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Depp and Heard’s accounts rarely match

FAIRFAX, Va. – There’s not much room for a middle ground in testimony so far by Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife.

One of them is lying.

Heard has not yet told the jury her point of view. Her testimony will resume on May 16, once the trial – which has already dragged on for over four weeks – resumes after a week-long hiatus. Then she will surely face aggressive cross-examination in a case where both sides have employed scorched-earth tactics dating back years to when the lawsuit was first filed.

Depp is suing Heard in Virginia for defamation over an op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post in December 2018 describing herself as “a public figure who advocates domestic violence.” The article doesn’t mention Depp by name, but his attorneys say the article still defames him because it’s a clear reference to the highly publicized allegations Heard made when she filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against him in 2016.

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Depp says he never physically abused Heard, while Heard says she was assaulted more than a dozen times.

Below are summaries of some incidents and their different accounts.

THE FIRST TIME

According to Heard, Depp first hit her in 2013 when she made the mistake of laughing at one of his tattoos. Heard said there was an older tattoo she couldn’t recognize, and Depp told her it said “Wino.”

In fact, it used to be called “Winona Forever,” a tattoo Depp got while dating actress Winona Ryder. He had it changed to “Wino Forever” when they broke up.

Heard said she laughed and Depp responded by hitting her. She thought the slap was a joke and laughed. Depp responded by hitting her twice more, with the third punch throwing Heard off balance.

“It was so stupid, so insignificant,” Heard told the jury. “I thought that must be a joke.”

Depp flatly denied while on the witness stand that it happened.

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“It didn’t happen,” he said. “Why should I offend someone so much who makes fun of a tattoo on my body? That accusation never made any sense to me.”

THE FINGER AND THE BOURBON BOTTLE

Both sides say the worst violence happened in Australia in March 2015, when Depp was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film.

Heard said Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle — on Thursday she first identified a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon as the offending instrument after she said she saw a photo of the distinctively square bottle — as part of an alcoholic rampage. Heard arrived in Australia after filming her own movie and Depp immediately accused her of sleeping with her co-stars, she said.

For his part, Depp says he was a victim of the violence. He testified that Heard was angry at the efforts of Depp’s attorneys to get her to sign a post-marital agreement, as well as the fact that Depp was not keeping promises of sobriety to Heard’s satisfaction.

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He said he escaped the argument by pouring himself a drink, after which Heard threw a vodka bottle at him. Depp said he responded by pouring another drink, and this time Heard threw another vodka bottle at him, which smashed against his hand while it was resting on a counter and severed the tip of his middle finger.

Photos of the aftermath show Depp wrote vulgar messages to his wife in blood on the walls of the house. Jurors also saw simultaneous text messages Depp sent to others saying he cut off his own finger. Depp said he dreamed up this story to protect Heard and avoid police involvement.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

Although not related to a specific incident, Depp and Heard painted very different portraits of Depp’s drug and alcohol use.

Heard said drugs and alcohol — along with paranoid jealousy — transformed him from the man she loved into the “monster” who had her fearing for her life. She said he hid his drug and alcohol use from her and his family, but his behavior made it clear he was high or drunk, often to the point of incoherence.

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“Johnny on speed is very different than Johnny on opiates. Johnny on opiates is very different from Adderall and cocaine Johnny, who is very different from Quaalude’s Johnny, but I had to get good at paying attention to the different versions of him,” Heard said.

Indeed, Heard sys Depp’s denial of physical abuse lacks credibility in part because he passed out and forgot what he had done.

For his part, Depp admitted he eventually became addicted to oxycodone and underwent a detox process in 2014. But he said the allegations of uncontrolled drug and alcohol use were grossly embellished.

“I’ve always had a pretty big tolerance for alcohol,” he testified. “I’ve never been physically addicted to alcohol.”

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Justin Scacco

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