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A spokesperson for Heard immediately hit back, accusing Depp’s team of persecution

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Johnny Depp’s team has accused Amber Heard of delivering “the performance of her life”.

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The actress returned to the witness stand at Fairfax County Circuit Court on Thursday as part of the former couple’s legal row and accused her ex-husband of being jealous and abusive, alleging he sexually assaulted her with a bottle, and now Depp — who is suing Heard for defamation and destroying his reputation with a 2018 op-ed about being a survivor of domestic abuse — and his legal team have accused Heard of presenting “fallacies… as fact”.

His spokesperson said: “As Mr. Depp’s counsel correctly predicted in their opening statements last month, Ms. Heard did indeed deliver ‘the performance of her life’ in her direct examination.

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“While Ms. Heard’s stories have continued to grow new and convenient details, Mr. Depp’s recollections have remained exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her first allegations were made. His truth about her — the truth — is the same no matter the environment in which it has been presented.

“The upcoming cross examination from Mr. Depp’s team will be most telling, and will certainly highlight the many fallacies Ms. Heard has now attempted to pass off as fact throughout her convoluted testimony.”

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Amber Heard reacts as she testifies during a defamation case against her by ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp in Fairfax, Virginia, US, May 5, 2022.
Amber Heard reacts as she testifies during a defamation case against her by ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp in Fairfax, Virginia, US, May 5, 2022. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via REUTERS

A spokesperson for the 36-year-old actress immediately hit back, accusing Johnny’s team of “persecuting” her.

The representative said: “As evidenced by the statement just released, Mr. Depp’s defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor.

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“They boast that Mr. Depp’s story has not changed. If so, since he lost the Domestic Violence Restraining Order and he resoundingly lost the libel case in the UK, perhaps he should consider a new strategy rather than the recycled approach of attacking the victim, and refusing to take responsibility for his own conduct.

“If Mr. Depp was truly innocent, why has he repeatedly apologized to Ms. Heard and promised to put the ‘monster away for good.’ ”

According to the representative, one of Heards’ “disappointments” is her ex-husband’s “inability to distinguish fact from fiction — a malady which appears to have spread to his legal team.”

The spokesperson added: “That same team is so panicked they are fighting tooth and nail to prevent compelling evidence and photos from being introduced.

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“Small wonder Mr. Depp does not have the fortitude or courage to even look at Ms. Heard at all throughout the proceedings — as he could not in the UK trial — and, instead he doodles and snickers.

“Mr. Depp’s behavior in this trial has been as pitiful as it was in their marriage. Apparently, they feel they must double-down on their demonstrably losing two-part strategy: distract the jury and demonize the victim.”

‘I was scared, I had just married him’

Amber Heard gestures on the stand during a defamation case against her by ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp in Fairfax, Virginia, US, May 5, 2022.
Amber Heard gestures on the stand during a defamation case against her by ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp in Fairfax, Virginia, US, May 5, 2022. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via REUTERS

The duelling statements came after Heard broke down in tears on the witness stand on Thursday, when she Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle and threatened her life shortly after the pair were married.

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Heard said she visited Depp in Australia about a month after their wedding in early 2015 when he was filming the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

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On their first evening together, Heard said, a planned dinner at the house where Depp was staying evolved into an argument. Depp, who said she was drinking, pushed her against the refrigerator and held her there by her throat.

Heard said she broke free and retreated upstairs, returning later in her nightgown to find Depp still awake. She said she tried to get him to eat since they had never had dinner, but he was “belligerent” and threw bottles that broke around her.

Depp ripped off her nightgown, leaving her naked, she said, and threw her on a ping-pong table before inserting a bottle into her vagina.

“He was shoving it inside of me over and over,” said Heard, who shook her head and sobbed as she described the episode. She said she kept thinking that she hoped the bottle was not one of the ones that was broken.

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During the assault, Depp repeatedly said “I’ll f—ing kill you,” she told the jury.

“I was scared,” Heard said. “I had just married him.”

A few months later, back home in Los Angeles, Heard said Depp broke her nose and ripped out chunks of hair in another violent encounter.

Johnny Depp at Fairfax County Circuit Court.  Getty
Johnny Depp at Fairfax County Circuit Court. Getty bang showbiz

Depp, 58, testified earlier in the trial that he never hit Heard and argued that she was the one who was the abuser.

The legal case hinges on a December 2018 opinion piece Heard authored in the Washington Post. The article never mentioned Depp by name, but his lawyer told jurors it was clear Heard was referencing him. The couple’s divorce was finalized in 2017 after less than two years of marriage.

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Depp, eleven among Hollywood’s biggest stars, said Heard’s allegations cost him “everything.” A new “Pirates” movie was put on hold, and Depp was replaced in the “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise, a “Harry Potter” spinoff.

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Heard’s attorneys have argued that she told the truth and that her opinion was protected free speech under the US Constitution’s First Amendment.
A state court judge in Virginia’s Fairfax County is overseeing the trial, which is in recess until May 16. Closing arguments are scheduled for May 27.

Less than two years ago, Depp lost a libel case against the Sun, a British tabloid that labeled him a “wife beater.” A London High Court judge ruled he had repeatedly assaulted Heard.

Depp’s lawyers have said they filed the US case in Fairfax County because the Washington Post is printed there. The newspaper is not a defendant.

—Additional reporting from Reuters

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