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Amber Heard Says She Never Thought Johnny Depp Would Claim 'He Was A Victim Of Domestic Violence’

Stewart Perrie

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Amber Heard Says She Never Thought Johnny Depp Would Claim 'He Was A Victim Of Domestic Violence’

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Amber Heard has said she found it 'hard to believe' that her ex-husband Johnny Depp would claim to be a victim following their tumultuous relationship.

The Aquaman star is currently under cross-examination by Depp's legal team. While Heard has maintained that she was abused by Depp, he has claimed just the opposite.

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez asked the Aquaman star: "You didn’t think he would tell the world he was a victim of domestic violence, did you?"


Heard replied: "I found it hard to believe that he could or that he would do that, considering the relationship he and I had. I thought it would be crazy for him to do so."

The question came in direct response to Depp's bombshell at the end of his testimony in the trial.

An audio clip of an argument between Heard and Depp was played to the jury, where the Aquaman star could be heard saying the world would never believe he was a victim of domestic abuse.

Vasquez went on to question Heard's public appearances around the time she alleges she was abused, including an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

According to the alleged timeline of events, taping of the show occurred one day after Heard claims Depp abused her to the point of having a split lip.

Heard told the court that she did have a split lip on the show, however photos from the appearance did not show any visible signs of injury. 

Vasquez also picked apart Heard's claims of sexual assault in Australia.

Heard has previously alleged she was violated by Depp with a liquor bottle, as well as several other injuries sustained while they were in the country to film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

When asked why there were no medical records of the alleged assault, Heard replied: "I did not want to tell anyone. I hated it, I hated it."

Heard's cross-examination will continue in the defamation suit against her, filed by her ex-husband Johnny Depp for damages of $50 million (£40m).

Amber Heard. Credit: Alamy
Amber Heard. Credit: Alamy

Heard has counter-sued for $100 million (£80m).

Depp's legal action came after Depp wrote a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, which was headlined: "I spoke up against sexual violence - and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change."

While Heard didn't name Depp in the article, it was 'reasonably inferred' that she was talking about her former husband.

Depp has filed his suit over three statements in the article: the op-ed headline, how Heard described herself as 'a public figure representing domestic abuse', and when she wrote she 'had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real-time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse'.

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Topics: News, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

Stewart Perrie
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