Johnny Depp returns to the stand in civil trial against ex-wife Amber Heard

Editor’s note: Some testimony contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical assault.

Johnny Depp returned to the stand Wednesday in the civil trial for his lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.

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Actor Johnny Depp testifies in the courtroom in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 

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Depp testified he only saw what his attorney Adam Waldman had said about Heard when he saw the counterclaim filed by his ex-wife.

Depp is suing Heard for libel for $50 million in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name. Heard is countersuing Depp for $100 million over the statements Waldman made about her to media.

Depp also responded to defense witnesses who had testified about an injury to his finger, a point of dispute in his and Heard’s accounts of their relationship. He affirmed his earlier testimony about it being injured when Heard allegedly threw a vodka bottle at him.

And Depp responded to testimony early Wednesday from supermodel Kate Moss, whom he had dated in the 1990s. He and Moss both said she had slipped on some stairs in Jamaica that were wet from rain. Heard had testified that she thought about rumors of the incident with Moss during a fight where she admitted to hitting Depp on some stairs.

The civil trial between Depp and Heard resumed Wednesday in what is the sixth and expected last week of the trial. 

Earlier Wednesday, his team had called Moss, who testified Depp did not push her down the stairs in an incident that Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard had mentioned in testimony. 

“He never pushed me, kicked me, threw me down any stairs,” said Moss, who appeared via video link.

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Model Kate Moss, a former girlfriend of actor Johnny Depp, is sworn in to testify via video link during Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, May 25, 2022.

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Heard had referenced Moss as she described a fight in which she admitted hitting Depp on a staircase because she said Depp was charging at Heard’s sister, Whitney. Moss said she did once slip down a flight of stairs after a rainstorm at a Jamaican resort, and that Depp came to her aid.

The supermodel testified for less than 5 minutes and was not cross-examined.

Earlier, Heard testified that during a 2015 fight she recalled an alleged incident of Depp pushing Moss down a staircase. That opened the door for Depp’s attorneys to call Moss to the stand. 

Depp has denied he ever struck Heard, and says she was the abuser in the relationship. Heard has testified about more than a dozen separate instances of physical abuse she says she suffered at Depp’s hands.

On Wednesday, Depp described Heard’s accounts of sexual violence in their relationship as “insane.”

“Never in my life have I committed sexual battery, physical abuse — all these outrageous, outlandish stories of me committing” these acts,” he said.

“I did get here, I did tell the truth, and I have spoken up for what I’ve been carrying on my back — reluctantly — for six years,” Depp said.

Heard’s attorneys rested their defense Tuesday. Judge Penney Azcarate rejected a motion from Depp’s attorneys to toss out a $100 million counterclaim she filed against Depp. The counterclaim alleges Depp’s then-lawyer, Adam Waldman, defamed Heard when he called her abuse allegations a hoax.

Also Tuesday, Walter Hamara, the president of DC Films, testified that Amber Heard lacked chemistry with “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa, and the studio considered replacing her for the blockbuster’s sequel. Depp’s attorneys also called the actor’s hand doctor, Dr. David A. Kulber, to the stand, who questioned whether expert Dr. David Spiegel could accurately assess Depp without ever having spoken to him. 

While it had been reported Heard’s attorneys would call Depp as a witness Monday, they did not do so. Depp’s attorneys are planning to recall the star to the stand ahead of closing arguments Friday.

Both Depp and Heard have each testified extensively already about details of their toxic relationship.


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