Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard Coverage: Testimonies to Continue Next Week

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  • Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote in 2018, claiming it damaged his career.
  • Heard did not name Depp in the article entitled, "I spoke up against sexual violence—and faced our culture's wrath. That has to change." His lawyers argue it was obviously about him.
  • The defense continued to call witnesses to testify Thursday morning. Heard completed her testimony Tuesday after several days on the stand.
  • Court proceedings in Fairfax County, VA will continue Monday at 9 a.m. EST and live streamed online. Closing arguments are expected May 27.
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Johnny Depp (R) smiles as he arrives outside court during the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (L) civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court Getty

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Court Adjourned, Testimonies to Continue Next Week

Court has adjourned for the week following a Thursday filled with witnesses testifying on behalf of Amber Heard. Jurors heard from ten witnesses Thursday, including Depp's longtime friend Bruce Witkin and Depp's former business manager Joel Mandel.

Court will reconvene Monday, May 23 at 9 a.m. EST.

Judge Penney Azcarate said next week will be the final week of testimony, with closing arguments expected on Friday, May 27.

Heard's Career Did Not Have 'Upswing' Agent Expected After 'Aquaman'

Amber Heard's former talent agent, Tracey Jacobs, testified via video deposition to the impact Adam Waldman's comments and negativity online had on Heard's career.

Jacobs said "Aquaman" was an "extremely successful" film and that Heard's performance was well received.

She said she was working to renegotiate Heard's contract for the sequel based on the successful of the film, as is a normal practice.

Despite hearing rumors that Heard was dropped from her role for the second "Aquaman," Jacobs said Heard restored her role but it was "diminished" based on the script she received.

Jacobs said that she would have expected an "upswing" in Heard's career after the success of "Aquaman," as it was the "most successful film ever" at the time.

She also expected an increase in annual earnings because her "profile was raised." An actor's "bankability is stronger" after starting is a widely successful franchise film, she added.

None of that happened, however.

Jacobs said she the "only logical conclusion she can draw" is that Heard's career was harmed because the online statements from Depp's attorney Adam Waldman and subsequent negativity online.

She said those statements accusing Heard of launching an "abuse hoax" "added fuel to the fire" of negative media coverage of Heard.

Heard lost a role she was previously offered by Amazon, Jacobs said. She added that "no one said out loud" that it was taken away from her because of the bad press, but she believes Heard lost the role due to Waldman.

"No one is going to say they can't hire someone because of tweets," Jacobs said, adding that no studio wants to hire someone with "bad press around them" or who was accused of being a liar or an abuser.

Lawyer Says Heard Followed All Advice Regarding Op-Ed

Amber Heard's former attorney said she followed his advice during the drafting and publication of her 2018 Washington Post op-ed.

Eric George said there was never any indication that Heard intended to do anything to risk being sued or that would go against his counsel. He said Heard followed his counsel in all instances and respected his edits regarding the op-ed.

George added that all advice he provided to Heard in connection to the op-ed was made in "good faith."

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US actor Amber Heard during the 50 million US dollar Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 19, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. AFP via Getty Images/SHAWN THEW/POOL

Depp Jokes He Made Fans Waffles Before Court

As fans cheered for Johnny Depp as he arrived at the Virginia courthouse Thursday morning, the star joked he just made them all waffles.

Depp's car pulled into the parking lot at Fairfax County Circuit Court playing loud reggae music. Fans waiting outside of the gate cheered and yelled "Johnny!" as he stepped out of the car. Depp stopped and waived, holding a thermos and two notepads. He has been seen sketching in notepads throughout the trial.

"I just made breakfast for all of them this morning," Depp said to reporters. "Waffles."

He then shook hands with officers as he walked into the courthouse.

Another Witness Uses Vape During Testimony

Depp's Longtime friend Bruce Witkin was seen vaping repeatedly during his video deposition shown to the jury Thursday morning. He is now the second witness to vape while providing testimony over the past 19 days of the trial.

Alejandro Romero also vaped during a pre-recorded deposition from his car on April 27. Romero worked at the front desk of the Eastern Columbia Building. He was also seen driving off to lunch while his camera was still rolling. Judge Penney Azcarate called his testimony "a first" and Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft called it "the most bizarre deposition."

Psychiatrist Recalls Depp's 'Substance Dependency Issues'

Johnny Depp's former psychiatrist testified via video deposition from January 2022.

Dr. Alan S. Blaustein said Depp has "substance dependency issues" with alcohol, marijuana and opioids.

Depp told Blaustein that he had anxiety and issues with anger.

In his notes, Blaustein said Depp was dealing with the "devil" inside of him. The devil referred to Depp's battle with depression and anxiety," he said.

Blaustein said Depp expressed feeling jealous and suspicious of affairs during his relationship to Amber Heard.

He said Depp and Heard had a "very chaotic relationship" with "a lot of ups and down."

Depp would also use drugs to relieve a lot of mental pain, Blaustein said. He said that Depp had "breakthrough usage" of drugs when he was trying to get sober.

He added that Depp had "self-destructive tendencies" in relations to his drug usage.

Blaustein said he believed Depp stopped seeing him because he was preparing to film in Australia. Depp did not see Blaustein when he returned and Blaustein said he was never told why Depp stopped seeing him.

Ellen Barkin Recalls Depp Throwing Wine Bottle Across Hotel Room

Actress Ellen Barkin took the stand via video deposition.

She said she met Depp in 1990 and they soon developed a friendship that lasted a little less than 10 years.

Their relationship changed around 1994, Barkin said. At first, she said Depp 'switched the bottom' of the relationship from platonic to "romantic." But then she asked if she could change it to "sexual." The sexual relationship lasted between three and six months, she said.

She said she was "always aware" that Depp would drink in excess.

"He was drunk a lot of the time," she said.

Red wine was his drink of choice, she said, adding that Depp used other illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens.

Barkin detailed one incident when Depp threw a wine bottle across a hotel room where she and others were standing. The bottle did not hit her, she said.

"I don't know why he threw the bottle," she said, adding that Depp was in a fight with his friends in the room.

She also testified that Depp was "jealous" and "controlling."

"There was a lot of 'don't do this,' 'don't do that,'" she said.

Depp asked her about where she was going, who she was seeing and accused her once of having an affair because of a scratch on her back. Barkin added that Depp also would become angry and demanding.

Depp Laughs as Disney Executive Talks 'Pirates'

Johnny Depp was laughing as a Disney executive was questioned about his refusal to return to Pirates of the Caribbean, even if he was offered $300 million and a million alpacas.

Video deposition of Tina Newman, a Disney production executive was played. She provided testimony of behalf of the company.

Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft asked Newman about Pirates 6. Newman said she knows it's a project that's "possibly in development at the studio."

Bredehoft asked if Disney was aware of Depp testifying that he wouldn't reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow even if Disney offered him $300 million and a million alpacas. Newman answered no.

Bredehoft then asked if Disney entertained paying Depp more than $300 million and a million alpacas to return to the franchise, she also responded "no." Depp was laughing during the exchange from his seat in court.

Alpacas wearing pirate hats were spotted back at the courthouse Wednesday. Depp's attorney met the alpacas and took a picture.

Heard's Former Lawyer Recalls 'Mean' Phone Call From Depp

Michelle Mulroney, Amber Heard's former attorney, testified that Johnny Depp drunkenly yelled at her in a phone call during discussions about a possible prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.

She said she was contacted to represent Heard in relation to this agreement around late January or early February of 2015.

Mulroney testified that there was a confidentiality agreement and that she asked to see a list of future revenue Depp may receive for future films.

She then said she received a phone call from Depp in which he was "very mean," called her names and fired her on behalf of Heard.

Mulroney said Depp called her a "b*tch" and that she believed he was "under the influence" because he was slurring his words.

She said she was "rattled" and "shook" by the phone call, saying it took her off guard.

Depp was not paying her legal fees and did not have the power to fire her at that time, Mulroney said. She said her legal relationship with Heard ended a few days later.

Expert Analyzed Negative Hashtags Against Heard, Depp

Rob Schnell, a social media statistical and forensic analysis expert, analyzed a series of negative Twitter hashtags about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

He looked at tweets written from April 2020 to January 2021. This data set was based off of alleged defamatory statements Adam Waldman made against Heard in April 2020.

Schnell said there were over 1,243,000 negative tweets about Heard under four hashtags. Those hashtags included: "JusticeForJohnnyDepp," "AmberHeardIsAnAbuser," "WeJustDontLikeYouAmber" and "AmberTurd."

From April 2020 to January 2022, there were over another million negative tweets. He said some of these hashtags are "pretty rude."

In a chart shown in court, data showed a "remarkable jump" in tweets using negative hashtags against Heard after August 2020.

Schnell also used a few negative hashtags against Depp. Tweets using those hashtags made a "remarkable jump" in November 2018 and then "goes way down" by the beginning of 2019. There was another jump in tweets against Depp from October to November 2020, when the U.K. defamation trial ended.

In another chart, Schnell said the data showed a "huge spike" in negative tweets against Heard in February 2020, when Waldman allegedly leaked audio tape.

He testified that the majority of negative tweets occurred between April 2020 through the beginning of 2022, compared to before April 2020.

Schnell also searched for key terms in tweets using those hashtags. Those terms included hoax, fake and fraud. He also searched for "waldman." Schnell said 25 percent of the negative tweets against Heard included "waldman" or "waldmigion."

Schnell agreed with the opinion of Douglas Bania, an intellectual property expert who testified earlier for Depp. He agreed that there was a correlation between those terms and negative tweets about Heard.

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Social Media Forensic Expert Ron Schnell testifies during the 50 million US dollar Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 19, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Defense Calls Next In-Person Witness

After a lunch break, court has resumed in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The defense now calls Ron Schnell, a social media forensic expert, to the stand.

Schnell is testifying in person, following a series of several pre-recorded witness depositions.

He is a computer programmer and has started several start-up companies. Schnell currently works at Berkeley Research Group. He does social media consulting, including forensic analysis for litigation.

LAPD Domestic Violence Coordinator Testifies

LAPD Detective Marie Sadanaga's video deposition was played before court was dismissed for lunch. Sadanaga is the department's domestic violence coordinator and explained the process of documenting a domestic violence incident.

Sadanaga said victims of domestic violence are often "reluctant" to come forward. If the victim is also reluctant to press charges, and an officer has determined domestic violence occurred, officers can still make an arrest if the suspect is present or take a report, she explained.

If responding officers observe injury, they are obligated to conduct an investigation to determine if injuries were a result of the alleged crime. This is the case regardless of victim cooperation, she explained.

In an event where officers determine that no crime occurred, but observe property damage or victim injuries, a domestic violence report should still be conducted. The report may include pictures and witness statements and be used as a reference in the future.

Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft asked these questions in the context of the incident on May 21, 2016 at the Eastern Columbia Building. At that time, Heard did not want to file a report, but said the penthouse had property damage and she was injured from an altercation with Depp.

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Attorneys view a laptop in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, May 19, 2022. Shawn Thew/Pool Photo via AP

Lunch Break

Jurors heard from several witnesses testifying on behalf of Amber Heard Thursday morning. Court is now taking a one-hour lunch break and scheduled to reconvene at 1:45 p.m. EST.

Waldman Recalls Filing Perjury Claim Against Heard

Adam Waldman was asked about the perjury investigation into Amber Heard's statements made in court.

Waldman had made statements to German media outlet that the Los Angeles Police Department had opened a criminal investigation into perjury claims against Heard.

In the deposition, Heard's lawyer asked Waldman if he made a correction when he learned the LAPD was not investigating the case.

Waldman said he would not categorize the situation that way.

"The LAPD told me they were investigating the perjury claim at that time," he said. "It was actually the L.A. Sheriff's Department that was investigating it. That was the last I heard of it."

Waldman said he spoke to a desk officer and brought a binder of information to the police station including evidence showing Heard's statements made under oath were false.

He said he did not ask the police to open the case, but he filed a claim based on the perjury statements Heard and Raquel Pennington made in court.

Waldman filed the claim in writing but did not receive a copy.

Earlier in the deposition, Waldman said he spoke to nine witnesses other than the two police officer who were present during the incident on May 21, 2016.

He said those witnessed, who were either neutral or Heard's witnesses, testified that they did not see injuries on Heard's face between May 21 and 27, when "suddenly there were bruises" when she filed for the restraining order.

Depp's Former Attorney Adam Waldman Takes the Stand

Heard's team has called its fourth witness of the day. Jurors are now watching Adam Waldman's video deposition, he was an attorney for Depp.

As Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft continues asking questions, Depp's attorney Benjamin Chew has repeatedly interjected, instructing Waldman not to answer questions that would violate attorney-client privilege.

Waldman repeatedly says he "accepts the instruction" and does not answer.

Former Business Manager Details Depp's 'Erratic' Behavior

Johnny Depp's former business manager Joel Mandel detailed Depp's "erratic" behavior during his "dire" financial situation.

Early on working with Depp, Mandel said the challenges were "exciting," as Depp's life and career was "getting really big really quickly."

He said the success of the "Pirates" film "catapulted [Depp] into a different level of success."

But then the type of challenges changed around 2010.

Mandel said Depp's increased drug and alcohol use led to more "erratic and stressful behavior" that made it more difficult for Mandel to do his job.

It was difficult to arrange meetings with Depp when he was using drugs and alcohol "daily," Mandel said. They had to find pockets during the day when Depp was "sober and clear-minded."

Mandel said Depp's would have "disproportionate" reactions and get very upset.

