Johnny Depp’s lawyer grilled Amber Heard about the night her ex-husband suffered a severed fingertip in 2015 during a contentious cross-examination at their defamation trial Tuesday.
Lawyer Camille Vasquez, who is representing Depp, repeatedly pressed Heard about the sequence of events that occurred that night in Australia as she challenged the actress’ testimony at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia.
Heard claims Depp injured his right middle finger when he smashed a telephone, while Depp claims his fingertip was severed when Heard hurled a bottle that struck his hand.
“I didn’t assault Johnny in Australia,” Heard, 36, said Tuesday. “I didn’t assault Johnny ever.”
Heard claimed during her testimony this month that Depp sexually assaulted her with a vodka bottle in Australia. On Tuesday, Vasquez asked Heard if she was claiming Depp held her down and assaulted her with the bottle after he severed his finger.
“I have never claimed that I can remember the exact sequence of these things,” Heard told the seven-person jury. “This was a multiday assault that took place over three horrible days. This was the worst thing (that) ever happened to me.”
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over an op-ed published in 2018 in which Heard called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp isn’t named in the op-ed, but Heard had previously accused the actor of abuse, which he denies.
Heard said Tuesday that the statement describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” wasn’t about Depp, but was “about what happened to me afterwards.”
She said Depp was “included” in another statement from her op-ed that reads, “I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”
“It was a reference in general to a larger phenomenon,” Heard said. “Not just Johnny.”