What Are Some Key Points You’ve Noticed About Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s Feud?

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What Are Some Key Points You've Noticed About Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's Feud?

Intimate details about Johnny
Depp and Amber Heard’s volatile relationship, including domestic and
substance abuse allegations, have been made public amid the former couple’s
defamation lawsuit. 

Depp is suing Heard, his
ex-wife, for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she
wrote chronicling her experiences as a domestic violence survivor. Though Heard
never mentions Depp by name, his lawyers argue that references to their client
(and Heard’s previous abuse allegations following their 2017 divorce) are clear
and have damaged Depp’s career and reputation. Heard filed a $100 million
countersuit, claiming Depp and his legal team defamed her by calling her
allegations false.

With four weeks down and two
more to go, Depp has completed his time on the stand. Heard began her testimony
last week and will retake the stand when the trial returns from a weeklong
break on Monday, May 16. Closing arguments will be on Friday, May 27; like the
rest of the trial, the conclusion will be aired live on CourtTV and Law&Crime
Network. Until then, revisit some of the biggest bombshells from the trial so
far below.

Allegations of abuse

Depp and Heard have both
accused each other of physical and verbal abuse throughout the trial. Depp
alleged that Heard has punched, kicked, thrown items at him, and severed the
tip of his finger (more on that later) amidst their turbulent relationship,
while Heard alleged that Depp has hit her, slammed her against walls, pulled
out patches of her hair, and sexually assaulted her while under the influence
of drugs and alcohol.

Dr. Laurel Anderson, Depp and
Heard’s former couple’s therapist categorized the relationship as mutually
abusive in a pre-recorded deposition shared in court — an analysis that
has proved divisive. Some experts say that mutual abuse is a myth and
that Depp and Heard’s dynamic was one of reactive abuse, with power imbalances
in which Depp had the upper hand. Other experts say that abuse is not always
perpetrated solely by one person and that there isn’t always a power imbalance.

Heard’s first witness, a
psychologist and interpersonal violence expert named Dr. Dawn Hughes, for
example, denied that mutual abuse occurred between Heard and Depp,
explaining that she witnessed “very clear psychological traumatic
effects” during her evaluations of Heard as a result of “intimate
partner violence.” On the other hand, Dr. Darcy Sterling, a relationship
therapist and clinical social worker, previously told EW, “Both partners
were egregious in their behaviors, and neither seems to realize their
culpability. Things are always easier to make sense of when one person is
clearly a victim and the other a perpetrator… In my 27 years of practicing as
a therapist, the vast majority of relationships I’ve seen show problems in both
partners.”

Explosive audio recordings and email
exchanges

Audio recordings, videos, text
messages, and email exchanges have been shared as evidence in court over the
last four weeks. In an audio clip, Heard admits to hitting Depp, calls him a
“baby,” and says no one would believe he’s a victim. In a video, Depp
is seen slamming kitchen cabinets and appears to be behaving erratically.
Photographs seemed to show both actors with bruising and injuries allegedly
inflicted on each other. Other photographs showed drugs like cocaine laid out
on tabletops, while still more depicted Depp allegedly passed out from drinking
in excess. (Depp testified that Heard’s characterization of his substance use
was “grossly embellished” and that she used drugs as well.) And
graphic text exchanges were presented featuring conversations between the
couple and some of their famous friends, like Paul Bettany, Marilyn
Manson, and Elton John, on Depp’s side. Texts the actor sent to Bettany
about “burning” and “f—ing” Heard’s rotted corpse,
which were made public during Depp’s 2018 lawsuit against The Sun, were
once again presented. (Depp testified that he was “embarrassed” about
the text exchanges, attributing his vocabulary to dark humor.) Elsewhere, text
exchanges between Depp and Heard that alluded to domestic violence were also
presented.

“Just thought you should
know that there exists a book titled Disco Bloodbath. That’s
all….” Depp texted to Heard in one message, prompting her to reply,
“We need that book! Is it about last Friday night, by any chance?”
Depp replied, “How can you make me smile about such a hideous moment???
Yes, it is… Funny bitch. I f—ing love you.” Another text from Depp
read, “I feel pushed… I push back… I feel hurt… I will hurt back…
A fight commences, I WILL fight back!!! And obviously, so will you!!!”

A severed finger and allegations of sexual
assault

Back to that infamous severed
fingertip. One event that has been repeatedly dissected throughout the trial
centers on an argument that occurred in Australia in 2015. Living together in
the country while he filmed Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Depp alleged that
Heard effectively cut off the tip of his middle finger when she hurled a broken
liquor bottle at him following an argument about a prenuptial agreement. (Depp
alleged Heard was upset that he broached the topic of obtaining one in
Australia, while Heard alleged that it was Depp who didn’t want to get one.)

Per Depp’s testimony:
“My hand is on the edge of the bar and she threw the large bottle and it
made contact and shattered everywhere. I didn’t feel the pain at first — what I
felt was heat and something dripping down my hand. I looked down and realized
that the tip of my finger had been severed. I was looking directly at my bones
sticking out and the meaty portion… blood was pouring out.” He added, “I
don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that’s the closest I’ve
ever [felt to it]. Nothing made sense. I knew in my mind and my heart that this
is not life. No one should have to go through this.”

