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Trump says something regarding the preliminary
By Ben Kesslen
Previous President Donald Trump took to his own virtual entertainment stage, Truth Social, on Tuesday to say something regarding preliminary no one can turn away from.
“Has anyone been watching the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard preliminary? What a beautiful couple! Johnny, first of all, sued her for composing an article in a little ‘outlet,’ that for all intents and purposes no one read, since he would have rather not gotten terrible exposure,”
Trump composed, alluding to Heard’s commentary in the Washington Post.
“How did that turn out? She countersued for $100 million.”
Trump continued: “The charges are many & salacious, the nicest of which is that she threw a bottle at him and it took off his finger – She must have a Sandy Koufax type arm. Will they get back together and live happily in PEACE?”
FAIRFAX, Va. — Amber Heard’s former bestie Raquel Pennington said she feared for her then-friend and lost sleep worrying about her, according to her pre-recorded deposition played for the jury Wednesday
“I was was worried for her physical safety. I was worried that when he turned, he might accidentally do something that was worse than he ever intended,”
Pennington said in the Jan. 21 recording.
Pennington was emotional during her deposition and cried at times, which drew reactions from Heard in the courtroom.
The jurors, however, appeared bored after already hearing a month of testimony.
Heard showed busted lip, missing hair to James Corden show stylists, pal says
Amber Heard’s ex-friend Raquel Pennington said during her deposition that she was with Heard as the actress was getting ready for an appearance on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” the night after the alleged beating in December 2015.
According to Pennington, Heard showed her makeup artist her busted lip, and her missing clump of hair to her hairstylist.
“I remember her showing the injuries,” the ex-pal said during the January 2022 video testimony.
Heard pal says actress had clump of hair missing, busted lip
Amber Heard’s former pal Raquel Pennington said during her deposition that in Dec. 2015, the actress called her over to the penthouse where she lived with Johnny Depp in Los Angeles to “check her out.”
The witness testified seeing Heard with a bloody patch where a clump of hair had been ripped out. She also said her friend’s bottom lip had been cut open, there was some swelling on the bridge of her nose, and her entire face was red — though she conceded that the redness could’ve been from crying.
Pennington photographed Heard’s injuries, which the “Aquaman” star previously claimed she suffered at the hands of Depp during their final fight.
Heard’s ex-best friend recalls seeing ‘deep cuts’ on her arms
Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, Amber Heard’s former best friend, recalled in her video deposition seeing a series of “very, very long, deep” cuts on the actress’ forearms.
Pennington described noticing Heard’s forearm injuries, along with smaller cuts on her feet, after she returned from Australia, where the actress claimed she was sexually assaulted by Johnny Depp in March 2015.
Pennington’s video deposition was filmed in January 2022.
Heard, Depp back in Virginia courtroom
Once again, Amber Heard’s arrival at Fairfax County Circuit Court Wednesday was greeted by loud jeers from Johnny Depp’s fans lined up outside.
Both feuding ex-spouses were later seen in the courthouse smiling and chatting with their respective attorneys.
ICYMI: Amber Heard grilled on
Day 17 of Johnny Depp’s bombshell defamation trial against Amber Heard — now in its fifth week — saw the actress cross-examined for hours by her ex-husband’s attorney Camille Vasquez, who challenged her claims of physical and sexual abuse.
Questioning was especially intense over a March 2015 fight the couple had in Australia, during which Heard says she was sexually assaulted with a liquor bottle. Depp, on the other hand, says he was the victim, and that he lost the tip of his middle finger when Heard hurled a vodka bottle at him.
Vasquez questioned why Heard never sought medical attention, even though she said her feet were cut by broken glass and she was bleeding after the attack.
“You’re the one who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia, isn’t that right, Ms. Heard?”
“I didn’t assault Johnny in Australia. I didn’t assault Johnny ever,”
Vasquez then questioned why Heard wrote a series of sizzling love notes to Depp in the months after she said she was assaulted.
“True love isn’t just about the madness of passion … it’s about your best friend,”
she wrote in one letter.
“I want to rip you apart.”
In another, Heard wrote to Depp that he was the
“last person I ever meant to hurt” and “there is never a good enough reason to hurt you.”
