Explosive new allegations have been made by Amber Heard about her ex-husband Johnny Depp during the opening arguments of his defamation trial.
s Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, alleged that Mr Depp sexually assaulted Ms Heard with a liquor bottle during a drunken episode.
Mr Depp was visibly skeptical when Ms Bredehoft made the claims and shook his head with “no” after her comments.
This is the first time Ms Heard has made the claims public.
In a statement to the media, a spokesman for Mr Depp called Ms Heard’s allegation, which she never made before the trial, “fictitious” and “conveniently” timed to coincide with the lawsuit.
Mr Depp is suing Ms Heard for defamation over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post accusing him of being abusive.
The couple were married just a year in 2015 after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s lawyers want to prove Ms Heard is a “compulsive liar” and “deeply disturbed person” who tried to use a “hoax” story of domestic abuse to boost her profile in Hollywood sharpen and advance their careers.
“The only medical report of an injury during their relationship was a serious one sustained by Mr. Depp following an argument shortly after their marriage while the couple was in Australia,” Mr. Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, told the court. “She threw a vodka bottle at him, which hit his hand and exploded, severing the end of a finger.”
Ms Heard’s lawyers claim Mr Depp cut off his own finger in a drunken fit.
Ms Vasquez countered the sexual assault allegations by claiming Ms Heard fabricated them to further support her argument when she realized she would have to defend her claims in court.
“Ms Heard had never made that allegation against Mr Depp – it was never part of her abuse allegations in 2016. So what has changed? When she realized the seriousness of her claim [about being the victim of domestic abuse]She panicked and claimed sexual assault,” she told the jury. “In Mr Depp’s 58 years, not a single woman has ever accused him of violence, and no one in Hollywood or anywhere in the world had reason to believe he was an abuser – until Ms Heard publicly accused him.”
Mr Depp argues that Ms Heard’s allegations destroyed his career. Her attorneys claimed his career was already on the downturn, largely due to his own alleged alcohol and drug abuse.
A spokesman for Mr Depp contacted The Independent to respond to the claims.
“These fictional allegations were never made when Amber’s allegations began in 2016, and only surfaced favorably years later when she was sued for defamation after her op-ed stated that she was a victim of ‘sexual violence.’ Words are key in a libel case and conveniently this allegation came afterwards. This follows a pattern of her elaborate, flawed claims, which have continued to change and evolve over time for the purpose of Hollywood shock value, which Amber has mastered and used to exploit a serious social movement,” said a spokesman for Mr Depp in a statement.
After a lunch break, Christi Dembrowski, Mr Depp’s older sister, took the witness stand.
She opened up about her early life and that of her brother, recalling the abuse she and Mr Depp endured at the hands of their mother, who she described as “angry” and “nervous”. She said her mother would hit her and her father and verbally abused them. She claimed her mother called Mr Depp “one-eyed” because he wore an eyepatch as a child to correct a sluggish gaze.
She later spoke about her relationship with Ms. Heard and recalled their first meetings with her during the production of The Rum Diary. Ms Dembrowski described Ms Heard as “aloof” but said in other interactions she was “friendly”.
She said she became aware of an unusual number of fights between Mr Depp and Ms Heard during their brief marriage. Ms Dembrowski said during Mr Depp’s previous marriage to Vanessa Paradis, the couple rarely fought during their 14-year relationship.
Ms Dembrowski also claimed Ms Heard frequently insulted Mr Depp, recalling an instance after the actor met with Dior over a partnership.
“[Ms Heard’s] Her reaction to that was that she was incredulous and kind of disgusted and said, ‘Dior? Why would Dior want to do business with you? It’s about class and style, and you have no style.’ It was an insulting way of taking that one moment away, that insult was there,” Ms Dembrowski claimed. “I actually saw the insults several times. She called him an “old fat man”. I think he heard her call him that.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/amber-heard-accuses-johnny-depp-of-sexual-assault-in-new-claims-at-trial-41548995.html Amber Heard accuses Johnny Depp of sexual assault