In her testimony, Heard
alleged that an intoxicated Depp threw her around, shoved her against the
refrigerator, and bashed her against a wall. “It [was] so easy for him to
throw me around,” Heard said, adding through tears that Depp shoved a
liquor bottle “inside of me over and over again,” and “said he
would kill me.” Of the aftermath, she said, “I remember being in
the bathroom. I remember retching. I remember I couldn’t control my bladder. I
remember there was some blood on the floor.” Heard also said Depp wrote
messages on the walls and furniture with his bloodied, severed finger:
“Things to the effect of ‘go-getter,’ ‘whore.’ Calling me easy, calling me
a slut,” she said.

Allegations of infidelity

Heard testified that with
Depp, there was a “revolving door of accusations” of cheating. The
actor, she said, often accused her of sleeping with friends, ex-partners, and
costars, including James Franco, Billy Bob Thornton, and Eddie
Redmayne. “He hated, hated James Franco,” Heard said. “He was
accusing me of secretly having a thing with him in the past since we had
done Pineapple Express together.” Heard alleged that Depp
discouraged her from acting. Heard claimed she bargained with Depp to be able
to star in Magic Mike XXL, a movie with a predominantly male cast. She
said he “reluctantly agreed,” partly because it did not feature
extensive sex or kissing scenes. “I wasn’t going to play a sexualized
character. I wore minimal makeup.”

Depp admitted he was
suspicious that Heard was cheating, testifying that “occasionally,
yes,” he felt insecure when she befriended costars. Heard’s lawyer also
presented an audio recording of Depp telling Heard, “I become irrational
when you’re doing movies. I become jealous and f—ing weird and we fight a lot
more.”

Heard testified that she
suspected Depp of cheating on her shortly after their 2015 wedding. “He
was texting this woman that he had had a relationship with on and off kind of
at the beginning of our relationship, so I recognized the name,” Heard
testified. “But the date was right after the wedding. I saw that he had
gone to her house after we had gotten married. Upon touching down in Los
Angeles, I think it was the next day he went to this woman’s house that he has
this sexual relationship… I remember being so mad at him for cheating on
me. It just felt like everything came crashing down.”

Human feces and a dangling Yorkie

Depp’s severed fingertip is
not the only bizarre anecdote to emerge from the defamation trial. The
actor accused Heard of leaving human feces on his side of the bed
following an argument in 2016.

When Depp’s bodyguard showed
him a photo of the feces, Depp told the court: “My initial response to
that was, I mean… I laughed. It was so outside. It was so bizarre and so
grotesque that I could only laugh.” Depp said he approached Heard about divorce not too long after. “I figure she understood as well as I did
there was no way back,” Depp testified. “I also felt she would
understand it was the best thing for the both of us.” He said when Heard
brought up the feces, she “tried to blame it on the dogs.” He added,
“They’re teacup Yorkies. They weigh about 4 pounds each. The photograph
that I saw — I lived with those dogs for many years. It was not the dogs… I
didn’t feel like I deserved that kind of treatment.”

The Yorkies were brought up
again in Heard’s testimony last week. Heard alleged that Depp once grabbed one
of the Yorkies and held it out of a moving car window. “He grabs this
teacup Yorkie [named] Boo out of the window of the moving car, and he’s howling
like an animal while holding the dog out the window,” Heard testified.
“And everyone in the car — I’ll never forget it — everyone just froze. No
one did anything. It’s this eerie moment where he’s howling and holding this
animal out of the car window. More than that weird memory, I have a memory of
everyone just kind of not really reacting to him.”

Dueling statements

Ahead of this week’s hiatus,
each legal team released opposing statements. “As Mr. Depp’s counsel
correctly predicted in their opening statements last month, Ms. Heard did
indeed deliver ‘the performance of her life’ in her direct examination,” a
spokesperson for Depp said. “While Ms. Heard’s stories have continued to
grow new and convenient details, Mr. Depp’s recollections have remained
exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her first allegations
were made. His truth — the truth — is the same no matter the environment in
which it is has been presented. The upcoming cross-examination from
Mr. Depp’s team will be most telling, and will certainly highlight the
many fallacies Ms. Heard has now attempted to pass off as fact throughout her
convoluted testimony.”

A spokesperson for Heard said,
“Mr. Depp’s defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel is
turning from prosecutor to persecutor. If Mr. Depp was truly innocent, why has
he repeatedly apologized to Ms. Heard and promised to put the ‘monster away for
good’? One of Ms. Heard’s disappointments is Mr. Depp’s inability to
distinguish fact from fiction — a malady that appears to have spread to his
legal team. That same team is so panicked they are fighting tooth and nail to prevent
compelling evidence and photos from being introduced… Mr. Depp’s behavior in
this trial has been as pitiful as it was in their marriage. Apparently, they
feel they must double-down on their demonstrably losing two-part strategy:
distract the jury and demonize the victim.”

 

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