Heard has said she believed Depp had hit rock bottom after the Australia fight and was committed to sobriety. She has said most of the assaults occurred while Depp was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
After Heard’s testimony concluded, jurors heard recorded testimony from a friend of the couple, iO Tillett Wright, who said Depp confided to him that he hated sobriety.
“He wanted to get sober for Amber,” Tillett Wright said. “He didn’t enjoy being sober. It wasn’t fun, and that it was distressing and exhausting and very hard to do. He really, really resented having to be sober.”
Tillett Wright said Depp’s personality turned mean and paranoid when he was using alcohol or drugs.
At the end of the busy day, the court heard from Heard’s former best friend, Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, who testified about getting into a physical altercation with the “Aquaman” star over misplaced dishware for Thanksgiving.
With Post wires
Welcome to Day 18
Good morning, and we’re back at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia for day 18 of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, Heard’s former best friend who used to live in Depp’s Los Angeles penthouse with her then-husband Josh Drew, will be back on the stand to continue her testimony this morning.
Jurors also may be shown video depositions from various people in Heard and Depp’s circle, including Drew and actress Ellen Barkin.
Depp’s enthusiastic fans began lining up around 9 p.m. Tuesday just to get a seat in the courthouse.
Stay tuned. And keep checking this page for live updates throughout the day.
Day 17 is a wrap
Day 17 of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s bombshell defamation trial has wrapped.
We’ll be back when the courtroom drama continues Wednesday around 9 a.m.
Raquel “Rocky” Pennington, Heard’s former best friend who used to live in Depp’s Los Angeles penthouse with her then-husband Drew, will continue her testimony.
Ex-Heard friend says actress hit her cheek
Raquel “Rocky” Pennington testified about getting into a physical altercation with Amber Heard over misplaced dishware for Thanksgiving.
“We were setting up for Thanksgiving and we were looking for maybe some glasses or dishware and we couldn’t find them anywhere,”
Pennington said in a recorded deposition played in court.
“Heard finally found them in a place I thought I looked and we started arguing about that. She thought I was looking hard enough.
“I believed that I pushed her,”
“She [Heard] either pushed or hit me back.”
Pennington recalled her former friend hit her cheek.
Next witness is former Heard BFF Raquel Pennington
Amber Heard’s former best friend Raquel Pennington is the next witness to be called following producer iO Tillett Wright’s testimony.
“I wanted to spend more time with other people in my life and prioritize other relationships,”
Pennington said of why she is no longer friends with Heard.
pp threatened to ‘peel’ Heard’s hair back in phone call
Amber Heard pal iO Tillett Wright testified about a terrifying phone conversation in which Johnny Depp threatened to “peel” the actress’s hair back.
In a taped deposition from March 2022, Wright got emotional when describing the May 21, 2016, call, saying Depp accused both him and Heard of defecating on his pillow.
Both Wright and Heard found the idea funny, which further angered Depp.
Wright, who was on speakerphone with the two actors, testified that he heard Depp stomping around before he threatened Heard.
“You think I hit you?” the actor allegedly said. “What if I peel your f—ing hair back?”
Wright went on to describe an ensuing fight between the couple, which ended when Heard screamed and the phone dropped.
Concerned, Wright said, he proceeded to call several friends of his to help intervene Entries
And we’re back!
Court is back in session Tuesday after an hour-long lunch break, and Amber Heard is still on the stand.
The actress is being cross-examined by Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez and might be on the stand for the rest of the day.
‘PR plants’: Heard says Depp’s team is behind negative stories
Amber Heard said on the stand that Johnny Depp’s team has planted unflattering stories about her in the press.
The testimony came as Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez read out of some of the negative headlines in an attempt to invalidate Heard’s $100 million defamation countersuit against her ex-husband.
When asked about the headline from early 2020 that said “Amber Heard admits to hitting Johnny Depp in recording,” Heard replied: “That’s when his lawyer leaked an edited clip,” referring to Adam Waldman, who represented Depp at the time.
Vasquez then read the headline
“Amber Heard slammed door into Johnny Depp’s head.”
“Those are more of the PR plants,” the actress testified in response.
Heard also said she’d never seen one article, which alleged Depp’s finger “erupted like Vesuvius” after Heard sliced it off — a claim the actress has repeatedly denied.
