There’s not a lot room for center floor within the testimony thus removed from Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Depp’s libel swimsuit towards his ex-wife.
One of them is mendacity.
Heard has not but completed telling the jury her aspect of issues. Her testimony will proceed May 16 as soon as the trial — which has already stretched on for 4 weeks — resumes after a one-week break. Then she is going to face what one can safely assume will likely be an aggressive cross-examination in a case the place either side have employed scorched-earth techniques going again years to when the swimsuit was first filed.
Depp is suing Heard in Virginia for libel over an op-ed she wrote in December 2018 in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The article doesn’t point out Depp by title, however his attorneys say the article defames him however as a result of it’s a transparent reference to the extremely publicized allegations Heard made when she filed for divorce in 2016 and obtained a brief restraining order towards him.
Depp says he by no means bodily abused Heard, whereas Heard says she was assaulted on greater than a dozen events.
Below are synopses of some incidents and their divergent accounts.
THE FIRST TIME
Heard says the primary time Depp ever struck her was in 2013, when she made the error of laughing at considered one of his tattoos. Heard mentioned there was an older tattoo she couldn’t make out, and Depp informed her it mentioned “Wino.”
In reality, it used to say “Winona Forever,” a tattoo that Depp obtained when he was relationship actor Winona Ryder. He had it altered to “Wino Forever” once they broke up.
Heard mentioned she laughed, and Depp responded by slapping her. Thinking the slap should be a joke, she laughed. Depp responded by slapping her twice extra, with the third slap knocking Heard off stability.
“It was so stupid, so insignificant,” Heard informed the jury. “I thought it must be a joke.”
Depp, whereas he was on the stand, flatly denied it occurred.
“It didn’t happen,” he mentioned. “Why would I take such great offense to someone making fun of a tattoo on my body? That allegation never made any sense to me.”
THE FINGER AND THE BOURBON BOTTLE
Both sides say the worst violence occurred in March 2015 in Australia, when Depp was taking pictures the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film.
Heard mentioned Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle — for the primary time Thursday she recognized a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon because the offending instrument after she mentioned she noticed a photograph of the distinctively sq. bottle — as a part of an alcohol-fueled rage. Heard got here to Australia after taking pictures her personal movie and Depp instantly accused her of sleeping together with her co-stars, she mentioned.
Depp, for his half, says he was the sufferer of the violence. He testified that Heard was irate over efforts by Depp’s attorneys to have her signal a post-nuptial settlement, in addition to the truth that Depp wasn’t adhering to pledges of sobriety to Heard’s satisfaction.
He mentioned he escaped the argument by pouring himself a drink, at which level Heard threw a vodka bottle at him. Depp mentioned he responded by pouring one other drink, and this time Heard threw one other vodka bottle at him that smashed towards his hand whereas it rested on a counter and severed the tip of his center finger.
Photos of the aftermath present Depp wrote vulgar messages to his spouse in blood on the partitions of the home. Jurors have additionally seen contemporaneous textual content messages Depp despatched to others through which he mentioned he minimize off his personal finger. Depp mentioned he made up that story to guard Heard and keep away from police involvement.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
While not a particular incident, Depp and Heard painted very totally different portraits of Depp’s drug and alcohol use.
Heard mentioned medication and alcohol — together with paranoid jealousy — is what turned him from the person she beloved into the “monster” who made her concern for her life. She mentioned he hid his drug and alcohol use from her and from his household however his conduct made it clear he was excessive or drunk, typically to the purpose of incoherence.
”Johnny on velocity could be very totally different from Johnny on opiates. Johnny on opiates could be very totally different from Adderall and cocaine Johnny, which could be very totally different from Quaaludes Johnny, however I needed to get good at listening to the totally different variations of him,” Heard mentioned.
Indeed, Heard sys Depp’s denials of bodily abuse lack credibility partially as a result of he would black out and overlook what he’d completed.
Depp, for his half, admitted that he’d turn out to be addicted at one level to oxycodone and underwent a detox course of in 2014. But he mentioned the allegations of uncontrolled drug and alcohol use are grossly embellished.
“I’ve always had a pretty big tolerance for alcohol,” he testified. “I’ve never had a physical addiction to alcohol.”