Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard: Biggest Bombshells and Revelations from the Defamation Trial

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have both had their text messages and audio recordings made public as he sues her for defamation over an article she wrote about surviving domestic abuse

Private details about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's relationship are being aired out in court, including what their former marriage counselor describes as "mutual abuse" between the stars.

Depp, 58, sued Heard, 36, for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she opened up about surviving domestic violence. He originally filed the $50 million lawsuit back in 2019 but it was delayed due to the pandemic, until a jury was selected on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, and opening statements began the following day. She is countersuing for defamation, seeking $100 million in damages for portraying her allegations as a "hoax."

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Back in November 2020, Depp lost his highly publicized U.K. libel lawsuit case against British tabloid The Sun for calling him a "wife-beater." The court upheld the outlet's claims as being "substantially true" and Heard testified to back up the claims. In March 2021, his attempt to overturn the decision was overruled.

In this case, however, he sued Heard directly.

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The pair met while making the 2011 movie The Rum Diary and later wed in 2015. They broke up in May 2016 when Heard sought a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abusing her. Depp denied the claims, and they settled their divorce out of court in August 2016.

Depp has testified that his "goal is the truth" as he seeks to clear his name in the trial, which has been televised live via various outlets. Ahead of the trial, Heard said in a statement that "hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny. I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world."

Read on for some of the biggest revelations in the trial and check back for updates as the six-week proceedings continue. Closing arguments are set for Friday, May 27, with the jury to begin deliberation that afternoon.

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Actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 21, 2022. - Depp is suing ex-wife Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. US actress Amber Heard speaks to her attorney at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 19, 2022. - US actor Johnny Depp is suing ex-wife Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse.

Heard accuses Depp of sexual assault

While much of the evidence included in this case was already made public in the 2020 U.K. case, Heard's allegation of sexual assault along with other forms of domestic abuse was not known widely until opening statements.

The Aquaman actress' attorney Ben Rottenborn told the courtroom Heard suffered domestic abuse by Depp that "took many forms," including physical, emotional, verbal and psychological. He added that she "did suffer sexual violence at the hands of Depp. ... You will hear in the most graphic and horrifying terms about the violence that she suffered. You'll hear that straight from her. She will get on the stand and she will tell you that. It happened."

A spokesperson for Depp denied the allegation, calling it "fictitious" and "for the purpose of Hollywood shock value of which Amber has mastered and used to exploit a serious social movement."

One of the more harrowing alleged incidents involved Heard being repeatedly penetrated in her vagina with a bottle by Depp in Australia, she testified. "I can't believe I have to do this," she said, breaking down on the stand when asked by her lawyer to describe the scenario in graphic detail as Depp looked on from his seat in the courtroom.

Depp previously texted about Heard's "rotting corpse"

Many of Depp and Heard's past texts have been read aloud to the jury. One of those was an October 2016 exchange between Depp and his longtime friend Isaac Baruch, when Depp wrote, "Hopefully that c---'s rotting corpse is decomposing in the f-----g trunk of a Honda Civic!!"

During his cross examination, Depp said he is "not proud of any of the language that I used" in the explicit texts.

Other texts sent by Depp that were brought up in court included one about drowning and burning Heard, in which Depp added, "I will f--- her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead."

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Depp says daughter Lily-Rose skipped his wedding to Heard

While discussing his February 2015 wedding to Heard (which included "Dinner, dancing and drugs" written on printed schedules of the festivities, Depp recalled), Depp revealed that his daughter Lily-Rose declined to attend the nuptials.

"My daughter Lily-Rose did not come to the wedding. She and Ms. Heard were not on particularly great terms, for several reasons," he said.

The 22-year-old actress is the older of Depp's two children with ex Vanessa Paradis. They also have son Jack, 20.

Depp and his sister recall abusive childhood

Both Depp and his older sister Christi Dembrowski have testified that their late mother Betty Sue Palmer was abusive toward them growing up, as well as toward their father John Sr., who is now 84.