If Depp was angry at someone, "he would let them know," Mandel said, adding that Depp's anger got increasingly "less constrained" and was "less concerned if he hurt someone's feelings."

"Things got less predictable," he said. "I never knew day to day what to expect."

In addition to the increased substance use, Depp's behavior changed due to his financial issues.

In 2013 and 2014, Mandel said Depp's films were not doing well and this "professional pressure" made things more difficult.

By 2015, Mandel said Depp's financial circumstances "reached a point where I was extremely concerned."

When Mandel expressed this concern, Depp directed his increased anger towards Mandel, he said.

"The tone of those conversations became more heated and more contentious as time went on because the circumstances were more dire," Mandel said.

Depp expressed that he acknowledged and understood his financial issues and expressed his commitment to work with Mandel to "do what was necessary," Mandel said.

Mandel said that Depp never seemed to control his spending.

"He expressed an understanding and appreciation, but there never seemed to be any follow through when the things needed to be teed up to make it happen, to make those things real," he said. "It never happened."

Mandel also said Depp's claims that he did not file Depp's taxes for 17 years and that his company stole $600 million from Depp were both false.

Lateness, Drug and Alcohol Use Impacted Depp's Career

During testimony Thursday, Depp's former agent Tracey Jacobs said his career was impacted in recent years due to his lateness and drug and alcohol use.

Jurors watched a relatively short video deposition of Jacobs. Over her years representing Depp, she said he had become "the biggest [movie] star in the world." When Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft asked if she takes "any credit" for that, Jacobs answered yes.

"A, he was extraordinarily talented and B, that my talent was compatible with his," she responded.

Jacobs said she doesn't know why Depp terminated her in 2016, but he essentially terminated almost "everyone in his life, so I was along for the ride." Jacobs said Depp's "unprofessional behavior" impacted his career over the last ten years she represented the star. She said Depp was showing up "late to set consistently, on virtually any movie."

She recalled telling him he had to stop, "it's hurting you... and it did."

"Initially, crews loved him because he was always so great with the crew," Jacobs said. "But crews don't love sitting around for hours and hours and hours waiting for the star of the movie to show up."

She said his behavior "got around town" and made people "reluctant" to use Depp towards the end of her time representing him. She recalled going to Australia twice when the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean was being filmed due to complaints about Depp's "lateness, not showing up."

Jacobs said his drug and alcohol use was also causing issues and she recommended Depp see Dr. Kipper, citing his experience working with high profile clients and getting them sober. She also said Depp "romanticized" the drug culture and has a fundamental issue with anger that "worsened over time."

Jacobs said Depp's "star had dimmed" by 2016 due to difficulty of landing him roles because of lateness and drug and alcohol use. While she doesn't represent him currently, she said his lawsuits now "don't help, I mean it's endless."

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Johnny Depp's former talent agent Tracey Jacobs appears on a monitor during the 50 million US dollar Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 19, 2022. SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Depp Had 'Jealousy Streak,' Witkin Says

Longtime friend Bruce Witkin said Depp had a "jealous streak" in relationships. including with Heard.

"A lot of it was in his head and not in reality," he said. Witkins said there were times when Heard was doing a movie "with some guy" and Depp would "work himself up."

Witkin said he never saw Depp and Heard "physically abuse each other." He did recall seeing Heard with a bruise on her arm and Depp with a fat lip.

Depp had a lot of "confusion and sadness" about his relationship with Heard, but never talked about a specific issue.

Witkin details Depp's drug and alcohol use, including doing cocaine with Joe Perry and smoking weed with Marilyn Mason.

He said he suggested Depp go to therapy, which he did "for a little bit and stopped."

Witkin said Depp was dealing with "deep-rooted issues" that had "nothing to do with Amber [Heard]."

Depp told Witkin that Alcoholics Anonymous "wasn't his cup of tea" because he didn't believe in "a higher power."

If Depp was going to get sober, "he was going to do it his own way," Witkin said.

He added that Dr. Kipper and the nurses surrounding Depp were supposed to be getting him sober, but it didn't work.

Everything's supposed to be better, and it wasn't," Witkin said.

Witkin was also aware of Depp's financial issues. He said Depp told him there was a problem with his business manager at the time and that Depp said he needed to "slow down on spending" and "spending too much." Depp told Witkin he needed to "slow down or do more movies."

In previous lawsuits, Witkin was deposed and testified to Depp's drug use.

Depp and Witkin had a falling out and have not spoken since 2018, Witkins said.

Witkin said Depp sent him a text in 2017 saying Witkins "stabbed him in the back" but would not explain what happened and refused to talk about it further with Witkin.

During this time, Witkin believes people "behind the scenes" were "talking sh*t" about Witkin to Depp.

"People tried to position who was his [Depp's] best friend," Witkin said. "A lot of lies and bullsh*t were said about me that he [Depp] believed which is surprising."

Witkins believed Depp was "not happy" about Witkin's testimony.

He added that everyone around Depp was concerned about his well-being "deep down" but didn't say anything.

"People on his payroll don't say much," he said. "They try but they don't want to lose their job." He added that it's "strange" that people around Depp "always want something" from him.

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US actor Amber Heard speaks with a member of her legal team as she arrives at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 19, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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 SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Depp's Longtime Friend Takes Stand

The defense called its first witness, Bruce Witkin, to the stand. Witkin is Depp's longtime friend.

He is testifying via previously-recorded video deposition from February 2022. Witkin was a member of the band Hollywood Vampires with Depp.

Court Resumes After Delayed Juror Arrives

After a brief delay due to a late juror, Judge Penney Azcarate calls court into session around 9:30 a.m. EST.

The counsels for both Heard and Depp approached the bench to discuss preliminary matters with the judge before the defense begins calling witnesses for the day.

WATCH: Court Resumes Thursday

Court is set to resume shortly Thursday morning.

The defense will call more witnesses through video depositions and in person. Johnny Depp's former agent, lawyer and friend are expected to testify, as well as a police expert and a social media forensic expert.

Amber Heard, Elon Musk, Cara Delevingne's 'Three-Way Affair' Allegations

Away from the courthouse, it has been alleged that Heard had a "three-way affair" with Elon Musk and Cara Delevingne while she was still married to Depp, according to a friend of the Aquaman star.

The explosive resurfaced testimony given by Joshua Drew in November 2019 was not used during the recent trial involving Heard and Depp but has been shared across social media.

A video deposition featuring Drew, the ex-husband of Heard's friend Raquel 'Rocky' Pennington, was played out in court during Wednesday's proceedings. During his testimony, Drew said he had seen Heard yell at Depp many times but that he had never seen her strike him.

The deposition shown in the courtroom appears to be edited as the time stamp at the bottom of the screen jumps around. One moment that wasn't included in court, but has previously been made public, was Drew explaining that he was told by Pennington about a three-way affair involving Heard.

"Did Rocky tell you that Amber Heard was having an affair with Elon Musk and Cara Delevingne while she was still married to Johnny Depp?" a man off-camera asks Drew in the video deposition.

"Yes," Drew replied to the question, though he admitted he couldn't speak to the specific date of the event.

"Did she ever tell you in words or substance while Amber was still married to Johnny Depp that the three of them, Amber Heard, Elon Musk and Cara Delevingne, spent the night together?" the man off-camera asked. Once again, Drew said, "Yes."

"So they were having what, a three-way affair?" the man asked Drew.

"Correct," he replied.

It was questioned whether the incident took place in November 2016, which Drew couldn't confirm. Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016 but it wasn't confirmed until January 2017. The deposition footage featuring Drew's testimony about the alleged "three-way affair" was shared by the Daily Mail.

Elon Musk has previously denied the allegation. "Cara and I are friends, but we've never been intimate. She would confirm this," he said in a statement made to Page Six.

The Tesla CEO also reiterated that his relationship with Heard only began after she and Depp were broken up.

Cara Delevingne and Elon Musk
It has been alleged that (L-R) Cara Delevingne and Elon Musk had a "three-way affair" with Amber Heard in an explosive resurfaced testimony. Musk has previously denied the allegations. Dave Benett/Getty Images;/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Controversial Witness With Ties to Putin Expected to Take the Stand

As the trial nears its conclusion, one of the witnesses expected to take the stand has proved to be a controversial figure for his alleged conduct surrounding the earlier stages of the proceedings.

Waldman is a Washington, D.C.-based attorney and lobbyist, who reportedly has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle.

The former chairman and president of Endeavor Group was previously a part of the ongoing case pro hac vice (for this case only) from September 2019.

However, Courthouse News Service reported in October 2020 that Waldman was thrown off the case by Judge Bruce White, amid allegations that he had allegedly leaked confidential information covered under a protective order to the press.

Among the information covered in the protection order was Heard and Depp's private information, such as medical records, passport numbers and phone numbers.

Heard and her team had contended that Waldman leaked information to the press "on at least two occasions" as they moved for sanctions against the attorney.

Per Courthouse News Service, the actress accused Waldman of sharing surveillance pictures, audio recordings, and declarations from third-party witnesses to websites and Twitter, "leading readers and potential jurors to believe that these declarations are somehow official case documents, which they are not."

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Attorney and lobbyist Adam Waldman is among the individuals on the trial's witness list. Waldman is pictured arriving on the third day of Johnny Depp's libel trial against News Group Newspapers (NGN), at the High Court in London, on July 9, 2020. BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images

Waldman has also been linked to Vladimir Putin, who himself has dominated headlines over the past few months due to his ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

According to Insider, Waldman filed paperwork with the United States Department of Justice in May 2009, indicating that he would be working with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, providing "legal advice on issues involving his U.S. visa as well as commercial transactions."

Deripaska's U.S. visa was revoked in 2006 amid concerns about his links to organized crime.

Months after he started working with Waldman, Deripaska was allowed to make two visits to the U.S. in 2009. There is no suggestion Waldman has any connection to any form of organised crime.

Per Insider, Waldman indicated in another filing in October 2010 that he would be working with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, "gathering information and providing advice and analysis as it relates to the U.S. policy towards the visa status of Oleg Deripaska."

As part of this work, Waldman said Endeavor would "engage in correspondence and meetings with U.S. policymakers" about Deripaska's visa.

Both Deripaska and Lavrov have this year been hit with sanctions in the U.S. and U.K., respectively, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Jennifer Howell's Controversial Declaration Circulated Online

As the appetite for all things associated with the trial shows no sign of waning, attention has been drawn on social media a controversial declaration attributed to Jennifer Howell, a former employer and friend of Heard's sister, Henriquez.

In the declaration, which first surfaced on social media back in 2020, it is alleged that Heard was violent toward her sister and her ex-husband.

Although some versions of the document bear a Fairfax County Government letterhead, it has not been admitted as a piece of evidence in the trial.

Heard's lawyers have argued that it was falsely procured and passed off as evidence to mislead the public. The document's claims have not been verified and the declaration has not been admitted as trial evidence.

While the declaration is included in the more than 250 of court documents on Virginia's Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse's website, it is stated early on in the file that Heard's legal team want the declaration to be excluded.

The declaration, it says, "was never produced to Defendant and was procured by false subpoenas never served on Defendant's counsel. Instead, Plaintiff's counsel Adam Waldman 'leaked' this declaration created by him on his [Twitter] account.

"The Court Ordered Plaintiff to produce this document and all documents transmitted to the press or social media users, but consistent with his conduct in this case Plaintiff refused to produce it, so Defendant only possesses the screenshot from Mr. Waldman's tweet.

"Because of the violation of this Court's Order, the Declaration and all information included, should be excluded as a sanction."

Henriquez spoke out against the allegations made in the declaration back in July 2020, telling The Mirror in a statement: "This is complete fiction. Jennifer Howell's statements do not bear any relationship to the truth and I have no idea why she is saying this."

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A declaration attributed to Howell, which includes allegations of domestic abuse on Amber Heard's part, has resurfaced on social media. The Art Of Elysium founder Howell is pictured attending The Art Of Elysium Presents WE ARE HEAR'S HEAVEN 2020 at Hollywood Palladium on January 04, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Presley Ann/Getty Images for The Art of Elysium

Court Adjourned

Court has adjourned for the day.

Six witnesses testified on behalf of Amber Heard Wednesday, including her sister and makeup coach. Court is scheduled to reconvene Thursday morning at 9 a.m. EST for the final day this week.

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Amber Heard embraces her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP

Acting Coach Says Depp is an 'Angry, Loud Drunk'

Saxton recalled hearing a fight between Depp and Heard while in Hicksville.

She said she was the only one on the trip who was "stone cold sober."

The morning after hearing Depp screaming and commotion from the fight in their trailer, Saxton said she went to check on Heard. Depp was apologizing to Heard and telling his security guards to "take care of" the damage, noting that the trailer was "in shambles."

She said Heard was "really shaken up."

Saxton also recalled the awkward story Depp told at Heard's 30th birthday party and described Depp as "inebriated."

When Depp was sober, he was quiet and mumbled, she said. When he drank, he was happy, boisterous and telling cool stories at first, before turning into a "loud, angry drunk."

Saxton testified that she never saw Depp hit or throw an object at Heard, she "just saw the aftermath" of damage.

Heard 'Cried' at Start of Most Acting Sessions

Over time, Heard was crying at the beginning of most of her coaching sessions, Heard's acting coach Kristy Sexton testified Wednesday.

Sexton recalls hearing Depp making negative comments about roles he didn't want Heard to take, calling them a "wh*re, trash" part. Sexton believes that impacted Heard seeking roles, as they decreased over time and there were periods when Heard wouldn't audition at all.

