Amber Heard takes the stand at Johnny Depp libel trial

Amber Heard has taken the stand in her defense against a $50 libel claim brought by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

“I’m having a hard time finding the words to describe how painful this is. It’s horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything,” Heard said at the beginning of his testimony.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although Depp was not named in the article, she claims that she cost him lucrative acting roles.

Actress Amber Heard returns to the courtroom after lunch at the Fairfax County Circuit Court during a libel case against her by her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp. (AP)

Heard’s testimony comes 14 days after the trial, after weeks of juries hearing testimony about the explosive relationship between the actors, including from Depp himself, who testified over the course of several days that he had never hit a woman in his life and accused to Heard of abuse. .

Heard and Depp, who met in 2009 and were married from 2015-2016, accuse the other of acts of physical violence during their relationship. Both have denied the other’s claims.

Depp’s lawyers rested their case on Tuesday.

The first witness called by the defense was forensic psychologist Dawn Hughes, who testified that she believed Heard had post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of Depp’s intimate partner violence.

“What this evidence shows is that there was a high degree of serious violence perpetrated by Mr. Depp towards Ms. Heard. There was more violence at the mild level perpetrated by Ms. Heard towards Mr. Depp with a severe indicator than It was the hit… that she told me about,” Hughes testified Tuesday. “She was subjected to sexual violence where Mr. Depp, according to her report, was not subjected to any.”

On Wednesday, Depp’s attorney, Wayne Dennison, played a recording of a conversation between Heard and Depp.

Actor Johnny Depp speaks with his attorney in the Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom during his libel case against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. (AP)

“I was hitting you, I wasn’t hitting you,” Heard’s voice was heard saying on the recording.

“Don’t tell me what it feels like to get hit,” Depp’s voice was heard saying on the recording.

Dennison asked Hughes if he felt the situation captured on that recording was Heard reactively fighting back.

“In this case, if it’s true, if she said she hit him first, then that wouldn’t be reactive violence,” Hughes said.

Dennison pressed Hughes on his assessment that Heard’s violence against Depp was “minor,” showing a graphic photo of Depp’s partially amputated finger, an injury Depp said he sustained after Heard allegedly threw a glass bottle at him. .

“That photograph does not reflect a low level of violence, does it?” Dennison asked.

“That reflects a serious injury,” Hughes said.

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