After reading the headlines, the court broke for lunch, and will resume around 1:35 p.m.
Court breaks for lunch
Court broke just after 12:30 for an hour lunch break.
When we return, Johnny Depp’s attorneys will continue cross-examining Amber Heard on the stand.
Depp lawyer references Carly Simon hit in cross-examination
Johnny Depp’s lawyer’s cross-examination of Amber Heard has come off like a pop culture medley — with references to singer Carly Simon and the Titanic.
As Camille Vasquez questioned the actress about her December 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post, the attorney noted Heard had compared powerful men to ships “like the Titanic.”
“The iceberg is you, in this analogy, Miss Heard?” Vasquez asked, to which Heard replied in the negative.
Moments later, Vasquez asked if the essay was about Depp, and the actress answered that no, “the op-ed was about what happened to me after [accusing Depp of domestic violence].”
“It’s a bit like that Carly Simon song [‘You’re So Vain’], is it not?” the attorney quipped, referring to Simon’s 1972 hit.
The op-ed — in which Heard called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse” — is the subject of Depp’s $50 million defamation suit against his ex-wife, whom he denies abusing.
Depp lawyer accuses Heard of manipulating bruise photos
Amber Heard told Johnny Depp to “suck my d–k” multiple times in a fight that the actor recorded — and that his lawyer played in court today.
In the long audio clip — where both Depp and Heard are somewhat incoherent at times –the two have a nasty back-and-forth and lob insults at each other.
“Suck my d–k, suck my d–k,” Heard tells Depp, according to the recording. “You’re a f—ing kid yourself, I wish I hadn’t bought into any of the lies you sold.”
Depp calls Heard a “spoiled f—ing brat,” and after she calls him a joke, he replies dryly, “Yeah, I’m the joke in the industry, Amber.”
“Your jealously is so tragic,” Depp adds.
At one point in the fight, Heard tells Depp to leave, saying, “Is there no other place for you to run with your 15 other houses … go run to the next house.”
Jury shown pics from sultry Heard photoshoot in cross-examination
A lawyer for Johnny Depp implied that Amber Heard lied about an alleged physical altercation between the pair — by showing sultry pictures of the actress from a photoshoot weeks later.
Citing Heard’s accusations that Depp punched her in bed on Dec. 15, 2015, Camille Vasquez showed the jury a photoshoot of Heard taken by English photographer and film director Greg Williams.
The black-and-white shots of Heard lounging and frolicking on a beach were taken on New Year’s Eve 2015, about two weeks after the alleged incident. The lawyer zoomed in on Heard’s face several times, presumably to demonstrate that the actress had no visible injuries.
When asked if she was wearing makeup at the time, Heard testified that “Yes, it’s a photoshoot.”
Heard put ‘drugs and music’ on wedding schedule
Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez grilled Amber Heard about why “drugs” appeared on the schedule for her wedding.
The doomed couple married on Depp’s private island in the Bahamas in February 2015. On a draft of the emailed scheduled, Heard wrote “after, dance party and drugs and music” following the couple’s rehearsal dinner.
She and Vazquez sparred over the schedule, and the actress admitted to writing it, but said the schedule changed and the planned drug-fueled dance party never happened.
Heard accuses Depp of using his kids against her
Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of using his children against her in an audio clip played in court this morning.
In the audio — the first few moments of which were inaudible — Heard apologizes to Depp for “screaming” at him in front of his kids, Lily-Rose, 22, and Jack, 20.
“I’m sorry I f—ed your kids up,” Heard says in the tense conversation.
“It was pretty f—ing weird for them, you know?” Depp replies. A few second later, he fires back that he “doesn’t need [Heard’s] clever comebacks.”
The conversation quickly deteriorated, and Heard accused Depp of using his children unfairly against her.
“Your character has become so clear,” she can be heard saying. “Especially when you use [the kids].
“You’re making me see you worse,” Heard adds. “I’ve done nothing but be there for them in a good way.”
Depp’s lawyer admitted the entire conversation into evidence, but only played a few seconds for the jury.
eard’s love notes to Depp revealed in court: ‘I want to rip you apart’
In love notes to Johnny Depp, Amber Heard said she wanted “rip” the actor apart, testimony revealed Tuesday.
