Johnny Depp Trial: Depp, Amber Heard legal teams conclude testimony; closing arguments expected Friday
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's legal teams have concluded their testimony on Thursday as the $50 million defamation case is set to come to an end soon with closing arguments set to begin Friday morning.
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Amber Heard took the stand again on Thursday, telling jurors that a harassment campaign waged against her by her ex-husband has left her humiliated and scared for her life from multiple death threats, and said she just wants "Johnny to leave me alone."
Heard was the final witness in the six-week libel trial Depp brought against his ex-wife.
On cross-examination, Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez told Heard that "your lies have been exposed to the world" and questioned her about people who contradicted portions of her accounts.
"I know how many people will come out of the woodwork to be in support of Johnny," Heard responded.
Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse." His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.
Heard said she hopes the lawsuit will allow her to regain her voice, and said she had the "right as an American" to publish an article that described her experiences and how they relate to the national debate over domestic violence.
"Johnny has taken enough of my voice," she said. "I have the right to tell my story."
British supermodel Kate Moss, the ex-girlfriend of Johnny Depp, testified Wednesday and addressed the infamous staircase rumor that claimed Depp pushed her down a flight of stairs during an incident while the two were dating.
"No. He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs," Moss answered when asked if Depp was responsible for the incident.
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Depp also took the stand on Wednesday for the second time, calling Heard’s accusations of sexual and physical abuse "insane."
"Ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unbelievably brutal, cruel, and all false," Depp said when asked about his reaction to hearing Heard’s allegations when she testified earlier in the trial.
Depp was testifying Wednesday as a rebuttal witness — both he and Heard each testified extensively earlier in the trial.
He concluded his testimony with a final denial of the allegations.
"I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse, all these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things," he said. "And living with it for six years, and waiting to be able to bring the truth out."
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Both sides are expected to present their final witnesses Thursday, with closing arguments expected Friday.
The final week of the trial began with a hand surgeon's testimony that Depp could not have lost the tip of his middle finger the way he told jurors it happened. Surgeon Richard Moore testified about the severed finger as jurors saw gruesome photos of the injury.
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Also on Monday, a psychiatrist testified that Depp's behavior fits the pattern of a person whose drug and alcohol abuse contributes to domestic violence.