Amber Heard described the moment she met Elon Musk at the 2016 Met Gala after her then-husband Johnny Depp “picked me up” on the red carpet.
Ms. Heard entered the multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit Monday in Fairfax, Virginia, where she said she spoke with the Tesla founder at the red carpet event in New York City on May 2, 2016.
The Aquaman actor told the court that she and Mr Depp had planned to attend the Met Gala together as guests of Ralph Lauren.
However, the event took place not long after her 30th birthday, when she said she was “attacked” by her husband.
She claimed she didn’t have a phone at the time because Mr. Depp threw it out the window and so she couldn’t find out if he would still be joining her at the event.
“I wasn’t sure what was going on or when he was going to show up or if he was going to show up,” she said.
“I couldn’t know,” she added.
Ms Heard told the court that she walked the red carpet alone and “sat next to an empty place setting for Johnny” after he “effectively put me on the carpet”.
Walking the red carpet alone, she said she met Mr Musk, whom she described as “a gentleman” and said he was at the event with his mother.
“I was standing in line right in front of a gentleman. It was Elon,” she said.
“I didn’t recognize him at first. We struck up a conversation and he reminded me we had met before.”
Ms Heard said they developed a friendship after that meeting.
“He seemed like a real gentleman. He was really nice,” she said.
“He was sitting at a nearby table and we struck up a conversation that night and eventually became friends.”
Ms Heard was then asked for a statement from her former nurse, Erin Falati, who said the address “reported use of illegal drugs, mushrooms and MDMA at home on 05/09/2016 with a high profile male acquaintance”.
Ms Falati said Ms Heard said her husband was “unaware of their male visitor or their illegal drug use”.
Ms Heard dismissed Ms Falati’s statements, saying she didn’t even believe her in LA at the time.
Ms Heard and Mr Musk are believed to have been on and off between 2016 and 2018, and the SpaceX boss was named on their witness list for the trial.
During the opening statement, Ms Heard’s lawyers said Mr Depp was “obsessed” with Mr Musk.
The former spouses’ agent, Christian Carino, testified earlier in the trial that Ms Heard was dating Mr Musk around the same time she was trying to reconcile with her husband.
Ms Heard responded for a third day of testimony on Monday as the trial resumed after a week-long hiatus.
Mr Depp is suing his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 comment she wrote for The Washington Post where she described herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence”.
That Pirates of the Caribbean The actor is credited in the article, titled “I spoke out against sexual violence — and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change.”
However, Mr Depp claims that this falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser – something he strongly denies – and that it has made it difficult for him to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50 million.
Ms Heard is filing a $100million counterclaim, accusing Mr Depp of organizing a “defamation campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.
The trial began on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, with explosive testimony in the courtroom.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/amber-heard-johnny-depp-elon-musk-met-gala-b2080166.html Amber Heard describes meeting Elon Musk at the Met Gala after Johnny Depp picked me up