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Amber Heard Says Johnny Depp Threw Bottles 'Like Grenades' During '3-Day Hostage Situation' in Australia

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It’s now week three of Johnny Depp’s libel trial in London’s High Court against News Group Newspapers, publisher of U.K. tabloid The Sun, and ex-wife Amber Heard has taken the witness stand. As you may recall, Depp sued the company for labeling him a “wife beater” in the press, which The Sun claims was founded upon 14 credible allegations of abuse by Amber Heard.

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On Tuesday, Heard told the court she did “strike Johnny” during an incident at their Los Angeles penthouse in March 2015 in an attempt to protect her sister. She believed he was going to push her down the stairs, The Guardian reports. “I had heard that he had pushed a former girlfriend, I think it was Kate Moss, down the stairs,” Heard told the court. “And I thought of that at the moment and I reacted in defense of her [Whitney].”

Depp’s attorney Eleanor Laws QC suggested Heard’s injuries following an incident that same month in Australia, which Heard had previously referred to as “a three-day hostage situation,” to be “self-harm” scars. Heard responded that they were not: “I have had the scars since that evening,” she said.Johnny’s the self-harmer; I’m not a self-harmer.” When asked to theorize why Depp’s staff had given testimony that she had no scars, Heard replied, “I can’t explain why Depp’s lifelong friends and employees [said that],” adding that, “Whenever I leave the house, I wear makeup.” She also said Depp accused her of having affairs with her co-workers and used nicknames for those thought to be “sexual threats,” like “potato head” for Channing Tatum and “pumpkin head” for Leonardo DiCaprio.

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On Wednesday morning, Heard gave more detail about the Australia incident, The BBC reports. “I got angry at times but not into a rage that would cause me to throw anything at him,” she told the court, explaining that she did grab a bottle from Johnny and smashed it on the floor, but only to stop him from drinking more. That instigated him, she said. “He started picking [bottles] up one by one and throwing them like grenades. One after the other after the other, in my direction, and I felt glass breaking behind me, I retreated more into the bar and he didn’t stop. I was too scared to look behind me. He threw all the bottles that were in reach,” she said. Laws that suggested Heard threw a bottle at Depp, “smashing it down and severing the tip of his finger with glass,” to which Heard responded with a simple “No,” according to Deadline. Heard also denied rubbing a cigarette out on his cheek. “No, Johnny did it right in front of me, he often did things like that,” she said.

Heard is expected to continue testifying on Thursday.

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Another day in a three week trial, another set of grey comments about they’re no longer on “Team Heard” because of how Heard has seemingly once again demonstrated how evil/insidious etc etc etc she is because some such like contradicting herself, a new star witness with explosive testimony etc etc.

Thing is the situation has been consistent since when Depp took the stand, which is that the witness testimonies all round this trial are contradictory, messy, and indulgent as fuck and people only want to believe those of the side they already support. It’s why Kate James is the only one worth listening to according to #JusticeForJohnny with her claims Heard stole her rape story and was repeatedly abusive towards her except to this point there’s not a scrap of non-testimony evidence presented to support either of those claims, though there is non-testimony evidence that James wasn’t exactly truthful of her situation of contact with Depp.

Do I believe Heard is some shining beacon of being the “perfect victim” as some have called it here? No, of course not. The non-testimony evidence shown does reveal her to be verbally demeaning and admitted to the use of extensive drinking and psychoactive substances. However the non-testimony evidence so far doesn’t disprove or contradict her claims (as far as I’ve read), from before the trial. Depp was the one who was physically abusive, and she did use force in self-defence. People can go “well she didn’t act the typical way” or “I didn’t see bruises” but neither of those things are evidence of lies. Make-up exists (which many abuse victims have used to cover up marks) and someone under the press spotlight who wants a career can’t exactly afford to appear out of the ordinary in a culture where Keanu Reeves eating a sandwich on a bench was enough for him to be labelled as “depressed”.

Meanwhile we have Depp coming into this trial claiming the incidents of abuse were fabricated by Heard only to then on the stand contradict that after a recording of him admitting to headbutting her emerged, so now he’s claiming actually there was at least one incident of physically harming her but it was accidental (fabricated in his witness statement. Accidental now), he claims she severed his finger but his own texts have him stating he did it, a cigarette butt incident he claims was her while she claims it was self-harm has seen recordings of him self-harming being played, he claimed she tortured him on an island getaway yet in fact wrote praising messages to her family.

So yeah could Heard be this ultimate sociopathic manipulative woman who years in advance planned to make a mint from Johnny Depp, sure. Both of these people are paid to lie convincingly for a living. But in this trial it’s Depp’s team’s job to prove that she’s a liar and so far outside witness testimony they’ve failed to present claims to bolster that argument yet meanwhile on the stand his own story fell apart under evidence.

At the end of the day though this entire trial has been a giant farce of legal tricks, hyperbole, media spin of leaks, and has probably done untold damage to the victims in need of help who actually live in this country as opposed to rich celebs who like to use our justice system for petty point scoring that is more about a completely separate lawsuit in the US.