Sexton said Heard was always punctual to her coaching sessions, but started arriving later as time went on. As Heard and Depp began fighting more often, Sexton recalls Heard "sobbing" at the beginning of sessions. She began building cushion time around Heard's appointments because of that, she said. Eventually, between "80 and 90 percent" of Heard's sessions began with her "crying," Sexton said.

Sexton recalls Heard and Depp being "lovey-dovey" and "passionate" at the beginning of their relationship. As time went on, she saw them together less often and would hear more arguments.

She also said Johnny "became much darker as time went on," sitting in dark rooms and talking less. She also said their homes became physically darker over time, including darker art and big curtains.

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Actor Amber Heard listens at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022. KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Heard's Acting Coach Testifies via Video Deposition

The next witness for the defense is Amber Heard's acting coach Kristy Sexton.

Saxton is testifying via previously recorded video deposition from Dec. 18, 2019. She previously testified during the U.K. trial Johnny Depp brought against The Sun. In that case, Saxton testified to Depp being controlling over Heard's career.

Makeup Artist Recalls Covering Heard's Bruises Before James Corden

Melanie Inglessis said she saw injuries on Amber Heard's face on Dec. 16 at Heard's penthouse. This was the day Heard was set to appear on the James Corden show, after an alleged physical altercation with Johnny Depp.

Inglessis said Heard had discoloration under her eyes and on the bridge of her nose, as well as a "split lip." Heard also showed Inglessis a spot on her head where "chunks" of hair were missing, Inglessis said.

To prepare Heard for her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Inglessis said did her makeup "a little heavier." This included a heavier peach concealer to cover the blue discoloration under Heard's eyes and a "really red" lipstick to cover up the injury on her lip.

"I remember thinking we needed to highlight in certain areas and red was only option to cover the cut that was there," Inglessis said, adding that she wanted to draw attention away from Heard's injuries.

Inglessis said Heard usually worse natural, simple makeup every day. She also said Heard usually wore beige concealer under her eyes.

While preparing for the show, Ingelssis said Heard was angry, sad and erratic. But when Heard was on the show, she "had the ability to turn it on," to do her job and "perform how she is supposed to perform on the show," Ingelssis said.

Inglessis added that she does not know firsthand what caused Heard's injuries, only what Heard told her happened. When asked by Depp's lawyer, Inglessis also said she never saw Depp physically abuse Heard.

Makeup Artist Testifies
Judge Penney Azcarate watches a previously recorded video deposition by Actor Amber Heard's make-up artist, Melanie Inglessis, as a picture of Heard is displayed on screen during Johnny Depp's defamation trial against his ex-wife at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022. KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Heard's Makeup Artist Begins Testimony

Heard's team has called their next witness, Heard's makeup artist Melanie Inglessis. Jurors are watching her video deposition. Inglessis is being questioned about injuries on Heard's face, including the day of her appearance on James Cordon's show.

Marz Recalls Depp Charging at Her With Wine Bottle

Elizabeth Marz recalled a "frightening" encounter with Johnny Depp when he "charged" towards her with a wine bottle.

Marz was at the Eastern Columbia Building on May 21, 2016, helping Rocky Pennington prepare for a craft show. She recalled being in a room at one of the penthouses and hearing commotion that was getting "closer and closer." Marz said the door slammed open and Depp came "bursting through," looking "intoxicated" and holding a magnum bottle of wine.

Marz said Depp "charged" towards her with the bottle and mumbled "get your b**ch out of here." Marz said it "scared the s**t" out of her and she ran out of the room and upstairs where she hid. She described Depp as "combative" and "sloppy."

Marz said Heard's face was face red, swollen and puffy that day. She recalls Heard looking "upset" and "disheveled."

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Actor Johnny Depp listens to a previously recorded video deposition by Elizabeth Marz in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP

New Witness Deposition Plays in Court

After the live testimony from Whitney Henriquez, the next witness is up.

The jury is now watching the previously recorded video deposition from Elizabeth Marz, a friend of Heard.

Marz was present during the incident in Depp and Heard's penthouse on May 21, 2016.

Heard's Sister Acted as a 'Marriage Counselor'

During the cross examination, Henriquez said she served as a "marriage counselor" to Heard and Depp.

Henriquez said she thought of Depp as a brother and Depp called her "sis."

After the staircase incident, Henriquez said she tried to "mediate disputes" to help the couple reconcile.

"I was trying my best to support them the way that I thought I could," she said.

Depp's lawyer presented text messages between Henriquez and Depp from Oct. 2015.

In the messages, Henriquez said she loved both Heard and Depp and would stay out of it thought this was "passed the point of no return" but "that's not where you guys are at right now."

Depp's lawyer asked if Henriquez wanted her sister to stay with Depp, even after she said saw him allegedly hit Heard.

Henriquez said this was "over simplifying" something that wasn't simple.

She said Heard and Depp were very much in love and Heard was telling her what she wanted.

"Whether or not I agreed with it, whether or not I was okay with what was happening, it wasn't my place," she said. "If my sister said she still wanted to be with Johnny, if I could help in any way I was going to support her."

This included trying to facilitate communication between Heard and Depp during the Coachella trip after the couple allegedly got into a major fight.

She said she wasn't trying to get them to "reconcile" then, noting they had a "nuanced" relationship where they fought and then got back together several times.

Despite believing Depp was hitting Heard since 2013, Henriquez said she thought Depp would come out "at the other side of this" and ger sober.

She added that the staircase incident was the only time she witnessed Depp and Heard got into an incident that resulted in physical injuries to Heard.

After the cross, there was no re-direct from the defense. Henriquez is not subject to recall.

Whitney Henriquez Testifies
Whitney Henriquez, sister of Actor Amber Heard, testifies on the stand during Johnny Depp's defamation trial against ex-wife Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, on May 18, 2022 KEVIN LAMARQUE / POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Depp Hit Heard's Sister, She Testifies

Whitney Henriquez testified about Depp throwing a Red Bull can at his nurse, Debbie Lloyd, inside one of his penthouses at the Eastern Columbia Building.

Henriquez said Depp was telling her about the messages Heard found on his iPad between he and another woman. Depp told Henriquez that the woman was "nothing special," but said Heard "made" him do it so "of course I'm cheating on her," Henriquez recalled of their conversation.

Heard was standing on the mezzanine and started shouting at Depp. Both were saying "horrible" things, Henriquez said, Heard called Depp "old" and "fat," he called her a "f**king c**t." At that time, Henriquez said she and Lloyd went up the stairs to calm Heard down. Depp threw a Red Bull can and hit Lloyd in the back, Henriquez testified, but said Lloyd didn't react or seem to notice.

Depp then ran up the stairs and hit Henriquez in the back, she testified. Heard told Depp not to hit her sister, and hit him. Depp then grabbed Heard by the hair with one hand and was "whacking" her with the other, Henriquez said.

The next day, Henriquez remembers Heard's closet was "destroyed" with clothing racks on the floor and tossed down the stairs. Jurors were shown photos of the damage.

Depp Jokes About Putting Dog in Microwave

Heard's sister Whitney Henriquez recalled the day Depp held one of their dogs out of the car window then made a joke about putting the dog in the microwave.

She said Depp held the dog out of the window of a moving car. She was scared for the dog's safety because Depp was so inebriated, she said. When Depp brought the dog back into the car, she remembers him laughing in a loud and scary way, almost like a "cackle," she testified. He then made a joke about putting the dog in the microwave, she said.

Depp 'Hurls' Steak Knife:

Henriquez also spoke about the trip to London in 2013, where Heard was filming at the time. Henriquez said Depp picked up a steak knife and "hurled it" at his assistant one night.

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Whitney Henriquez, sister of actress Amber Heard testifies at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP

Heard's Sister Describes Depp's Control Over Heard

Depp was controlling over Heard's appearance and career, Henriquez testified.

What started with Depp making "jokes" about Heard's appearance and wardrobe, then "intensified," Henriquez said.

"[Amber] went from wearing what she wanted to what his stylist wanted," she said, noting Heard's clothes got "more conservative."

With work, Henriquez said things also started out more innocent and then escalated.

At first, she said Depp was protective of the jobs Heard would take, saying some were not good for her career.

"Then he started taking issue with her taking any job," Henriquez said, adding that any time Heard thought of taking a meeting, "it was a fight."

She said Depp told Heard didn't have to work because he could take care of her.

"He was vehemently against her working at all," she said.

Overtime, Henriquez said Heard's circle of friends got smaller. If Depp "took issue" with someone, that were "not allowed in the fold anymore." This included iO Tillett Wright and Henriquez herself at one point.

She said it was "hard to watch" Heard's support system get smaller.

Depp was also controlling over Heard's devices.

Henriquez said every time Depp and Heard had an argument, a device got smashed or destroyed.

"There was zero expectation of privacy for her in terms of what was on her device," she said.

Additionally, Henriquez said Depp had his doctors and nurses treat Heard who was a "healthy person" with no medical issues previously.

She said Dr. Kipper and his nurses put Heard on medications and got her a therapist paid for by Kipper.

Henriquez Says There Was 'Always a Fight' if Depp was 'Using'

Whitney Henriquez described how Heard changed over the course of her relationship with Depp.

She said she got along well with Depp at first, noting that he was sober at the time.

"He was very easy to get to know," she said. "Frankly we all fell in love with him, at first."

Henriquez said Heard and Depp were "incredibly in love" and that she never saw her sister "fall so madly for someone."

Then a pattern began, she said.

If Depp was "using" or drinking, Henriquez said, "there was almost always a fight."

"He would be sober for a little bit and then almost just as quickly fall off the wagon," she added.

Henriquez said Heard stopping sleeping through the night and was not as loud and fun as she used to be. She also said Heard was physically unwell, emaciated and her eyes had sunken in by the end of her relationship with Depp.

"If you do a photo side-by-side, you would see two different people," she said.

Heard Sister on the Stand
Whitney Henriquez, sister of Actor Amber Heard, testifies on the stand during Johnny Depp's defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, on May 18, 2022. KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Amber Heard's Sister Takes the Stand

The defense calls their next witness after the lunch break.

Whitney Henriquez, Amber Heard's sister, is taking the stand live in the courtroom.

She first met Johnny Depp in 2011 during "The Rum Diary" press tour.

"But I did not meet him until 2012 as Amber's boyfriend," she said.

Drew Says Depp Wrote 'Why be a Fraud' on Counter

On Dec. 15, 2015, Drew said he and Raquel Pennington went to check on Heard in her apartment because she had not responded to text messages.

He said the kitchen looked "out of order" and there was something written on the counter.

On the counter, the phrases "why be a fraud" and "all is such bullsh*t" was written. Drew said he recognized at the time that this was Depp's handwriting.

"He had a unique mode of penmanship," Drew said.

Drew said he was "immediately" concerned because he thought "something very, very bad had happened."

"You walk into a house, and it looks like someone vandalized it, things are amiss, that doesn't portend anything good," he said.

Pennington told Drew to go back to their apartment while she checked on Heard.

Later, Drew said he was present when Pennington took photos of Heard's injuries.

He said Heard had "pretty significant" injuries, including bruising under both eye sockets, on her nose and her head was red."

Drew said he never saw Depp hit Heard and had no first-hand knowledge of how those injuries happened.

When asked if Pennington or anyone else manipulated the photos of Heard's face, Drew said if he knew that, "this would be a very different interview."

Judge Looks at Photos of Heard
Judge Penney Azcarate listens to a previously recorded video deposition by Josh Drew, Raquel Pennington's ex-husband, as a picture of Amber Heard is seen on screen during Johnny Depp's defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022. US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Lunch Break

Heard's witness Josh Drew finished his video deposition early Wednesday afternoon.

Court is taking a one-hour lunch break and is scheduled to reconvene around 1:45 p.m. EST with another witness testifying on Heard's behalf.

Heard Was 'Catatonic' After Incident with Depp

On the night of May 21, 2016, Drew said Heard was "catatonic" after Depp left the apartment in the eastern Columbia Building.

"Amber was damn near catatonic after all this," he testified, adding that he and Pennington took Heard to penthouse 1 to "deadbolt" the door and "keep her safe."

Heard called her lawyer, Samantha Spector, who advised the group to put together a "contemporaneous, matter of fact" statement together about what happened that night, Drew said. He added that it was ultimately up to Heard if she filed a police report.

The next day, Drew said he saw Heard multiple times throughout the day.

Drew testified that Heard marks on her face, including a red mark and small bruise on her cheekbone and a bruise on the side of her eyebrow with a little bit of swelling.

Drew Testifies He Never Saw Depp Strike Heard

Josh Drew recalled Depp showing up hours late and "obviously intoxicated" to Heard's 30th birthday at the Eastern Columbia Building.

Drew said Depp "put on a show" for everybody when he arrived. Drew catered the dinner. He testified that he has never seen Depp strike or hit Heard with a fist.

He was also asked to recall the incident between Heard and Depp on May 21, 2016 at the Eastern Columbia Building. Drew said he spoke with both officers who responded and showed them the damage around the penthouses and in the hallway. Damage included broken glass, broken picture frames and a dent in the door shaped like a wine bottle.

Drew recalled speaking to the male officer and asked if anything "could be done" following the incident. The officer responded that between the damage and Heard's "red" face, there was "enough here" to "go pick him [Depp] up" if Heard wanted to file a report. Drew also testified that he never saw Depp hit heard, smash the wine bottle or break furniture.

Drew said he and ex-wife Rocky Pennington had "hundreds, if not thousands" of conversations about Depp and Heard's relationship.

