Amber Heard Stands Again in Johnny Depp's Libel Trial: 'People want to kill me and they tell me that every day' - Patriot |  Globalnews.ca

Amber Heard Stands Again in Johnny Depp’s Libel Trial: ‘People want to kill me and they tell me that every day’ – Patriot | Globalnews.ca

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Jurors in the ongoing trial between actors and former spouses Amber Heard and Johnny Depp against each other will hear final witnesses Thursday, a day before lawyers from each side present their final arguments.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for defamation in Fairfax County Court over an op-ed she wrote in December 2018 in the Washington Post that described herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.”

His lawyers say the article defamed him even though he never mentioned his name.


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Johnny Depp Says Hearing Amber Heard’s Testimony Was ‘Insane’


Johnny Depp Says Hearing Amber Heard’s Testimony Was ‘Insane’

Depp is claiming $50 million in damages, while Heard is fighting her ex-partner for $100 million.

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On Thursday, her lawyers summoned Heard again to the catwalk to refute her counterclaim against Depp. “I am harassed, insulted and threatened every day,” she said.

“People want to kill me and they tell me that every day,” she said in a trembling voice.

“Every day I have to live with the trauma,” she testified.

American actress Amber Heard arrives at Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022.

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“This is awful,” she said. “Maybe it’s easy to forget that I’m human.”

Heard insisted, while she “would not wish this status on my worst enemy,” that she used her platform to provide a voice for victims of domestic violence.

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“It was excruciating, painful, and the most humiliating thing I’ve ever been through,” she said of the trial. “I just want Johnny to leave me alone.”

“It’s my right as an American to speak up about what happened to me. To own my story and my truth,” Heard testified.

American actor Amber Heard testifies during Depp v. Heard’s $50 million defamation trial in Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022.

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Upon cross-examination, Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez questioned Heard about several elements in her testimony, suggesting that Heard was not truthful in her allegations.

Vásquez and Heard repeatedly spoke to each other, raising tensions in the courtroom.

Depp’s attorney gave the jury two photos of Heard and a girlfriend the day after they filed a temporary restraining order against Depp in 2016.

In the photos, Heard is smiling and hugging her friend. The day before, Heard had visited a court to obtain a restraining order with a bruise on her face. Heard testified that she was wearing makeup to cover the bruise in the new photos.

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After much enthusiasm back and forth, Heard ended her testimony by telling the courtroom once again that she never wanted the trial to be public.

The judge gave some instructions to the jury, and comforted Heard’s side. Final statements are expected on Friday morning.

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Earlier in the day, Depp’s lawyers began proceedings by calling Dr. Richard Gilbert, an orthopedic hand surgeon, to the ward.

Gilbert testified that he believed Depp’s injured finger, a central point in this trial, had been severed by a “severe laceration”.

Dr. Richard Gilbert, an orthopedic surgeon, testifies in Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022.

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Depp maintains he lost the number when Heard threw a bottle of vodka in his hand during a 2015 argument in Australia.

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Heard says that although she doesn’t know exactly how Depp cut his finger, she didn’t throw anything into his hand. In her testimony, she hypothesized that Depp may have injured himself by brutally smashing a wall-mounted phone.

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Gilbert testified that he believed Depp’s claims about how he lost his finger were legitimate.

American actor Johnny Depp arrives with celebrity handler Bechi Colclough (left) at Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022.

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Heard’s lawyers then summoned Julian Ackert, a forensic computer expert, to the ward.

Both legal teams questioned Ackert about the legality of the image metadata that Heard provided as evidence in this trial.

Julian Ackert, a computer forensic investigator, gives testimony during Depp v. Heard’s $50 million defamation trial in Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022.

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There were no huge oversights from his testimony.

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Dr. Don Hughes, a clinical forensic psychologist, was then called back to the podium to refute Wednesday’s testimony by Dr. Shannon Curry.

She defended her methodology for her original psychological tests for Heard. She asserted that Dr. Carey, who had been appointed by Depp’s legal team and had testified that Heard suffered from several personality disorders, was misleading.

Dr. Don Hughes, a forensic psychologist, testifies during Depp v. Heard’s $50 million defamation trial in Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 26, 2022.

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When Depp’s lawyer questioned him, the questioning turned heated as Depp’s team questioned Hughes’ ability to properly conduct psychological tests. Depp’s lawyers also disputed Hughes’ claim that Heard had PTSD.

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Depp also returned to the stage the day before on Wednesday, telling the court that hearing Heard’s accusations against him was “crazy”.

“It’s crazy to hear outrageous accusations of violence and sexual violence attributed to me. I don’t think anyone enjoys having to divide and tell the truth. But there are times when one has to, because it’s out of control.”

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He described his time in court as “ridiculous, humiliating, painful, brutal, brutal and unimaginably cruel”, as well as calling everything that was said about him a “false”.

In this set of two photos, Amber Heard hears testimony from ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, during the defamation trial against her, in Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday.

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“No human being is perfect, certainly not. But I’ve never in my life committed sexual assault or physical assault, all these strange and gruesome stories of committing these things.”

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“It’s not easy for either of us, I know. But no matter what happened, I came here and told the truth. And I spoke about what I had been carrying on my back reluctantly for six years.”

On Wednesday, the jurors also heard from Depp’s ex-girlfriend Kate Moss.

Moss, the 48-year-old former model – who was romantically involved with Depp from 1994 to 1998 – told the court about an incident in which she fell down a flight of stairs and was rescued by Depp.

In a very brief testimony, Moss said that she and Deb were in Jamaica during their relationship, and it was raining. She then said that she slipped off the wet stairs in their suite, and Depp hurried to help her up, carried her to her room and got medical attention. She openly denied that Depp pushed her down the stairs and said he never did that at any point during their time together.

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Earlier in the proceedings, which began on April 12 and will conclude on May 27, Depp denied several allegations of sexual and physical abuse that Heard made against him, insisting that he was a “southern man” and that he was not. Addicted to alcohol or illegal drugs.

With files from Chris Jancelewicz and The Associated Press of Global News

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2022-05-26 17:23:04

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