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

“To be clear,” Heard said after struggling to understand what she was being asked, “you are putting (the events) in order when you use words like ‘then.’”

Though cross-examination was essentially free of objections from Heard’s legal team, the trial devolved into nonstop objections from Depp’s team and repeated sidebars called by Vasquez and by Heard attorney Elaine Bredehoft. The majority of the objections were sustained, and Bredehoft found herself struggling to find query language that would be allowed during her redirect questioning.

Other than the sidebars, redirect questioning wrapped up rather quickly, with one of Heard’s longest allowed answers coming at the start of her attorney’s inquiries.

Bredehoft’s question to Heard was aimed at rebutting a point made Monday in Vasquez’s cross-examination, when the latter invoked a statement Depp had made in which he promised Heard would “never see (his) eyes again” after they split up.

What, Heard’s attorney asked her client, was the real reason Depp hadn’t looked at her during this trial?


“Because he’s guilty. He knows he’s lying,” Heard replied. “Otherwise why can’t he look at me? I survived. I survived that man and I’m here and I’m able to look at him.”

Testimony continued Tuesday with review of a deposition by Heard’s friend iO Tillett Wright, the person who called 911 to report domestic violence at Depp’s downtown L.A. penthouse in May 2016. The trial, which is being broadcast and streamed live on CourtTV, resumes again Wednesday at 6 a.m. Pacific.

The civil trial is being held in Fairfax, Va., which is the site of servers that host the Washington Post op-ed written by Heard that is at the center of Depp’s $50-million defamation claim. Heard has countersued for defamation, seeking $100 million.


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