The defamation trial in Virginia between Stars Johnny Depp 58, and Amber Heard,35, has turned into a fierce struggle over the facts about their relationship, with both sides accusing the other of domestic abuse on multiple occasions in what was an undeniably difficult marriage.
Lawyers have questioned witnesses in front of a seven-member jury in Fairfax County Circuit Court about the events of what has been described as a whirlwind romance that began on a movie set and quickly devolved into a constant stream of fights and violent confrontations — the details of which vary widely depending on the account.
Depp is the one suing Heard for $50 million, alleging abuse before and during their two-year marriage. He claims Heard was the one who escalated the relationship’s violence. The Actor also claimed that his Hollywood career has been destroyed because of these false allegations!
Heard is countersuing Depp for $100 million!
“I’m suing her over defamation and the various falsities that she used to bring my life to an end,”
He went on to say that he didn’t challenge Heard’s claims of domestic abuse at the time because he was advised by his attorneys not to fight it, and that he waited nearly three years to launch this action in March 2019.
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Following Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019, the defamation trial between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began on Monday, April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia. The trial will enter its third week on Monday!
On Thursday, lawyers representing Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard questioned him in his defamation lawsuit, giving jurors disturbing text conversations in which Depp referred to a “monster” inside him that he had to keep in check.
The majority of Depp’s cross-examination on Thursday afternoon focused on the former couple’s violent text messages — “I’m not proud of any of the language used”
On the witness stand, Depp wiped his tears with his hand before grabbing a tissue as one audio recording played near the end of the day’s proceedings.
The tape was recorded in July of 2016, just after the couple had filed for divorce and Heard had requested a restraining order against Depp.
In the audio, you can hear Depp asking Heard: “Where do you want the scar?”
“Please do not cut your skin,” Heard replies. “Why would I do that? Please do not do that… please do not cut yourself.”
Meanwhile, housekeeping knocks on the door, to which Depp shouts, “No thank you, there’s sperm on the pillows.”
Depp then returned to his coverstaions with Heard, “Cut me,”
“I would never cut you,” Heard replies.
“You f****** hate me, come on,” Depp adds.
After that, a video of him was played. In the video Depp is seen tearing up his kitchen in 2013, which he claims was “illegally taped” by Amber Heard.
Depp Said “I did assault a couple of cabinets, but I did not touch Ms. Heard.”
He is seen slamming glass cabinets in his home’s bar area in the footage. You can also hear Amber Heard saying “nothing happened this morning” and “I just woke up and you were so sweet and nice. We were not even fighting this morning, all I did was say sorry.”
Then Depp said “Did something happen to you this morning? I don’t think so. You wanna see crazy? I’ll give you crazy.” After that, the actor pours himself a huge glass of wine. “Here’s your crazy.” Depp then learns he’s being secretly taped and appears to remove the device.
“You got this going? You sic that s*** on me, motherf*****?” Depp screams. Off-camera, there are more loud sounds. Heard seemed to be giggling.
When faced with the video of himself in court, Depp claimed that it was all a fake and a set up.
“Clearly I was having a bad time. I don’t know what it was with regard to completely,”
According to Depp, Heard was attempting to “hide” the recording device. The fact that Heard appeared to be smiling and laughing at the end of the video, according to Depp, was “the most interesting part” of the whole thing.
Ben Rottenborn, Heard’s lawyer, inquired if Depp poured himself a “mega” glass of wine in the video. (The actor’s drug and alcohol abuse is a key defence point.) “A mega pint?” Depp inquired. “I poured myself a large glass of wine, I thought it necessary.”
He added, “One does stray from complete control over their emotions at times, and that is very normal primal thing to do,”
“I did not try to intimidate Ms. Heard. If she was intimidated, why was she filming? If she was scared to death, why didn’t she leave?” he asked Rottenborn.
Johnny Depp’s fans have been tweeting in his favor since the last hearing:
Amber Heard was not in danger and she knew it.
When Johnny Depp was angry, he was slamming kitchen cabinets.
When he was holding a knife, he was self-harming.
— ayca gurelman (@IstanbulYoga) April 22, 2022
The court has been adjourned for the remainder of the week. On Monday, Depp’s cross-examination will resume.