Johnny Depp’s lawyer challenges Amber Heard’s abuse claims as cross-examination in defamation trial continues


DISCLAIMER: This story contains details about domestic abuse.

Johnny Depp’s lawyers have questioned the veracity of his ex-wife Amber Heard’s claim that Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle of alcohol as Heard was cross-examined on Tuesday after testifying in the Depp’s libel lawsuit against her.

Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.”

His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though he never mentioned his name. The trial is now in its fifth week.

Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, questioned Heard about a variety of incidents in which she says she was assaulted by Depp.

The interrogations were particularly intense during a fight the couple had in March 2015 in Australia, shortly after their marriage, while Depp was shooting a fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Judge Penney Azcarate speaks with attorneys during a bench conference in the trial, May 17, 2022. (Brendan Smialowski/Associated Press)

It was during this fight that Heard says she was sexually assaulted. Depp, on the other hand, says he was the victim and lost the tip of his middle finger when Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him.

Vasquez asked why Heard never saw a doctor, even though she said her feet were cut by broken glass and she was bleeding after the attack.

“You were the one who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia, weren’t you, Mrs. Heard?” Vasquez asked.

“I didn’t assault Johnny in Australia. I never assaulted Johnny,” Heard replied.

Vasquez then asked why Heard wrote a series of love notes to Depp in the months after his assault.

Heard said she thought Depp had hit rock bottom after the Australia fight and was committed to staying sober. She said most of the assaults took place while Depp was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“When things were going well, they were going really well,” she said.


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