Falls Church, Virginia – Jurors in the Johnny Depp defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Monday saw photos of her with red marks and swollen faces after their last fight before the divorce, and heard evidence of her ability to cover bruises with makeup.
Hurd completed her live testimony in a courtroom in Virginia on the third day dedicated to the final months of her marriage to Depp. His lawyers were due to begin their cross-examination later in the afternoon.
The trial is in its fifth week, and jurors have seen several photos of Hurd throughout the trial, allegedly documenting abuses she said she received during her relationship with Depp.
However, some of the photos shown on Monday had not been seen by the jury before, and they showed redness and swelling much more clearly than previous photos.
Hurd said traces appeared when Depp threw the phone in her face.
The confrontation in May 2016 forced Hurd to file for divorce two days later. A few days later, she received a temporary written undertaking not to leave after sitting in the court building, and she was widely photographed leaving the court building with a clear red mark on her right cheek.
The final fight was a key moment in the couple’s long dispute. Depp is suing Hurd in Fairfax County Court for libel for a December 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.” His lawyers say the article slandered him, although it never mentioned his name.
Depp says she never beat Hurd and that she makes up allegations that she was abused. Earlier in the trial, jurors heard from police officers who responded to emergency calls during that final brawl that Hurd’s face looked red from crying, but they saw no bruises. Witnesses also testified that they did not see bruises on Hurd’s face immediately after the fight.
In her testimony Monday, Hurd said she did not cooperate with officers who responded to the couple’s penthouse, and said her face-to-face communication with officers was very limited.
She also discussed her makeup procedure, using a color correction wheel, which she called her “bruise kit”, to cover up the marks on her face. She said that over the years she has learned to use shades of green on the first day of bruising to cover up redness, and more often switches to orange shades when the bruise has turned blue and purple.
“I’m not going to walk around Los Angeles with bruises on my face,” she said.
Hurd testified that she did not want to publicly expose Depp as an abuser in her trial, but had to go to the courthouse to testify to get a ban, and she was surprised when she left the courthouse surrounded by paparazzi.
“I just wanted to change the locks,” she said of why she went to court to get a written undertaking not to leave. “I just wanted a good night’s sleep.”
During Monday’s testimony, Hurd also revised her previous time testimony for the first time when she said she was physically assaulted by Depp. And she vehemently denied Depp’s accusations that she left human feces in the couple’s bed after the fight. Hurd said it was the Yorkshire Terrier couple who mixed up the bed and that he had had bowel problems since he accidentally swallowed Depp’s marijuana.
“Absolutely not,” she said of the alleged prank. “I don’t think it’s funny. I don’t know what an adult woman does. I was not in a joking mood. “
Hurd said, however, that Depp became obsessed with the idea that someone was pooping into his bed. She said that’s all he wanted to talk about during the last fight on May 21, 2016, although Depp’s mother had just died and the couple hadn’t spoken in a month.
The accusation of poop is one of several that Depp fans on the Internet have been particularly fond of in their criticism of Hurd on social media.
Early in her testimony on Monday, she corrected herself regarding the time she said Depp hit her for the first time, which revolved around her questioning about one of his tattoos. Hurd originally said it happened in 2013, but on Monday she said it actually happened in 2012. She said her confusion was the result of her wanting in her mind to believe that the abuse started not so early in their relationship.
“I allowed myself to forget that the beginning was also violent and chaotic,” she said.
Hurd also spoke about the article itself, saying that the staff of the American Civil Liberties Union, for which she began working as an ambassador, wrote the first draft. She said she was happy to take part in the debate on domestic violence and did not intend to refer to Depp.
“It’s not about Johnny,” she said. “The only one who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny. It was about me and my life after Johnny. “
Hurd concluded her testimony by saying that the accusations she receives daily from Depp’s supporters that she is lying about abuse are “torture.”
“I want to continue my life,” she said. “I want Johnny to move on. I want him to leave me alone. “
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