Heard was the final witness in the six-week defamation lawsuit Depp brought against his ex-wife. With cameras in the courtroom, millions of people watched the trial and interest seemed to gather momentum over the weeks, with both Depp and Heard testifying about the ugly details of their relationship.
Online and in the courthouse, Depp’s fans have overwhelmingly dominated the narrative, with groupies queuing overnight to snag one of the few seats in the courtroom and wave at Depp as he walks in and out. Heard was booed by onlookers in the street as she entered and exited the courthouse.
“The harassment and the humiliation, the campaign against me echoing every day on social media, and now in front of the cameras in the showroom — every day I have to relive the trauma,” Heard said, fighting back tears. “Maybe it’s easy to forget that I’m human.”
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Under cross-examination, Depp attorney Camille Vasquez told Heard that “your lies have been exposed to the world” and questioned her about people who contradicted parts of her reports.
“I know how many people are going to come out of the woodwork to support Johnny,” Heard replied.
Depp is suing Heard for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 comment she wrote in the Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure who advocates domestic violence.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article, although he never mentioned his name.
Heard said she hopes the lawsuit will allow her to regain her voice and said she has “the right as an American” to publish an article describing her experiences and how they relate to the national debate about domestic violence .
“Johnny took enough of my voice,” she said. “I have the right to tell my story.”
She said Depp has been fixated on revenge ever since she filed for divorce and obtained the restraining order against him. She was referring to previous statements in which Depp texted Heard’s disgruntled former personal assistant, telling her to “come in for a patch of purple and we’ll make her limp – well and good!!!”
“Johnny promised me – promised me – that he would ruin my life, that he would ruin my career. He would take my life,” Heard said.
Depp has denied ever hitting Heard and says she was the perpetrator of the relationship. Heard has testified about more than a dozen counts of physical abuse she allegedly suffered at Depp’s hands.
The final witness Thursday morning for Depp’s side was a hand surgeon, Richard Gilbert, who said he believes the injury to Depp’s middle finger may have occurred as Depp describes it.
The fingertip was severed during a fight between the pair in Australia. Depp says it happened when Heard threw a large vodka bottle at him. Heard says Depp did it to himself in a drug-fueled rage on a night he also sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle.
The jury will hear closing arguments on Friday.
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