"When Betty Sue, my mother, would go off on a tangent toward my father — and of course, in front of the kids, it [didn't] matter to her — he amazingly remained very stoic and never, as she was rationing him with horrible things, he stood there and just looked at her while she delivered the pain, and he swallowed it. He took it," said Depp.

When asked why he stayed in his marriage with Heard despite the alleged abuse he faced, Depp explained: "I suppose because my father stayed [in his abusive marriage]. ... And I didn't want to fail. I wanted to try to make it work. I thought maybe I could help her. I thought maybe I could bring her around. Because the Amber Heard that I knew for the first year, year and a half was not this, suddenly this opponent. It wasn't my girl, she had become my opponent."

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Depp testifies that he's done drugs with friends Paul Bettany and Marilyn Manson before

While discussing his previous struggles with substance abuse, Depp confirmed that he at times did recreational drugs with famous friends, like WandaVision star Paul Bettany and controversial musician Marilyn Manson.

When asked by Rottenborn if Bettany was a "good friend you've done drugs with," Depp confirmed "yes" after noting, "That's a strange question. Paul Bettany is a good friend, yes." The pair made the movies The Tourist (2010), Transcendence (2014) and Mortdecai (2015) together.

Later, when asked if he has done drugs like cocaine with musician Manson, Depp said, "We've had cocaine together maybe a couple of times," and joked, "I once gave Marilyn Manson a pill so that he would stop talking so much."

Reps for Bettany and Manson did not respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.

Depp also testified that Heard "despised" Bettany because "we had become such close friends, and for her he was a threat and would take me away from her, with regard to if Paul Bettany were getting the attention from me, that was a show-stopper. It would cause all kinds of unpleasantries."

Actor Johnny Depp displays the middle finger of his hand, injured while he and his ex-wife Amber Heard were in Australia in 2015, as he testifies during his defamation trial against Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 20, 2022. - Depp is suing ex-wife Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse.

Depp shows off his healed "mangled" finger from Australia fight

A point of contention in this case involves an infamous fight between Depp and Heard in Australia, where he was filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in March 2015. It resulted in his right middle finger being severed at the tip. He claims it happened when Heard threw a vodka bottle at his hand as it rested on a bar top, though her legal team denied that version of events.

During his testimony, Depp's team showed graphic, bloody photos of the finger taken that night and in the hospital after, when Depp told doctors it happened when his hand was caught in an accordion door. He claims he lied at the time in the hospital in order to keep Heard's name out of the situation.

Depp held up the now-healed "mangled" finger for the courtroom to observe, calling it "funny-looking."

Heard has admitted to starting physical fight

In audio recordings played by Depp's legal team, Heard admitted to having started a physical fight, and she argued with him that she didn't "punch" him but was "hitting" him.

"You didn't get punched; you got hit. I'm sorry I hit you like this, but I did not punch you," she told Depp. "I did not f-----g deck you. I f-----g was hitting you. I don't know what the motion of my actual hand was. But you're fine. I did not hurt you. I did not punch you. I was hitting you," she could be heard saying.

She added in the audio: "I'm not sitting here bitching about it, am I? You are. That's the difference between me and you. You're a f-----g baby. You are such a baby. Grow the f--- up, Johnny."

Depp — who has said multiple times under oath that he has never struck Heard or any woman — was also asked about a December 2015 incident where he allegedly head-butted Heard, who sustained bruises on her face. He "vehemently" disagreed with the statement that he intentionally head-butted her, arguing that it could have been an accident while he attempted to restrain her.

A video played by Heard's legal team that she once filmed showed Depp slamming cabinet doors in their kitchen one morning, and another piece of audio showed the actor threatening to cut himself with a knife as Heard begged for him to stop.

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The makeup debate

During opening statements, Heard's attorney Elaine Bredehoft held up a Milani Cosmetics Conceal + Perfect All-in-One Correcting Kit while telling the jury how Heard concealed alleged bruises on her face. Bredehoft did not mention the brand or specific product by name but said Heard always brought makeup with her wherever she went.

