Depp’s attorneys started cross-examination of Heard on Monday afternoon.
Depp has accused Heard of defaming him in a 2018 op-ed for the Washington Put up. Within the piece, which printed roughly two years after they divorced, Heard described herself as a “public determine representing home abuse.” Although Depp was not named within the article, he claims it price him profitable performing roles.
Heard has filed a counterclaim for $100 million.
On Monday, Heard testified in regards to the op-ed on the middle of the case. She mentioned she didn’t need Depp’s identify in piece, initially drafted by the ACLU, however agreed to have it printed in her identify as a result of she believed in elevating consciousness for the problems addressed within the op-ed.
“Each phrase of it’s true,” Heard mentioned.
Heard testified she had no function in writing the headlines that in the end ran with the piece on-line and within the print version however was pleased with the model that appeared within the paper.
The top of their marriage
Heard testified that Depp’s drug use and alleged bodily abuse led her to file for divorce from him in 2016, after a bit of over a 12 months of marriage.
“I knew if I did not, I might seemingly not actually survive. I used to be so scared that it was going to finish actually badly for me, and I actually did not need to go away him. I cherished him, a lot,” Heard mentioned. “The violence was now regular and never the exception.”
Heard additionally testified about why she didn’t cooperate with police once they got here to the couple’s Los Angeles residence shortly after an altercation between them in Could 2016.
“Why did not you need to cooperate with the police?” Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft requested.
“As a result of I wished to guard Johnny. I did not need him to be arrested. I did not need this to return out. I did not need him to be in bother,” Heard testified.
‘I need to transfer on’
Heard additionally testified about her counterclaim, which revolves round three statements that Depp’s lawyer made, the primary in 2019, in reference to Heard’s claims of abuse, every time calling her claims a “hoax.”
“Sadly, all of that is actual,” Heard testified. “Johnny and I lived this. We lived by way of this. I lived by way of this and I narrowly survived it however I survived it.”
Heard testified that her scenes within the upcoming sequel to “Aquaman,” titled “Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom,” have been diminished since these statements have been made.
“I fought actually laborious to remain within the movie,” Heard testified. “I used to be given a script and was given new variations of the script. They principally took a bunch out of my function.”
CNN has reached out the Warner Bros., the studio behind “Aquaman” franchise, for remark. (CNN and Warner Bros. are each a part of Warner Bros. Discovery.)
Heard testified that she did not need to be a part of the trial that has pressured her to relive painful, private experiences she had tried to maintain personal.
“I’ve a child; I need to transfer on. I would like Johnny to maneuver on, too,” Heard mentioned. “I simply need him to depart me alone.”
Throughout the starting of cross-examination, Camille Vasquez, an lawyer for Depp started questioning Heard about her abuse allegations, at instances zooming in on pictures taken of the actress throughout public appearances after totally different alleged incidents of bodily abuse and mentioning that Heard didn’t have seen accidents.
Heard has accused Depp of bodily and sexually abusing her all through their relationship. Depp denied ever hanging heard throughout his testimony. Depp’s authorized group has accused Heard of being the abuser within the relationship.
“Mr. Depp is your sufferer, is not he?” Vasquez requested Heard.
“No, ma’am,” Heard replied.
Vasquez recalled a number of incidents the place Heard accused Depp of hitting her, at instances within the face whereas he wore heavy rings. Heard testified that whereas the couple was in Russia in June 2013 that Depp allegedly hit her within the face so laborious that she thought she’d damaged her nostril and that there was blood “in all places.” Vasquez pulled up pictures taken of Heard through the journey and after the alleged incident and questioned the actress about it.
“You have no seen accidents to your face, do you?” Vasquez requested.
“None you could see,” Heard replied.
“Though Mr. Depp whacked you within the face so laborious that your nostril bled?” Vasquez mentioned.
“He did,” Heard replied.
Earlier than courtroom concluded for the day, Vasquez questioned Heard in regards to the charitable donations she pledged to make along with her $7 million divorce settlement with Depp, which has been paid to Heard in full.
Heard testified earlier that she has not fulfilled the financial pledges she made to the ACLU and to a youngsters’s hospital in Los Angeles, as a result of Depp sued her.
“Sitting right here at the moment, Ms. Heard you continue to have not donated the $7 million divorce settlement to charity, is not that proper?” Vasquez requested.
Heard started to answer: “Incorrect. I pledged everything, $7 million to charity and I intend to meet….”
Vasquez sharply interrupted Heard. “Ms. Heard that wasn’t my query. Please attempt to reply my query.”
“As of at the moment, you haven’t paid $three.5 million of your individual cash to the ACLU?” Vasquez requested Heard.
“I’ve not,” Heard replied.
Vasquez continued, “And as of at the moment you haven’t paid $three.5 million of your individual cash to the Youngsters’s Hospital of Los Angeles?”
“I’ve not but; Johnny sued me,” Heard replied.
Cross-examination is predicted to proceed Tuesday at 9 a.m ET.
Closing arguments within the trial are anticipated to start round Could 27, adopted by jury deliberations.