The couple has been facing each other at the Fairfax County Circuit Court for most of the past month. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over a December 2018 op-ed Heard wrote for the Washington Post where she claims that she is a domestic violence survivor.
Although she did not mention Depp by name, he claims that he has lost movie roles due to the “clear implication” that he was her abuser. Heard claims that she has also been losing out on movie roles, including several scenes from the upcoming “Aquaman” sequel, and is countersuing for $100 million dollars.
After a lengthy trial, Johnny Depp’s legal team finally presented their closing arguments on Friday morning.
Johnny Depp’s Legal Team Begins Closing Arguments Friday Morning
On Friday morning, Johnny Depp’s legal team began court with their closing arguments.
Camille Vasquez began by talking about Heard’s restraining order and asked them – exactly six years later – to give Depp “his life back.”
She thanked the jury for their “time and careful consideration” over the past seven weeks. She said that “a man’s life” and his “good name” are at stake in this trial.
Vasquez said, “There is a victim of domestic abuse in this courtroom and it is not Ms. Heard.”
On May 27, 2016, Vasquez accused Heard of filing a false restraining order and called her bruise “a lie.” She said “The world only saw what she wanted them to see,” referring to Heard’s domestic abuse allegations.
Vasquez admitted that Heard never mentioned Depp in her 2018 op-ed, but she did mention events that took place “two years ago,” referring to her restraining order against Depp.
Camille Vasquez Says That Amber Heard Was ‘Cruel’ In Their Relationship
Vasquez alleged that Heard was the abuser in their relationship. She said that Heard “never thought she would have to be held accountable” for her allegations. She called Heard a “deeply troubled person” and called her “violent,” “abusive,” and “cruel” in her relationship with Depp.
She said that Heard admitted to her own witness, Dr. Hughes, that she felt like she had three to four personalities at times. Her former assistant also testified that Heard once spat in her face, Vasquez continued. She also brought up the argument with former friend Rocky Pennington that turned into a physical altercation.
Vasquez referred to Depp’s own testimony, where he alleged that he was a victim of emotional and physical violence when he was in a relationship with Heard.
At times, Vasquez would play audio clips spoken by Depp and Heard in order to support her claims.
In one audio clip that has been played several times throughout the trial, Depp said that he had to hide in several bathrooms and bedrooms to escape the fight. Heard counters, “You don’t escape the fight. You escape the solution.”
Camille Vasquez Shows The Jury A Bruised Johnny Depp
Vasquez brought out several photos of Depp’s bruised face and played an audio clip from Heard where she apologizes for hitting him in the head with the door.
In another audio clip, Heard can be heard denying that she punched him, saying that she was “hitting” him instead. She then calls him “a baby” and tells him to “grow the f— up.” Vasquez asked how the jury would feel if Depp had said that to Heard instead of the other way around.
Vasquez says that Depp never admitted to punching or kicking Heard because “it didn’t happen.”
Vasquez testified that Heard did not want a restraining order. She accused Heard of wanting to “ruin” Depp.
She called Heard’s “narrative” “lies upon lies.” Vasquez repeated that Heard gave “the performance of her life” in her testimony. During her testimony, Heard made several shocking allegations about physical and sexual assault. However, Vasquez countered that Heard has no medical records to support any of her allegations. She also told the jury that Heard’s so-called “mountains and mountains of evidence” do not contain Depp admitting to physical abuse.
“You never heard that from Mr. Depp, because he never used physical violence against Ms. Heard,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez continued to bring out photos of Heard’s alleged bruises and said that injuries should have been worse if Heard had been struck by Depp’s “chunky” rings, as she alleged. She also pointed to multiple witnesses who had never seen any marks on Amber Heard, including Depp’s security guards.
Vasquez told the jury that they cannot “pick and choose” which of Heard allegations they believe. “Either you believe all of it or none of it,” Vasquez said.
She called Heard’s allegations an “act of cruelty” to real victims of domestic survivors before she turned things over to Depp’s attorney Ben Chew.