Jury saw photos of Amber Heard’s swollen face after fight with Johnny Depp: NPR

Actress Amber Heard testifies in the Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an opinion piece on washington post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.

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Actress Amber Heard testifies in the Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an opinion piece on washington post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Jurors in Johnny Depp’s libel trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, saw photos Monday of her with red marks and swelling on her face after their final fight before their divorce, and heard testimony about her experience. in covering bruises with makeup.

Heard wrapped up her direct testimony in a Virginia courtroom with a third day that focused on the final months of her marriage to Depp. Her attorneys were set to begin her cross-examination later in the afternoon.

The trial is now in its fifth week and jurors have seen several photos of Heard throughout the trial that are intended to document the abuse she said she received during her relationship with Depp.

However, several of the photos shown Monday had not been previously seen by the jury and showed redness and swelling much more clearly than earlier photos.

Heard said the marks were caused when Depp threw a phone at her face.

The confrontation in May 2016 prompted Heard to file for divorce two days later. A few days after that, she obtained a temporary restraining order after a court hearing and she was widely photographed leaving the courthouse with a distinct red mark on her right cheek.

The final fight has been a key point in the pair’s ongoing feud. Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court for libel over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote on washington post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”. Her lawyers say she was defamed by the article even though she never mentioned her name.

Actor Johnny Depp walks into the courtroom after a break at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday.

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Actor Johnny Depp walks into the courtroom after a break at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday.

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Depp says he never hit Heard and that she is making up claims that she was abused. Earlier in the trial, jurors heard from police officers who responded to emergency calls during that final fight who said Heard’s face was red from crying, but they saw no visible bruising. Witnesses also testified that they saw no bruises on Heard’s face in the days immediately following the fight.

Heard, in her testimony Monday, said she was uncooperative with officers who responded to the couple’s penthouse and said her face-to-face interactions with officers were very limited.

She also talked about her makeup routine, using a color correction wheel she called her “bruise kit” to cover the marks on her face. She said that she learned over the years to use shades of green on the first day of a bruise to cover the redness, and switched more to orange shades when the bruise turned blue and purple.

“I’m not going to walk around Los Angeles with bruises on my face,” he said.

Heard testified that she did not want to publicly expose Depp as an abuser in his court proceedings, but had to go to court to give evidence to obtain the restraining order, and was shocked when she left the courthouse surrounded by paparazzi.

“I just wanted to change my locks,” he said of why he went to court to get the restraining order. “I just wanted to get a good night’s sleep.”

During Monday’s testimony, Heard also reviewed earlier testimony about the time of the first time she says Depp physically assaulted her. And she strongly denied an allegation by Depp that she left human fecal matter in the couple’s bed after a fight. Heard said it was the couple’s teacup Yorkshire terrier that soiled the bed and that he had a history of intestinal problems since he accidentally ingested Depp’s marijuana.

“Absolutely not,” he said of the alleged poop prank. “I don’t think it’s funny. I don’t know what a grown woman does. I wasn’t in the mood to joke around.”

However, Heard said that Depp became obsessed with the idea that someone had pooped on his bed. She said that was all he wanted to talk about during that final fight on May 21, 2016, even though Depp’s mother had just died and the pair hadn’t spoken in a month.

The poop accusation is one of several that Depp’s online fans have particularly latched onto in their criticism of Heard on social media.

At the beginning of her testimony on Monday, she corrected herself about the time she said Depp first slapped her, which revolved around her questioning him about one of his tattoos. Initially, Ella Heard said it happened in 2013, but on Monday she said it actually happened in 2012. She said her confusion was due to the fact that she wanted to believe in her mind that the abuse hadn’t started. so early in her relationship.

“I had allowed myself to forget that the beginning was also violent and chaotic,” he said.

Heard also spoke about the op-ed itself, saying that staff members of the American Civil Liberties Union, for whom she had started working as an ambassador, wrote the first draft. She said that she was happy to lend her voice to the domestic violence debate and that she did not intend to reference Depp.

“It’s not about Johnny,” he said. “The only one who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny. It was about me and my life after Johnny.”

Heard concluded her testimony by saying that the accusations she receives daily from Depp supporters that he is lying about the abuse are “torture”.

“I want to get on with my life,” he said. “I want Johnny to move on. I want him to leave me alone.”

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