“True love isn’t just about the madness of passion … it’s about your best friend,” she wrote in beautiful cursive. “I want to rip you apart.”
Heard wrote the letter after the finger incident in Australia and after Heard alleges Depp “swung at my sister.” Heard told Depp’s lawyer during cross-examination the entry is “a love note” that she signed as “Slim” — a nickname the actor used for his then-wife.
In another, Heard wrote to Depp that he was the “last person I ever meant to hurt” and “there is never a good enough reason to hurt you.”
Heard says she didn’t seek treatment after alleged sex assault
Johnny Depp’s attorney questioned why there were no medical records stemming from the alleged sexual assault, despite Amber Heard claiming in her testimony that she sustained injuries and was bleeding.
“I didn’t seek treatment,” Heard replied.
The attorney, Camille Vasquez, then displayed messages written in red and black paint on the mirror in the couple’s home in Australia on the night of the alleged assault. Heard denied writing them, claiming that the author of the rambling notes was Depp, describing them as his “crazy conversations with himself.”
One message written in black read: “She loves naked photos of herself. So modern, so hot.”
Another note written in red stated: “Call Carly Simon said it better babe.”
Depp’s lawyer grills Heard on alleged sex assault with bottle
Johnny Depp’s attorney steered the cross-examination toward the 2015 incident in Australia, during which Amber Heard claimed her then-husband sexually assaulted her with a bottle after slicing off the top of his finger.
Camille Vasquez pressed Heard on the sequence of events, beginning with Depp smashing a phone and cutting off a portion of his finger, then pinning her down on a countertop and allegedly inserting a Maker’s Mark bottle into her body.
Heard pushed back, saying she can’t remember the exact sequence of events and has never claimed to do so.
“As I have always said, I don’t remember exactly what happened first, or the sequence,” she said.
Heard is back on witness stand for cross-examination
Amber Heard is back on the witness stand.
Today’s cross-examination began with Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez confirming Heard’s relationship with Depp in October 2011, and that the first year was “magic.”
Vasquez then showed a large knife that Heard presented as a gift to Depp, after he allegedly began abusing her in 2012.
“That’s the knife you gave the man who was hitting you?” the lawyer inquired.
Heard shot back that she did not expect Depp to stab her with the knife.
Heard booed by Depp’s supporters as she arrives in court
Amber Heard was greeted with loud jeers from a crowd of spectators as she arrived at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia this morning.
People were heard booing as the actress’s vehicle pulled up to the courthouse in Fairfax.
By contrast, her ex-husband Johnny Depp was met with loud cheers from his numerous supporters when he arrived in court the day before.
ICYMI: Amber Heard shows photos of her bruised face, gets grilled by Johnny Depp’s lawyers
Amber Heard’s first day back on the witness stand Monday following a weeklong hiatus was jam-packed with troubling revelations, including the release of photos showing the actress’s bruised and swollen face following an alleged beating at the hands of Johnny Depp.
“This is my face after Johnny threw a phone at it,” Heard, 36, testified about the aftermath of what she claimed was the couple’s last fight in May 2016.
Two days after the brawl, Heard filed for a divorce from Depp.
The court heard about the “Aquaman” star’s expertise in covering up bruises with makeup before going out in public.
Heard’s direct testimony covered the final months of her troubled marriage to Depp, including the infamous “poop prank” involving feces left on Depp’s side of the martial bed, which she said she played no part in and blamed on the couple’s incontinent teacup Yorkie Boo.
Jurors also heard the actress’s emotional accounts of allegedly violent fights with Depp, which she said left her feeling “scared” and ultimately led her to divorce him.
“I knew if I didn’t [divorce him], I likely wouldn’t literally survive,” she said.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has denied abusing Heard.
On cross-examination, Depp’s legal team challenged Heard’s allegations of abuse by displaying photos of her taken after alleged fights that showed the actress without any visible injuries.
Heard attributed the lack of visible bruises in the photos to her use of makeup.
“You should see what it looked like under the makeup,” she said.
Heard concluded her at times tearful testimony by saying that accusations from Depp supporters that she’s lying about the abuse are “torture.”
“I want to move on with my life,” she said. “I want Johnny to move on. I want him to leave me alone.”
