Amber Heard was quizzed by Johnny Depp’s legal team over images of her looking fresh-faced during public appearances after supposedly being beaten up by Depp.
The court was shown a video of Amber Heard on The Late Late Show with James Corden in December 2015, with no evident injuries or markings on her face.
On 15th December 2015, Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp repeatedly punched her, head butted her in the nose, and dragged her to the bed where he continued to punch her and pulled clumps of hair out of her head. Her testimony was that he was screaming “I f**king hate you. I f**king hate you." and that he sounded like an animal. She went onto say “I thought this is how I'm going to die. And he wouldn't even know it." The injuries she claims are 2 black eyes, a broken nose, bruises everywhere, bruised ribs, a broken lip and puss in her hairline from where her hair was pulled out. Screen shot in the comments of the court transcripts from The Sun case of her detailing these injuries. Less than 24 hours later she appeared on The James Corden show. Do you believe Amber Heard or your own eyesight? #DeppvHeard #JusticeForJohnnyDeppPosted by The DEPPtective on Saturday, 7 May 2022
Heard earlier affirmed that the night before the appearance, Depp reportedly headbutted her and tried to choke her with a pillow, and she feared she was going to die. She said she suffered two black eyes, a broken nose, and a damaged lip as a result of Depp reportedly striking her.
To disguise her damaged lip for her appearance on James Corden’s program, Heard’s make-up crew had to work around the injuries and apply ‘super thick, red matte lipstick,’ she let the court know.
During cross questioning, Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez pressed Heard on a number of situations in which she believes Depp attacked her.
Vasqeuz inquired about the June 2013 incident in Russia in which Heard alleged Depp punched her in the face. Depp was in the country promoting his flick The Lone Ranger at the time.
The court was shown a picture of the ex-couple at a movie event, and Vasquez questioned Heard whether she could detect any wounds on her face. Heard stated that she could not.
Vasquez shifted her focus to the night of the 2014 Met Gala, when Heard alleges Depp beat her up again and left her with a fractured nose. But the next night, she was photographed looking fine at an event honoring comic Don Rickles.
‘You should see what it looked like behind the makeup,’ Heard told the court.
Heard argued that Depp ‘did whack her in the face and she did think it fractured her nose’ after being shown another shot of herself with no evidence of injuries.
The court was also shown photos of Heard wearing a backless gown to the 2015 Tokyo premiere of Depp’s film Mortdecai. Heard had previously alleged that Depp had beaten her, but she confessed that there were no apparent marks in the images. Heard recalled the episode in their hotel room in graphic detail in her previous evidence.
Vasquez questioned Heard about how images of her damaged face wound up on the cover of People magazine after she sought a restraining order in May 2016.
Heard stated that she did not provide them to the magazine “personally.”
Vasquez remarked cynically on Heard’s prior description of ‘protecting’ Depp. Heard explained, this is him labeling her a liar and she is having to prove it. She went on to say that she handed the photos to her attorneys and representatives but not to People.
The defamation complaint is based on an opinion post Heard wrote for the Washington Post in December 2018. The article never named Depp by name, yet his lawyer told jurors that Heard was clearly referring to him. Depp has filed a $50 million divorce settlement with his ex-wife.
Meanwhile, Heard has filed a counter-suit for $100 million, asserting that Depp’s charges have harmed her image and profession. After less than two years of marriage, the couple divorced in 2017.