Amber Heard fired back at questions from one of Johnny Depp’s lawyers on Thursday as she returned to the stand on the final day of testimony in the ex-spouses’ long-running defamation case.
Heard first gave rebuttal testimony about the ill effects she says she has suffered since Depp’s former lawyer Adam Waldman made comments about her in British tabloids, allegedly speaking at the Depp asks. Those comments are at the heart of her $100 million defamation countersuit against her ex-husband, who she says emotionally, physically and sexually abused her for years.
“I am harassed, humiliated, threatened every day,” she said on the witness stand in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, becoming emotional almost immediately as she directed her answers at the jury. “Just walking into this courtroom, sitting here in front of the world, having the worst times of my life, the things that I’ve been through, was humbling to me.
“People want to kill me, and they tell me that every day,” she continued. “People want to put my baby in the microwave, and they tell me. Johnny threatened – promised, promised me – that if I ever left him, he would remind me of him every day of my life.
When questioned by her attorney Benjamin Rottenborn, Heard said her hands were shaking and she woke up screaming at night. She said friends and intimate partners “have rules” they must follow to avoid triggering her and triggering a panic attack.
“It may be easy to forget that I am a human being. … I don’t deserve this,” she said. She said that through this case she hopes to reclaim her “right as an American” to speak out about what she says happened to her and to “own” her story and her truth.
But on cross-examination, her tearful testimony quickly gave way to anger when Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, challenged her, saying in her questions that Heard’s lies had been exposed.
Asked about the testimony of Morgan Knight, the former owner-manager of the Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, Calif., Heard said, “I’m not sure who that guy was or if he’s involved in this. I know a lot of people are out of the woods.
Knight had given testimony that directly contradicted Heard’s allegation that Depp had ‘trashed’ a trailer they had been staying in one night when she alleges her ex performed a ‘cavity search’ on her as he was looking for a bag of cocaine. Knight testified that a light fixture was broken, but no excessive cleaning fees were charged beyond the $62 to replace the corresponding light fixtures. He said he did not see the damage alleged by Heard.
“How would he know? He wasn’t there,” Heard said. “I’ve heard a lot of people say a lot of things to be involved with Johnny Depp’s show. But he wasn’t there. He doesn’t know.
Heard also appeared to lump British model Kate Moss – who testified via video from England on Wednesday that Depp hadn’t pushed her down the stairs during their 90s relationship – into the “woodworkers” crowd.
“I didn’t expect her to show up or not show up,” Heard said of Moss. “It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t change what I believed at the time. We were on the stairs and I thought he was going to kill my sister by pushing her down the stairs.
During that 2015 stair fight, Heard previously testified that Depp allegedly pulled her by the hair with one hand, punched her in the face with a hand that was in a hard cast due to her injured finger. , then allegedly started hitting his sister. , who had entered the fray. Heard said she then punched Depp “in the face” for the first time in their relationship as she tried to protect her sister.
Asked by Vasquez if she said these witnesses were willing to perjure themselves just to “curry favor,” Heard said she had seen “time and time again” how many people were willing to support Depp. “It’s his power,” the actor added.
“That’s why I wrote the op-ed,” Heard said, referring to the 2018 Washington Post article that put her in the defendant’s shoes in the $50 million libel suit. Depp dollars. In the article, which does not mention the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor’s name, Heard identifies himself as “a public figure representing domestic violence,” a point which Depp disputes as false.
The two cases are tried jointly, with the proceedings broadcast and broadcast live via Court TV and other media.
Heard ended her testimony on Thursday by answering further questions from her own lawyer and saying what she is suffering now is “just an echo” of the abuse she suffered during her relationship with Depp. . With both sides finished presenting their evidence, Judge Penney Azcarate dismissed the jury early. The lawyers and the judge then began to work out the details of the instructions to the jury.
Closing arguments — limited to two hours for each side — begin at 6 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, after which the jury will receive instructions. The judge told the jurors they would begin deliberations on Friday afternoon.