In a TikTok video, Milani Cosmetics denied that their product could have been used since it wasn't sold until December 2017, and Heard and Depp's marriage ended the year before when she filed for divorce.

A source close to Heard told PEOPLE that her lawyer "was using an example of the kind of makeup that she used." Milani Cosmetics said in a statement that its TikTok post "was to verify the claim that our eagle-eyed and loyal fan base made about the product named in the trial. Milani Cosmetics is not taking a formal stance on the trial, evidence or future outcome of the case."

A post–restraining order meetup

Heard filed for divorce in May 2016, and her domestic violence restraining order against Depp was filed less than a week after the divorce filing. Depp testified that Heard asked to meet with him in July 2016 despite the restraining order while he was in San Francisco, which "confused" him.

"I was talked into going there and met with her in hopes that she would retract her lies that the world was now fed," he said. "In no way was she ready to do that, and I couldn't understand why I was there — everything had been taken from me…."

Depp said he felt Heard brought him to that meeting "under false pretenses" and, after the fallout of the allegations against him, he was "really just at the end, just at the end; I couldn't take it anymore." In a recording that meeting played in the courtroom, Depp could be heard threatening to cut himself in front of Heard, who begged him to stop.

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Psychologist hired by Depp doubts Heard's mental health

Dr. Shannon Curry — a clinical and forensic psychologist tasked by Depp's legal team to evaluate Heard based on case files, records and two meetings with the actress — claimed in her testimony that Heard does not exhibit signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from her allegedly abusive relationship with Depp.

Additionally, Curry suggested Heard shows signs of "borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder" that could lead her to "feign" PTSD and frame herself as a victim, exaggerating or falsifying symptoms.

During cross-examination, Heard's attorney asked Curry whether she was board certified. Dr. Curry responded that she is not. The psychologist was also asked about having dinner and drinks at Depp's home before she was placed on retainer. She also pointed out it was never her job to evaluate Depp's psychological state in this case.

A week later, Heard's legal team had another forensic psychologist, Dr. Dawn Hughes, testify, contradicting Curry's analysis by saying Heard does have PTSD caused by "the intimate partner violence by Mr. Depp." Hughes — who said she "always" goes into an evaluation with a "healthy dose of skepticism" — also said Heard showed no signs of feigning or malingering her mental health.

Heard wanted to reconcile with Depp at one point, their former agent says

Talent agent Christian Carino (who happens to be Lady Gaga's ex-fiancé) was once a close friend of Heard's, and that the star would confide in him about her relationships. In text messages read aloud in Carino's deposition, Heard wrote to him back in August 2017 — over a year after her Depp breakup and restraining order — "I've written so many notes. Can you give him one? I don't know how or where to start. There's no way to begin and all I have to say, but I have so many. Finally I am single, clear in my heart and mind. I just want him to know I love him and that I am sorry."

Heard later testified that she did not want to get back together with Depp as a couple, rather she wanted an amicable goodbye.

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Bodyguard says he saw Heard punch Depp

Depp's security guard Travis McGivern testified that he once stood between the actor and Heard in 2015 when a dispute got "louder" and "more volatile" as both parties shouted obscenities at each other. McGivern said he saw Heard throw a Red Bull can at Depp and that she "tried to spit on" Depp at one point.

He also said he saw her punch Depp: "Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a fist and an arm come across my right shoulder and I heard and saw a closed fist contact Mr. Depp in the left side of his face. That was Ms. Heard's fist," he said. Adding of the actor's reaction, McGivern said: "The initial look on his face kind of mirrored mine, kind of a look of shock. Like, 'What just happened? Where did that come from?' At that point, I wasn't gonna let Mr. Depp get hit any more so I moved him down the last flight of stairs to the lower level and told him, 'We are leaving.' It wasn't up to him anymore. Just for his safety."

Heard recounts first time Depp allegedly hit her

When Heard began her testimony, she told the jury, "I struggle to find the words to describe how painful this is. This is horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything." One moment Heard testified about in detail is when Depp allegedly first struck her. She said she will "never forget" it because "it changed my life."

