Amber Heard v. Johnny Depp: 5 Contradictions in Testimonies, Statements

With Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's defamation trial now on a week's break after almost a month of explosive testimony, fans are pointing out inconsistencies as they rake over the information presented in court.

The fourth week of the former couple's trial concluded on Thursday, as they battle it out over Depp's $50 million lawsuit against Heard, whom he has accused of defaming him in an op-ed published by The Washington Post in 2018.

Heard, 36, stated that she was a victim of domestic abuse in the article.

While she didn't name Depp, 58, the Pirates of the Caribbean star's lawyers have argued that it was obvious she was referring to him.

The Aquaman star has countersued for $100 million for nuisance, with her attorneys arguing that the op-ed was a matter of public interest.

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(L-R) Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's testimonies during their ongoing defamation trial have been analyzed by fans who have been watching the court proceedings. Depp is suing ex-wife Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in "The Washington Post" in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images//JIM LO SCALZO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Amid both the star's testimonies, they have each accused the other of drug use and domestic violence. Both have consistently denied the allegations of violence.

However, while the stream of claims and courtroom moments have ignited an avalanche of debate across social media, fans are also dissecting claims by both Heard and Depp that don't appear to add up.

Newsweek has taken a look at five of the testimonies and statements made in court that have left fans scratching their heads.

The Great Makeup Debate

Before either of the stars even made it to the stand, fans watching the televised trial were out in full dissecting force as they questioned an opening statement.

Last month, Heard's attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, said the actress had used makeup to cover up her bruises throughout her relationship with Depp.

"This is what Amber carried in her purse for the entire relationship with Johnny Depp," said Bredehoft while holding a makeup palette aloft in the courtroom.

In reaction to the statement, Milani Cosmetics released a video on TikTok in which it stated that its Conceal & Perfect All In One Correcting Kit, which it purports Bredehoft was holding, was not in circulation during Heard and Depp's relationship, which started in 2012 and ended in 2016.

"You asked us... let the record show that our Correcting Kit launched in 2017!" Milani's caption read on the video, which went viral and clocked up millions of views within hours. It was also used as apparent proof of a mistruth across social media.

"Take note: Alleged abuse was around 2014-2016, got divorced 2016, makeup palette release date: December 2017," read the text added to the video.

Bredehoft, however, did not claim that the specific brand or kit was the very one used by the actress.

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Heard Testifies Depp Held His Dog Out Of Car Window

During the first day of her testimony, on May 4, Heard recalled an instance when Depp allegedly held his dog out the window of a moving car and "howled."

"Everyone in car just froze, no one did anything," she said as she took the stand. "I, too, was torn as to what I should do."

Heard said she didn't want to cause Depp to react or drop the dog, a Yorkie called Boo. She described it as an "eerie moment."

Eventually, said Heard, she was able to pull his arms back into the car and get the dog safely in the seat.

Since her testimony, video footage has been shared on TikTok showing Heard smiling while holding a small dog by the open window of a moving vehicle.

Heard Says She Avoided Sexual Scenes in Movies

During her testimony, Heard also alleged that Depp was so jealous that she avoided doing scenes of a sexual nature for fear of upsetting him.

"I had to bargain ... every time I got a script," she testified, per The Independent.

She said Depp's alleged monitoring of her heightened her awareness of "how I was dressing, what kind of behaviour would I have, did I have a sex scene" in any film role she was considering.

The actress said this led to her "minimizing kissing scenes," adding that she would "change the wardrobe" to tone things down.

"I couldn't have a sex scene," she added. "It didn't happen all at once of course, it was little by little."

Countering this, a fan shared a video clip of Heard in the final dance scene of the 2015 movie Magic Mike XXL, in which she played Zoe.

In the scene, Heard's character was seen enjoying a decidedly raunchy dance from Channing Tatum's titular lead Michael Lane, which included him gyrating all over her during a performance.

When prompting the movie at the time of its release, Heard was asked by Metro what it was like having Tatum's crotch waved in her face, leading her to respond: "I was brought in, we shot it and it was a lot of fun."

Heard Claims She Has Never Played the Guitar

As Heard testified about one of the fights that she and Depp had allegedly gotten into, jurors were shown the aftermath in photos, per Insider.

Amid the blood-soaked bedsheets, broken glass and smashed windows, a photo was shown in the courtroom of a guitar.

One of the photos entered into evidence on Thursday depicted a guitar—Depp's favorite instrument—with apparent streaks of blood on it.

When asked about it, Heard responded: "I've never played the guitar."

In another TikTok video disputing this, a fan shared a clip of Heard strumming a guitar and singing in a snippet from her movie One More Time, which debuted on Starz Digital back in 2016.

The Mysterious Case of Depp's Severed Finger

In a case that has left more questions than answers, Depp on April 20 testified about a fight where Heard allegedly threw a large bottle of vodka at him, resulting in injuries that included the severing of part of his fingertip.

He said of Heard: "She threw the large bottle and it made contact [with the bar] and shattered everywhere. I honestly didn't feel the pain at first.

"I felt heat, and I felt as if something were dripping down my hand and then I looked down and realized the tip of my finger had been severed and I was looking directly at my bone sticking out."

"I don't know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that's probably the closest I've ever been," the actor added. "I knew in my mind and my heart, this is not life. This is not life. No one should have to go through it."

When asked what he told the medical professionals had happened, Depp said, "I lied to him. I said that I had smashed it in these large accordion doors," adding that he lied because he didn't want to disclose that Heard was the one who allegedly caused the injury.

"I didn't want to get her in trouble. I tried to just keep things as copacetic and as easy as possible for everyone," he said. "I did not want to put her name in that mix."

Heard has disputed the claim, saying that Depp cut his fingertip himself while being intoxicated for three straight days. She also alleged that Depp hit her, choked her and sexually assaulted her during the fight in question.

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Johnny Depp's finger, injured while he and his ex-wife Amber Heard were in Australia in 2015, is seen on the screen as he testifies during his defamation trial against Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 20, 2022. EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images