Heard also seemed to lump British model Kate Moss — who testified Wednesday via video from England that Depp did not push her down stairs during their relationship in the ‘90s — into the “woodwork” crowd.
“I didn’t expect her to show up or not show up,” Heard said about Moss. “It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t change what I believed at the time. We were on the stairs, and I thought he was going to kill my sister by pushing her down the stairs.”
During that 2015 staircase fight, Heard previously testified, Depp allegedly pulled her by the hair with one hand, hit her in the face with a hand that was in a hard cast because of his injured finger, then started to take a swing at her sister, who had entered the fray. Heard said she then hit Depp “square in the face” for the first time in their relationship as she tried to protect her sister.
Asked by Vasquez whether she was saying these witnesses were willing to perjure themselves just to “curry favor,” Heard said she’s seen “time and again” how many people are willing to come out in support of Depp. “That’s his power,” the actor added.
“That’s why I wrote the op-ed,” Heard said, referring to the 2018 Washington Post article that has had her in the defendant’s seat in Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit. In the article, which doesn’t mention the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor by name, Heard referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse,” a point Depp is contesting as untrue.
The two cases are being tried jointly, with proceedings broadcast and streamed live via Court TV and other outlets.
Heard finished her testimony Thursday by answering more questions from her own attorney and saying that what she’s suffering from now is “just an echo” of the violence she endured during her relationship with Depp. With both sides having finished presenting evidence, Judge Penney Azcarate dismissed the jury early. The attorneys and judge then began hammering out the details of jury instructions.
Closing arguments — limited to two hours for each side — begin at 9 a.m. ET Friday, after which the jury will be given its instructions. The judge told jurors they will begin deliberations Friday afternoon.
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