As Heard testified, she laughed about one of Depp's tattoos and he "slapped me across the face." At first, she thought it was a joke, but then he slapped her two more times, knocking her to the ground, she said.

Crying, Heard said in the courtroom, "I knew it was wrong. And I knew that I had to leave him. And that's what broke my heart. ... I wish I could sit here and say I stood up and I walked out of that house and I drew a line and I stood up for myself."

Depp, meanwhile, was previously asked about the alleged tattoo incident while he was on the stand, saying that the moment as Heard explains it "didn't happen" and added in his testimony: "I've never struck Ms. Heard. I have never struck a woman in my life. I'm certainly not going to strike a woman if she decides to make fun of a tattoo that I have on my body. ... That allegation never made any sense to me whatsoever."

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Heard testifies Depp did "cavity search" on her

The actress described feeling "so lonely" after an incident when Depp allegedly sexually assaulted her by conducting a "cavity search" looking for drugs. "He shoved his fingers inside me," she said while getting emotional on the stand. "I just stood there staring at the stupid light. I didn't know what to do. I just stood there while he did that. He twisted his fingers around. I didn't say, like, 'stop' or anything."

When Heard's attorney Ben Rottenborn, in his opening statements, brought up Heard's allegations of sexual assault along with other forms of domestic abuse she experienced, a spokesperson for Depp denied the allegation, calling it "fictitious" and "for the purpose of Hollywood shock value of which Amber has mastered and used to exploit a serious social movement."

Heard says Depp "hated" James Franco

The actress testified about Depp not wanting her to continue working, describing it as a "constant battle" convincing him she could take a new project. She worked with James Franco for a second time on the 2015 independent film The Adderall Diaries, which led to arguments with Depp, who suspected her of having an affair with her costar.

"He hated, hated James Franco and was already accusing me of kind of secretly having a thing with him in my past, since we had done Pineapple Express together," she said.

While she was filming Adderall Diaries in New York and Depp was doing Black Mass in Boston, they flew together on a private plane to Los Angeles, when she says he slapped her and kicked her to the ground in front of his assistants and security guards. When he testified, Depp said this didn't happen, arguing that she was the aggressor and he hid from her in the bathroom.

"No one said anything. No one did anything. You could hear a pin drop on that plane. You could feel the tension. But nobody did anything," Heard said through tears.

Heard confirmed that she had Franco over to her penthouse the day before filing for divorce, and the elevator surveillance footage was shown to the jury. She explained about that instance, "He was my friend. And he lived next door, quite literally next door. And I, frankly, had exhausted my support network with my usual friends and was happy to welcome as much friendship at that time as I could possibly get."

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Both sides speak out mid-trial

When court wrapped on May 5 before a weeklong hiatus, a spokesperson for Depp issued a statement undermining Heard's emotional testimony, saying she "did indeed deliver the performance of her life." They added that her "stories have continued to grow new and convenient details" but Depp's "recollections have remained exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her first allegations were made."

Depp's spokesperson added, "The upcoming cross examination from Mr. Depp's team will be most telling, and will certainly highlight the many fallacies Ms. Heard has now attempted to pass off as fact throughout her convoluted testimony."

In response, a Heard spokesperson issued their own statement, saying that Depp's "defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor." They slammed his team's "approach of attacking the victim and refusing to take responsibility for his own conduct."

Heard's side said Depp's "panicked" legal team is "fighting tooth and nail to prevent compelling evidence and photos from being introduced. Small wonder Mr. Depp does not have the fortitude or courage to even look at Ms. Heard at all throughout the proceedings — as he could not in the U.K. trial — and, instead he doodles and snickers." They called Depp's courtroom behavior "pitiful."

Heard denies that poop in bed was a prank on Depp

Depp has testified that he was shown a photograph of "fecal matter on the bed" after Heard left with friends to go to Coachella back in April 2016. He claimed his then-wife "tried to blame it on the dogs." "I lived with those dogs for many years. ... That did not come from a dog," he said on the stand. "It just didn't." He also referred to is as a "fecal delivery."

