JUrors at the highly publicized trial of Johnny Depp against Amber Heard noticed a picture today showing Heard with what appeared to be bruises. Heard is currently being sued for defamation by Johnny Depp, her ex-husband. Heard has returned to the podium after a one-week-long absence from the highly-publicized trial.
Amber Heard’s testimony
The jury was shown Heard’s photo taken in Los Angeles at the time Heard applied for a temporary order of restraining against Depp. According to New York PostDepp claimed that Heard used make-up in order to create the bruise. Heard denied it.
Heard described another incident involving abuse on her 30th Birthday in April 2016. Heard then testified she decided to divorce Depp. “I knew I had to leave him. I knew I wouldn’t survive if I didn’t,” she testified. Heard said deciding to file for divorce from Depp in May 2016, “was so hard, but I knew I had to do it.”
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The next step
Heard is expected to face cross-examination from Depp’s legal team this week. It is likely that she will be asked questions regarding the abuses she claims she received from Depp, such as a broken nose and injuries sustained at the 2014 Met Gala.
Heard is mounting her defense after Depp’s legal team rested its case on May 3, claiming that the Pirates of the CaribbeanActor was defamed in an Op-Ed Heard, published by the Washington PostIn 2018. In the op-ed, Heard referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” While Heard did not mention Depp by name in the op-ed, over nearly two weeks of testimony and two dozen witnesses, Depp and his legal team made the case that the op-ed not only defamed him, but was “catastrophic” for his career.
CNN states that closing arguments can be expected to take place on May 27, after which jury deliberations are scheduled.
Following a trial that took place in the U.K., 2020, this lawsuit is the second arising out of the relationship between Depp & Heard.
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