Welcome to Day 17
Good morning and welcome to day 17 of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard, now in its fifth week.
After an intense day of testimony and cross-examination by Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez Monday, Heard will continue being grilled about her claims of abuse today.
The “Aquaman” star’s lawyer will then get a chance to question her again on redirect.
Time permitting, the jurors will be shown a video deposition by Heard’s pal iO Tillman Wright.
Stay tuned. And keep checking this page for live updates throughout the day.
Day 16 wraps with Heard admitting she didn’t donate divorce settlement
Day 16 of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s bombshell defamation trial wrapped with the actress acknowledging on the stand that she didn’t actually fulfill her pledge to donate her $7 million settlement.
“I use ‘pledge’ and ‘donation’ synonymously,” Heard testified.
“I don’t,” Depp attorney Camille Vasquez replied.
Heard had said she would split the $7 million settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union and a California children’s hospital.
The actress on Monday testified she “pledged the entirety” of the settlement and intends “to fully honor” that promise — but said she hasn’t paid it “because Johnny sued me.”
Depp, 58, filed a $50 million defamation suit against Heard, claiming her tales of domestic abuse have damaged his career.
Heard’s testimony about the pledged donation marked the end of Monday’s court proceedings. Vasquez is due to resume cross-examining the actress on Tuesday.
‘I’ve never wanted to be seen as victim,’ Heard says
Amber Heard testified that she never sought to be seen as a victim despite her claims that she was abused by ex Johnny Depp for years.
“I have never wanted to be seen as a victim nor have I ever been,” the 36-year-old actress said at her $50 million defamation trial.
Depp filed the lawsuit amid Heard’s claims — including in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed piece — that she endured years of physical abuse.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor contends the allegations harmed his career and said it was Heard who was the abuser in the troubled marriage.
Heard says Depp snorted cocaine with tampon applicator
Amber Heard testified that her sister taught Johnny Depp how to snort cocaine with a tampon applicator.
Heard was responding to a photo presented in court by Depp’s lawyers that showed four lines of cocaine next to an applicator on a table.
“When you snort cocaine, typically it goes into your nose and then it doesn’t stay on the table,” Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez said. “There’s residue from that cocaine when your lips and nose touch the table, right?”
“Well,” Heard answered, “the tampon applicator next to the driver’s license that you see is a device that I believe my sister had taught him to use in order to put the cocaine in.”
Heard was also questioned about photos she took of Depp passed out on several occasions — which she later sent to a friend, describing her ex as “opioid Johnny.”
The compromising photos include one of Depp passed out with ice cream smeared on him. Heard claims she was only seeking to help him realize he was addicted.
Asked if she had photos of Depp snorting cocaine, Heard replied, “I don’t have a picture of him mid-snort.”
Heard pressed on claims Depp broke her nose after 2014 Met Gala
Amber Heard was pressed on her claims that Johnny Depp may have broken her nose after the Met Gala in 2014 — with the actor’s lawyers citing photos that show her without injuries.
“For the record, I don’t know that it was broken,” Heard testified under cross-examination by Depp attorney Camille Vasquez. “You should have seen how it looked under makeup.”
But Vasquez asked why Heard has not produced photos of herself from the night after — attending Spike TV’s “Don Rickles: One Night Only” with Depp — for the jury, noting the alleged injuries aren’t seen in the pictures.
“I would very much like to,” Heard answered. “It’s not my job.”
Vasquez then entered the photos into evidence.
“Your nose doesn’t appear to be injured in any of these pictures?” the lawyer asked.
“I’m wearing makeup and makeup covers up swelling, right?” Heard answered.
‘You will not see my eyes again,’ Depp promised Heard
Johnny Depp made an angry promise to Amber Heard in a San Francisco hotel room in 2016, telling her, “You will not see my eyes again,” according to an audio recording played in court.
Heard testified that her ex-husband kept the promise.
“He won’t look at you, right?” Depp attorney Camille Vasquez asked the actress at the start of cross-examination.
“He can’t,” Heard answered.
“Mr. Depp hasn’t looked at you once during this trial?” Vasquez continued.
“Not that I have noticed,” Heard said.
“You know why he won’t look at you,” the lawyer said. “He told you you would never see his eyes again.”
