Johnny Depp’s legal team have tried to discredit Amber Heard by questioning the veracity of her claim that the actor sexually assaulted her with a bottle of alcohol.
Cross-examination Heard in court in Fairfax County, Virginia, his attorney Camille Vasquez suggested that it was actually her who attacked Depp with a bottle.
Depp58, is suing his ex-wife for $50m (£40m), claiming she defamed him when she claimed in a newspaper article that she had been the victim of domestic abuse.
Heard, 36, countersued for $100 million, arguing he smeared it by calling her a liar.
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Tuesday’s questioning was particularly heated over a fight the couple had in Australia in March 2015, shortly after getting married, while Depp was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
It was during this incident that Heard says she was sexually assaulted.
Depp himself insisted he was the victim and lost the tip of his middle finger when Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him.
Ms Vasquez questioned why Heard never tried to get medical attention, 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?” Ms. Vasquez asked.
Heard replied, “I didn’t assault Johnny in Australia. I never assaulted Johnny. »
Heard said she did not cause the finger injury.
Also during the former couple’s libel trial on Tuesday, Depp’s attorneys read diary entries that Heard said the couple continued to share love notes.
Vasquez questioned why Heard wrote a series of loving notes to Depp in the months after he said she was assaulted.
Heard said she thought Depp had hit rock bottom after the Australia fight and was committed to staying sober.
She wrote in May 2015, two months after Depp’s finger injury, that: “True love is not just about the madness of passion or instead of choosing the security of peace. No, it’s both. »
“I still, perhaps more than ever, want to tear you apart, devour you and savor the taste of it,” she added.
In another excerpt after their July 2015 honeymoon aboard the Orient Express train, Heard said she “couldn’t imagine a more magnificent honeymoon,” and added, “I love you more and more. more with each passing day.
Audio recordings played in court
The court also released an audio recording in which Heard can be heard telling Depp that she hit him, but did not hit him. She said, “I didn’t hit you baby. They then argue about the bathroom door, which Depp says he was hit in the head with.
Ms. Vasquez asked Heard: “You said on that recording that you hit Mr. Depp? »
Heard replied, “Yes. »
Ms Vasquez said: “You accused him of being a baby? »
Heard said yes, she called him a baby after he punched and pushed her in front of her as she barricaded the door.
Another audio clip was released which appears to be from later in the couple’s argument over the bathroom door. Ms Vasquez said: “You slammed the door in his head, didn’t you? »
Heard said she didn’t, but that Depp had kicked the door into her toes, hurting her, and she responded instinctively.
Heard bought Depp a knife as a gift
Ms. Vasquez also showed jurors a knife that Heard bought Depp as a gift in 2012.
Heard, best known for her role in the movie Aquaman, said Depp had already become violent by then and often picked on her when he was drunk or on drugs.
“Is that the knife you gave to the man who would get drunk and violent towards you?” Ms. Vasquez told Heard, who replied that she didn’t think he would stab her with it.
The trial continues.