Amber Heard explained the audio the court heard earlier about her admitting to hitting ex-husband Johnny Depp, saying there was a “disparity” between a punch, “which Johnny did often” and “having to hit him in my defense.” ”.
The Aquaman The actress completed her direct testimony in the defamation trial between her and Depp when it resumed on Monday (May 16) after a week-long hiatus.
Depp is suing Heard for allegedly defaming him in a December 2018 editorial published in The Washington Post titled, “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change”.
The 58-year-old actor claimed that Heard’s abuse allegations affected his ability to land the kind of movie roles he used to do.
Although Depp is not named in the editorial, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”.
In addition to denying hitting Heard, Depp accused his ex-wife of domestic violence during their turbulent relationship.
Last month, while he was on his feet, the court heard the audio recording in which Heard admitted to “beating” Depp but claimed it did not “destroy” him. She can also be heard telling Depp to “grow up” and calling him “baby”.
On Monday, the Aquaman the actor’s attorney asked her about the audio recording, which was first played in court on April 20, when Heard responded about what she meant.
“There are two different situations that we’re referencing in this fight, two different altercations between Johnny and I, involving the door,” she told the Fairfax County courthouse, where the trial is ongoing.
“The first one, where I’m talking about ‘hitting’ him… What this conversation is about the disparity between Johnny and me, in our physical struggles,” said the 35-year-old.
“The disparity of how he would proactively punch me and I would have to resort to hitting him reactively. I’m talking about the difference between a punch, which Johnny often threw, and me having to hit him in my defense.
“Even though he’s not twice my size, they are very different and I’m pointing out the difference to him.”
“You told me to do this. You told me ‘go do it’” can be heard from Ms. Heard saying on the recording.
“You punched me in the shit,” replied Depp.
“You figured it all out,” Heard said, adding, “By the way, I didn’t punch you. I’m sorry I didn’t hit your face with a proper slap.
“I was hitting you, I wasn’t hitting you. Honey, you didn’t get punched.”
“Don’t tell me what it’s like to be punched,” Depp replied.
“You didn’t get punched, you got hit,” she said. “I’m sorry. I hit you like that, but I didn’t punch you. I didn’t fuck you. I was hitting you. I don’t know what my real hand motion was. But you’re fine. hurt.”
“What am I supposed to do? Do it? I’m not sitting here complaining about it, am I? You’re – that’s the difference between you and me. You’re a badass, baby,” she added.
When Depp starts to respond, Heard responds back, saying “you’re a baby, grow up Johnny”.
The actress testified that she “would never hurt Johnny” and denied that “Mr. Depp is his victim” in court on Monday. Heard is seeking “no less than $100 million” for nuisance and immunity from Depp’s allegations.
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