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Judge Penney Azcarate listens to a previously recorded video deposition by Josh Drew, Raquel Pennington's ex-husband, in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP

Josh Drew Testifies via Video Deposition

After Raquel Pennington's deposition ended, the next witness has been called.

Amber Heard called Joshua Drew to testify via previously recorded video deposition. The deposition was given on Nov. 19, 2019.

Drew is the ex-husband of Pennington. The couple started dating in June 2014, got married about a year later and got divorced in September of 2018.

He said he met Heard "three or four weeks" after he began dating Pennington and that he regularly interacted with Depp more than 50 times.

Drew lived with Pennington in the penthouse 1 apartment in the Eastern Columbia Building.

Pennington Recalls Damage to Penthouse, Heard's Injuries

Raquel Pennington ended her deposition by going through photos she said depicted damage done to the apartment the night of May 21, 2016.

There were photographs taken off the wall and put onto Depp and Heard's bed, broken glass and spilled liquid on the stairs and boxes of papers outturned in Heard's office.

Pennington said she knew Depp broke a glass and knocked fruit on the ground.

Photos were then shown of Heard's face. Pennington agreed that these photos "fairly and accurately depict Heard's condition on May 21, 2016."

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Actor Johnny Depp listens as Raquel Pennington testifies in a previously recorded video deposition, as a picture of Amber Heard is seen on screen, during his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL//AFP via Getty Images

Pennington also described a photo of Heard in the courthouse with her publicist the day she filed for a domestic violence temporary restraining order against Depp.

Pennington said Heard had a bruise on her right cheekbone and described Heard as "a skeleton." She testified that she did not see Heard put on makeup that day.

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Actor Johnny Depp listens as Raquel Pennington testifies in a previously recorded video deposition, as a picture of Amber Heard is seen on screen, during his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 18, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL//AFP via Getty Images

Pennington also said Heard is not a "gold digger" and never saw a makeup artist put fake bruises on her face.

She added that Depp told her that he cut off the tip of his finger, but could not remember exactly what he said to her.

Pennington Tries to Break up Fight, Depp Hits Her Hand

Raquel "Rocky" Pennington recalled trying to break up an argument between Depp and Heard at the Eastern Columbia Building in May of 2016, days before Heard filed for divorce.

Pennington said she unlocked the door to penthouse 3, heard Depp yelling and Heard calling for help, something she never had done before. Pennington described Depp as "irate" and she was afraid he would hurt Heard, she testified.

She went up to Depp, put her hands on his chest and said to "stop." Pennington recalled thinking she could "calm him down." Depp then hit Pennington's hands away, she said. Heard was now sitting on the couch crying and Pennington went over and put her arms around her. Depp continued to move closer to the women, yelling at Heard to "get the f**k up."

Pennington recalls Depp then grabbing a magnum bottle of wine and smashing things off the island, she said, as his team encouraged him to leave the room.

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Actor Johnny Depp reacts as Raquel Pennington testifies during a previously recorded video deposition at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP

Heard Had Injuries While on James Corden Show, Pennington Says

Raquel Pennington said claims that Amber Heard did not have physical injuries when she appeared on the James Corden show are "false."

Pennington said she was with Heard when she was getting ready to appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden in Dec. 2015.

She said any claim that Heard had no injuries that day is a "false assessment or statement."

"I saw injuries on her body from the time directly after they happened, throughout the next night, the next day and as they continued to heal," she said.

A series of photos Pennington took of Heard were shown, depicting Heard with cuts and bruises on her face and head.

Pennington previously testified that she never saw Heard pull out clumps of her own hair or "paint on bruises" with makeup.

"It was the opposite," Pennington said. "She often has to cover bruises and injuries on her face with makeup." She added that she witnessed Heard do this.

She added that she had conversations with Johnny Depp in which he was "sorry and apologetic" for his behavior during physical and verbal arguments with Heard.

In those talks, Pennington said Depp made it clear he was sorry. She said he asked for forgiveness and said he was working on "getting clean and getting better." She saw him get better "a lot of times," but never permanently.

'I Was Scared for Amber,' Pennington Testifies

Raquel "Rocky" Pennington became increasingly emotional as she continued testimony Wednesday, saying she was worried for Heard's physical safety when Depp "turned," saying he may do something "worse than he intended."

"I was scared for Amber," Pennington said. "I was sad for her. I was also sad for Johnny because he is my friend too and I really wanted them to be able to get it together."

She recalled the Hicksville incident that sparked a major fight between Depp and Heard. Heard and her friend Kelly Sue were sitting on a chair and hugging in a friendly manner around the campfire, Pennington recalled. Pennington said a "switch flipped" and Depp told Kelly Sue to get her hands off "his woman."

She said Depp's sudden behavior change, or "switched flip" wasn't surprising but she "never knew what caused it." She explained that Depp would act like his "wonderful self" for a time certain portion of an occasion, but when a switch would flip, he would either disappear by himself or his mood would change to "something darker." Generally, Heard would follow him in an attempt to provide comfort, Pennington explained, which is what happened in Hicksville that led to an alleged fight.

Pennington recalled going to their trailer the following morning where that fight took place. She said that Depp and Heard already had left, but the trailer was in "disarray," with knocked off light fixtures, cushions off the couch and items thrown around. When asked if Pennington has known Heard to destroy property, she answered no.

Pennington became more emotional as she explained injuries on Heard's face sustained in December of 2015, the day before Heard appeared on the James Cordon Show. Pennington said Heard's eyes were bruised and nose was swollen in the photos taken after an alleged incident at the penthouse.

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Raquel Pennington testifies in a previously recorded video deposition, as a picture of actor Amber Heard is seen on screen in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP

Pennington Testifies She Never Saw Depp Attack Heard

Raquel "Rocky" Pennington recalled the night Johnny Depp came to the penthouse at the Eastern Columbia Building on May 21, 2016.

This was the night that Depp allegedly threw a phone at Amber Heard and the police were called. Pennington said she heard Depp and Heard yelling in penthouse 3 while she was in penthouse 1. She said she received a text from Heard and went straight over.

"I don't remember what they were saying but it was a verbal argument," she said, referring to what she heard when she entered the apartment. "Then he continued to yell and I went over to her and stepped between them."

Pennington said she did not see Depp touch Heard or throw anything at Heard.

After Depp left that night, Pennington said there was damage to penthouse 5 and that Heard's cheek was red and swollen. She does not remember if they cleaned up the damage before the police arrived. She also does not know if either set of officers that responded that night saw any damage to the apartment.

That part of the deposition ended with Depp's attorney asking Pennington if she ever saw Depp physically attack Heard. Pennington said she did not see Depp strike, kick or physically injure Heard. While she didn't see Depp throw anything at Heard, Pennington said she saw him throw things "around her."

Friend Recalls Taking Photos of Heard's Injuries to Face, Head

The jury is watching the remainder of Raquel "Rocky" Pennington's video deposition that was recorded on Jan. 20, 2022.

The first part of her deposition was played in court Tuesday, in which Pennington described her relationship with Heard. She said the two were "close friends" but have since grown apart.

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Raquel Pennington testifies via videoconference in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

On Wednesday, the deposition picked up with Pennington recalling Heard had cuts on her arms after returning from the Australia trip.

At a Thanksgiving dinner at Heard's penthouse in the Eastern Columbia Building, Pennington recalls spilled wine "on the bed and on the ground" and that "there was glass everywhere."

She also testified to observing several injuries on Heard that night. Pennington said Heard's head was "raw and bloody" with a chunk of hair missing.

Heard's nose was swollen on the upper bridge, she had a cut on her lower lip and her face was red, Pennington said. She said the redness of her face could have been from crying.

Pennington took several photos depicting Heard's injuries, including bruising under her eyes, part of her head where hair was ripped out and a clump of hair on the floor of Heard's apartment.

Amber Heard Confirms She Has Hit, Thrown Things At Depp

Amber Heard confirmed under oath that she previously hit and thrown things at her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

While on the stand on Tuesday, Heard was asked about her own violent actions towards her ex-husband.

"It's always been my own testimony that I hit Johnny," Heard told the court, turning to address the jury. Asked whether she threw anything at him during a specific incident, she continued, "I hit him in defense of my sister, I didn't have anything to throw at him, I never threw anything at him.

"I hit him when he attacked me and my sister. Specifically, when he moved for her, that's when I hit him," Heard said.

"So it's your testimony under oath that you threw nothing at Mr. Depp?" Depp's attorney, Camille Vasquez asked.

"I have thrown things at Johnny to be clear, but not on that occasion," Heard replied.

Court Resumes Wednesday

The trial is set to resume shortly in Farifax County, Virginia.

Amber Heard's legal team will continue to call witnesses in her defense.

Heard's friend Raquel Pennington will return via video deposition.

Amber Heard's 2016 Deposition 'Slip Up' Questioned by Depp Lawyer

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Amber Heard (L) was accused of having "slipped up" during her 2016 deposition (top left) against Johnny Depp as she was questioned by her ex-husband's attorney, Camille Vasquez (R), during the current defamation trial on Tuesday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images;/TikTok

Depp's attorney, Camille Vasquez accused Heard of "slipping up" during her 2016 deposition in which she discussed her then-ongoing divorce from the actor.

In the video, Heard was seen saying that outlet TMZ had been alerted about their divorce and her filing for a domestic violence restraining order against Depp. She then quickly covered her face and mouth with her hands.

Speaking about her divorce filing at the time, Heard said: "I wanted to tell Johnny, or have him told by Jerry [Judge, Depp's former bodyguard], or someone who knew him or was close to him—basically, I didn't want him to find out online.

"I had, or was about to file, or I had already filed, for divorce. I wanted him to know verbally, so I was trying to reach him through a third party to tell him.

"When I say reach, I mean specifically saying I would like him to know information coming from me, or coming from Jerry from me, so that he finds out about the divorce filing, or my intention to do so, from some other source other than TMZ, which was alerted."

Pausing the video at this moment, Vasquez said to Heard in court on Tuesday: "You slipped up there, didn't you, Ms. Heard? You let it slip out that TMZ had been alerted to your filing of a domestic violence restraining order, didn't you?"

"I disagree. That's not what I'm talking about," Heard responded, though she didn't clarify exactly what she was talking about.

Read more about this moment from court here.

Johnny Depp Called 'Mean and Vicious' By Amber Heard Witness

Tuesday afternoon, a video deposition was played of Heard's friend iO Tillett Wright who described Depp as "mean and vicious" when he was not sober.

"Johnny when sober was lovely and magical and very funny," Wright said in the pre-recorded deposition.

"I felt a kindred connection with him and a shared perspective on the world that I've shared with very few people in my life."

Although he described Depp as generous, he added that he had a tendency to become "incredibly mean and vicious especially when drunk or high."

He said that the actor would become "very mean, very surly, very paranoid, extremely paranoid," and would "weave" together elaborate situations, including Heard having affairs.

Tillet Wright
Tillet Wright, friend of US actress Amber Heard, testifies via videoconference in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Amber Heard's Court Room Exit Goes Viral

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Amber Heard departs from the stand in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A clip of Amber Heard leaving the courtroom has gone viral amid her ongoing vicious legal battle with Johnny Depp.

On Tuesday afternoon, Depp's legal team wrapped up its cross-examination of Heard.

As she was being questioned by her own attorney Elaine Bredehoft, Depp's lawyer Camille Vazquez repeatedly objected to the testimony as hearsay and lack of evidence.

Bredehoft concluded that she had no more questions and the judge instructed Heard to go and sit with her attorney.

However, Heard chose not to sit with Bredehoft and instead exited the courtroom.

A clip of this moment has gone viral on TikTok where it has amassed more than 2.5 million views at the time of writing, with creator @that1girl143 writing: "It was at this moment she knew she lost the case."

Key Moments From Heard's Last Day on Stand

Following several days, Tuesday marked Amber Heard's final day of testimony. The morning began with further cross-examination by Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez, followed by a redirect-examination from Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft.

Tuesday afternoon, video deposition was played of Heard's friend iO Tillett Wright. Heard's friend Raquel Pennington also began her testimony before court was adjourned for the evening.

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Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Brendan Smialowski/Pool photo via AP

Re-Direct Constantly Interrupted by Depp's Team

As Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft began the re-direct examination of her client, nearly every question was interrupted by Depp's team.

Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez, who had just finished cross-examination of Heard, objected to nearly every one of Bredehoft's questions. Many objections included hearsay, leading the witness and lack of foundation. Judge Penney Azcarate sustained the majority of the objections.

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Judge Penney Azcarate talks to attorneys in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / POOL //AFP via Getty Images

James Franco Visited Heard the Day Before She Filed for Divorce

Jurors were shown video of James Franco visiting Amber Heard at the Eastern Columbia Building the day before Heard filed for divorce from Depp.

Video was shown from inside the elevator at the downtown Los Angeles building, as Franco and Heard went to her penthouse on May 22, 2016 around 11 p.m. Franco and Heard are seen leaning on each other before arriving to her floor. Heard filed for divorce from Depp on May 23, 2016, according to People.

Depp owned several penthouses at the building and was out of town at the time.

Court Breaks for the Day

After only playing about 30 minutes of Raquel Pennington's testimony, the court breaks for the evening.

The trial will resume tomorrow at 9 a.m. EST.

The defense will continue to call more witnesses, including one live person, after Pennington's deposition is finished.

Defense Calls Raquel Pennington to Testify via Video Deposition

After iO Tillett Wright's deposition, the next witness was called.

