Former President Donald Trump offered his own commentary on the blockbuster Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard trial on Tuesday, sarcastically saying they seemed like a ‘lovely couple’ after weeks of accusations of domestic abuse on both sides,
Depp has claimed she threw a vodka bottle at him in early 2015, severing one of his fingers, and that she once defecated on his side of the bed, an allegation she denied (saying her dog was responsible).
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for defamation after she wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post referring to herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse.’
The result has been day after day of tabloid fodder as the two actors battle it out in a Virginia courtroom.
‘Has anybody been watching the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial? What a lovely couple,’ said Trump on his Truth Social media platform, before slighting the Washington Post with an aside.
‘First of all, Johnny sued her for writing an article in a tiny “outlet,” that practically nobody read, because he didn’t want to get bad publicity. How did that work out?’
Trump goes on to point out that many more people now know about their tumultuous relationship as the result of the court case.
Former President Donald Trump used his Truth Social platform on Tuesday to offer his own commentary on the Amber Heard versus Johnny Depp blockbuster court case
Trump took a dig at the Washington Post and also said Depp and Heard were a ‘lovely couple’ after weeks of claims that each abused the other during a tempestuous relationship
Depp is suing Heard for a piece she wrote in the Washington Post in which she described herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse.’ He has denied abusing her
Heard countersued for $100 million, claiming that her career had been damaged after Depp’s lawyer said her claims of abuse were a hoax. The result is a high-profile court showdown
‘She countersued for $100 million.
‘The charges are many & salacious, the nicest of which is that she threw a bottle at him and it took off his finger – She must have a Sandy Koufax type arm,’ he wrote, referencing the former Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.
‘Will they get back together and live happily in PEACE?’
Heard’s $100 million counterclaim says she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, when he called her original accusations a hoax.
She finished giving evidence on Monday.
The jury was shown photos of red marks on her face and heard testimony about her skill in use make-up to hide bruises.
Depp previously testified that he never struck Heard. Instead he said that he was the victim of her tirades and ‘demeaning name calling.
‘It could begin with a slap, it could begin with a shove, it could begin with throwing a TV remote at my head, throwing a glass of wine in my face,’ he said when giving evidence.
He described one incident in 2015 when the couple were in Australia on location for the fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean film. Depp said Hear was angry about a postnuptial agreement and threw a bottle of vodka which shattered, injuring his hand.
‘The tip of my finger had been severed and I was looking directly at my bone sticking out,’ he testified.
Heard and Depp are pictured on their honeymoon in February 2015. ‘Johnny slapped me across the face and got a hold of my neck and pushed me up against the wall of the car. It was a small narrow sleeper car,’ she claimed in court
It was during that fight that Heard says she was sexually assaulted.
She was questioned about the details during cross-examination on Tuesday by Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez
She asked Heard why she never sought medical attention, even though she said her feet were cut by broken glass and she was bleeding after the attack.
‘You’re the one who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia, isn’t that right, Ms. Heard?’ Vasquez asked.
‘I didn’t assault Johnny in Australia. I didn’t assault Johnny ever,’ Heard responded.
Earlier the court was shown Depp and Heard’s ‘love journal’ in which they write to each other.
In a diary entry on May 22, 2015, Heard wrote: ‘True love isn’t about just the madness of passion or picking the safety of peace. It’s about having both. I have seen in you the true bones of friendship and respect but I still more than ever want to rip you apart, devour you and savor the taste.’
Her account of their relationship differed dramatically from Depp’s. She described a pattern of him lashing out while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Violence would often follow accusations that she was cheating on him, she testified.
‘He would explode,’ she said, describing how he would punch walls before slapping her.
In a diary entry on May 22, 2015, Heard wrote: ‘I have seen in you the true bones of friendship and respect but I still more than ever want to rip you apart, devour you and savor the taste’
Heard has previously claimed that during her honeymoon with Depp in July 2015 aboard the Orient Express he brutally assaulted her. But the court was shown a note in the diary from July 22nd that year which read: ‘My husband, happy honeymoon’
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s caustic relationship
February 3, 2015
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard marry in a private civil ceremony at their LA home, four years after they met as co-stars on the set of The Rum Diary. The couple celebrate with a lavish reception on an idyllic private island in the Bahamas that Depp bought in 2004 for $3.6 million.
April 21, 2015
Heard breaches Australia’s biosecurity laws when she and Depp fail to declare their two Yorkshire terriers when they arrive Down Under on a private jet for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Heard admits falsifying quarantine documents and is placed on a $1,000 one-month good behavior bond.
May 23, 2016
Heard files for divorce after 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later a judge issues a temporary restraining order against Depp over domestic violence allegations. Pictures of Heard’s alleged injuries hit the tabloids but the LAPD finds no evidence of a crime.
August 16, 2016
Depp and Heard reach a $7 million divorce settlement which the actress promises to give to charity. Their marriage was ‘intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,’ the former lovers say in a statement. ‘There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm’.
December 18, 2018
The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard, an ambassador for women’s rights at for the American Civil Liberties Union, urging support for women who suffer domestic violence. ‘Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out,’ reads the headline.
March 1, 2019
Despite not being named in the article, Depp files a $50 million defamation suit in Fairfax Circuit Court, Virginia saying it implied he was an abuser and got him fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp dismisses Heard’s abuse allegations as a ‘hoax’ and claims he was actually the victim of her violence.
August 10, 2020
Heard countersues for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp and his lawyer Adam Waldman targeted her with a vicious smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to amplify false stories about her and derail her acting career.
November 1, 2020
Depp faces an uphill battle to save his reputation after he loses a libel battle with a British tabloid that labeled him a ‘wife beater’. A judge in London’s rules that The Sun’s 2018 article was ‘substantially true’ and that the father-of-two had attacked Heard a dozen times, causing her to fear for her life on three occasions.
April 11, 2022
After lengthy delays due to the Covid pandemic, the former flames finally lock horns in Fairfax County, Virginia where the Washington Post servers that published the disputed op-ed are based. The trial is expected to last six to seven weeks and celebrities tipped to give evidence include James Franco, Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin.