Heard, who had simply filed for divorce, arrived at a Los Angeles courthouse that day to search a short lived restraining order, displaying up with a transparent mark on her face, which she stated Depp inflicted throughout a struggle six days prior. Photographers captured the scene, and the allegations turned tabloid fodder throughout the globe.
Depp says he by no means hit her, and now he’s suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia. On Wednesday, jurors within the case heard from cops who responded to the couple’s penthouse instantly after the struggle. None of the officers noticed the pink mark that was so distinguished six days later.
Officer Tyler Hadden, one of many officers who responded to the couple’s penthouse condo on May 21, 2016, stated Heard refused to speak to officers and had no indicators of an harm, though he acknowledged she’d been crying and was red-faced.
“Just because I see a female with pink cheeks and pink eyes doesn’t mean something happened,” he stated in a recorded deposition performed for jurors Wednesday.
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Depp had already left the penthouse by the point officers arrived. Officers stated they’d no concept who Heard was, or that she was married to Depp. He stated neither Heard nor anybody on the penthouse advanced was prepared to inform him or the opposite officers who Heard’s husband was.
Jurors heard comparable testimony Tuesday from an officer who accompanied Hadden to the penthouse.
An officer who made a follow-up go to that night time, William Gatlin, testified Wednesday that he noticed no accidents both, although he acknowledged that his go to was transient and he obtained no nearer than 10 ft (3 metres) from Heard. He stated his verify was a perfunctory one as a result of it appeared that the decision was only a duplicate to the one which Hadden had already responded to.
The jury noticed bodycam video of Gatlin’s response, which was lower than two minutes. Heard may solely be seen at a distance.
Heard’s attorneys, of their questions, have advised that Heard may have lined her accidents with make-up, as a result of at that time she nonetheless wished to guard Depp. They additionally requested officers why they didn’t examine a possible case of home violence extra totally.
The officers’ testimony is a few of Depp’s finest proof that Heard contrived the allegations towards her ex-husband. It enhances earlier testimony from witnesses who say they noticed Heard and her sister practising faux punches within the days after the assault.
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It’s removed from definitive, although. Heard’s attorneys have but to placed on their case, and a few of her mates say they had been on the penthouse when Depp allegedly attacked her.
And even when jurors had been to conclude that Depp by no means assaulted his spouse on May 21, they’ve heard proof of different alleged assaults earlier than and through the couple’s transient marriage.
Depp sued Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The article doesn’t point out Depp by title, however his attorneys say the article defames him nonetheless as a result of it’s a transparent reference to the extremely publicized allegations Heard made when she filed for divorce in 2016 and obtained a short lived restraining order as nicely.
Jurors additionally heard recorded testimony Wednesday from Christian Carino, an agent who represented Depp and Heard and was mates with each. He stated he believes the abuse allegations scuttled Depp’s participation in a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, however he didn’t pin the lack of that movie particularly on Heard’s 2018 op-ed piece.
Heard’s attorneys advised jurors in opening statements that there should be proof that the Post article particularly broken Depp’s repute for him to prevail in a libel case.
Carino additionally testified that Heard twice tried to reconcile with Depp, even after she filed for divorce — as soon as in 2016 and once more in 2017. At one level in 2016, he brokered a gathering between Heard and a reluctant Depp that led to a struggle.
He additionally testified briefly about Heard’s subsequent relationship with tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. Heard texted Carino in 2017 professing unhappiness about her breakup with Musk. Carino appeared incredulous, and texted in response to Heard, “You told me a thousand times you were just filling space.”
The trial is ongoing.
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