Depp, 58, is suing the 36-year-old actress for defamation, claiming Heard’s accusations of domestic abuse are untrue.
Asked by Vasquez if she wasn’t the one who abused her ex, Heard answered, “I could never hurt Johnny.”
‘I just wanted him to leave me alone,’ Heard says about Depp
Amber Heard testified she wants to leave her very public feud with ex-husband Johnny Depp in the past, calling the experience “deeply humiliating.”
“I have my worst, most painful things I’ve gone through, painful memories, things I’ve narrowly survived,” the actress testified. “It’s torture. I am in so much pain emotionally.
“I just wanted him to leave me alone,” she said. “I wanted to move on with my life and he won’t let me by making statements like this. He won’t let me.
“I wanna move on with my life. I have a baby. I want to move on,” Heard added. “I want Johnny to move on too. I want him to leave me alone.”
Depp, 58, filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, saying her claims that he was abusive — including in a 2018 op-ed piece — damaged his career.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star denies Heard’s claims.
Heard recounts meeting ‘real gentleman’ Elon Musk at 2016 Met Gala
In the wake of the brawl at her birthday, Amber Heard said, she had not been in contact with Johnny Depp for a month. But in May 2016, the two reconnected because they were supposed to attend the Met Gala together as Ralph Lauren’s guests.
In the run-up to the event, Heard said, she could not reach Depp or anyone on his team, so she ended up going to the gala in New York City alone.
“He effectively stood me up,” she said.
While waiting to hit the red carpet, Heard said, she found herself standing next to Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, whom she said she did not recognize at first.
“[Musk] was there with his mother,” she said of the billionaire. “He reminded me we had met before … He seemed like a real gentlemen. He was really nice.”
Heard, 36, said she and Musk, 50, eventually “became friends.”
Heard says Depp grabbed her by ‘pubic bone,’ asking, ‘You wanna be tough like a man?’
During an alleged brutal fight on Amber Heard’s 30th birthday in April 2016, she says Johnny Depp grabbed her by the hair and used her body to knock items off a table.
“I remember trying to fight him off of me,” Heard told the court.
The feuding pair later returned to the bedroom, where another shoving match ensued. Heard described Depp chest-bumping her “in a kind of bro-y way.” The “Edward Scissorhands” star then allegedly grabbed his wife by her pubic bone, Heard testified.
“He kind of pushed me down and was asking me, ‘You’re so tough? You wanna be tough like a man now?'” she claimed.
After a while, Heard said, “I remember feeling exhausted and crying.”
She said she asked Depp, “‘Can we not fight like this? Can we just not do this, please?’ I was just so tired, hurt. I remember crying, feeling ridiculous.”
Heard said she used their safe word, “couch,” signaling that she wanted to call a truce. Afterward, Depp allegedly told her she got what she deserved, that no one would ever love her, and that she had better get used to waking up alone, Heard said from the stand.
As Depp stormed out of the house that night, Heard recalled, he screamed at her, “Happy f—ing birthday!”
d claims Depp threw magnum of champagne at her on her birthday
Amber Heard told the court that around the time of her 30th birthday in April 2016, Johnny Depp would disappear for days on suspected drug benders — while claiming to be away for meetings.
She said she had a dinner party planned on April 21 and wanted Depp to be there, but he was a no-show, which upset Heard.
When he later came home and noticed that Heard was unhappy with him, a verbal argument ensued and turned physical, with Depp allegedly blocking his wife’s exit from the bedroom.
During a shoving match that followed, Heard claimed that Depp grabbed a magnum bottle of champagne and lobbed it at her. She said the bottle went through a painting she loved, leaving a giant hole in the canvas.
The clash continued outside the bedroom, according to Monday’s testimony, with Depp picking up Heard’s cellphone and tossing it out the open window onto the street below.
Heard admitted that she then grabbed Depp’s phone and threw it out the window as well.
Audio played in court of Depp screaming at Heard: ‘You don’t exist!’
Jurors in the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial heard audio of the couple bickering about recording each other without permission, which the actress says they had gotten into the habit of doing as their relationship unraveled.
“You’re not a f—ing school teacher!” Depp is heard yelling at Heard on the tape. “You’re ain’t nobody’s mom! You don’t exist!”
