(LONDON) — Amber Heard spent most of her second day of proof in Johnny Depp’s libel case towards a British tabloid dismissing accusations that she fabricated allegations of home violence towards her ex-husband.
Taking to the witness field Tuesday on the Excessive Court docket in London, the actress confronted a barrage of questions over alleged incidents which can be central to The Solar’s labeling of Depp in an April 2018 article as a “spouse beater.”
Depp, 57, is suing The Solar’s writer, Information Group Newspapers, and the paper’s govt editor, Dan Wootton, over the article. The Hollywood star strongly denies abusing Heard and was on the courtroom to listen to his ex-wife.
His lawyer, Eleanor Legal guidelines, sought to point out inconsistencies in Heard’s allegations, accusing her of weaving a “internet of lies.”
“You’re making this up as you go alongside at instances,” Legal guidelines mentioned to Heard, to which the 34-year-old actress replied: “All this occurred to me and I bear in mind it.”
Legal guidelines made a lot of a sequence of video clips from an elevator on the couple’s Los Angeles condominium constructing that she claimed confirmed no proof of any accidents on Heard’s face after an incident on Might 21, 2016, which ended up with police arriving on the scene. Legal guidelines additionally puzzled why others within the constructing didn’t discover accidents within the days after.
The actress has alleged that Depp threw a cellphone at her “like he was a baseball pitcher,” hitting her on the appropriate cheek and eye.
Heard mentioned she wears make-up when leaving house that might have camouflaged any damage.
“After all I had an damage,” she mentioned.
Legal guidelines additionally questioned Heard about textual content messages she despatched Depp within the days after the alleged incident and about why she hadn’t filed a restraining order instantly.
“I assumed it may keep below wraps for just a few days and people few days have been a treasured few days within the hardest time of my life, and presumably troublesome for Johnny as properly, and I’d have achieved something to have these few days of privateness,” Heard mentioned.
Heard additionally denied she had an “illicit relationship” with anybody throughout her time with Depp, particularly with both Tesla CEO Elon Musk or actor James Franco. “Not that that issues a lot,” Heard mentioned.
Legal guidelines learn out textual content messages on Might 22, 2016, during which Heard allegedly tells Musk she goes to acquire a restraining order towards Depp, and the billionaire provides to “organize 24/7 safety.”
Musk allegedly mentioned the provide would stand, “even if you happen to by no means wished to see me once more … anyway, sorry for being an fool. The radio silence hurts lots. It solely issues as a result of I actually such as you.”
On Monday, throughout her first day of testimony, Heard accused her ex-husband of abusing her each bodily and verbally whereas he was allegedly bingeing on alcohol and medicines, claiming that at varied instances throughout their tempestuous relationship she feared for her life.
Depp and Heard met on the set of the comedy “The Rum Diary,” launched in 2011. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the next yr, and it was finalized in 2017.
Within the first 9 days of testimony on the Excessive Court docket, choose Andrew Nicol heard from Depp and from a number of present or former staff who backed his model of occasions. In his testimony, Depp mentioned he was the one being abused by Heard and that she had a historical past of being violent towards him.
By way of audio recordings of the couple discussing varied incidents performed in courtroom, Depp’s lawyer sought to point out that Heard admitted she had been violent towards Depp. Heard mentioned any contact was purely self-defense.
“That’s what occurs when you find yourself on this state of affairs, that’s the reality,” she mentioned. “I knew higher than to battle with him in regards to the particulars of the battle, and what he perceived as accidents to him. My job was to apologize and get him on observe, and transfer on to greater issues.”
She mentioned the primary time she struck Depp was in March 2015 however that she solely did so to defend her sister, Whitney, for concern he would throw her down the steps as she alleged he had achieved to mannequin Kate Moss once they dated within the 1990s.
Heard mentioned the “data” was “contemporary” in her thoughts on the time of the alleged incident and that she reacted “in a flash” to guard her sister.
Depp’s counsel puzzled why Heard had not talked about the Moss allegation in her deposition.
“I’ve not had the freedom of time or house or power even to listing each thought that crossed my thoughts,” Heard mentioned.
Heard denied the allegation made in courtroom within the first week of the trial that she, or one in all her pals, defecated on the couple’s mattress the morning after her 30th celebration in April 2016.
“That’s completely disgusting,” Heard mentioned. “I can’t think about what sort of human being would have a way of humour like that, apart from Johnny, however I don’t suppose that’s humorous, I believe it’s horrific.”
Heard advised the feces got here from one in all their Yorkshire Terriers, Pistol and Boo, however that Boo had had points ever since he had allegedly eaten a few of Depp’s marijuana as a pet, or as she phrased it “because the weed.”
In written testimony launched to the courtroom, Heard mentioned that at varied instances throughout their relationship she endured “punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking.” She mentioned some incidents have been “so extreme” she was “afraid he was going to kill me, both deliberately or simply by dropping management and going too far.”
Based on Heard, Depp “explicitly threatened to kill me many instances, particularly later in our relationship.” She mentioned he blamed his actions on “a self-created third occasion” that he known as “the monster.”
Heard’s testimony is predicted to final for 4 days, by Thursday.