Amber Heard argues with Johnny Depp’s lawyer as cross-examination begins

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in court on May 16, 2022 in the midst of their libel trial. (Photo: Getty Images)

Amber Heard argued with Johnny Depp’s attorney as cross-examination began Monday afternoon. The 36-year-old actress seemed especially upset when she brought up the subject of her $7 million divorce settlement, which was never donated in its entirety to charity as promised. Heard was also called out for not seeking medical treatment after Depp’s numerous alleged attacks.

Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, began by asking Heard, “Mr. Depp hasn’t once looked at you during the entire trial, has he?”

“Not that I’ve noticed, no,” he aquaman the star replied.

“You’ve looked at it many times, haven’t you?” Vasquez said.

“Yes, I have,” Heard replied.

“You know exactly why Mr. Depp doesn’t look at you, don’t you?” Vasquez asked. “He promised you’d never see his eyes again, right?”

In July 2016, two months after Heard filed for a temporary restraining order, he agreed to meet Depp in San Francisco. The couple’s former agent testified at trial that it was because the actress wanted to get back together with Depp, something she denied on Monday. (“She wanted to minimize the animosity, she wanted to reconcile me that way. She didn’t want to be with him again.”)

An audio recording of the jury meeting was played in which Depp tells Heard from then on, “We won’t have to see each other again… You won’t see my eyes again.”

Vasquez told Heard, “You kept that promise, didn’t you?”

“As far as I know, he can’t look at me,” Heard replied.

“He won’t look at you, will he, Mrs. Heard?” Vasquez said.

“You can’t,” Heard replied.

The tension didn’t subside from there. Heard was shown photos from multiple events from 2014 to 2015 in which she appears unharmed, hours or days after alleged violent incidents with Depp.

After the 2014 Met Gala, Heard testified that Depp hit her so hard she thought he broke her nose. Heard did not seek medical treatment and went to Spike TV’s Don Rickles: One Night Only event the next night with Depp.

When asked if she sought medical treatment after what she claimed was a three-day hostage situation in Australia in March 2015, Heard replied, “I didn’t seek medical treatment after Australia, no.”

“Not because of the rape?” Vasquez asked.

Heard, flinching at the word, replied, “No, I didn’t tell anyone.” The actress testified earlier this month that Depp penetrated her with a liquor bottle and that she bled.

Depp agreed to pay Heard $7 million when they settled their divorce in 2016. The money came in installments, but was paid in full in February 2018. A clip of Heard on a talk show was shown to the court on October 2018 saying that she donated the entire settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles because she “wanted nothing” from her ex-husband.

“I have not yet been able to meet those obligations,” Heard admitted under oath.

Earlier on Monday, Heard said during direct questioning that he was unable to keep his promise of $3.5 million to each charity “because Johnny sued me for $50 million.” However, Vasquez noted that Heard had the entire deal for 13 months before Depp sued her over her 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post. Vasquez suggested that Heard “wanted Mr. Depp’s money” and that he only promised to donate for good press.

“You wanted to be seen … as a noble victim of domestic violence,” Vasquez said.

Heard responded, “I never, ever wanted to be seen as a victim. I’ve never called myself a victim either.”

Vasquez said Heard lied under oath at the UK trial when she testified that “my entire divorce settlement was donated to charity.” This sparked back and forth on the difference between the words “pledge” and “donation”, as Heard said that she pledged the money to charity, which she still intends to keep.

“I use ‘pledge’ and ‘donation’ interchangeably,” Heard testified.

“I don’t know,” Vasquez replied, before noting that “most of the money” that has been donated to the ACLU and CHLA on Heard’s behalf is not from the actress, but from Elon Musk.

“I think Elon made a donation in my honor in one of the years,” Heard confirmed, maintaining that the Tesla CEO’s contribution “didn’t count toward my pledge.”

Earlier on Monday, Heard testified that Musk donated $500,000 to each charity “in my honor.”

“Elon, who was my boyfriend at the time, made his own charitable contributions,” she told the court. He heard connecting with Musk at the 2016 Met Gala weeks before filing for divorce.

“I did not recognize [Elon] until we started talking [on the red carpet] and it reminded me that we had met once before,” he told the court.

I heard she “ended up going alone” to the Met Gala since she and Depp weren’t speaking to each other over their fight on her 30th birthday in April 2016.

“I sat next to an empty spot for Johnny which was cleared out as soon as we realized he did indeed stand me up on the red carpet,” Heard said.

As for Musk, the actress said the businessman “seemed like a real gentleman.”

“He was very nice. He sat down at a nearby table and we talked that night and eventually we became friends.”

Heard’s team released the following statement prior to cross-examination:

There is an old saying from trial lawyers: When the facts are on your side, argue the facts. When the facts are not on your side, fight the podium. Today, we expect Depp’s lawyers to beat up the victim. We fear that he is equal parts embarrassed and desperate. And the overwhelming evidence, the truth, is not on Depp’s side.

The one thing we suspect Depp’s lawyers will avoid is the central issue of this trial: Does Amber or any woman have a First Amendment right to free speech?

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