Johnny Depp trial: the actor’s lawyer accuses Amber Heard of ‘staging’ a photo of cocaine

Amber Heard was accused of staging a photo from her breakfast table in which Johnny Depp allegedly snorted cocaine while being questioned by his attorney on Monday (May 16).

Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, suggested during cross-examination that the photo was inauthentic, citing a single unsmoked hand-rolled cigarette in the ashtray, four clean lines of cocaine with no residue “when your lips and nose touch the table”, and a “pretty clean table”.

What followed was a strange back-and-forth about the logistics of cocaine use.

Ms. Heard concluded her direct testimony on Monday, after proceedings in the $50 million libel lawsuit resumed after a week-long hiatus.

Mr Depp sued Ms Heard for alleged defamation over an op-ed he wrote in 2018 for washington post. She doesn’t name him in the article, but she describes herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The actor has asked for 50 million dollars in damages.

During cross-examination, Ms. Vasquez showed the jury the photograph, listed as defendant’s Exhibit 167A and already admitted into evidence.

“Directing your attention, Ms. Heard, to the photograph,” Ms. Vasquez said, confirming that Ms. Heard took the photograph in her apartment in March 2013.

“And it is your testimony that Mr. Depp left this breakfast table just as he took it. [the photograph]?” Depp’s lawyer asked the aquaman 2 actor.

When Ms. Heard answered in the affirmative, Ms. Vasquez asked, “Is this what the table looked like after Mr. Depp had been doing cocaine?”

“Well, clearly, you still have to snort these lines,” Heard responded, before Vasquez asked the 35-year-old if “there are four lines of cocaine on this table.”

Mrs. Heard said: “In this image, I see four lines.”

When Ms. Vasquez pointed out that “there is no cocaine residue around those lines” and that it “didn’t really look like anyone was taking cocaine from that table,” Ms. Heard said, “With all due respect, I’m not safe”. you know how that works.

“I’m asking if you do,” the attorney replied, adding, “You have testified that you have used cocaine.”

“Yes,” Ms. Heard confirmed, before Ms. Vasquez repeated her question.

“It really doesn’t look like Mr. Depp or anyone was taking cocaine off that table, does it?” she said.

“Sorry to disagree with you on that,” Ms. Heard said, adding: “Usually when you snort cocaine, it goes up your nose. It doesn’t stay on the table.”

When the lack of residue around the cocaine lines was highlighted, Ms Heard suggested that Mr Depp had used a tampon applicator which “I think my sister had taught him how to use to put the cocaine in your nose”.

Johnny Depp’s lawyer questioned Amber Heard on the 16th day of the defamation trial

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Ms. Vasquez then switched to the subject of the ashtray, asking Ms. Heard, “Mr. Depp is a heavy smoker, isn’t he?”

“It is,” Heard said, also confirming that the only cigarette in the ashtray was one of Depp’s “hand-rolls.”

“The one that doesn’t smoke,” pressed Ms. Vásquez, adding that “there’s no ash in the ashtray either” and that it looks “pretty clean.”

“It’s a pretty neat table, don’t you think?” Ms. Vasquez continued her line of questioning, as Ms. Heard suggested that “it depends on what you would call clean.”

Once Ms. Heard testified that she had sent the breakfast table photograph to her friend, Los Angeles yoga instructor Rocky Pennington, Ms. Vasquez asked, “So you have a habit of sending staged photos to your friend Rocky, isn’t it? ?”

“I was in the habit of checking in with my best friend about what was going on in my life,” Ms. Heard replied.

Ms Vasquez then asked if Ms Heard had any pictures of Mr Depp “actually doing cocaine”, “holding cocaine, standing next to cocaine…sitting next to cocaine”.

“I don’t know, I don’t know,” Ms. Heard replied, when cross-examined by Ms. Vasquez, “Well, you haven’t shown any of those photos to the jury, have you?”

“No, I haven’t,” the actor testified.

Ms Heard has countersued Mr Depp, accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing her own lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”. She has asked for $100 million in damages and immunity from her claims.

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