johnny. It’s about what happened to me after I got out of my marriage. It’s about me and my life and what I’ve been through.” Heard claimed that after her estrangement from Depp and the restraining order, she lost her job — and a lot worse. “I was harassed and harassed on a daily basis, death threats…” Heard said. Hollywood decision makers, Heard said, were “so keen to support him.”

Heard was also asked about her counterclaim against Depp. One of his attorneys, Adam Waldman, previously called Heard’s allegations a “hoax” in an April 2020 news article — which defamed her, she claimed. “Is that a true or a false statement?” asked Bredehöft. “And why is it wrong?” “To say it’s a ‘joke,’ that these aren’t even real things, I mean, after everything I’ve been through and survived,” Heard said, “I hadn’t even talked about the sexual abuse of my marriage. I had not. I never wanted to talk about it.” Johnny Depp Lawyers Cross-Examine Amber Heard

Lindsay Lowe

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