Johnny Depp defamation trial: Amber Heard re-examined


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Johnny Depp’s attorneys have questioned the truthfulness of Amber Heard’s testimony that Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle of alcohol.

Heard was cross-examined Tuesday following her testimony in the defamation lawsuit Depp brought against her.

Depp is suing Heard in Virginia’s Fairfax District Court in a December 2018 affidavit she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a figurehead for domestic abuse”. His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned him by name. The trial is now in its fifth week.

Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, questioned Heard about a series of incidents where she said she was assaulted by Depp.

The questions are particularly intense about the March 2015 fight the couple fought in Australia, shortly after they got married, while Depp was filming the fifth film in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

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

Vasquez questioned why Heard never sought medical attention, though she said her leg was cut by shards of broken glass and she was bleeding from the attack.

“You’re the one who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia, aren’t you, Miss Heard?” Vasquez asked.

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

Vasquez then questioned why Heard had written a series of love notes to Depp in the months after she was assaulted.

Heard has said she believes Depp has bottomed out after the match against Australia and has pledged to stay sober. She said most assaults occurred while Depp was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“When things are good, they are really good,” she said.

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