Jurors in Johnny Depp’s libel trial towards his ex-wife, Amber Heard, noticed images Monday of her with pink marks and swelling on her face after their closing battle earlier than their divorce, and heard testimony about her experience in protecting up bruises with make-up.
Heard concluded her direct testimony in a Virginia courtroom with a 3rd day that was centered on the ultimate months of her marriage to Depp. His attorneys started their cross-examination later within the afternoon.
The trial is now in its fifth week, and jurors have seen a number of images of Heard all through the trial that purport to doc the abuse she stated she acquired throughout her relationship with Depp.
Several of the images proven Monday, although, had not beforehand been seen by the jury and confirmed redness and swelling way more clearly than earlier images.
Heard stated the marks got here when Depp threw a telephone at her face.
The confrontation in May 2016 prompted Heard to file for divorce two days later. Just a few days after that, she obtained a short lived restraining order after a courthouse listening to, and was broadly photographed leaving the courthouse with a transparent pink mark on her proper cheek.
The closing battle has been a key level within the couple’s ongoing dispute. Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court for libel over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His attorneys say he was defamed by the article although it by no means talked about his identify.
Depp says he by no means struck Heard and that she’s concocting claims she was abused. Earlier within the trial, jurors heard from cops who responded to emergency calls throughout that closing battle who stated Heard’s face appeared pink from crying however that they noticed no seen bruises. Witnesses additionally testified that they didn’t see bruises on Heard’s face within the instant days after the battle.
Heard, in her testimony Monday, stated she didn’t cooperate with officers who responded to the couple’s penthouse, and stated her face-to-face interactions with officers have been very restricted.
She additionally mentioned her make-up routine, utilizing a shade correction wheel that she known as her “bruise kit” to cowl up marks on her face. She stated she discovered through the years to make use of inexperienced shades within the first day of a bruise to cowl up redness, and change extra to orange shades because the bruise turned blue and purple.
“I’m not going to walk around L.A. with bruises on my face,” she stated.
On cross-examination, Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez questioned Heard about a number of images of her that appeared to not present bruises even they have been taken inside days of alleged abuse incidents. Heard stated she used make-up to cowl bruises and ice to cut back swelling.
“You should see what it looked like under the makeup,” she stated.
Vasquez additionally questioned Heard about her $7 million divorce settlement from Depp. Heard pledged to donate the complete quantity to charity however has to this point solely donated a portion of it. She testified she’s been unable to meet her pledge but as a result of Depp sued her for $50 million. But on cross-examination she acknowledged that she had acquired the complete $7 million from Depp months earlier than he filed the lawsuit.
In her direct testimony, Heard testified she didn’t wish to publicly expose Depp as an abuser in her courtroom proceedings, however needed to go to the courthouse to supply testimony to acquire the restraining order, and she or he was greatly surprised when she left the courthouse surrounded by paparazzi.
“I just wanted to change my locks,” she stated about why she went to courtroom to get the restraining order. “I just wanted to get a good night’s sleep.”
During Monday’s testimony, Heard additionally strongly denied an accusation from Depp that she left human fecal matter within the couple’s mattress after a battle. Heard stated it was the couple’s teacup Yorkshire terrier that messed the mattress and that it had a historical past of bowel issues ever because it had by accident ingested Depp’s marijuana.
“Absolutely not,” she stated in regards to the alleged poop prank. “I don’t think that’s funny. I don’t know what grown woman does. I was not in a pranking mood.”
Heard stated, although, that Depp grew to become obsessive about the concept that somebody had pooped in his mattress. She stated it was all he wished to speak about throughout that closing battle May 21, 2016, although Depp’s mom had simply died and the couple hadn’t spoken in a month.
The poop allegation is one among a number of that Depp’s on-line followers have significantly latched onto of their social media critiques of Heard.
Heard additionally talked in regards to the op-ed piece itself, saying staffers with the American Civil Liberties Union — for whom she had began work as an envoy — wrote the primary draft. She stated she was blissful to lend her voice to the talk over home violence, and wasn’t meaning to reference Depp.
“It’s not about Johnny,” she stated. “The only one who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny. It was about me, and my life after Johnny.”
Heard concluded her testimony by saying that accusations she receives each day from Depp supporters that she’s mendacity in regards to the abuse are “torture.”
“I want to move on with my life,” she stated. “I want Johnny to move on. I want him to leave me alone.”