Heard's friend Raquel Pennington is the next to testify, via a previously recorded video deposition.

She has known Heard since 2003. Pennington previously lived in the penthouse next to Depp and Heard.

While the two were "close friends" through Heard's relationship and divorce with Depp, Pennington said, at the time of the deposition, her and Heard "grew apart."

Wright Recalls Calling Police During Depp, Heard Fight

iO Tillett Wright recalled the incident when he called the police to Heard and Depp's penthouse apartment.

He said Heard called him from Los Angeles while he was visiting family in New York. He was put on speaker and told that Depp believed he and Heard "sh*t" on Depp's pillow.

Wright said he and Heard started laughing, but stopped once he realized Depp was serious.

He said he was not there the day the incident occurred and Depp got "more agitated" and walked away.

Wright then testified that he heard a bang nose and then Depp say, "Oh you think I hit you, what if I peel your f***ing hair back."

He then heard the phone drop and Heard screaming.

Wright said he immediately hung up and called Raquel Pennington, Heard's best friend who lived in the penthouse apartment next door.

He then called 9-1-1 in New York and another friend in Los Angeles who knew Heard. Wright could not remember if he called the NYPD a second time.

Wright said he arrived at Heard's penthouse the next day. He said he believed the fight between Heard and Depp happened late Dec. 15 night or early Dec. 16 morning and he arrived at midnight on Dec. 16.

He said he saw chunks of Heard's hair on the floor and other visible physical injuries.

Wright was then asked about the statements Depp's lawyer Adam Waldman made that Heard was making fake sexual assault allegation and conspiring to create an "abuse hoax."

After these statements were made, Wright said Heard "retreated" and became "isolated, embattled and distressed."

'Now I Can Punch Her,' Witness Claims Depp Said After Wedding

iO Tillett Wright formed a quick and close connection with Johnny Depp upon meeting the star, he testified Tuesday afternoon. Wright was close with both Depp and Heard and was Heard's "best man" at their wedding.

Wright recalled a conversation between he and Depp after the wedding ceremony.

"We're married, now I can punch her [Heard] in the face and nobody can do anything about it," Depp said to Wright, he testified.

Wright spoke highly of Depp, saying he is welcoming, incredibly smart and friendly. Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft asked Wright about Depp's drug and alcohol use. Wright answered that Depp would become "very mean, very surly, very paranoid, extremely paranoid," and would "weave" together elaborate situations, including Heard having affairs.

Wright said Depp had a cigarette or joint in his mouth "at all times... to the point where I was confused about how he could function." He also recalled seeing Depp's "marijuana closet."

Wright recalls Depp wanting to get sober "for Amber," but Depp "didn't enjoy being sober."

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Tillet Wright is seen on a screen as he testifies via video at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP

Objections, Sidebars Interrupt Flow of Heard Re-Direct

During the re-direct of Amber Heard, Elaine Bredehoft was constantly interrupted by objections from Depp's team.

After almost every question Bredehoft asked her client, Camille Vasquez on the plaintiff's side would object. The basis for those objections included hearsay, leading the witness and lack of foundation. Most of the objections were sustained by the judge.

This interrupted Bredehoft's flow and left her unable to ask Heard many questions, compared to the rapid-fire cross-examination from Vasquez.

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Judge Penney Azcarate talks to attorneys in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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 BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / POOL //AFP via Getty Images

There were also several times Bredehoft, and Vasquez approached Judge Penney Azcarate.

After Bredehoft's re-direct, Heard was able to finally leave the witness stand.

Both Heard and Depp embraced their lawyers before heading off for the brief afternoon break.

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Bredehoft and Heard

Friend Describes Drugs, Alcohol Depp Used

iO Tillett Wright said he lived with Heard between August 2013-June2014. He said she stopped being friends with Depp in late 2015, but maintained his friendship with Heard.

He said he never saw Depp beat or assault Heard and said Depp was loyal and kind.

When sober, Wright said Depp was "lovely, magical and very funny."

Wright described sober Depp as lucid and imaginative and said he felt a "kindred connection" with Depp because they shared a perspective on the world that he shared with few people in life.

He then described the substances Depp consumed. Wright said he saw Depp drink alcohol, and use cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and mushrooms.

Wright said he never drank or did drugs with Depp. He said Heard was "vehemently against" cocaine but had seen her ingest ecstasy. Amber drank red wine regularly in the evenings, except when training for an acting role, Wright said.

Heard's mood changed depending on the circumstance when she drank, Wright said. During celebratory moments, he said drinking made her loose and fun. When she was in a stressful situation, Wright said the alcohol would "exacerbate" the feelings of the moment.

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Tillet Wright, friend of US actress Amber Heard, testifies via videoconference in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Heard's Friend iO Tillett Wright Begins Deposition

Jurors are now watching video deposition from Heard's friend iO Tillett Wright. Depp's' team began the questioning in the video recorded in March of 2022.

Wright and Heard met in 2011 in Los Angeles, he worked for the New York Times at that time.

Heard's Lawyer Imitates Depp During Re-Direct

On the re-direct, Elaine Bredehoft asked Heard about why Depp has not looked her in the eye during this trial.

Camille Vasquez brought up this point early in the cross-examination.

Bredehoft tried to imitate Depp voice in an audio from a meeting in a San Francisco hotel room when he said, "you will not see my eyes again."

This impression made Depp laugh.

Heard said Depp was able to look in her eye "many" times during mediations.

Bredehoft then asked if Heard knew why Depp couldn't look her in the eye in this case or during the U.K. trial.

"Because he's guilty," she said. "He knows he's lying. Why can't he look at me? I survived that man and I'm here and I'm able to look at him."

Depp's Attorney Accuses Heard of 'Slip Up'

In the final few moments of cross-examination, Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez continued a fast-line of questioning and asked Heard about leaks to TMZ amid her divorce filing.

Vasquez pointed to a "slip up" in Heard's deposition from August of 2016.

"When he finds out about the divorce filing, or my intention to do so from some other source than TMZ, which was alerted..." Heard says, then stops herself in the video.

"Slipped up there, didn't you, Miss Heard?" Vasquez asks Heard in court, saying she let it slip that TMZ was alerted of her filing of the domestic violence restraining order.

"I never got paid for it because I had nothing to do with that," Heard said.

Vasquez then accused Heard of releasing the video she shot of Depp slamming kitchen cabinets to TMZ the day prior to the 2016 deposition.

"I wouldn't even know how to do that," Heard said. "And also, what does that get me? If I wanted to leak things about Johnny, I could have done that in a much more successful way, in a bigger way, for years."

"Not when you were extorting him for $7 million?" Vasquez responded.

"I got a fraction of what I was entitled to in the state of California," Heard countered. "What extortion?"

Cross-Examination of Heard Over, Redirect Underway

Depp's team has completed its cross-examination of Amber Heard. Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft is now beginning a redirect examination.

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Amber Heard looks on in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Heard's Divorce Deposition Plays in Court

After Heard testified that she only got physical with Depp when she was defending herself, an audio was played in court in which Heard told Depp "I can't promise I won't get physical."

Heard also said "sometimes I just f***ing lose it."

In court, Heard told Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez that she already explained this context Monday.

Then Vasquez played an audio already heard in this trial in which Heard said she hit Depp.

Depp said he was in the bathroom and "didn't mean to" scrape Heard's toes when he closed the door. He then said Heard kicked the door, hitting his head before she "clocked" him in the jaw.

In the clip, Heard said she didn't mean to hit Depp in the head when she kicked the door. She also said she did mean to hit Depp because she "just reacted" to the door scraping her toes.

Vasquez said Depp was hiding from Heard, not the other way around, as Heard testified.

Heard said that was incorrect, adding that she had to hit Depp to "get him out of the door."

She said she called Depp a "baby" in the audio because he was complaining about her hitting him when she was trying to get him out of the door to barricade herself.

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Spectators in the courtroom listen as US actress Amber Heard appears on a screen during a defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Vasquez then played a part of Heard's video deposition from her divorce trial in 2016, in which Heard was responding to the same audio just played in court.

She asked Heard if there is something "amusing" about kicking a door into her husbands head or punching her husband.

Heard said that was not why she was smiling in the video.

"I was sitting opposite a whole table of lawyers that were snickering and rolling their eyes at me while I was talking," she explained.

Court Has Resumed

Court has reconvened following a one-hour lunch break. Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez is continuing cross-examination of Amber Heard.

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Attorney Camille Vasquez, attorney for actor Johnny Depp, is seen in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Heard Says Depp Ran 'Smear Campaign' Against Her

Amber Heard testified that her career took a hit after she made the abuse allegations against Depp.

This included losing a L'Oreal campaign, jeopardizing her role in the "Aquaman" sequel and impacting her press tour engagement for her television show "The Stand," Heard said.

Heard claims statements made by Depp's lawyer Adam Waldman negatively impacted her career.

Camille Vasquez said there was already negative publicity surrounding Heard independent of Waldman's statements.

Heard said there was an "orchestrated" smear campaign against her in the press by Depp and his team. She said those statements were attached to defamatory articles meant to attack her.

When pressed if she had any evidence of this, Heard looked at the jury and said "just look me up and you'll see."

Heard Says Op-Ed Was About General #MeToo Issues at the Time

Before the lunch break, Amber Heard reiterated that her 2018 op-ed in the Washington Post was not specifically about Johnny Depp, but about her life after their relationship and about gender-based violence in general.

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez asked Heard if "at least parts of this op-ed are about Mr. Depp."

"It's about what happened to me after," Heard responded, referring to their divorce and obtaining a restraining order.

She said she wrote the piece in the context of many high-profile men accused of sexual assault at the time, referring generally to the larger phenomenon, "not just Johnny."

"I was talking about a bigger issue than just Johnny," she said. "I was talking about what we as country were talking about at the time of writing this which was when powerful men do something horrible, how there is a system in place to protect them, clean up after them, maintain them."

She added that, "this is a reference to not just Johnny, it was about what was happening as a culture when we were addressing a lot of #MeToo issues for the first time."

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US actress Amber Heard looks on in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Heard also said that she did not write the headline for the op-ed. She said that she wanted to keep the sexual abuse private.

When she tweeted the link to the piece on Dec. 19, 2018, Heard said she could not omit or change the title of the article. She had to include the link, and the title, in order to share the article.

She said the goal of tweeting about the op-ed was to provide the link so people could read it.

Heard said she may have seen the title before but did not notice it.

When asked if she asked the Washington Post to change the headline, Heard said she didn't ask the paper to change it and does not think she needed to.

Lunch Break

Court just broke for lunch

The trial will resume in about an hour, around 1:30 p.m. EST.

James Franco Visits Heard Day Before Filing for Divorce

Video was shown in court Tuesday of James Franco visiting Amber Heard at the Eastern Columbia Building the day before Heard filed for divorce from Depp. Depp owned several penthouses at the downtown Los Angeles building.

Jurors watched video captured from inside the elevator as the two went up to Heard's penthouse on May 22, 2016 around 11 p.m. Franco and Heard are seen leaning on each other before arriving to her floor. Heard filed for divorce from Depp on May 23, 2016, according to People.

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez repeatedly asked Heard if she knew that Depp would be out of town during that time period. Heard answered that she does not know what she knew of Depp's schedule at the time.

The Real Monster 'Lives in Johnny,' Heard Says

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez showed a series of texts from Heard to Depp in 2015 saying the "monster is back" and asking him to "please come home" talk with her. Heard testified that she was trying to stop Depp from restarting his drug use. Vasquez repeatedly asked Heard why she "incessantly" texted him, while he didn't respond. Heard said felt desperate, like she was "running out of time" to stop him.

"Who is the real monster in this relationship, Miss Heard?" Vasquez questioned Heard.

"It lives in Johnny," Heard answered. "It's half of Johnny. It's not all of Johnny, the other half of him is wonderful and beautiful and the man I love."

An audio recording was also played from 2015 of a conversation between Depp and Heard. In it, Heard tells Depp he's causing her stress as she explains she is concerned about his drug use beginning again. Depp continues to tell Heard he is getting "frustrated" and "really sick of this argument." He asks to take a break and talk again in a couple of hours. On the stand, Heard again explained she was scared and trying to stop the cycle from beginning again.

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Evidence showing text messages between US actress Amber Heard and US actor Johnny Depp appear on a screen during a defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Heard Denies Depp Got Her the Role in 'Aquaman'

A new recording of Heard and Depp arguing was played in court Tuesday.

In the recording, Heard said she wished she "hadn't bought" Depp's lies, calling him "the biggest f***ing seller of fake f***ing goods" and telling him to "suck her d**k."

Depp calls Heard a "spoiled brat" and tells her to "suck your own d**k."

Heard was also hysterically laughing on the recording while the couple continues to argue about each other's careers.

Heard calls Depp a "joke," a "sell out" and "washed up."

Depp sarcastically implies Heard is that one who is a joke.

"Yeah, I'm the joke in the industry," he said. "I'm the joke."

He added that Heard's "jealously" of him was "tragic."

In court, Heard said she and Depp both called each other "horrible things."

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez pointed out that on that recording, only Heard is calling Depp names.

She asked Heard if Depp got her the role in "Aquaman."

Heard denied that claim.

"I got myself that role by auditioning," she said.

Vasquez asked if Heard was jealous of Depp. Heard previously testified that Depp was jealous of Heard working with other actors and taking on sexualized roles in films.

"He's always been very jealous," Heard said.

Heard Took What Depp Said 'With a Big Grain of Addict Salt'

Amber Heard said she would take what Depp said, "with a big grain of addict salt."

