‘Every single day I have to relive the trauma,’ Amber Heard tells court as libel trial testimony ends | CBC News

WARNING: This story accommodates particulars of intimate associate violence.

Amber Heard instructed jurors Thursday {that a} harassment marketing campaign waged towards her by ex-husband Johnny Depp has left her humiliated and scared for her life because of a number of demise threats, and mentioned she simply needs “Johnny to depart me alone.”

Heard was the ultimate witness within the six-week libel trial Depp introduced towards his ex-wife. With cameras within the courtroom, tens of millions of individuals have adopted the trial, and curiosity appeared to realize momentum because the weeks went on and each Depp and Heard testified concerning the ugly particulars of their relationship.

On-line and on the courthouse, Depp’s followers have overwhelmingly dominated the narrative, with individuals lining up in a single day to get one of many few spots within the courtroom and wave at Depp as he walks out and in. Heard has been booed by spectators on the road as she enters and leaves the courthouse.

“The harassment and the humiliation, the marketing campaign towards me that is echoed each single day on social media, and now in entrance of cameras within the showroom — each single day I’ve to relive the trauma,” Heard mentioned as she fought again tears. “Maybe it is easy to overlook I am a human being.”

Heard cross-examined

On cross-examination, Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, instructed Heard that “your lies have been uncovered to the world” and questioned her about individuals who contradicted parts of her accounts.

“I understand how many individuals will come out of the woodwork to be in assist of Johnny,” Heard responded.

Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Submit describing herself as “a public determine representing home abuse.” Depp’s legal professionals say the actor was defamed by the article although it by no means talked about his identify.

Heard mentioned she hopes the lawsuit will enable her to regain her voice, and mentioned she had the “proper as an American” to publish an article that described her experiences and the way they relate to the nationwide debate over home violence.

“Johnny has taken sufficient of my voice,” she mentioned. “I’ve the correct to inform my story.”

Depp has denied he ever struck Heard, and says she was the abuser within the relationship. Heard has testified about greater than a dozen separate situations of bodily abuse she says she suffered at Depp’s arms.

Hand surgeon testifies

The ultimate witness for Depp’s aspect Thursday morning was hand surgeon Richard Gilbert, who mentioned he thinks the damage that occurred to Depp’s center finger may have occurred as Depp describes it.

The tip of the finger was severed throughout a battle the couple had in Australia.

Depp says it occurred when Heard threw a big vodka bottle at him. Heard says Depp did it to himself in a drug-fuelled rage on an evening when he additionally sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle.

Jurors will hear closing arguments on Friday.

Assist is out there for anybody who has been abused or assaulted. You possibly can entry disaster traces and native assist providers by means of the Ending Violence Association of Canada databaseThe Canadian Girls’s Basis’s Signal For Help is a silent, one-handed gesture to make use of in a video name to point that you’re susceptible to violence at house. ​​In the event you’re in fast hazard or worry to your security or that of others round you, please name 911.

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