Amber Heard took the witness stand Thursday and detailed how her libel lawsuit with Johnny Depp has affected her personally and professionally, tearfully testifying about allegedly being “harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day” from Depp’s fans since the trial began.
“People want to kill me and they tell me that every day,” Heard said through tears. “Johnny threatened… promised me that if I ever left him, he’d make me think of him every single day.”
The “Aquaman” actress continued: “Every single day I have to relive the trauma.”
Heard testified that her friends, family and colleagues know of “unspoken rules” when she’s filming about how to touch her so that she doesn’t have “a panic attack.”
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“I’m not sitting in this courtroom snickering,” she said, seemingly in response to Depp’s courtroom testimony. “This is horrible and this is painful and this is humiliating for any human being.”
Heard said she is “not a saint” and “not trying to present myself as one,” but decided to go through the libel trial to give voice to those in similar situations.
“I receive hundreds of death threats… people mocking my testimony,” she continued. “It has been agonizing, painful and the most humiliating thing I’ve ever been through.”
The actress pleaded, “I just want Johnny to leave me alone.”
“Johnny has taken enough of my voice,” Heard said. “I hope to get my voice back.”
Heard was then cross-examined by Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez. She refuted claims from Depp’s witnesses including claims that she called paparazzi to photograph her with bruises on her face outside the courtroom when she filed a restraining order in May 2016 and sent TMZ a video of Depp slamming cabinets during an argument.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say a lot of things to be involved in the Johnny Depp Show,” Heard said after Vasquez pressed that the actress was calling everyone who testified on behalf of Depp a “liar” including Kate Moss, former TMZ employee Morgan Tremaine and more.
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Heard and Depp’s legal teams called witnesses to the stand Thursday to testify one final time, refuting accounts of how the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star lost the tip of his finger, the legitimacy of photos of Heard’s alleged abuse and discussion surrounding mental health.
Depp’s rebuttal witness, surgeon Dr. Richard Gilbert, claims it is ‘highly unlikely’ he cut his own finger
Dr. Richard Gilbert, an orthopedic surgeon, was Depp’s final rebuttal witness Thursday. A rebuttal witness is called to the stand to refute evidence and testimony already presented throughout a trial.
Gilbert made the assessment that Heard severed Depp’s finger with a liquor bottle based on images, medical records and prior testimony.
The finger injury, which occurred in a March 2015 fight in Australia between Depp and Heard, has been one of several key points of dispute in the lawsuit. Depp says he was injured when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him. Heard has said she never saw specifically how it happened, but that it occurred on a night when an angry Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle.
During testimony from Gilbert, who did not treat Depp, the surgeon said the injury was likely caused by “blunt force with a high mechanism” and “sharp laceration.”
When asked if he agreed with Heard’s testimony that he injured his own finger, he testified, “I think that’s highly unlikely.”
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Rebuttal witness Dr. Richard Moore refutes Johnny Depp’s account of his severed finger
In testimony Monday, orthopedic surgeon Richard Moore testified about the severed finger as jurors saw gruesome photos of the injury. He said that Depp described that his palm was down on a bar when it was struck by the bottle.
Moore, who did not treat Depp, testified that Depp’s description is unlikely, in large part because his fingernail remained intact. Moore said the fingernail was exposed, as Depp described the placement of his hand, and would have been damaged. Moore also said there would have been other cuts on the rest of his hand from the glass that shattered on impact.
While Depp told the jury that Heard severed the finger by throwing a vodka bottle, at the time of the accident he told people and sent text messages saying he’d done it to himself.
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Computer forensic expert testifies about Amber Heard’s injury photos
Julian Ackert, a computer forensic expert, appeared as Heard’s first rebuttal witness Thursday. Ackert was called on to assess photos of Heard, based on metadata, that were presented to the court including pictures of a bruise on her face alleged to be caused by Depp.
Depp’s team argued that Heard altered the photographs with an editing app to make her bruises appear more prominent. However, Ackert testified that based on the Apple software “eco-system” the pictures were authentic.
Johnny Depp calls Amber Heard’s testimony ‘insane’
Depp testified Wednesday as a rebuttal witness. He already tested for four consecutive days earlier in the six-week trial.
Depp refuted many of Heard’s claims throughout her testimony, calling them “insane.”
“It’s insane to hear heinous accusations of violence, sexual violence… that she’s accusing me of. (It’s) horrible, ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unimaginably brutal, cruel,” he said on the witness stand.
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Depp added that “no human being is perfect” and once again denied the allegations.
“I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse, all these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things,” he said. “And living with it for six years, and waiting to be able to bring the truth out.”
He said that “no matter what happens I did get here and I did tell the truth and I have spoken up for what I’ve been carrying on my back, reluctantly, for six years.”
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Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.
Depp has denied he ever struck Heard and says she was the abuser in the relationship. Heard has testified about more than a dozen separate instances of physical abuse she says she suffered at Depp’s hands.
A verdict in the trial is expected to be determined on Tuesday.
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Contributing: Maria Puente, Naledi Ushe, Amy Haneline, USA TODAY; Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press