He said, she said: The novels from Depp and Heard rarely match

FAIRFAX, Virginia (AP) – There isn’t much room for middle ground yet in testimony from Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife.

One of them is lying.

Heard was not yet done telling the jury her side of things. Her testimony will continue on May 16 once the trial – which has already spanned four weeks – resumes after a week-long break. Then you’ll face what one can safely assume would be a fierce questioning in a case where both sides used scorched-earth tactics dating back years when the lawsuit was first filed.

Deb Heard is suing Virginia for defamation over an op-ed she wrote in December 2018 in the Washington Post describing herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” The article did not mention Depp by name, but his attorney says the article discredits him though because it clearly refers to the highly publicized allegations that Heard made when she filed for divorce in 2016 and obtained a temporary restraining order against him.

Depp says he never physically abused Heard, while Heard says she was assaulted on more than a dozen occasions.

Below are summaries of some of the incidents and their disparate accounts.

First time

Heard says the first time Depp hit her was in 2013, when she made the mistake of laughing at one of his tattoos. Heard said there were older tattoos she couldn’t draw, and Depp told her he said “Winno.”

In fact, it was said to be “Winona Forever,” a tattoo that Depp got when he was dating actor Winona Ryder. It was changed to “Wino Forever” when they broke up.

Heard said she laughed, and Depp responded by slapping her. I laughed, thinking the slap must have been a joke. Depp responded by slapping her two more times, with the third slap upsetting Heard.

“It was very stupid, very trivial,” Heard told the jury. “I thought it was a joke.”

While Depp was on the stage, he completely denied that this had happened.

He said, “It didn’t happen.” “Why would I take such a severe insult to someone making fun of tattoos on my body? This claim made no sense to me.”

finger and bourbon bottle

Both parties say the worst violence occurred in March 2015 in Australia, when Depp was filming the fifth film, “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Heard said Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle of alcohol — for the first time on Thursday, she recognized a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon as an offending device after she said she saw a picture of the distinctive square bottle — as part of an alcohol-filled rage. She said Heard came to Australia after filming her own movie, and Depp immediately accused her of sleeping with her co-stars.

Depp, for his part, said he was a victim of violence. He testified that Heard was angered by efforts by Depp’s lawyers to get her to sign a post-nuptial agreement, as well as the fact that Depp had not been keeping promises of sobriety that would satisfy Heard.

He said he got away with the controversy by pouring himself a drink, at which point Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him. Depp said he responded by pouring another drink, and this time Heard threw another bottle of vodka at him that bumped into his hand while she was resting on a table and cut off the tip of his middle finger.

Post-accident photos show that Depp wrote lewd letters to his wife smeared with blood on the walls of the house. Jurors also saw contemporary text messages Depp sent to others in which he said he had cut off his finger. Depp said he made up that story to protect Heard and avoid police interference.

Alcohol and drugs

Although not a specific incident, Depp and Heard painted very different pictures of Depp’s drug and alcohol use.

Heard said it was drugs and alcohol – along with terrified jealousy – that turned him from the man she loved to the “monster” who feared for her life. She said he concealed his drug and alcohol use from her and his family, but that his behavior indicated that he was high or drunk, often to the point of dissociation.

Johnny on speed is very different from Johnny on opioids. Johnny’s on opioids is very different from Adderall and Johnny’s cocaine, and he’s very different from Quaaludes Johnny, but I had to really pay attention to the different versions of it,” Heard said.

In fact, Heard’s system’s denial of physical abuse lacks credibility in part because he will faint and forget what he did.

For his part, Depp admitted that he became addicted at one point to oxycodone and underwent a detox in 2014. But he said the allegations of uncontrolled drug and alcohol use are starkly bombastic.

“I’ve always had a high tolerance for alcohol,” he said in his testimony. “I’ve never been physically addicted to alcohol.”