As Amber Heard took to the stand in the libel case against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp, his legal team accused her of giving “the performance of her life” as she claimed he was violent and sexually abusive.
Amber, 36, shared harrowing testimony with the court of her life with the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
The actor is suing his ex-wife for defamation following her Washington Post op-ed about experiencing domestic violence, and while she didn't name the alleged perpetrator, Johnny launched a $50m libel lawsuit against her, claiming the article damaged his career and prevented him from getting roles.
In a Fairfax Virginia courtroom, the actress gave evidence that Johnny, 58, put a bottle “inside of” her in an alleged evening of alcohol-fuelled rage and violence.
She also alleged that Johnny “threw” cans and bottles of beer at her at their rented Australia home whilst he was filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Johnny Depp denies ever sexually or physically assaulting Amber.
Following Amber’s testimony, a spokesman for the actor told The Mirror: “As [his] counsel predicted in their opening statements last month Ms Heard did indeed deliver ‘the performance of her life’ in her direct examination.
"While Ms Heard’s stories have continued to grow new and convenient details, Mr Depp’s recollections have remained exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her first allegations were made.
"His truth – the truth – is the same no matter the environment in which it has been presented.
"The upcoming cross-examination from Mr Depp’s team will be most telling and will highlight the many fallacies Ms Heard has now attempted to pass off as fact throughout her convoluted testimony."
In response to Johnny’s team’s statement, a spokesman for Amber told the publication: “As evidenced by the statement released, Mr Depp’s defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor.
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"They boast that Mr Depp’s story has not changed. If so, since he lost the Domestic Violence Restraining Order and he resoundingly lost the libel case in the UK, perhaps he should consider a new strategy rather than the recycled approach of attacking the victim and refusing to take responsibility for his own conduct.
"Mr Depp's behaviour in this trial has been as pitiful as it was in their marriage.
"Apparently, they feel they must double-down on their demonstrably losing two-part strategy: distract the jury and demonise the victim."
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