Depp was late to Heard's 30th birthday party because he said he had a business meeting.

Heard said she knew Depp said he had a meeting, but she didn't know if he did for sure because "addicts lie."

She added that it was a "big deal" that Depp was late and that she was hurt by this.

After her birthday, Heard drove to Coachella with her friends. In a video played in court, Heard and her friends were shown in the car, set to the song "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones.

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez asked if that was a "message" for Depp.

"No," Heard said. "That is ridiculous."

While at Coachella, Heard testified that she took MDMA and mushrooms and left the festival because she felt sick. She said she left with her entire group.

Starling Jenkins, a driver and security guard for Depp, testified earlier that he picked up Heard alone, took her to 711 and then to the hotel before going back to get the rest of the party.

Heard said Jenkins was wrong.

Vasquez asked if Heard does not remember the night because she was on drugs.

Heard said she remembered everything from that night.

Heard Grilled on Her Drug, Alcohol Use

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez continued her cross-examination after a short morning break, questioning Heard about her continued use of drugs and alcohol while she claims she was concerned about Depp's ongoing substance abuse issues.

Heard said she has only used drugs in Depp's presence on two occasions, once on a plane in Russia in 2013 and during the Hicksville incident. Vasquez pointed to Heard frequently drinking wine in front of Depp.

"I did a lot of changing to support his sobriety," Heard said. "I did everything I could think of."

Vasquez then referenced the couple's original schedule of events for their Bahamas wedding in February of 2015. The original plan was to have drugs on the island with Depp, Vasquez said.

"So, you planned to have drugs at your wedding to someone you characterize as a drug addict?" she asked Heard, the "drug addict, the monster?"

Heard said there were plans to have marijuana on the island but the schedule changed. Heard confirmed that she would use drugs on special occasions, including on her 30th birthday.

Vasquez shows a message Heard sent Depp on the evening of her 30th birthday dinner. In the text, Heard writes, "Hey baby... Bring up something to drink and or a joint?? I'm in if you are...." This was the birthday Heard testified about Monday, where Depp was late.

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Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Brendan Smialowski/Pool photo via AP

Heard's Testimony on Bahamas Fight Contradicts House Manager

Amber Heard and Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez sparred over different accounts of Depp and Heard's trip to the Bahamas in December of 2015.

Heard testified that Depp sexually assaulted her in the bathroom and that she threw something at him while trying to get away.

Vasquez said this account differs from the account of property manager Tara Roberts.

Roberts testified earlier in the trial that Depp was the one trying to escape from Heard.

Heard disagreed with how Roberts characterized the situation, saying Roberts' testimony was "misrepresented."

Roberts said she saw Heard "beg" for Depp to come back but Heard said that was incorrect and that Roberts came into the fight while Depp was holding Heard by her hair.

Vasquez then pointed to Heard's witness statement from the U.K. trial.

She said Heard only claimed Depp sexually assaulted her after hearing Roberts testify that she saw Heard "clawing" at Depp and chasing after him.

Heard said that was not true.

In a recording of Depp and Heard played for the jury, the couple is discussing an incident that happened on that same trip.

Depp said Heard screamed at him in front of his kids for accidently spilling wine on her.

Vasquez pointed out that there was no mention of Depp sexually assaulting Heard.

Heard said that was not the point of that conversation.

"If I had mentioned sexual assault, it would have started another fight," she said.

Jurors Shown Entries From 'Love' Journal

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez showed a series of journal entries from Depp and Heard's journal of "love notes" written in 2015.

Vasquez pointed to entries from Heard sharing her love for Depp and questioning why they keep fighting.

"Happy honeymoon!" she wrote in one entry from July of 2015.

"My love, why do we fight ever?" Heard wrote in August of 2015 to Depp. "Why? I love you more than anything else."

Other entries Vasquez read aloud included Heard apologizing to Depp saying, "I am sorry I can get crazy."

No entries written by Depp were presented during cross-examination.

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Evidence showing notes from US actress Amber Heard appear on a screen during a defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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Jurors were also shown a picture of the couple on a boat in Australia in the journal, taken after the incident. Depp's finger is still seen a cast, weeks after it was cut.

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Heard Pressed on Sequence During Alleged Assault in Australia

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez continues her cross examination of Heard by presenting the knife Heard gifted Depp early in their relationship.

Vasquez recounts Heard testimony that her relationship with Depp began in 2011 and was "magic" for the first year. She also noted that Heard testified that Depp was violent throughout 2012.

Heard said there was a break in the violence in the middle of that year.

Vasquez then showed the knife Heard gifted Depp to the jury.

She asked Heard if this was the knife she gave "the man that was hitting you."

"I wasn't worried that he was going to stab me with it, that's for sure," Heard responded.

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Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp watch as the jury comes into the courtroom after a lunch break at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Amber 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. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Vasquez then pressed Heard on sequence of events from the 2015 Australia trip when Heard alleged Depp smashed a wall-mounted phone and then sexually assaulted her with a broken bottle. Depp alleges Heard threw a bottle at him and cut off his finger.

Photos of the area in the home were shown in court, but neither of them showed the smashed phone or pieces of the phone.

Vasquez reiterated that Ben King, the house manager, testified to not seeing any such phone on the wall.

Heard said she watched Depp smash the phone and said it was her "best guess" that is when he lost his finger.

Vasquez pressed Heard on the sequence of events, saying she testified that Depp smashed the phone, then held her down on a counter by her neck and then assaulted her with a broken bottle.

Heard repeated that she doesn't remember the exact sequence, but that all of those things happened that night.

"I never claimed to remember the exact sequence," she said, adding that it was a "multi-day assault" that was "the worst thing to ever happen to me."

Then, Vasquez showed the photos of the writings on the mirrors taken by Heard and King that day after the alleged assault.

Heard said Depp wrote all of the messages in paint. Vasquez asked why Heard herself was not captured in the photos.

She asked Heard if it was because she has "no visible injuries." Heard said she was just taking pictures of the writing.

Heard described the writing as a "crazy conversation" Depp was having with himself.

Court Resumes Tuesday

Court is back in session Tuesday as Johnny Depp's legal team continues its cross examination of Amber Heard.

Both teams of lawyers are currently speaking with Judge Penney Azcarate before the jury is brought in.

Heard will return to the stand this morning for further questioning.

Heard's Legal Team Bombarded With Negative Reviews

The ongoing trial has ignited debate and a passionate reaction among some factions of the stars' fans, with supporters of each finding creative ways to pledge their allegiance.

However, the legal firm representing Heard has fallen foul of a selection of Depp supporters, who have taken to doling out negative online reviews.

Among the influx of negative reviews for Woods Rogers Attorneys At Law are a slew of comments referencing to the trial and the firm's decision to represent Heard.

While Heard's team are being panned and even mocked on social media, Depp's team and specifically Camille Vasquez, have been praised for the cross-examination of Heard on Monday.

Woods Rogers Attorneys At Law are a successful Virginia-based law firm, founded in 1893. The company was called a "Go-To Law Firm" by Corporate Counsel magazine and their website states that "every year, our attorneys provide hours of pro bono service to nonprofits and legal aid societies."

However, as TikTok user @Leilanidani points out, the reputation of the firm is on the decline according to Google reviews. Her short TikTok video shows a series of 1-star reviews, with some being "totally uncalled for" according to @Leilanidani.

Dozens of 1-star reviews have been left for Woods Rogers Attorneys At Law, with critiques of the team's performance in the current trial.

"Objects to their own question, a firm that can't even do simple mathematics. I'd hire someone else," wrote one supposed reviewer.

Another wrote: "If you're abusive and want someone to defend you then this company is the way to go. They will blindly defend your honor with no evidence what's so ever."

Piers Morgan Weighs In On Trial, Calls Heard a 'Liar'

With the social media landscape being dominated by all snippets of information arising from the trial, Piers Morgan has weighed in, branding Heard a "liar" for her comments about donating $7 million to charity.

On Monday, Depp's team who questioned Heard's claim that she donated her $7 million divorce settlement to multiple charities. Attorney Camille Vasquez and Heard debated the use of the word "donated" as the actress suggested it was synonymous with the term "pledged."

Sharing the exchange on Twitter to his almost 8 million followers, British TV host Morgan gave a damning assessment of Heard's testimony.

"So Amber Heard's a liar," Morgan wrote, "and if she's lying about paying money to charity, why should we believe anything else she says?"

Attached to his tweet is a clip from Law&Crime Network, which shared two minutes of footage from the trial.

It showed the exchange between Heard and Vasquez as they get to the bottom of whether or not Heard had actually "donated" $7 million to ACLU and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles as she had claimed to have done in October 2018.

Amber Heard Appears to Walk Back Broken Nose Allegations

During her first day of cross-examination on Monday, Heard appeared to walk back her claim that Depp broke her nose following the 2014 Met Gala, after the actor's lawyers presented photos of her looking uninjured taken the next day.

Heard was cross-examined by Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez, who grilled the Aquaman star about looking fresh-faced at an event after she alleged that Depp hit her in the face leading her to believe her nose was broken.

The court was shown how the next night, she was photographed at an event to honor the comedian Don Rickles with Depp, with no signs of injury to her nose.

Heard told the court: "For the record, I don't know that it was broken. You should see what it looked like under the makeup."

More photos from the event were shown to the court but Heard urged that Depp "did whack me in the face and I did think it broke my nose."

Vasquez questioned Heard about instances when Heard testified Depp "whacked" her in the face while wearing very large rings on his fingers. The photos shown to the jury were taken in Russia while Heard accompanied Depp to promote The Lone Ranger, and Vasquez pointed out the lack of bruises on Heard's face.

Since the start of the trial, Heard and her attorneys alleged that she used makeup to conceal her bruises. On Monday, she showed the courtroom a makeup palette that she referred to as a "bruise kit," sparking further scrutiny on social media.

Amber Heard calls makeup palette "bruise kit"
Amber Heard is pictured Heard testifying and displaying a makeup kit in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022. POOL/AFP via Getty Images/STEVE HELBER

Key Moments From Heard's Testimony

After a week-long break, court reconvened Monday morning as Amber Heard continued her testimony. Below are three key moments.

Depp Upset Over Sex Scene, Role With James Franco

Depp was "irate" over a sex scene in Heard's film "London Fields," she said during testimony Monday.

Depp "demanded" to watch a screening of the film as he was "unhappy" about some of the scenes, Heard said. Depp was upset over a sex scene that Heard said she unaware of. A body double was used in her place. Depp called Heard a wh**re among other names then slapped her face, punched her "across the jaw" and she recalls "flying into this old church furniture" across the room, Heard said. She thought she suffered a concussion.

Around the same time, Heard was offered a role on a TV series with James Franco and called her consideration of the role a "pressure cooker." The role would possibly require brief nudity which Heard knew she would have to negotiate, and she said Depp didn't want to her to work.

"I called it a week of hell later," she said on the stand Monday.

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Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 16, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Heard Denies Prank of Leaving Feces in Depp's Bed

Heard said she "absolutely" did not commit the so-called prank of leaving feces in Depp's bed.

"First of all, I don't think that's funny, I don't know what grown woman does," Heard testified Monday, calling it "disgusting."

"I was not also in a pranking mood... my life was falling apart. I had just been attacked on my 30th birthday by my violent husband with whom I was desperately in love and knew I needed to leave. It was not really a jovial time. And I don't think that's funny, period."

She explained that Depp's dog Boo ate his weed when she was a puppy and had bowel control issues throughout her life. It was typical for Boo to sleep in bed with Heard and Depp, she said.

Cross-Examination Begins

After several days of direct examination and a week-long break, Depp's team began its cross-examination Monday afternoon.

Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez began the questioning as she sought to prove a lack of evidence of alleged abuse, including non-visible injuries in photos and why Heard didn't seek medical attention after certain alleged incidents.

Depp in court
Actor Johnny Depp arrives into the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 16, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Heard, Vasquez Spar Over 'Pledge' vs. 'Donate'

The day ended with a battle over the difference between "pledging" money and "donating" money to charity.

Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez pressed Heard about her pledge to donate the entirety of her $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

Right after the settlement was reached, Heard said she would give half of the settlement to the ACLU and the other half the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

At the time, Heard said she was making this donation because she "wanted nothing" from Depp.

The full settlement was paid to Heard in full on time and on schedule by October 2018, Vasquez said, before the op-ed and the lawsuit from Depp.

"Sitting here today Ms. Heard, you still haven't donated the $7 million divorce settlement to charity," Vasquez said.

Heard said that was not correct, she pledged the full amount and intended to fulfill that obligation.

Vasquez said that was not her question, she asked if Heard donated, not pledged, the settlement.

Heard said she uses "pledge" and "donate" synonymously.

"But I don't," Vasquez said.

Heard said she has not yet paid the ACLU or the hospital with her own money because "Johnny sued me."

"I have not been able to fulfill those obligations yet," she said.

Vasquez pressed Heard, saying she did not donate the money because she does want something.

"I didn't want anything and I didn't get anything," Heard said.

Vasquez said Heard wanted Depp's money. Heard denied that claim and said she was with Depp because she loved him.

Vasquez said Heard wanted praise and good press for donating the money.

Heard said that was incorrect. She added that it was not her interest to "seem altruistic." Her interest was in clearing her name because at the time she was being called a liar and her motives were being questions, Heard said.

Vasquez then said Heard wanted to remind the public of the domestic abuse allegation against Depp and make those claims seem "believable."

"No, I wanted to move on with my life," Heard said, adding that those claims are believable.

