Amber Heard strongly rejected on Tuesday the accusations of Johnny Depp’s lawyers who accused her of being violent, manipulative and provoking arguments or assaulting her ex-husband, during the latter’s defamation lawsuit, whom she accused of domestic violence.
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For several hours, Camille Vásquez, one of Johnny Depp’s lawyers, tried to portray the 36-year-old actress as the instigator of the multiple arguments with her ex-husband, and often the first to attack.
“I have never assaulted Mr. Depp or anyone I was in a romantic relationship with, ever,” Amber Heard confidently replied in court in Fairfax, Virginia, near Washington.
“Many times I had to use my body to defend myself, and that included hitting where I could if it allowed me to get away,” he explained, “if that meant a swollen face instead of ‘a broken nose,’ he continued.
She denied being “the first to attack”.
In an audio recording at the center of the process on Tuesday, she admits to “slapping” him during an argument in March 2015 in Australia, where Johnny Depp was filming the 5Y work of the saga Pirates of the Caribbeanand calls him “baby”.
In this recorded conversation, the actor claims to have had to take refuge in a bathroom due to his wife’s anger.
In another tense exchange on Tuesday, Amber Heard also had to battle through the sequence of events during a particularly traumatic episode of her stay in Australia, when Johnny Depp, under the influence of drugs, allegedly raped her with a bottle of alcohol.
Amber Heard claims that the actor would have cut the tip of his finger when breaking a phone before attacking him, a version that the lawyer questioned given the seriousness of this injury.
The actress also admitted not having made a medical certificate or consulted a doctor after the alleged brutal attack.
“He is guilty”
Camille Vasquez also pointed out a line from Amber Heard in the couple’s shared diary: “Sorry, I go crazy sometimes.”
In other sound recordings, Johnny Depp criticizes her for humiliating him in front of their son by yelling at him for spilling wine on her, and calls her husband a “puppet” while laughing.
Johnny Depp accuses his ex-wife of having ruined his reputation and his career by stating in a column published in 2018 by the Washington Post who had suffered domestic violence two years earlier, without mentioning her name.
He is claiming $50 million in damages. He has counterattacked and asks for the double.
In front, the actressaquaman She also explained why, according to her, Johnny Depp has refused to look her in the eye since the beginning of the trial. “It’s because he’s guilty,” she said. “He knows that he is lying.”
The 58-year-old actor, who testified in late April, admitted to heavy drug and alcohol use but denied raising a hand on Amber Heard and insisted she was the one who was violent.
Amber Heard also denounced a “smear campaign” by Johnny Depp’s lawyers when Camille Vasquez raised accusations of domestic violence brought by her former partner, American artist Tasya Van Ree in 2009.
The actress explained on Monday that she had decided to divorce in May 2016 because she feared for her life, after another argument in which the actor allegedly threw a phone in her face.
The first four weeks of the trial drew a “very toxic relationship” between the couple, in a context of drug and alcohol use by Johnny Depp, and revealed very crude details.
The two actors had started an affair in October 2011 before getting married in February 2015. The divorce was finalized in early 2017.
Deliberations will continue until May 27, after which the seven jurors will retire to deliberate.
Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife in the US two years after losing an initial libel suit in London against the British tabloid. Sunwho had called him an “abusive husband.”
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