Amber Heard said her 2018 Washington Post article was “not just about Johnny”, as she continued to testify in a US defamation trial.
The actress said her former husband Johnny Depp was “inclusive” in his descriptions of how institutions protect powerful men accused of abuse.
Depp is suing Heard over the article, which his attorneys claim falsely implies that he physically and sexually assaulted her while they were together. He denied all charges.
The article was titled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and I faced the wrath of our culture”. This must change’ and was released in December 2018, two years after Heard sought a restraining order against Depp.
During his second day of cross-examination in court in Fairfax, Va., Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, questioned Heard directly about the alleged defamatory statements made in the editorial.
Heard admitted she publicly accused Depp of domestic violence in 2016, after testifying during his restraining order application, but said the article was about her experiences after the relationship ended.
“It was the most interesting thing for me to write,” she said.
Addressing her description of a large ship hit by an iceberg and “patched up” by many people, she said Depp had been “included” in the analogy, along with other “equally accused” public figures.
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“I was talking about a bigger issue than Johnny…when powerful men do something horrible or they shouldn’t, how there’s a system in place to protect them, to clean up after them,” a- she told the court.
“It was a reference not just to Johnny, but to what was happening as a culture when we were dealing with a lot of MeToo issues.
“(It was) not just about him, but he is included in that yes…but I wrote this in the context of many men at the time, public figures in the public eye also being accused.
“So it was a reference in general to a larger phenomenon, not just Johnny.”
Vasquez also asked Heard about the title of the article that was published and its reference to sexual violence which she posted a link to on social media.
“I didn’t write that,” she said, adding, “I may have (saw it), I just didn’t notice it.”
asked why she didn’t ask The Washington Post to change the title, she added, “I didn’t ask them, nor did I think I needed to.”
Earlier, the trial heard that Heard gave Depp a large knife as a gift early in their relationship.
the The actress was subjected to tense cross-examination by Depp’s lawyer and asked about her allegations that her ex-husband violently assaulted her on several occasions.
Jurors saw a knife Heard gave Depp as a gift in 2012 as a Pirates of the Caribbean The actor’s attorney questioned why she would give her husband a gun when he was already abusing her.
Heard claimed the abuse began early in their relationship in 2011 before there was “a break” in 2012.
“Is that the knife you gave to the man who abused you?” asked the lawyer.
Heard replied that she did not believe he would stab her with a knife.
“I was not afraid that he would stab me,” she told the court.
The court had already heard of the knife, which has the words “hasta la muerte” – which means “until death” in Spanish – inscribed on it.
Psychologist Dr Daswn Hughes has previously been questioned by Depp’s legal team about whether someone “scared for their life” would offer this to their partner.
The doctor told the court there was a “context” and that she believed Heard bought the knife as “a kind gift”.
“The phraseology is that Mr. Depp told him ‘the only way out of this relationship is death,'” Dr. Hughes said.
The psychologist said Heard was in “denial” about the “relationship abuse” at the time.
Depp is suing his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post where she describes herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”.
Depp was not named in the article, which was titled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. This must change”.
However, Depp claims this falsely implies he’s a domestic abuser – which he strongly denies – and has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He’s suing for $50 million.
Heard is fighting back for $100 million, accusing Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing her lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.
Earlier, Heard was grilled over the alleged violent attack where she accused Depp of sexually assaulting her with a bottle of alcohol.
Depp’s lawyer questions Heard about a violent incident that took place in Australia in early 2015.
The ex-spouses both gave very different accounts of the incident.
Heard previously testified that her then-husband assaulted her with a glass liquor bottle and how she feared the glass might have been shattered inside her.
“Next thing I remember I was leaning back on the bar which means my chest was up. I was looking at the blue light. My back is on the counter and I thought it was hitting me. J felt this pressure on my pubic bone. I thought he was hitting me,” she said in early May.
“I could feel his arm moving and it felt like he was hitting me. But I could just feel that pressure.
Heard said she remembered being still, not wanting to move, looking around the room and seeing broken bottles and shattered glass.
“I remember not wanting to move because I didn’t know it was broken – I didn’t know if the bottle he had inside me was broken,” she said.
“I couldn’t feel it. I didn’t feel any pain. I didn’t feel any pain. I didn’t feel anything… I looked around and saw so much broken glass… I just remember thinking ‘Please God, please. I hope it’s not broken.”
Depp’s attorney attempted to separate Heard’s version of events, questioning him about the timeline of that night’s violent incident.
“I never witnessed a streak,” Heard replied.
“He did a lot of things that night.”
The court heard an audio clip of Depp and Heard talking about the incident in Australia.
In the clip, Depp is heard saying he went to rooms in the house away from his wife, likening it to a break in a boxing match.
“You weren’t afraid of him at all, were you?” asked the lawyer.
Heard replied: “He was a man who tried to kill me. Of course I was scared, but he was also my husband.
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