LAPD officials said so Johnny Depp‘s defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard that they found no evidence of domestic violence after receiving a phone call from the actress.
The trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard began Monday, April 11, in Fairfax, Virginia, following Mr. Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr. Depp argues they released it in a December 2018 filing comment defamed The Washington Post entitled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change”.
LAPD officers Melissa Saenz and Tyler Hadden said during prerecorded statements played in court Tuesday and yesterday that they found no evidence a crime had been committed.
Officer Saenz responded to Mr. Depp’s penthouse in the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles where Ms. Heard was staying on May 21, 2016 and found her crying. While she said Ms. Heard’s face was red with emotion, the 12-year LAPD veteran testified that she saw no injuries.
“We met with a victim,” the officer said in pre-recorded video testimony played in court. “We checked the location. The husband wasn’t there and the victim informed us that she was having an argument. And that she would give us no further information. And because we found no crime, we issued her a business card.”
She added that they “let her know that if she changes her mind and wants to cooperate, she can reach out to us later.”
Ms Heard later that month sought a restraining order against Mr Depp, claiming he threw a phone in her face.
Officer Saenz said several times that she would have filed a complaint if she thought a crime had been committed, but said she saw nothing that would lead her to believe domestic violence had taken place.
Mr Depp has testified that he was the victim of domestic violence and claims Ms Heard fabricated her allegations once she realized he wanted to end the relationship.
LAPD Officer Tyler Hadden’s pre-recorded testimony was played in court yesterday morning. He was also responding to the May 21, 2016 incident — the last altercation between the couple before their split. Ms. Saenz was his training officer.
Officers arrived at the building at 8:57 p.m. and met with the victim at 9:22 p.m. Officer Hadden said Ms Heard did not request the filing of a report and her investigation does not warrant one being written.
Officer Hadden said Ms Heard’s face was “red from her crying” and not “from anything else”. He added that it was not customary for officials to write a report about “only verbal arguments”.
In her 2018 comment, Ms Heard wrote: “Like many women, I was molested and sexually assaulted when I was college-age. But I said nothing – I didn’t expect a prosecution to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim. Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full brunt of our culture’s anger at women speaking out.”
While Mr Depp is not named in the piece, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Mr Depp is seeking “not less than $50 million” in damages. Ms Heard has filed a $100 million countersuit against Mr Depp, alleging harassment and immunity from his allegations. (© Independent News Service)
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