Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's trial continues and allegations from both sides proceed to be made in the court. Recently, Depp's legal team told the court that a photo of Amber Heard sporting a bloodied lip is ‘fake’, despite a ‘mix-up’ in dates. It has been suggested by Depp's lawyers that the picture is from 2012, a year after she said the first violent incident took place in the UK defamation case, which Depp lost.
Johnny Depp's Lawyer's Claims In Court That Amber Heard’s Bloodied Lip Is ‘Fake’
Johnny Depp's legal team has told the court that the photo of Amber Heard sporting a bloodied lip is doctored, despite a ‘mix-up’ in dates.
Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million in a defamation trial after the actress wrote an op-ed in 2018 in The Washington Post in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence.
The Aquaman actress’ team previously tried to submit a picture showing her with an injured lip and a note thought to be written by the 58-year-old – but after objections from the plaintiff, the judge agreed that it was not offered up in time, meaning it has not been included.
Reports now suggest that the photo is from 2012, a year after she said the first violent incident took place in the UK defamation case, which Depp lost.
As per TMZ, who obtained the photo, his team said this doesn’t follow the timeline of her allegations – and the metadata reportedly confirms that it was taken in 2012.
One source close to Heard told the media outlet that Heard had a mix-up in the dates for the UK case, with her therapist records reportedly showing that the alleged abuse stemmed from 2012.
‘The panicked Depp’s team is fighting tooth and nail to prevent compelling evidence of abuse and photos such as this from being introduced,’ a spokesperson for Heard told the outlet of the claims.
‘They continue their losing strategy: distract the jury and demonize the defendant.’
Taking to the court stand, Heard told the court in detail about the time she was allegedly attacked by her ex-husband,
‘I was in one of these fights. I believe it’s this one, in his downtown ECB, we call it, loft, and we’re in the kitchen living room area and he backhands me,’ she said.
‘He wears a lot of rings. I remember just feeling like my lip went into my teeth, and it got a little blood on the wall.
‘Just that simple, a little bit of blood on the wall.’
Depp is suing Heard for damages in the libel case after she wrote an op-ed in 2018, discussing being a victim of domestic abuse.
Even though Depp was not mentioned exclusively in The Washington Post but Depp told the court that the written piece nearly destroyed his personal life and his career.
Meanwhile, Heard is countersuing for $100 million, claiming that he libeled her by calling her a liar.
The court proceedings continue after a one-week break, following Heard's emotional testimony in which she detailed the abuse that Depp penetrated her with a bottle during a row, his spokesperson slammed her ‘performance’ in a statement.
‘As Mr Depp’s counsel correctly predicted in their opening statements last month, Ms Heard did indeed deliver “the performance of her life” in her direct examination,’ they said.
‘While Ms Heard’s stories have continued to grow new and convenient details, Mr Depp’s recollections have remained exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her first allegations were made.
‘His truth – the truth – is the same no matter the environment in which it has been presented.’
‘The upcoming cross examination from Mr Depp’s team will be most telling, and will certainly highlight the many fallacies Ms Heard has now attempted to pass off as fact throughout her convoluted testimony.’
To which Heard’s spokesperson responded: ‘As evidenced by the statement just released, Mr Depp’s defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor.
‘They boast that Mr Depp’s story has not changed. If so, since he lost the Domestic Violence Restraining Order and he resoundingly lost the libel case in the UK, perhaps he should consider a new strategy rather than the recycled approach of attacking the victim, and refusing to take responsibility for his own conduct.
‘Mr Depp’s behavior in this trial has been as pitiful as it was in their marriage.
‘Apparently, they feel they must double-down on their demonstrably losing two-part strategy: distract the jury and demonize the victim.’
The trial is expected to continue to till the end of the May.