Amber Heard’s attorneys worked Thursday to expose inconsistencies in Johnny Depp’s testimony in the defamation lawsuit between the formerly married actors.
Ms. Heard has alleged in court documents that Mr. Depp assaulted her repeatedly during their marriage, including during a fight in 2015 in which she said he “turned back” and headbutted her in the face and “pounded” her nose. mr. Depp has testified that he never hit Ms. Heard during their relationship and accused her of being the aggressor.
Depp said in the booth on Thursday that he strongly disagreed with headbutting Ms Heard that night, saying he was just trying to stop her and that it was “not impossible for them to knock over.” .
Faced with a recording of himself saying, “I headbutted you to the forehead,” using an expletive, and “That won’t break a nose,” Mr. Depp said he had tried to placate Mrs. Heard by repeating her version. of events.
“There was no intentional headbutt,” the actor said, “and if you want to have a peaceful conversation with Ms. Heard, you may need to calm down a bit.”
The Fairfax County Circuit Court trial revolves around an op-ed that Ms. Heard wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, in which she said she was a “public figure representing domestic violence.”
But the testimony of the trial went far beyond an analysis of what Ms. Heard wrote. It includes a comprehensive account of physical altercations between the actors, the different stories they gave about each, and a comprehensive account of Mr. Depp’s use of drugs and alcohol.
On Thursday, a lawyer for Ms Heard, Ben Rottenborn, allowed Mr Depp to recall writing bloody messages on the wall and other objects after part of his finger was cut off in 2015.
In his testimony, Mr Depp confirmed that with his injured finger he had written a message on a mirror referring to Mrs Heard – then his wife – as “easy Amber” and another message on a lampshade that read: “Many good luck and be careful at the top.”
“I thought it was good advice,” replied Mr. Depp.
But what the two sides disagree on is how Mr. Depp’s finger was chopped off while the couple was in Australia shooting the fifth movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Mr. Depp has testified that Ms. Heard threw a handle of vodka, which shattered on his hand and his finger cut off. In court papers, Ms Heard said he had cut off his finger when he phones “shattered” hit amid physical violence against her.
Mrs. Heard – which Mr Depp suing for defamation after his former lawyer her accusations called a hoax – In court papers wrote that drug and alcohol use by the gentleman in the cycle of abuse Depp was central and wrote. “Johnny would be fleeting and violent as he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, then contrite and apologetic when he was sober. “
mr. Depp testified Tuesday that Ms. Heard’s portrayal of his drug and alcohol use was “gross embellishment” and that he was once addicted to an opioid, but had been successfully detoxified.
Parts of the cross-examination by the lawyer of Mrs. Heard tried to show that Mr. Depp his drug use had been misrepresented.
Mr. Rotten Born questioned Mr. Depp about a particular incident in 2014 in which the story of the actor differs from that of Mrs Heard. She has written in court papers that Mr Depp had “drunk heavily” during a private flight, throwing objects at her, yelling obscenities and kicking her in the back. He was angry, she said, about a romantic scene she filmed with actor James Franco. She said he then penned herself in the bathroom of the plane and fainted, according to court papers.
Depp testified Wednesday that he had used opioids and may have had a glass of champagne on that flight, adding that he had locked himself in the bathroom because Ms. Heard was “actively looking for a way to argue with me.” Ms Heard has said in court papers that she never hit Mr Depp except in self-defense or in defense of her sister.
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Mr Rottenborn tried to suggest that Mr Depp’s behavior was more erratic than he had acknowledged, confronting him with a text he had sent to a friend, actor Paul Bettany, regarding the flight. In the text, Mr Depp rattled off an exaggerated list of the drugs and alcohol he had ingested, saying they left him “yelling obscenities and insults” to anyone who came close.
In response, Mr Depp suggested there was a certain creativity in the way he speaks in text messages.
“When I write a text, especially if I’m in a particularly passionate place, it’s a canvas, it’s a painting,” Mr Depp said. “You choose your colors.”
Mr Rottenborn questioned Mr Depp about the drugs he was taking and with whom, prompting the actor to say – in a comment that laughed in court – “I once gave Marilyn Manson a pill so he would stop talking so much .”
During the cross-examination, Mr. Depp was confronted with several text messages to others in which he referred to Ms. Heard with insults and obscenities, including calling her a “worthless whore”.
While putting on and taking off tinted glasses to read the evidence, Mr. Depp at times seemed slightly alarmed when Mr. Rottenborn cut off his answers for time – at one point he said, “Well, I don’t feel like I’m taking everyone’s time, sir.”
Ms. Heard’s lawyers will continue to cross-examine Mr. Depp on Monday.