On the defense, Amber Heard wraps up her testimony in Johnny Depp defamation trial

Christie D’Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Amber Heard wrapped up her testimony Tuesday in the protracted defamation case being argued between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp — but not before showing flashes of combativeness and annoyance while under cross-examination.

During cross-examination, which was designed to cast doubt on the “Aquaman” actor’s credibility, Heard painted every witness whose testimony contradicted hers as being wrong, mistaken or a person she simply disagreed with.

Asked by Depp attorney Camille Vasquez about a difference of testimony between her and Depp’s driver, Starling Jenkins, Heard implied Jenkins was mistaken.

“I remember everything about that night,” she said, stating she left the 2016 Coachella music festival early after being sickened by a combination of MDMA and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Jenkins had testified that he took her to her hotel alone, while Heard said he drove her home with her friends.

The Coachella trip came the day after a dinner celebrating Heard’s 30th birthday, when she alleges Depp showed up late and later attacked her.

Toward the end of cross-examination, during which Heard looked to the jury with nearly every answer she gave, Vasquez asked Heard who had leaked video to TMZ just days before depositions in their divorce. The recording showed Depp smashing up their kitchen.


“I have no idea. That’s not my area of expertise. I wouldn’t even know how to do that. Plus what does that get me?” Heard snapped. “If I wanted to leak things about Johnny, I could have done that in a much more successful way, for years.”

Regarding her behavior after Depp detoxed from the opiate Roxicodone, Heard testified, “I did a lot of changing to support his sobriety. I tried everything that I could possibly think of.”

Under further questioning, Heard said that she continued to drink wine, smoke weed, take MDMA and consume hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Among the least productive moments during Tuesday’s cross-examination came when Vasquez attempted repeatedly to get Heard to clarify how Depp got his hands onto a liquor bottle — which she alleged he used to rape her — while also holding her down just moments after part of his finger was sliced off. Heard was unable to provide an answer.


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