The legal team for Amber Heard responded to allegations made by Johnny Depp’s attorneys, who suggested that their client was giving the jury the “performance of her life.”
A spokesperson for Depp’s legal team made this claim after Heard concluded her third day of testimony on the witness stand earlier this month during their heated and highly-publicized defamation trial.
Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million after the Aquaman actress called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse” in a shocking 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post. Since this time, Depp has vehemently denied all of Heard’s allegations and said that he’d never been physically violent toward her or any woman in his life.
Meanwhile, Heard is countersuing Depp for $100 million, claiming that the only time she had ever exhibited violence toward her ex-husband was in self-defense or while trying to protect her younger sister, according to NBC News.
During her testimony, the 36-year-old actress shared several horrific stories involving the 56-year-old actor that made headlines every day. She also claims that it’s tough for her to be in sex scenes in her movies due to the trauma caused by her husband’s jealousy and psychological and physical abuse. There were also physical abuse claims that were sadistic such as allegations that Depp conducted forced avidity searches for his drugs and that the actor once pushed a bottle inside her vagina as punishment.
But, according to Depp’s legal team, all of these events are pure fiction.
In a statement to People Magazine, a spokesperson for Depp’s legal team described Heard’s testimony as a “performance.”
“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,” the spokesperson said.
They said while Heard’s testimony became more outlandish, their client’s testimony remained consistent and truthful throughout the trial:
“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.”
The statement continues:
“His truth — the truth — is the same no matter the environment in which it has been presented,” before concluding:
“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.”
Meanwhile, Heard’s legal time responded in a written statement to news.com.au, saying:
“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.”
The spokesperson also referenced Depp’s previous legal defeats, including his failed libel case in the UK, where a judge ruled against the actor’s claims that The Sun, a local British tabloid, defamed Depp by calling him a “wife beater.”
“They boast that Mr Depp’s story has not changed,” Heard’s spokesman continued. “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.
“If Mr Depp was truly innocent, why has he repeatedly apologized to Ms Heard and promised to put the ‘monster away for good.'”
However, it should also be noted that Heard’s legal team’s account of Depp promising their client he was going to “put the monster away” stems only from Amber Heard’s testimony.
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- “Amber Heard’s Legal Team Hits Back At Claim She’s Giving The ‘Performance Of Her Life'” Todby.
- “Opinion Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.” Washington Post. Amber Heard. December 18, 2018.
- “Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial: Summary and timeline” NBC News. Kalhan Rosenblatt. April 27, 2022.
- “Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Issue Statements After Her Explosive Testimony” People. Olivia Jakiel. May 6, 2022.