Finally, Vasquez said Heard wanted to be seen as a "noble victim of domestic violence."

This seemed to strike a nerve with Heard.

"I have never wanted to be seen as a victim," she said. "Nor have I ever called myself one."

Vasquez said Heard testified under oath that she donated the entirety of the settlement to charity, but that this claim was untrue.

She said Heard had all of the $7 million for 13 months before Depp sued her and chose not to give it to the charities.

Heard said she disagreed with that characterization.

Court Adjourned

Court has adjourned following another full day of testimony from Amber Heard. Court is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST.

Heard 'Hated' Taking Pictures of Depp Passed Out

Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez questioned why Heard took pictures of her client asleep on multiple occasions.

Heard said she took the photos because she was worried about changes in Depp's medication and/or drug use while he was working with doctors on his usage. The photos were previously shown to the jury.

Vasquez told Heard that she "seem[ed] to like taking pictures of Depp while he was sleeping. Heard said she "hated," it and clarified Depp was passed out or nodding off from drug use, not asleep.

"This was opioid Johnny... this is a different version of him," Heard said.

Vasquez then referenced the video shown during direct examination earlier Monday of Depp slamming kitchen cabinets. She questioned if Heard had released that video, as it hit the internet the day before Depp's deposition during divorce proceedings in 2016. Heard she did not and "wouldn't even know how to do" something like that.

Heard on stand
Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 16, 2022, as Actor Johnny Depp listens. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Heard Did Not Seek Medical Treatment After Alleged Rape

Depp's attorney continued to press Heard on her lack of documented physical injuries after alleged abuse incidents at the hands of Depp.

Heard testified that Depp kneeled on her back before a premiere in Tokyo in 2015.

She also testified that she was checking for bruises in the car on the way to the "Mortdecai" premiere. Heard was wearing a backless dress.

Heard said she "misspoke" earlier, claiming she was checking for bruises after the premiere.

Camille Vasquez asked if there are any visible marks or bruises. There were none.

During a trip to Australia in March 2015, Heard testified that she had cuts on her forearms and on the bottom of her feet, a bruise on her jaw where Depp "clocked" her in the face.

There no photos of those injuries.

Heard also testified that Depp raped her with a broken liquor bottle, and she was bleeding from her vagina.

Vasquez then asked if Heard sought medical treatment after that trip. Heard said no.

Heard said she "didn't want to tell anyone" about the rape and "didn't need to" see medical attention for the cuts on her face.

Vasquez also asked Heard about her earlier testimony that she broke her nose after an incident on December 15, 2015.

"It certainly felt like it," Heard said.

According to a transcript from trial, Heard said she thought she probably had a concussion, "certainly had a broken nose," that there was blood everywhere, that her head was bleeding from where Depp ripped hair out of her hair.

"That's what I thought," Heard said.

Heard also claimed she had two black eyes, a "busted lip" from where Depp punched her and bruising around her temple.

Vasquez then pulled up a video clip and photos form The Late Late Show with James Corden on December 16, 2015.

The next set of photos presented to the jury show the cover of a People Magazine in June 2016.

The photo on the cover is of Heard's face after she alleges Depp hit her in the face.

Vasquez asked if Heard sent those photos to People. Heard denied this and said she gave those photos to her lawyers.

"This was you protecting Mr. Depp after getting a restraining order against him, wasn't it?" Vasquez asked Heard.

Heard said this was "him calling me a liar and me forcing to prove it."

Depp's Attorney Shows Photos, Questions Lack of Visible Injuries

Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez began the first few minutes of her cross-examination showing a series of pictures following incidents of alleged abuse against Depp and pointing out that Heard's injuries were not visible.

Vasquez asked Heard about various incidents where she claims Depp "whacked" her in the face while wearing rings. One photo showed a bruise on Heard's arm, others were from Russia when she and Depp were promoting "Lone Ranger" in 2013.

Depp's attorney then showed pictures from the 2014 Met Gala where Heard believed her nose was broken because Depp hit her so hard.

"You should see what it looked like underneath the makeup," Heard said to Vasquez while she showed a picture from an event the following day.

Vasquez told Heard that she's in court because Depp "finally told the world" that he is a victim of domestic violence. Heard said that she could "never hurt Johnny" and found it hard to believe that Depp would call himself a victim given their relationship.

"I thought it would be crazy to do given what we went through," Heard testified, saying he beat her up for five years.

Cross Examination of Heard Begins

After an afternoon break and a long sidebar with the judge, Depp's legal team begins its cross examination of Amber Heard.

Camille Vasquez is leading the cross examination. She noted that Depp has not looked at Heard once during the trial.

"You know why he won't look at you," Vasquez said. "He told you you would never see his eyes again."

An audio was played from a meeting in San Francisco in the summer of 2016 in which Depp tells heard "you will never see my eyes again."

Cross Examination of Heard
US actor Johnny Depp talks to attorney Ben Chew in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court 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

Heard's 'Aquaman 2' Role Cut Down After Abuse Claims

Heard testified that her career and emotional well-being were damaged after Depp's pushback against her abuse allegations. Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft referred to three statements made by Depp's former attorney Adam Waldman which were used in various articles, calling the abuse allegations against Depp a hoax.

Heard said it was so "absurd" because she and Depp lived through it and she narrowly survived," citing "mountains of evidence."

Heard explained that she lost career opportunities after the statements were used in various articles. Those included a campaign with L'Oréal, publicity events for tv series "The Stand" and communication stopped in preparation for "Aquaman 2." Heard was slated to earn $2 million for starring in "Aquaman 2," she said, recalling fighting "really hard" to stay in the movie. Heard said "a bunch" of her scenes were taken away and new script versions included less and less of her character. Since the articles were published, Heard said she has landed one role in a small independent film called Into The Fire, filmed in Guatemala earlier this year.

Heard said Waldman's statements still impact her emotionally on a daily basis, as it forces her to "relive" the most "painful" and "embarrassingly intimate details" she never wanted to be public.

"I just wanted him [Depp] to leave me alone, move on with my life," she said. "I have a baby, I want to move on. I want Johnny to move on too."

Heard Says Institutions Protected Depp, Tried to Fire Her

Amber Heard said she experienced first-hand how institution protect men accused of abuse, as detailed in her op-ed.

After obtaining the domestic violence restraining order against Depp by providing testimony and evidence as proof, Heard said everyone, including the media and film studios, was ready to support Depp and fire her.

She said decision makers in the film industry, who did not know about her marriage, made comments about her, dropped her from campaigns and made it difficult for her to find work.

Heard said she was harassed on a daily basis and faced death threat.

"There was no parity" for Depp, she said.

Heard testified that she had no ill will or bad intentions against Depp by writing and publishing the op-ed.

"It was not about Johnny," she said. "The only one who thought it was about Johnny was Johnny.

"It was about me," she continued. "It's about what happened to me after Johnny. It's about what happened to me after I escaped my marriage. It's about me and my life and what I endured once I moved on with my life."

Heard Agreed to Op-Ed to Weigh in on Gender-Based Violence

Heard said she agreed to participate in the 2018 ACLU op-ed because she "believed in the cause the op-ed seeks to advance."

She said there was a lot of attention and energy around gender-based issues and gender-based violence at the time and she recently became an ambassador for the ACLU on this topic.

"I was looking forward to lending my voice to what I thought was a great cause," she said.

Heard said she wanted to raise awareness around the issues mentioned and contribute to legislation reform and the greater cultural conversation around gender issues.

"I was happy to weigh in on what I saw as the unique phenomenon that women experience in our culture when they come forward against someone more powerful, when speak up against gender-based violence," she said.

When asked whether the op-ed release was intended to boost ticket sales for "Aquaman," Heard said "it doesn't work like that."

"A major franchise is not aided by the publication of an op-ed in the Washington Post," she said.

Heard said she hoped for the opposite; that the publicity of the movie would bring awareness to the issues discussed in the op-ed.

The ACLU wrote the first draft of the piece, Heard said. She added that she did not want to name or reference Depp in the story.

At the time, Heard said she sought the advice of an attorney because she didn't want to get into any legal issues.

She said she did not want Depp to retaliate against her and "prove her point" made in the op-ed that women face backlash when they speak out against someone more powerful.

Heard took all of the advice from her attorney, including edit suggestions for the op-ed, she testified.

She did not write the headline for the op-ed and noted that "every word" of the piece is true.

Heard Says Career Took 'Major Hit' After Restraining Order

After her divorce from Johnny Depp was finalized in Feb. 2017, Amber Heard said she had to "fight really hard" to keep her career.

She said she lost opportunities, was dropped from campaigns and had to fight to keep her job in "Justice League" and later "Aquaman."

Heard was able to keep her "Justice League" job through hard work and good will, she said.

She said her career "took a major hit" when she got her restraining order against Depp.

In the joint separation agreement following Heard and Depp's divorce, there is a line that said, "neither party made false accusation for financial gain" and there was "never any intend of physical or emotional harm."

There is also a line stating that Heard "wishes the best for Johnny in the future."

Heard said this section meant "everything" to her. She said by signing the agreement, Depp acknowledged that she had not made false claims and that her allegations were not false.

She thought signing this would signal that she was not a "liar" or a "gold digger," as was alleged at the time.

'I Was Begging Not To Do This,' Heard Says of Case

Heard said she tried to stop Depp's "smear campaign," saying she did not want to pursue legal action and prove the alleged abuse.

"I was trying to get him to call it off," she explained. "He was calling me a liar and he was forcing me to prove it. I knew it wasn't gonna be good for him and I kept saying don't make me prove it, I don't want to."

Depp told Heard that he would ruin her professional career and she would end up "selling Depends," she testified. However, Depp continued to engage with the press despite Heard's calls to call the so-called campaign off, she said.

"I was begging Johnny to not make me prove what I've had to sit on the stand in front of all of you and prove and talk about," she continued. "I was begging not to do this. I didn't want this, I didn't wanna be here."

Depp said he would "back off" if Heard agreed to do certain things, like drop charges and get back together and tour with him, she said. Audio recordings were played between Depp and Heard, where she says there is documentation of the alleged abuse including in pictures and text messages.

"I didn't want to get him in trouble," she emotionally said on the stand. "I don't want anything from him, just don't call me a liar, just don't say this isn't real, because I'm the walking proof of it," she testified.

"I come from nothing. All I have is my integrity. All I have is my name. That's exactly what he promised to take away from me."

Heard on stand
Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 16, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Heard Explains Technique for Covering Bruises

Amber Heard went through her makeup routine and discussed how she covers up bruises.

Every morning, Heard said she puts on moisturizer with tinted foundation, foundation with sunscreen and concealer.

Heard said that previous testimony that she does not wear makeup was untrue.

"They don't know what they are talking about," she said. "I always wear makeup."

If she has a bruise, Heard said she used a special cream, more foundation and concealer and a color correction kit.

"No woman wants to walk around with a bruise on her face," she said.

Heard then described how the coloration of bruises change. In court, Heard held up a color correction kit. This was not the kit she said she uses.

Amber Heard Bruising
US actress Amber Heard testifies and displays a makeup kit in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court 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

Depending on the color of the bruise, Heard said she covers it up with a color that sits opposite on the color wheel.

The bruise starts off red, so she uses green color correction. Then when it becomes more purple, she said she uses more red or orange tone. The bruise then becomes brown and yellow.

She said day two is the "trickiest" because the bruise is the most sensitive when touched.

"Bruising on your face tends to heal faster, at least for me, than bruises on my body," she said. "A nose is pretty much unrecognizable after a day or two depending on how much you ice it."

Heard added that lip bruises are the hardest to cover up because they crack and bleed, saying that they can be covered up with lipstick.

Heard Was 'Conflicted' About Filing for Divorce

Before the lunch break, Amber Heard described filing for divorce as "the hardest thing I ever had to do."

She said she worked hard to make the relationship work.

"I did everything I could possibly do, and it didn't work," she said.

Heard said she was "conflicted" because she knew she had to leave Depp but it was "hard" because she loved him so much.

She said ultimately filed for divorce because she said she "knew I wouldn't survive if I didn't leave him."

"I knew if I didn't, I'd likely not literally survive," she testifies. "I was scared it was going to end really badly for me."

Heard said the "monster" and the "violence" became normal, not the exception.

"I believe he would have taken it too far and I wouldn't be here," she said.

Heard filed for a domestic violence temporary restraining order because she was scared of Depp.

She said she wanted to change her locks and get a good night's sleep, but security would let Depp into the building, no matter how many times she begged them not to.

Heard said she was having panic attacks, losing hair and weight and getting sick.

She said she was conflicted because "the person I was scared of was also person I was in love with."

Court Resumes After Lunch

Court has resumed after the lunch break.

Amber Heard has returned to the stand to continue direct examination from her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft.

Cross-examination is expected to begin later.

Court Back from Lunch
US actress Amber Heard stands as the jury leaves the courtroom for a lunch break at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court 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

Lunch Break

Court is taking a one-hour lunch break and is scheduled to reconvene at 1:40 p.m. EST as Amber Heard continues her testimony.

Spilled Wine, Broken Glass Seen in Depp's Penthouse

Jurors were shown pictures of damage following the incident at Depp's penthouses at the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles.

Photos showed broken glass, mostly from paintings that had been destroyed, Heard testified. Other photos showed spilled wine on the floor after Depp used the wine bottle as a "bat" of sorts, Heard said.

Another photo was shown of Heard's sentimental items, including some from childhood, across the floor. Heard said they appeared to have been "dumped" out.

