Amber heard back on the stand for 2nd day of grilling by Johnny Depp’s lawyers

Amber Heard spoke again on Tuesday to continue to face intense cross-examination on her relationship with her former husband, the actor Johnny Depp.

Hear facing the first hours of his cross-examination on Mondayas Depp’s lawyers tried to poke holes in his earlier claims about alleged physical and sexual violence at the hands of Depp.

The couple separated in 2016 but have fought in various courtrooms since as each tries to portray themselves as the relationship’s biggest victim.

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This particular lawsuit stems from an opinion piece that Heard wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, in which she claimed to have been abused, but never mentioned Depp by name.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million, while Heard is counter-suing his former partner for $100 million.

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As Heard returned to the helm on Tuesday, she was asked about the beginnings of her relationship with Depp. Again, Heard told the jury that the first year together was “magical.”

Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp watch the jury enter the courtroom after a lunch break at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on May 17, 2022.
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However, tensions in the courtroom quickly increased when one of Depp’s lawyers, Camille Vasquez, questioned Heard about an alleged sexual assault in Australia in 2015.

In her earlier testimony, Heard claimed that Depp forced her way inside her with a glass liquor bottle. She testified that Depp had taken 8 to 10 MDMA tablets at the time of the alleged sexual assault.

Depp, in the alternative, claimed he was assaulted in Australia. He testified that Heard cut her fingertip when she threw a glass bottle into his hand.

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Depp’s attorney spent a lot of time trying to refute Heard’s testimony, often comparing his previous testimonies.

Through exhibit after exhibit, Vasquez cross-examined Heard, attempting to poke holes in his claims.

Vasquez asked Heard about the scars on his arm that Heard claimed he got in the alleged sexual assault in Australia. Vasquez implied that Heard had a history of self-harm and caused the scars herself.

Depp’s lawyer also read several pages of the couple’s “love diary”, where Depp and Heard wrote numerous love letters to each other throughout their relationship. In various entries, Heard apologizes for “hurting” Depp, asks why they fight so often, and proclaims his love for the actor.

On Monday, Vasquez attempted to paint Heard as a misleading witness, pointing to various photographs and TV clips that were taken around the time of the alleged abuse, arguing that they showed no visible injuries.

This combination of images created on May 16, 2022 shows American actress Amber Heard as she testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia.
This combination of images created on May 16, 2022 shows American actress Amber Heard as she testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Heard defended herself by saying she was often able to cover the marks with makeup and reduce swelling with ice.

Heard also denied leaking photos of said injuries, which made the cover of People Magazine in 2016. She also said she wasn’t the one who leaked — the day before the deposition in her divorce settlement — a video of Depp smashing cabinets in a drunken rage.

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Throughout Monday’s testimony, Heard insisted she ‘never meant to hurt Johnny’ and said she intentionally tried to hide all the physical injuries she suffered at the hands of Depp. in order to “protect” it.

“All I have is my name. All I have is my integrity, and that’s what he tried to take from me,” she said. She added that, during the divorce, she was “not interested in Johnny’s money”.

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However, Depp’s lawyers argued that Heard was in fact after Depp’s money, pointing to the fact that she had yet to honor the charitable donations she had promised as part of her $7 million divorce settlement.

Actor Johnny Depp arrives in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on May 16, 2022.
Actor Johnny Depp arrives in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on May 16, 2022.
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Heard had publicly promised to split the proceeds between two charities — the American Civil Liberties Union and a California children’s hospital.

“I use ‘pledge’ and ‘don’ as synonyms,” Heard said.

“I don’t know,” Vasquez replied.

Heard told the court she hadn’t yet been able to split the money “because Johnny sued me.”

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Earlier in the processwhich began on April 12 and will end on May 27, Depp has denied many of the allegations, insisting that he is a “gentleman from the South” and that he had not been addicted to alcohol or to illicit drugs.

This week, the jury will also hear from Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, as well as actress Ellen Barkin, who had a brief relationship with Depp in the 1990s.

Depp is also expected to be called back to the witness stand in connection with the Heard case.

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