In what has been, not unsurprisingly, an ugly and contentious trial, Amber Heard has taken the stand for the final time today in her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation trial against her. Along with accusations of domestic abuse and sexual assault, today Heard made the claim that Depp had tried to actually end her life.
As reported by Variety, Amber Heard didn’t refer to a specific incident but made the claim in response to an accusation made my Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez during cross-examination. Throughout the course of the trial, Depp’s legal team has managed to stir up a lot of doubt in the public discourse about whether Heard was the abuser or the abused in her marriage to Depp. Speaking to this, Vasquez asked, “You weren’t scared of him at all, were you?” Heard answered, “This is a man who tried to kill me. Of course it’s scary. He’s also my husband.”
Vasquez didn’t pull any punches in her cross-examination of Amber Heard. In question after question, the lawyer did her best to paint the actress as an unfaithful abuser. In response to Heard’s allegations that Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle in Australia in 2015, Vasquez countered, claiming it was Heard who assaulted Depp with a bottle and injured his finger. The lawyer pointed out that, in spite of supposedly fearing for her safety around Depp, Heard bought him a knife as a present once. She also played security camera footage of Heard and her The Adderall Diaries co-star James Franco entering an elevator together on the way to her penthouse.
Regardless of who wins the case in the courtroom, the biggest loser in this conflict will almost certainly prove to be Amber Heard and the signs couldn’t be any clearer. Heard herself has testified that because of the controversy, her role in next year’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was greatly reduced, and she’s even speculated she could ultimately be entirely cut from the film. The online fan petition to have her removed from the DCEU entirely is inching closer to its goal of 4.5 million signatures. At the same time some celebrities like Chris Rock and Bill Burr are openly supporting Depp over Heard, while others seem to be trying to show their support more subtly. In recent days it’s come out that Aquaman director James Wan stopped following the actress on Instagram, while in the meantime her Aquaman co-star Jason Momoa is still following Heard, but has also added Depp to those he follows.
Johnnhy Depp filed the lawsuit against Amber Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which the latter claimed she had been the victim of domestic violence. While Depp is not mentioned by name in the article, the timeline referenced matches up with the duration of their marriage. One of the more damning details that has come out in the course of the current trial is that the op-ed was allegedly ghost-written by the ACLU, and that its publication was timed to coincide with that year’s release of Aquaman. The ACLU also claims that it’s still waiting for $2.2 million of the $3.5 million donation Heard pledged to the organization when she received her $7 million divorce settlement.