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Amber Heard is convicted of lying

Amber Heard is convicted of lying
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Johnny Depp accuses his ex-wife Amber Heard of leaving feces on the marriage bed in her defamation lawsuit. The 36-year-old now vehemently denies this on the last day of her questioning by her lawyers. She is also convicted of lying.

After a 10-day hiatus, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial has entered the next round. The 36-year-old actress sat on the witness stand at the trial in Fairfax, Virginia, in which the ex-couple accused each other of domestic violence. Cross-examined by Depp’s attorney Camille Vázquez, she was convicted of lying about their divorce settlement.

After a lengthy back-and-forth with Vázquez over the difference between “pledges” and “donations,” Heard admitted to not honoring their divorce settlement, $7 million to the human rights organization American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Children’s Hospital to donate in Los Angeles. Heard’s admission came after she had previously claimed on multiple occasions that she had already paid the full severance pay. “A total of seven million were donated. I split it between the ACLU and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles,” she said about 2018 on the Dutch talk show RTL Late Night. “I didn’t want anything.” During Depp’s defamation lawsuit against The Sun in London, she repeated the statement under oath.

ACLU chief Terence Dougherty recently testified that only $1.3 million has been received from Heard or others on her behalf. Following Heard’s pledge, the ACLU received $350,000 directly from Heard, $100,000 through Johnny Depp, and a total of $850,000 through a donation fund attributed to Amber Heard’s ex-boyfriend Elon Musk. Heard admitted the payments made by Musk on her behalf, but claimed they had nothing to do with their divorce settlement.

Did Depp suffer from hallucinations?

Previously, when questioned by her own attorney, Heard recounted incidents in which she was allegedly abused by Depp, including during their honeymoon on the Orient Express. At that time, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star started drinking again after a long absence. During an argument he hit her, choked her and pushed her through the sleeping car. Then he ripped her top off her body and choked her with the fabric. At that moment, she thought the 58-year-old could accidentally kill her, Heard said. When she woke up the next morning, she still had her shirt around her neck.

In further recordings, Heard admits to having become violent himself in an argument with Johnny Depp. She sometimes gets “so damn mad” that she loses control, she says, among other things. Nothing can be heard from Depp’s violence in the conversation. On the witness stand, the 36-year-old said: “At a certain point it’s easier to take the blame.” That feels “almost better than accepting the futility of violence that you can’t change.”

From 2016, she believed that Depp had mentally collapsed, Heard said. The actor was “irrational,” “hallucinated,” and “spoke to people who weren’t there.” He accused her of conversations that never took place or saw other people in the same room who weren’t there. “It was terrifying,” said the 36-year-old. The jury was then played a clip to which Depp had already testified.

In the video, the actor bangs on a kitchen cabinet, visibly drunk and angry. When he realizes that Heard is secretly filming him, Depp picks up the phone without stopping the recording. Shortly afterwards you can hear him saying goodbye and leaving the room. As he walks away, Heard gives a short laugh. She filmed her ex-husband because she was afraid he wouldn’t be able to remember his freak out later, Heard said now. She was also “afraid” of him. On the witness stand, Depp recently asked, “Why did she film that? If she was scared to death, why didn’t she go away?”

Heard denies human feces in bed

Amber Heard also testified on the evening of her 30th birthday. Depp accuses his ex of leaving her feces on the bed. Photographs taken by the housekeeper and shown to the jury are said to prove this. Heard described the evening as follows: During the argument, Depp first threw a champagne bottle at her and then her cell phone out the window. He later told her he was going to sleep in a different room and that “I fucking deserved it. I’d better get used to waking up alone.” The next day she packed her things and went to the Coachella festival with her friends and her two dogs.

Heard blamed Boo, her ex-husband’s teacup Yorkie, for the feces in the bed. He had intestinal problems from an early age because he ate Depp’s marijuana as a puppy. Since he regularly slept under the covers with them, it often happened that he wet the bed. When asked if she “played a prank” on Depp according to previous statements, Heard replied, “Absolutely not.” She was “not in the mood to prank” after being attacked by Depp the previous night. Chauffeur Starling Jenkins previously testified that Heard told him about the feces at the festival and described it as a “hoax that went horribly wrong”.

“Didn’t want the world to know”

In April 2016, the ex-couple barely communicated with each other, Heard said. It was only after his mother’s death that Depp got in touch at the end of May and they met in the penthouse they shared. There the actor kept coming back to the faeces in bed and insulted them, so Heard called a friend. He advised her to leave the house because she was not safe there. Depp then grabbed the cell phone and insulted Heard’s friend, then threw the cell phone in Heard’s face, hit her and pulled her hair.

Her friend Raquel Pennington, who lived next door in the penthouse, came in and threw herself between Depp and Heard, shortly afterwards Depp’s security team also appeared, who pulled Depp away, Heard said. When leaving, her ex destroyed several objects. She spent the next few hours in Pennington’s apartment, where she took several photos of her injured face.

The dispute had already been discussed in the process at the end of April. Several police officers who were called to Depp’s penthouse that day could not support Heard’s statements. They said there were no signs of a physical altercation – neither from what was said by those present, nor from visible injuries to Heard’s face or broken items in the home. When asked why she didn’t cooperate with police that night, Heard said she wanted to protect Depp. “I didn’t want him to get in trouble. I didn’t want the world to know.”

Depp has to grin at the sight of makeup

Although Depp later apologized extensively for the argument – the jury saw a corresponding text message history – she filed for divorce two days after the argument, Heard said. She also filed a domestic violence restraining order against Depp. Unlike usual, she appeared in court that day without make-up. In additional pictures shown to the jury, Heard has a dark spot on her cheek.

Heard also described how and with which make-up she painted over her injuries in the course of the relationship. To explain, she held up the very makeup kit her attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, had used during her opening statement, causing an uproar. As the manufacturer has announced, this kit did not exist at the time Heard is said to have used it. “Obviously it’s not exactly what I used to use…” Heard said before explaining which colors she used for which days post-injury. Johnny Depp and one of his lawyers then had to hold back a laugh.

She added that her Washington Post comment, which is at the heart of the defamation trial, was not about Depp, but about her and what has happened to her in the two years since the restraining order was lifted. “The only one who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny,” Heard said. She’s been trying to “protect Johnny” for the past five years. “I tried to keep it private even when I was filing for divorce. (…) He did the opposite,” Heard said toward the end of her questioning by her attorneys.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011. They got married in early February 2015, and at the end of May 2016 she filed for divorce, which was finalized in early 2017. After the lost defamation lawsuit against the newspaper “The Sun” in Great Britain in 2021, the US trial started in April. Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over an article she published in the Washington Post in which she describes herself as a victim of domestic violence. While she didn’t explicitly name Depp, he claims the article damaged his reputation. Heard, in turn, is filing a $100 million counterclaim. Cross-examination by Depp’s lawyers continues Tuesday.

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