Amber Heard appeared in court with a videotape of her intimate moment with another star while her then-husband Johnny Depp was out of town.
Jurors were shown video of Amber Heard escorting James Franco in an elevator to the penthouse apartment she shared with then-husband Johnny Depp the day before she filed for divorce.
The visit on May 22, 2016 around 11 p.m. came one day after Heard claims Depp hit her in the face with a cell phone. They both stand with their backs to the camera and bow their heads in the footage. At some point, Franco affectionately laid his head on her neck.
Depp accused Heard and Franco of having an affair during their marriage, a charge they both denied.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million (AU$67 million) for implying he was abusive towards 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 countersued, seeking US$100 million (AU$134 million) and alleging that she had been subjected to “unrestrained physical abuse and abuse” at his hands.
During Heard’s cross-examination Tuesday at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia, Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez suggested it would be strange to invite Franco to the apartment she shared with her husband, whom she described as abusive and jealous.
Hurd testified that she was so afraid of Depp’s return to the apartment in a rage that five days after Franco’s visit, she received a restraining order against her ex-husband.
“You knew Mr. Depp was out of town on May 22, 2016, didn’t you?” Vasquez asked Hurd.
“I didn’t know his schedule,” she replied.
Vasquez said Heard knew that Depp was out of town and that she was not in immediate danger when she went to the Los Angeles courthouse on May 27, 2016 to obtain a restraining order.
“I’m not sure what I understood about his schedule at the time,” Hurd replied calmly.
Cursed Evidence of Heard’s Past Relationships
During grueling cross-examination, Vasquez also questioned Hurd about her arrest for allegedly hitting her ex-girlfriend, Tasia van Ree, in 2009.
“You did domestic violence against Miss Van Ree during your relationship, didn’t you?” Vasquez asked.
“No, I didn’t,” she replied.
“You attacked her at the Seattle airport in 2009, didn’t you?” the lawyer insisted.
“That’s not true,” Hurd insisted. Vasquez continued to read the news article about the incident.
Two officers allegedly witnessed how Heard hit van Ree on the arm and ripped off her necklace, after which she was arrested.
But the prosecutor’s office refused to open a case. News of the altercation did not appear in the press until 2016, and van Ree publicly defended Hurd, who accused Depp of planting the article.
“So Mr. Depp isn’t the only domestic partner you attacked?” Vasquez asked.
“I never attacked Mr. Depp or any other person with whom I had a romantic relationship, never,” Hurd replied.
“No more questions, Your Honor,” Vasquez said as he concluded a day and a half of cross-examination.
Depp’s strange gift
Vasquez asked Hurd about the large turquoise-handled knife she gave her ex-husband for his birthday in 2012 — the same year she revealed he started hitting her.
“It was during these cycles of violence that you gave Mr. Depp the knife?”
“I gave him a knife,” she replied as a court deputy pulled the blade from its sheath and showed it to the jury. “I wasn’t worried that he was going to stab me with that knife,” Heard added.
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