Heard told the court the argument was about whether it was OK to record each other without consent. Depp said it didn’t matter anymore.
Later in the testimony, the court heard another audio recording capturing a conversation between Heard and Depp in which she said she thought her husband would choke on his own vomit.
‘He was calling me a liar, a whore’: Heard recounts fight with Depp over Franco project
Heard testified that Depp called her a “whore” for considering doing a project with James Franco — and that he had issues with her filming sex scenes, or appearing nude on screen.
She claimed that when she told her husband she was thinking about taking on a TV project with actor James Franco, it set off “a week of hell” for her.
“He was calling me a liar, a whore,” she said.
Heard also said Depp, 58, was unhappy that she had appeared in the film “London Fields” because of what he had heard about the project and the sex scene in it, which she said she did not shoot.
According to Heard, they watched a screener of the film while staying at a French chateau. She said when Depp saw a body double of her participate in the sex scene, Depp slapped her in the face and punched her across her jaw.
“I went flying into this old church furniture,” Heard said from the stand, adding that the alleged assault left her thinking she had a concussion.
Heard also said that during their fights, Depp would cut himself to draw blood, put cigarettes out on himself, or flick them at Heard.
Heard: ‘We fell back in love’
Amber Heard testified that she and Johnny Depp “fell back in love” again after their infamous fight in March 2015, during which the actor lost the tip of his finger.
She said that in the spring of 2015, Depp quit drugs and the couple returned to Australia.
“We fell back in love,” she said. “We were talking about the future.”
Heard said she and Depp discussed the prospect of “having babies” and buying a farm.
“We were in a beautiful, peaceful period,” she added.
When asked by her attorney how she felt about going back to the same house in Australia where she and Depp had the blowout fight, she said being in the home did not bother her.
“Johnny was my home … and that home was often really violent,” she said.
Heard back on the stand, resumes testimony
Amber Heard returned to the witness stand this morning to resume her testimony about the alleged abuse she said she endured at the hands of ex-husband Johnny Depp as their marriage was coming apart.
“Unfortunately, the violence became almost normal, especially towards the end,” the 36-year-old actress told the court, with Depp looking on.
She told jurors about how Depp allegedly punched her and put cigarettes out on her skin.
Under direct questioning by her attorney Elaine Bredehoft, Heard revealed that she and Depp used “couch” as a safe word signaling a “truce” between the feuding spouses.
Johnny Depp arrives in court to hero’s welcome
Depp was greeted by throngs of screaming fans as he emerged from an SUV outside the courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, this morning.
Dressed in a three-piece gray suit, Depp, 58, waved and blew kisses at his admirers screaming his name.
“Those are, uhh, relatives, all relatives,” Depp quipped entering the courthouse.
ICYMI: Brief recap of first 4 weeks of Heard-Depp defamation trial
Amber Heard is defending herself against claims that she defamed Johnny Depp when she wrote a 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse.
Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million. He has previously given testimony claiming that he’s the real victim in the volatile relationship, and that he brought the suit against her to “clear my name.”
During the first four weeks of the trial in Virginia, Heard has taken the stand to describe harrowing attacks, ranging from the first time Depp allegedly struck her to an incident in which she says he broke her nose in a jealous rage.
She said Depp first hit her in March 2013 because she snickered at his “Wino” tattoo, which was scrubbed to cover up ink that once read “Winona Forever” — a nod to one of his former girlfriends, Winona Ryder.
Heard wept as she recounted an encounter two months later, when she said Depp performed a “cavity search” on her while tripping on magic mushrooms in Joshua Tree National Park in California.
She testified that he ripped her dress and “shoved his fingers inside me” because he believed she was hiding drugs.
Good morning and welcome to day 16 of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
After a weeklong break, Heard is set to continue testifying about the explosive final months of her marriage to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. Her testimony also is expected to address a restraining order she filed after Depp, 58, allegedly threatened to kill her in 2015, along with details from the couple’s messy divorce.
The 36-year-old “Aquaman” actress will then face a cross-examination by Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez.
Later this week, Depp will return to the stand, and jurors also will hear testimony from “Diner” star Ellen Barkin and Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez.
Stay tuned. And keep checking this page for live updates throughout the day.
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