A fight broke out between Amber Head and Depp’s lawyer Camilla Vasquez in the courtroom, where the Aquaman star was accused of lying.
Amber Heard has confronted Johnny Depp’s legal team, and celebrity attorney Camille Vasquez has dismissed repeated claims that the Aquaman star “lied” and that Depp was the real victim in their relationship.
The trial is drawing to a close, and Hurd was called back to the podium on Thursday as the last witness.
Closing arguments will be heard on Friday, and the verdict is likely to be delivered next week after Memorial Day in the US on Monday.
With tears in her eyes, Hurd also said that she was left “humiliated” and that the trial resulted in her being threatened with violence.
“People want to kill me and they tell me about it. Every day. People want to put my baby in the microwave. And they tell me about it,” she said.
Thursday’s session also heard from an imaging expert who dismissed claims by Depp’s team that Heard could have digitally altered images of her alleged bruises.
Aquaman Depp is suing the star for $50 million (AU$67 million) for insinuations that he abused her in 2018. Washington Post ed. Although she did not name him, he claims that her claims are false and have cost him lucrative film roles.
Heard counter-sued, seeking US$100 million (AU$134 million) and alleging that she had been subjected to “unrestrained physical abuse and abuse” at his hands, but was herself defamed when allegations were made that she had fabricated the charges .
Heard: “I was persecuted and humiliated”
Heard was called back to the stand as a rebuttal witness by her legal team. This came after Depp was recalled on Wednesday.
She was asked to explain what impact Adam Waldman’s media statements made in 2020 had on her life.
Mr. Waldman was Depp’s attorney and was quoted as saying that Heard’s claims of abuse against Depp were “a hoax”. She said that he made these claims with Depp’s knowledge, but Depp denies this.
“I am being harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day, even when I just walk into this courtroom,” Hurd said.
“Johnny promised me that if I ever left him, he would make me think about him every day as long as I lived.
“In persecution and humiliation, a campaign against me that is repeated every single day on social networks. And now in front of the cameras in this room. Every single day I have to relive the trauma.”
Depp’s lawyer: “Your lies are out”
“It may be easy to forget, but I am human.”
Camilla Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer, then cross-examined Heard and they immediately butted heads.
“Your lies have been exposed to the whole world,” Ms. Vasquez said.
“I didn’t lie about anything,” Hurd said.
Ms. Vasquez told Hurd that she was the one who told TMZ that she was going to show up at the Los Angeles courthouse to file a restraining order against Depp so that the gossip website could take paparazzi pictures of her supposedly bruised face.
“I didn’t call TMZ or any other news source or paparazzi source, anyone,” Heard said.
“What real victim of domestic violence wants this?”
Ms Vasquez submitted images of what she said was the day after the restraining order, Heard and a friend laughing without visible bruising.
Hurd said she had no idea if it was the next day or much later. She added that she usually wore make-up, so if it was the next day, the bruise could be hidden.
Heard “I don’t think so”
The other two got into a fight when Ms. Vasquez showed Hurd an image of a spilled wine bottle on the floor and asked her to identify it was after a fight between her and Depp on December 15, 2015. Heard testified about the date earlier in court.
But Hurd struggled to confirm that the photo was taken from that incident, despite her legal team putting it in evidence.
Ms. Vasquez then submitted an identical image and said Hurd determined it was taken on May 21, 2016, about five months later.
A skirmish ensued between the two when Heard advised Depp’s lawyer to simply look at the metadata on the images to clear up the date confusion.
“If you were telling the truth, you would know (the date),” Ms. Vasquez said.
“There’s a glass of spilled wine on the floor, and I have to know (the date) off the top of my head, when will you survive five years of this nonsense?
“I don’t think so, it doesn’t work that way.”
Her lawyer, Ben Rottenborn, later asked Heard why she might be confused as to when the incident happened.
“Because there were so many cases of violence, so many photographs,” Hurd replied.
“Most people don’t have that kind of evidence for years.”
Ms. Vasquez also challenged Heard and asked if she agreed that she “didn’t expect” so many people to come forward as a witness to defend Depp from her allegations.
“Wrong,” Hurd said. “I know a lot of people wouldn’t be afraid to support Johnny.
“It’s his strength, that’s why I wrote this (Washington Post) ed. I spoke about this phenomenon when many people will come out and support him and come under his power.
“He’s a very powerful man and people love to curry favor with powerful people.”