Johnny Depp’s lawyer pressures Amber Heard over photo to donate as cross-examination begins

Editor’s Note: Some testimonies contained graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical assault.

juror Johnny DeppThe defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Monday saw pictures of her with red marks and swelling on her face after her final brawl before her divorce and heard testimony about her expertise in makeup to cover up bruises.

Hurd wrapped up her direct testimony in the Virginia court, with the third day focusing on the final months of her marriage to Depp. Later in the afternoon, his lawyers began cross-examination.

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Amber Heard testifies in a defamation case brought against Johnny Depp in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 16, 2022.

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The trial, now in its fifth week, saw multiple photos of Heard throughout the trial, which were meant to document what she said were abused in her relationship with Depp.

However, several photos shown on Monday had not been seen by the jury before and showed the redness more clearly than previous photos.

The marks were heard when Depp threw the phone in her face.

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Actor Amber Heard testifies in court in Fairfax County Circuit Court, Monday, May 16, 2022, in Fairfax, Virginia. Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after writing an op-ed in Fairfax County Circuit Court in a 2018 Washington Post article calling himself a “Public Figures Representing Domestic Abuse”.

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The confrontation in May 2016 prompted Hurd to file for divorce two days later. A few days later, she was granted a temporary restraining order following a court hearing and was widely photographed leaving the courthouse with a visible red mark on her right cheek.

The final battle has been a key point in the couple’s ongoing debate. Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court for defaming a December 2018 Washington Post op-ed she published as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers said he was defamed by the article, even though it never mentioned his name.

Depp said he never hit Heard and that she was making up claims she was abused. Earlier in the trial, jurors heard officers responding to emergency calls in the final fight said Heard’s face was flushed from crying, but they saw no visible bruises. Witnesses also testified that they did not see the bruises on Hurd’s face in the days following the fight.

In her testimony Monday, Hurd said she did not cooperate with police responding to the couple’s penthouse, and said she had very limited face-to-face interactions with officers.

She also discusses her makeup routine, using a color-correcting wheel she calls a “bruise kit” to cover up the marks on her face. She says she’s learned over the years to use a green tint to cover up redness on the first day of a bruise and more orange tint as the bruise turns blue and purple.

“I don’t walk around LA with a bruise,” she said.

During cross-examination, Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, asked Heard for multiple photos of her that did not appear to show bruises, even though they were taken several days after the alleged abuse. taken during the day. Heard she used makeup to cover bruises and ice to reduce swelling.

“You should see how it looks under makeup,” she said.

Vasquez also asked Hurd about her $7 million divorce settlement from Depp. Heard has pledged to donate the full amount to charity, but has so far only given a portion. She testified that since Depp sued her for $50 million, she has not been able to fulfill her promise. But during cross-examination, she admitted that she had received the full $7 million from Depp months before his lawsuit was filed.

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Actor Johnny Depp looks at the courtroom gallery during his break in courtroom at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, Monday, May 16, 2022. Depp sued ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court in 2018 after she wrote a Washington Post op-ed calling herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”

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In her direct testimony, Heard testified that she did not want to publicly expose Depp as an abuser in court proceedings, but instead had to go to court to give testimony to obtain a restraining order, and as she left the besieged courthouse, she ate Surprised by the paparazzi.

“I just wanted to change my locks,” she said of why she had to go to court to get a restraining order. “I just want a good night’s sleep.”

In Monday’s testimony, Heard also vehemently denied Depp’s allegations that she left human feces on the couple’s bed after the argument. It’s said the couple’s teacup Yorkshire terrier, who has a history of gut issues since accidentally ingesting Depp’s marijuana, made the bed.

“Absolutely not,” she said of the so-called poo prank. “I don’t think it’s funny. I don’t know what grown women do. I’m not in a prank mood.”

However, Heard said Depp was fascinated by the idea of ​​someone shitting on his bed. She said that was all he wanted to talk about in his final fight on May 21, 2016, even though Depp’s mother had just died and the couple had not spoken for a month.

The pooping allegations are one of several that Depp’s online fans have drawn particular attention to amid criticism of Hurd on social media.

Hurd also addressed the op-ed itself, saying that the ACLU staff, for which she served as an ambassador, wrote the first draft. She said she was happy to be a voice in the domestic violence debate and did not intend to mention Depp.

“It’s not about Johnny,” she said. “The only person who thinks it’s about Johnny is Johnny. It’s about me, and my life after Johnny.”

Heard concluded her testimony by saying it was “torture” that she received daily allegations from Depp’s supporters that she had lied about her abuse.

“I want to get on with my life,” she said. “I want Johnny to move on. I hope he doesn’t bother me.”

Heard will continue to testify at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

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