Her lawyer argued that she used to keep a diary “to apologize to Mr. Depp for your behavior”.
Amber Heard was back on the stand on Tuesday as the cross-examination of Johnny Depp’s lawyers continued in his defamation lawsuit – and she definitely came under fire from Camille Vasquez of the actor’s team.
Tuesday’s testimony began with Vasquez questioning why Heard would give Depp a knife on his birthday after she began to recognize a pattern of abuse in their relationship. “I wasn’t afraid he would stab me with me when I gave it to him, that’s for sure. I gave it to him that year,” Heard replied.
Vasquez then focused on the alleged assault that happened in Australia in March 2015, when Heard said she was sexually assaulted by Depp with a bottle of alcohol. The attorney kept asking why there were no photos of some of the damage Heard testified to, as well as no medical records or photos of his injuries. At one point she said it was ‘convenient’ that some of the alleged damage occurred outside the boundaries of some of the photos featured in the case – and seemed determined to poke holes in the ‘sequence’ of how it all happened.
Heard, however, said she never testified at all about “the exact sequence of things” but was certain that Depp smashed a phone, held her down and assaulted her with a bottle during the an incident where he had also lost the tip of his finger. “To be clear, you put it in order when you say words like ‘so,'” Heard told Vasquez. “I never claimed to remember the exact sequence of these things. It was a multi-day assault that took place over three horrific days and was the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
Vasquez also released audio of Heard and Depp talking about the alleged incident, in which he claimed he had repeatedly tried to ‘escape the fight’ but she continued to follow him – giving the impression that she was the aggressor in the situation. “That’s what happened in Australia, isn’t it? asked the lawyer. “Johnny is not an accurate historian of what happened during that time, I guarantee that. I was there. I remember it,” Heard replied. “I didn’t assault Johnny in Australia, I never assaulted Johnny.”
At this point, Vasquez presented a journal that the two shared, in which they wrote messages to each other. The first photo shown was of the couple from May 2015, having returned to Australia two months after the alleged sexual assault. In a note she left for Depp, she also called him her “one and only.”
“We were back in a honeymoon phase. It was a period of sobriety that I talked about,” Heard said of the entry – before another was read in which she wrote : “I saw in you the true bones of friendship and respect. Of course, I still want more than ever to tear you apart, to devour you and to savor the taste of it.”
A few of his entries also referenced the couple’s honeymoon. Depp and Heard’s team shared different accounts of what happened during their trip on the Orient Express, with Heard saying they argued where he “slapped me in the face and grabbed my neck and pushed me against the wall of the car.” Depp’s bodyguard, however, hinted that he was assaulted after he shared a photo in which he said there was “swelling” around Johnny’s eye (below).
“I disagree. I’ve seen this photo before and he’s not hurt in it. This is photoshopped,” Heard said of the photo in question, before Vasquez said that there are no photos of Amber’s alleged injuries during the trip. “I don’t believe my face was hurt on this trip,” Amber said.
The notes from that time said, “Husband, happy honeymoon!” and “What an extraordinarily magical, memorable, wonderful, stunning, amazingly evolving, impulsively beautiful adventure. I couldn’t have imagined a more magnificent honeymoon. I love you more and more with each passing day.”
Shortly after, there was another note in which Heard said: ‘I hope the things said in anger and pain were just that and that you miss me and love you too and that’s it. that’s what matters most to you. You can say you stand by everything you said and there’s nothing you can learn from that, but I don’t feel like that and it’s important that I feel like this. I love you and I’m sorry. I miss my warm and loving husband. In another, she promised to “do better” and said she was “sorry.”
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“The whole book is made up of love notes,” Heard said, characterizing the messages. “Since we fought so much, it was important for me to try to cultivate as much peace as possible and when things were going well, they were going really well.”
“It was also an opportunity for you to apologize to Mr. Depp for your behavior,” Vasquez said. “I think it’s important in every relationship to apologize when you’re trying to move past the fights,” Heard replied.
Vasquez then read another in which Amber wrote: “I’m sorry I’ve shaken the wheel so far. I’m sorry we’ve tested the shocks and brakes so far…let me trying to fix this…I hate hurting you, I hate when you hurt…I need you, I love you.” Heard said it was yet “another example of me trying to fix it.”
“Fix it by apologizing for your bad behavior?” Vasquez continued. “I tried everything…I couldn’t change my relationship,” Heard replied.
The cross-examination is in progress.
Depp is seeking $50 million in damages after Heard claimed she was a survivor of domestic violence in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she did not name Depp in the article, her lawyers claim that it was implied that it was him. and harmed his career. She countersued Depp for $100 million.
The actor has already lost an earlier lawsuit he filed in the UK over the same article which appeared in The Sun. The trial is expected to last six weeks. See more coverage of the ongoing trial here.
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