Jury sees photos of Heard's swollen face after a fight with Depp |  CBC News

Jury sees photos of Heard’s swollen face after a fight with Depp | CBC News

Jurors in Johnny Depp’s defamation case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, saw pictures Monday of her with red marks and swelling on her face after their last quarrel before their divorce, and heard testimony about her experience covering up bruises with makeup.

Heard returned to the witness stand Monday in a Virginia courtroom for the third day of testimony focused on the final months of her marriage to Depp.

The trial is now in its fifth week, and jurors have seen multiple photos of Heard throughout the trial that purport to document the abuse she said she received during her affair with Depp.

Several of the photos shown on Monday, never seen by the jury, showed redness and swelling more clearly than previous photos.

Heard said the signs appeared when Depp threw a phone at her.

The confrontation in May 2016 prompted Heard to file for divorce two days later. A few days later, she obtained a temporary restraining order after a court session, and was widely photographed leaving the courtroom with a visible red mark on her right cheek.

Depp hears in the courtroom on May 2. He sued Heard for defamation after she wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, referring to herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” (Steve Helper/The Associated Press)

The final fight was a major point in the ongoing feud between the pair. Deb Heard is suing in Fairfax County Court for defamation for an op-ed she wrote in December 2018 for The Washington Post describing herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” His lawyers say the article defamed him even though he never mentioned his name.

Depp says he never hit Heard and that she makes allegations that she was abused. Earlier in the trial, jurors listening to police officers who responded to emergency calls during that final fight said Heard’s face looked red from crying but that they saw no visible bruises. Witnesses also testified that they did not see bruises on Heard’s face in the days immediately following the fight.

bruising kit

Heard, in her testimony Monday, said she did not cooperate with the officers who responded to the couple’s home, and said her direct interaction with the officers was very limited.

And she discussed her own makeup routine, using a color-correcting wheel she called her “bruise kit” to cover up the marks on her face. She said she learned over the years to use green shades on the first day of a bruise to cover up the redness, switching more to orange shades as the bruise turned blue and purple.

“I’m not going to walk around L.A. with bruises on my face,” she said.

She testified that she did not want to publicly reveal Depp as a violator in court proceedings, but had to go to court to testify for a restraining order, and was surprised when she left the courtroom surrounded by paparazzi.

Heard will testify on May 5. She said that she was physically and sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by Depp. Depp denied hitting her at all. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Paul/The Associated Press)

“I just wanted to change my locks,” she said of why she went to court to get the restraining order. “I just wanted to sleep a good night.”

During Monday’s testimony, Heard also reviewed her previous testimony about the timing of the first time she says she was physically assaulted by Depp. She vehemently denied an accusation by Depp that she left human waste in the couple’s bed after a fight. Heard said it was the couple’s teacup Yorkshire Terrier that messed up the bed and that he had a history of bowel problems since he accidentally swallowed Depp’s cannabis.

“Absolutely not,” she said of the alleged poo joke. “I don’t think it’s funny. I don’t know what an adult woman does. I wasn’t in the mood.”

Heard said, however, that Depp had become obsessed with the idea that someone might defecate in his bed. She said that was all he wanted to talk about during that final fight on May 21, 2016, even though Depp’s mother had just passed away and the couple hadn’t spoken in a month.

“He was obsessed with dog poo,” she said. “That’s what he wanted to talk about.”

The tube claim is one of several that Depp’s online fans have been particularly fond of in their social media criticism of Heard.

At the start of her testimony on Monday, she corrected herself about the timing of the first time she said Depp slapped her, which revolved around her questioning him about one of his tattoos. Heard initially said this happened in 2013, but said on Monday that it actually happened in 2012. She said her confusion resulted from the fact that she wanted to believe in her mind that the abuse didn’t start early in their relationship.

“I allowed myself to forget that the start was also violent and chaotic,” she said.

Heard also spoke about the same editorial, saying that ACLU workers — for whom she began serving as an ambassador — wrote the first draft. She said she was happy to lend her voice to the domestic violence debate, and had no intention of referring to Depp.

“It’s not about Johnny,” she said. “The only person who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny. It was about me and my life after Johnny.”

Heard concluded her testimony by saying that the accusations she receives daily from Depp’s supporters that she is lying about the abuses are “torture”.

“I want to move on with my life,” she said. “I want Johnny to move on. I want him to leave me alone.”

2022-05-16 19:52:40

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