In Johnny Depp's libel suit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, the jury saw photographs of her with red markings and swelling on her face during their final argument before their divorce and heard testimony regarding her ability to conceal bruises with makeup.
The third and last day of Heard's direct testimony in a Virginia courtroom focused on the final months of her marriage to Depp. In the late afternoon, his attorneys began their cross-examination.
The trial is currently in its fifth week, and jurors have shown numerous photographs of Heard that purport to document the alleged violence she endured throughout her relationship with Depp.
However, several of the photographs shown on Monday had not been viewed by the jury before and displayed redness and swelling much more vividly than earlier photos.
According to Heard, Depp caused the marks by throwing a phone at her face.
Two days after the confrontation in May 2016, Heard filed for divorce. A few days later, she won a temporary restraining order during a court hearing and was photographed leaving the courthouse with a distinct red mark on her right cheek.
The final confrontation was a pivotal moment in the couple's continuing conflict. Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over an opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018. She described herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse." His attorneys claim that the story defamed him despite not mentioning his name.
Depp asserts that he never struck Heard and that she is fabricating allegations of abuse. Earlier in the trial, police officers who responded to emergency calls during the final altercation said that Heard's face seemed red from sobbing. Still, they did not observe any apparent bruises. In addition, witnesses stated that Heard's face was devoid of injuries in the days following the incident.
Heard said on Monday, Washington time, that she did not cooperate with authorities who arrived at the couple's penthouse and that she had minimal face-to-face interactions with officers.
She also described her cosmetic regimen, in which she uses a color correction wheel that she refers to as her "bruise kit" to conceal facial marks. She stated that she has learned over the years to use green tones to cover redness on the first day of a bruise and orange hues when the bruise turns blue and purple.
She stated, "I won't be walking around Los Angeles with bruises on my face."
During cross-examination, Depp's attorney, Camille Vasquez, questioned Heard about various photographs of her that did not appear to show injuries, despite being taken within days of alleged abuse episodes. Heard stated that she covered bruises with cosmetics and used ice to minimize swelling.
She said, "You should see what it looked like without makeup."
Vasquez also questioned Heard about the $7 million divorce settlement she received from Depp. Heard promised to donate the entire sum to charity but has only given a portion of it thus far. She said that she could not fulfill her promise due to Depp's $50 million lawsuit. However, she admitted that she had collected the entire $7 million from Depp months before he filed the complaint under cross-examination.
In her direct testimony, Heard stated she did not want to publicly expose Depp as an abuser in her court procedures. Still, she had to travel to the courthouse to submit testimony to seek a restraining order, and she was surprised to be swarmed by cameras as she left the courthouse.
She stated that she went to court to obtain a restraining order because she wanted to replace her locks. I desired a decent night's sleep.
During her testimony on Monday, Heard vehemently refuted Depp's claim that she left human feces in the couple's bed following a fight. Heard stated that the couple's miniature Yorkshire terrier has a history of gastrointestinal issues after ingesting Depp's marijuana by mistake.
"Absolutely not," she stated in response to the purported poop joke. "I do not find that amusing. I have no idea what an adult lady does. I was not in the mood for pranks."
However, according to Heard, Depp became obsessed with believing that someone had defecated in his bed. Even though Depp's mother had recently passed away and the couple hadn't spoken in a month, she said it was all he wanted to talk about during their final battle on May 21, 2016.
The feces allegation is one of the dozens that Depp's internet admirers have highlighted in their social media criticisms of Heard.
Heard also discussed the opinion article itself, stating that the first draft was written by American Civil Liberties Union employees, for whom she had begun working as an ambassador. She said that she was pleased to contribute to the domestic abuse discourse but had no intention of mentioning Depp.
She said, "It's not about Johnny." "The only one who believed it was about Johnny was Johnny himself, and it centered on me and my life after Johnny.
Heard closed her statement by describing the daily accusations from Depp fans that she is lying about the assault as "torture."
She stated, "I want to move on with my life." "I desire for Johnny to move on. I desire that he leave me alone."