Johnny Depp's team mocks Amber Heard's 'performance of her life', says her 'lies' will be exposed
In the recent development of the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard case, Depp's attorneys criticized Heard, alleging she gave "the performance of her life" when testifying in court. Heard's testimony began on Wednesday, May 4, where she detailed her version of how their relationship began and the first time Depp allegedly slapped her. The 'Aquaman' actress also accused Depp of 'penetrating her with a bottle,' executing a cavity check on her, and hitting her when she laughed at his tattoo while taking the stand.
As the bombshell defamation trial continued on Thursday, May 5, Heard sobbed while giving her testimony at the Fairfax County Courthouse. Depp's team said in the statement that Heard's abuse accusations had evolved over time, adding "new and convenient details". After the court session, both teams got into a heated debate. Depp's publicist said: "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." Depp's team also argued that "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 has been presented." The statement continues: "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 replied to the allegations: "As evidenced by the statement just released, Mr. Depp’s defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor."
"They boast that Mr. Depp’s story has not changed. If so, since he lost the Domestic Violence Restraining Order and he resoundingly lost the libel case in the UK, perhaps he should consider a new strategy rather than the recycled approach of attacking the victim, and refusing to take responsibility for his own conduct."
"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."
Meanwhile, the trial is expected to last several weeks. Depp testified last month, claiming that he had "never struck any woman."
The high-profile defamation trial is the result of 2018 op-ed written by Heard for The Washington Post in which she called herself a domestic violence survivor. Though the actress had not named Depp in the writeup, his legal team believed that it tarnished his career and image and sued her for $50 million in damages. Heard countersued the 58-year-old star for $100 million.