Starling Jenkins III, a longtime executive chauffeur and security guard for Depp who is still under his employ, previously said under oath that Heard told him the defecation was "a horrible practical joke gone wrong."

She denied that, however. Heard testified that one of their dogs had "bowel control issues" and said she and her friends would not have done that as a practical joke.

"First of all, I don't think that's funny. I don't know what grown woman does. I was not also in a pranking mood; my life was falling apart. I was at a crossroads in my life. I was really serious," Heard said. "And 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."

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Steve Helber/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12942408d) Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp watch as the jury comes into the courtroom after a break at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, 16 May 2022. Johnny Depp's 50 million US dollar defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard that started on 10 April is expected to last five or six weeks. Depp v Heard defamation lawsuit at the Fairfax County Circuit Court, USA - 16 May 2022
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Why Depp withholds eye contact in the courtroom

When Heard's cross-examination began, Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez pointed out that Depp "hasn't looked at you once this entire trial." Vasquez told the courtroom that the actor "promised" Heard during one of their last in-person meetings that she would "not see my eyes again," playing the audio of him telling her that in 2016.

"He's kept that promise, hasn't he?" Vasquez asked, referring to Depp refusing to look at Heard, to which Heard responded, "As far as I know, he cannot look at me."

"He won't look at you, right Ms. Heard?" said Vasquez, with Heard replying, "He can't."

Earlier in the trial, a spokesperson for Heard said in a statement, in part, "Small wonder Mr. Depp does not have the fortitude or courage to even look at Ms. Heard at all throughout the proceedings — as he could not in the U.K. trial — and, instead he doodles and snickers."

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. - 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.
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Heard's sister claims Depp hit her, gave her NDA after

The actress' younger sister Whitney Henriquez, 34, testified that her then-brother-in-law Depp hit her in the back on a staircase back in March 2015 and Heard stepped in to defend her.

"I'm facing Amber, he comes up behind me, strikes me in the back. I hear Amber shout, 'Don't hit my f---ing sister!' She smacks him, lands one. At that point, that's when [Depp's security guard] Travis [McGivern] runs up the stairs, after Amber landed one."

"But by that time," she continued, "Johnny had already grabbed Amber by the hair with one hand and was whacking her repeatedly in the face with the other as I was standing there. Travis then pulls them apart."

Following the staircase incident, Henriquez said she was given a non-disclosure agreement form to sign.

Heard testified that she "swung at" Depp in the alleged fight so that he "didn't push my sister down the stairs." She said on the stand, "In all of my relationship to date with Johnny, I hadn't landed a blow. And I, for the first time, hit him — like, actually hit him. Square in the face."

Depp and McGivern both denied this version of events in their testimonies. McGivern said of Depp's reaction after Heard hit him, "The initial look on his face kind of mirrored mine, kind of a look of shock. Like, 'What just happened? Where did that come from?' At that point, I wasn't gonna let Mr. Depp get hit any more so I moved him down the last flight of stairs to the lower level and told him, 'We are leaving.' It wasn't up to him anymore. Just for his safety."

Ellen Barkin attends the Turner Upfront 2016 arrivals at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic); Johnny Depp attends the Monte-Carlo Gala For Planetary Health on September 24, 2020 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Ellen Barkin says Depp was "controlling" when they dated

Actress Ellen Barkin's 2019 deposition was played for the courtroom. She testified that she had a brief sexual relationship with Depp after they made the 1998 movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas together, and that he once "threw a wine bottle across the hotel room" in her direction.

Of the actor's "controlling" and "demanding" behavior, Barkin said Depp is "just a jealous man," who would say things to her like, "Where are you going, who are you going with, what did you do last night?"

"I had a scratch on my back that once got him very, very angry because he insisted it came from me having sex with a person who wasn't him," said Barkin.

Depp previously called Barkin's claim "untrue" in 2020, Reuters reported, claiming the actress held a grudge against him, adding, "I do not have an anger-management problem.

Kate Moss shows up for ex Depp

While explaining why she hit Depp to defend her younger sister from him during an incident on a staircase, Heard testified she was triggered thinking of a rumor about Depp pushing ex-girlfriend Kate Moss down some stairs.