Elaine Bredehoft asked about the police response following the incident. Heard said she refused to cooperate with officers and didn't share Depp's identification because she didn't want to "get him in trouble."

"I did not want them to arrest Johnny," she said. "I didn't want this to happen. I didn't want any of this to happen."

Heard Says Depp Threw Phone at Her Face

Amber Heard recalled an incident at her apartment in May 2016, after a month of not seeing Depp.

She said Depp called her and was talking about having scientific and DNA analysis done on the feces left in his bed.

Heard said she thought Depp was "out of his mind" and that his drinking problem had not gotten better. Depp's mother Betty Sue had also recently died.

Depp met Heard at their penthouse to talk and so Heard could clarify that she was not involved in the feces incident, saying it "did not make sense" that her or her friends would do that.

She then called friends to "quell delusions" Depp was having.

During a call with IO Tillett Wright, Heard said Depp was screaming and calling IO names.

IO then told Heard that she wasn't safe and that she should leave the house immediately, Heard said.

Depp heard this and got more angry, Heard said. Depp continued to scream at IO and call him "every imaginable name you could call an LGBTQIA person." Depp accused IO of wanting to steal Heard from him and then threw the phone at Heard's face, Heard testified.

A physical altercation ensured and Heard's friend Raquel Pennington, who lived next door, came in to get in the middle of Depp and Heard.

After Depp and his security guards left, Heard testified that the police were called to the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles.

She said she felt "panicked" and called her entertainment attorney who referred her to a domestic relationship attorney.

When the police arrived, Heard said she told them she refused to cooperate at the advice of her attorney.

She testified that she did not cooperate or file a police report because she wanted to protect Depp.

"I didn't want him to be in trouble," she said. I didn't want the world to know."

Heard said her friend took photos of Heard's face and the state of the apartment, showing damage she claims Depp did during the incident. Photos were taken before, after and during the officer's visit, Heard said.

Heard Recalls Meeting Elon Musk at Met Gala

After a morning break, Heard talked about attending the Met Gala in 2016.

She said she and Depp had not had any physical contact between April 21 and May 21, 2016.

Heard and Depp were invited to the Met Gala and dressed by Ralph Lauren.

Heard said she did not have a phone and was not sure if or when Depp would show up to the event. She said no one from Depp's team would talk to her.

Depp never showed up, Heard said, and she walked the red carpet alone.

At the Gala, Heard said she met Elon Musk. She described him as "really nice" and "a gentleman," and said the two struck up a friendship after that.

Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft then pulled up notes from Depp and Heard's former nurse Erin Falati.

Heard denied several notes Falati made.

She testified that she was not doing drugs with a "high-profile male acquaintance" at her apartment in May 2016, claiming her was in London.

Heard also denied she had a history of substance abuse or that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, an eating disorder or co-dependency issues.

Heard Denies Prank of Leaving Feces in Depp's Bed

Attorney Elaine Bredehoft asked her client about the so-called prank of leaving feces in Depp's bed.

Heard said she "absolutely" did not commit a prank, calling it "disgusting."

"First of all, I don't think that's funny, I don't know what grown woman does," Heard testified Monday.

"I was not also in a pranking mood... my life was falling apart. I had just been attacked on my 30th birthday by my violent husband with whom I was desperately in love and knew I needed to leave. It was not really a jovial time. And I don't think that's funny, period. That's disgusting."

Heard said Depp's dog Boo had "bathroom issues." She explained that Boo ate Depp's weed when she was a puppy and had bowel control issues throughout her life. It was typical for Boo to sleep in bed with Heard and Depp, she said.

Heard and attorney
Actor Amber Heard talks to her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 16, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool / AP Photo

Depp Seen in Video Slamming, Breaking Cabinets

Jurors were shown a video of Depp slamming and breaking kitchen cabinets one morning. Heard said she started the recording because she was "afraid."

Heard recalled receiving a "cryptic" text message from Depp and went into his main house in West Hollywood.

In the video, Depp appears agitated, repeatedly says "mother f**ker" and kicks kitchen cabinets. Heard asked Depp what happened as he is seen walking around wearing sunglasses and a hat. Depp then swings open kitchen cabinets as he grabs a wine glass, slamming the cabinet door and breaking its glass.

"Nothing happened this morning, you know that?" Heard says to Depp. "I just woke up and you were so sweet and nice. We were not even fighting this morning, I just said sorry."

Depp got a second wine glass and says to Heard, "did something happen to you this morning?" throwing a glass. "I don't think so. You wanna see crazy? I'll give you f**king crazy."

Depp pours a glass of wine and notices the recording device Heard had on the table.

"Oh, you got this going?" he said, grabbing the device.

The recording then stopped.

Depp Called in Staff to 'Back Him Up,' Heard Says

Amber Heard said Johnny Depp would use his "loyal staff" to back him up in their fights.

She said he would threaten to call in his friends and paid staffers to validate him that Heard was in the wrong.

"So I knew and would accept that I was at fault and I'm wrong," she testified. "And that was what I had to agree to."

Heard said Depp's "MO" was to call in people to "back him up."

Depp in Court Week Six
Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp watch as the jury comes into the courtroom after a break at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022. - Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court 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

Heard Said She 'Reactively' Hit Depp During Fights

Heard said Depp would pass out and vomit regularly when he drank.

An audio was played in which the couple are arguing over whether heard hit Depp.

In the recording, Heard said "I didn't f***ing hit you."

On the stand, Heard said there was a disparity between her and Depp in their physical fights.

She said Depp "proactively punched" her and she had to resort to "reactively hitting him."

"I am talking about the difference between a punch, which Johnny did often, and me having to hit him in my defense," she said.

Heard said Depp would blame her for his inability to understand and him misunderstandings interactions.

She said she was scared and blamed herself for her part in the fights and for "putting up with" the abuse.

"It felt better to take the blame than to accept the senseless violence that I can't change," she said. "No matter what I did, he still hit me."

Depp Upset Over Sex Scene, Role With James Franco

Heard said Depp was "irate" while watching a screening of her film London Fields over a sex scene where her body double appeared, saying he slapped her face and "pushed" or "threw" her across the room.

Heard called the film a source of a "a lot of fighting" between she and Depp.

Depp "demanded" to watch a screening of the film in late summer of 2015, as he was "unhappy" about some of the scenes, Heard said during testimony. They watched a screening at in Depp's chateau in France when a sex scene began that Heard said she unaware of. A body double was used in her place.

Heard told Depp that she didn't film it, but he was "upset" and called her a wh**re among other names. He then slapped her face, punched her "across the jaw" and she recalls "flying into this old church furniture" across the room, she testified. She thought she suffered a concussion.

Amid the screening, Heard was offered a role on a TV series with James Franco and called her consideration of the role a "pressure cooker." The role would possibly require brief nudity which Heard knew she would have to negotiate, and she said Depp didn't want to her to work.

"I called it a week of hell later," she said on the stand Monday.

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Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 16, 2022. Steve Helber, Pool/AP Photo

Heard Recalls First Act of Physical Violence

Amber Heard is back on the stand to finish direct examination by her legal team.

She said the first act of physical violence by Johnny Depp occurred in 2012.

"It changes your life forever," she said. "You never forget the first time someone hits you like that. I just get the date wrong."

Earlier, Heard testified that the first argument over the "wino forever" tattoo happened in 2013.

She was able to clarify the date by looking over therapy notes.

Heard said she wanted to believe she was not hit so early in the relationship with Depp.

"The violence was almost normal," she said. "The brain does with trauma what it does, puts it away the best it can."

Heard then said she and Depp began recording arguments to "get to the heart" of their communication issues in a "therapeutic" way.

In audio, Heard often says the word "couch." She said this was a safe word that the couple would say as a "truce" to stop fighting.

Heard Back on Stand
Actor Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court 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

WATCH: Depp, Heard Trial Resumes

The trial is about to begin at 9 a.m. EST Monday morning.

Amber Heard is expected to be back on the stand for more direct examination from her legal team.

Amber Heard releases statement before return to court — "Truth is not on Depp's side"

A spokesperson for Heard has released a statement this morning ahead of the continuation of the trial.

"There's an old saying by trial lawyers: when the facts are on your side, argue the facts. When the facts are not on your side, pound away on the podium. Today, we expect Depp's attorneys will instead pound away on the victim," Heard's representative said. "We fear it will be equal parts shameful and desperate. And, the overwhelming evidence -- the truth -- is not on Depp's side."

In the statement sent to Newsweek, they also confirmed they expect Heard's cross-examination to begin later today after the direct questioning from her own legal team has concluded.

Further elaborating on their predictions from Depp's team, they said, "The one thing we suspect Depp's attorneys will avoid is the central issue of this trial: does Amber or any woman have the First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech."

Attached to the statement was a link to a document from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). The five-page publicly available document is titled, "Who is Doing What to Whom? Determining the Core Aggressor in Relationships Where Domestic Violence Exists."

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the NCADV
Amber Heard's team released a statement including a link to a document published by the NCADV prior to Day 16 of the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial. AFP via Getty Images / NCADV

Heard reportedly fired her PR team part-way through the trial as a result of receiving overwhelmingly negative headlines, according to the New York Post. She parted company with PR firm Precision Strategies and is now working with consulting firm Shane Communications.

How Depp vs. Heard has been covered across social media

With no new information, testimony or revelations to discuss over the past week, social media has been left to its own devices with Depp vs. Heard.

TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and alike seem to be filled with more supporters of Depp than Heard, with the hashtags supporting the Pirates of the Caribbean actor far outweighing those in favor of the Aquaman actress. Even TikTok trends mocking Heard's testimony have went viral during the break.

When people do speak out in support of Heard, like her friend Eve Barlow did, the comment sections are quickly filled with retorts from Depp's supporters.

The extensive interest in the Depp vs. Heard trial has led to a rise in self-styled sleuths on Instagram that present "facts" which are overwhelmingly biased towards Depp. There are examples of resurfaced audio featuring private conversations between Depp and Heard being posted online where key context is missing which greatly favors one party over another.

Many have spoken out in support of Heard too, with Julia Fox seemingly the latest celebrity to back her. Some supported Fox's strong comments but she's also been widely panned online.

During the extended break in the trial, journalist Lucia Osborne-Crowley addressed the many Depp supporters on social media. Her tweet went viral and has since been quoted and widely shared.

With the court reconvening today and Heard expected to take the stand once again, no doubt social media will once again share its own take on proceedings.

Heard and Depp get the SNL treatment

Lorne Michaels and the Saturday Night Live cast never shy away from the big news stories so it was only a matter of time before they parodied the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial. The cold open skit received negative reactions online with some calling it "late," "ignorant" and "unfunny."

The sketch featured Kyle Mooney as a smirking Johnny Depp, Kate McKinnon as MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, and Keenan Thompson as a member of the house staff who discovered the "alleged fecal matter on Mr. Depp's bed." The video of the sketch posted to YouTube has already amassed over 4 million views.

Sex and culture critic Ella Dawson was particularly scathing in her assessment of SNL's attempt to address the news topic. Dawson criticized the show for repeating "false claims" about Depp's finger an the defecating in the bed incident.

"In twenty years people are going to look back at this trial and all of the media coverage and be disgusted." Dawson added, "Some of us are already disgusted."

What to expect from Day 16 of Depp vs. Heard

The Depp vs. Heard trial is expected to pick up in a similar fashion to where Day 15 ended, with Heard giving testimony from the witness stand. Once the one week break began, statements were released by both Depp and Heard's representatives criticizing their opposition.

During week 4, Heard spent two days describing detailed accounts of abuse from her relationship with Depp. She told the jury about multiple incidents of physical abuse she allegedly received from Depp.

When Heard returns to the stand on Monday, she is expected to be cross-examined by Depp's legal team who will begin their own questioning of her testimony.

Legal experts told Newsweek there were seven questions to look out for in the forthcoming cross-examination of Heard.

  • Sexual Violence
  • Plane Incident
  • Covering Bruises
  • Heard Taunting Depp
  • Kate Moss
  • Admission of Violence
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement

Click here for the full article detailing these predicted talking points.

Looking ahead to the rest of week 6 of the case and Depp is also set to be recalled to the witness stand as part of Heard's team's case, according to the Law & Crime Network.

A list of witnesses called upon by Heard's team were published in court records, with celebrities like James Franco, Elon Musk and actress Ellen Barkin called upon. It is believed Musk and Franco will not be testifying but Barkin, whom Depp was involved romantically involved with the '90s, will testify. As part of Heard's case, her sister Whitney Henriquez will also testify.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard outside court
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will return to Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia as their defamation case continues on Monday, May 16, 2022. Cliff Owen/Getty Images

Depp Vs. Heard trial returns for Day 16 after week-long break

Everyone involved with, and everyone invested in the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial got a chance to catch their breath last week as court was adjourned for the week. The break was pre-planned as Judge Penney S. Azcarate attended to a previously scheduled conference engagement.

Despite there being no developments or revelations from inside the Fairfax County courtroom in Virginia, the trial was continually discussed in the news, on social media and even on Saturday Night Live.

Before the hiatus, Depp's legal team rested their case after 13 days of deliberation before Heard's team had a chance to make their defense.

Heard's team called Dr. Dawn Hughes to the stand before we Heard herself gave testimony. This week we are expecting to hear more from Heard who will face cross-examination from Depp's lawyers.

While dozens of people have already testified on behalf of Depp, dozens more people are expected to be called to the stand as witnesses by Heard's team.

All events from Day 16 of the court case will be livestreamed by the Law&Crime Network YouTube channel.