In a videotaped testimony played outside a Virginia courtroom on Tuesday, a former mutual friend of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard described the actor making a comment about marital abuse shortly after the couple’s Caribbean coast wedding.
“As we were returning from the ceremony … I was walking with Johnny and congratulating him on doing it, that they did,” iO Tillett Wright said in the footage, dated March 10. “And then he said, ‘They were married; now I can punch her in the face and nobody can do anything about it.’”
The revelation about Depp’s apparent prank came as his $ 50 million libel suit against Heard, centered on his ex-wife’s domestic violence allegations, reached its seventeenth day.
Depp and Heard threw a wedding party for friends and family on Depp’s private island in February 2015, starting a marriage that quickly fell apart.
Wright, a multi-hyphenated producer, became friends with Heard and later Depp while working as a photographer for The New York Times about a decade ago, he said, describing himself as a one-time confidant to every actor.
She described a toxic relationship in which Depp would regularly downplay Heard, dismissing her career as based solely on her looks, and Heard verbally avenging herself.
Wright was clear he had never seen Depp hit Heard. But he said he witnessed some of the apparent side effects, such as a tuft of blonde hair on the carpet, allegedly ripped off by Depp during a fight. He also said he saw Depp throw “glasses and dishes” at Heard, “which I would call violent,” Wright said.
Depp claims he never physically hurt Heard or any other woman. In response, Heard is fighting him back for $ 100 million.
The couple’s divorce was finalized in January 2017. In 2020, after Depp’s former lawyer Adam Waldman began attacking Heard’s domestic violence allegations as a “hoax,” Wright said he saw Heard “retire. “.
“Amber has become isolated, besieged and extraordinarily distressed,” he said.
Heard had testified about Depp’s team’s attacks on his credibility earlier in the day when Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez completed his cross-examination.
Heard, like Depp, was tested over the course of four days in total.
“Just look at me up. You’ll see,” she said after Vasquez accused her of having no evidence that Depp’s team conducted what Heard called an “orchestrated smear campaign” against her.
Over the course of the libel trial, Depp’s supporters were arguably the loudest group, with fans showing up outside the courtroom to cheer on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star as he arrives every day since the proceedings began. in April.
While the cause is objectively complex in reality, it is not so on social media, where Johnny Depp is portrayed as a victim of poisonous lies being heralded by someone less famous than himself. Popular hashtags include #AmberHeardIsALiar and #AmberTurd, a reference to the part of Depp’s testimony in which he said he said Heard defecated on his side of their bed to get revenge on him. (Heard blamed the couple’s aging dogs.) Countless moments from the trial, which was streamed live, provided days and days of mineable content and memes.
In her testimony, Heard suggested that a campaign against her predates the current trial by years, claiming that one of Depp’s attorneys had a connection with TMZ and provided celebrity news and gossip site information to make her look ugly. including the audio recording in which Heard admits beating up Depp and telling him he was “fine”.
His time on the witness stand ended after a lengthy battle between Elaine Bredehoft, one of Heard’s attorneys, and Vasquez, which he broke off with almost continuous objections to Bredehoft’s interrogation, necessitating several exasperated sidebars with the judge.
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