Depp's team later called Moss to testify. The British model, who dated Depp for four years in the 1990s, addressed an incident when she fell down slippery stairs at a resort in Jamaica after a rainstorm.

"As I left the room, I slid down the stairs and I hurt my back," Moss, 48, said under oath. "I screamed because I didn't know what happened to me and I was in pain. He came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention. … He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs."

Heard's team did not cross-examine Moss, who appeared live via video for the brief testimony.

Model Kate Moss, a former girlfriend of actor Johnny Depp, testifies via video link at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse
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Depp takes partial credit for Heard's biggest movie role

During Heard's cross-examination, one of the questions from Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez was whether Depp "got" the Aquaman part of Mera for Heard. "Excuse me? No, Ms. Vasquez — I got myself that role by auditioning. That's how that works," Heard fired back.

Later, when Depp returned to the witness stand after being called back by his team, he responded saying her denial is "not exactly true."

Depp said after the audition, "She asked me if I'd speak to [Warner Bros.] … I made a phone call and I spoke to three upper-echelon Warner Bros. executives ... and I told them—," continued Depp before an objection was sustained. "I can only say that she ultimately did get the job in the film. I suppose I curbed their worries to some degree."

Heard testified that she "fought really hard" to remain in the upcoming Aquaman sequel, which has already been filmed and will hit theaters in March. She and her agent said the studio tried to distance itself from her due to negative publicity surrounding her Depp allegations. DC Films President Walter Hamada, however, testified for Depp's side, saying her smaller role in the sequel was always the plan, citing "concerns" over her lack of "natural chemistry" with star Jason Momoa.

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Depp categorically denies Heard's "insane" testimony allegations

During his time back on the stand on the final week of testimonies, Depp vehemently denied Heard's claims of abuse and sexual assault, calling them "heinous" and "humiliating."

"I have never in my life committed sexual battery [or] physical abuse," he said under oath, adding of the trial, "This is not easy for any of us, I know that." He also called Heard's allegations "unimaginably brutal" and "all false."

When Heard testified in front of the jury, she said, "Everything I've said to date now is the truth." She also said it "seemed crazy" that Depp thought she was taking part in an "elaborate, well-orchestrated, years-long campaign" to make false claims of abuse. She said she never wanted to have to testify previously because "I didn't want this to go to a prosecutor. I didn't want to hurt Johnny. I don't want this to hurt Johnny."

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 26, 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.

Heard gets the last word

On the final day of testimony before closing arguments, Heard returned the stand, expressing how the trial has been "torture" for her.

"I am harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day. Even just walking into this courtroom, sitting here in front of the world, having the worst parts of my life, things that I've lived through, used to humiliate me. People want to kill me, and they tell me so every day. People want to put my baby in the microwave, and they tell me that," said Heard, who welcomed her first baby in April 2021. "Johnny threatened — promised me — that if I ever left him, he'd make me think of him every single day that I lived."

"It's been agonizing," she added, referencing the online "mocking" of her testimony. "I just want Johnny to leave me alone. … I don't deserve this. I want to move on."

During cross-examination, Vasquez asked about Heard's "lies" being "exposed," to which the actress replied, "I haven't lied about anything I've been here to say."

Attorneys present closing arguments

In their closing arguments on May 27, the exes' respective attorneys presented their final remarks, with Vasquez telling the court in part of Heard's allegations of abuse against Depp, "You either believe all of it, or none of it."

"Either she's a victim of truly horrific abuse or she's a woman who's willing to say absolutely anything," Vasquez added, also accusing Heard of "profound cruelty" and of coming "into this courtroom prepared to give the performance of her life, and she gave it."

Rottenborn said in part during his own closing remarks, "If he abused her one time, Amber wins," and accused Depp of having "almost all of" his witnesses on his payroll.

"Let's see the monster. Let's see the monster in the flesh," Rottenborn added, before playing the video of Depp slamming cabinets in the former couple's kitchen.

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