- Amber Heard said she wasn’t surprised people “came out of the woodwork” to testify for Johnny Depp.
- Heard referenced last-minute witnesses, including Kate Moss, who questioned her testimony.
- “He’s a very powerful man and people love to flatter themselves with powerful men,” Heard said.
Amber Heard said she wasn’t surprised by last-minute testimonies from Kate Moss and a campground manager in support of Johnny Depp, saying it’s the kind of power he wields over people.
“I know how many people are going to come out and say whatever’s for him, that’s his power,” Heard said. “That’s why I wrote the op-ed, I spoke on this phenomenon – how many people will support it and fall victim to its power.”
Heard made the comment in her final minutes on the witness stand Thursday as her libel trial with ex-husband Depp concludes.
On Wednesday, Depp’s legal team called two witnesses to the stand at the last minute to refute incidents that Heard brought up in her testimony. Depp’s ex-girlfriend Moss dispelled a rumor, referred to by Heard, that Depp pushed her down a flight of stairs when they were dating in the 1990s. Moss said she slipped and Depp came to her rescue.
A campground manager also questioned Heard’s description of a fight in which she said Depp got angry at her because another woman touched her. The manager said he saw Heard argue with Depp and saw Depp “crouch” in response.
“He’s a very powerful man and people love to flatter themselves with powerful men and I know that first hand, I’ve experienced it,” Heard said, dismissing the statement.
Heard dismissed Kate Moss’ testimony
Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, brought up those testimonies during her cross-examination of Heard on Thursday, telling Heard she must have been surprised by these last-minute witnesses, who raise questions about her credibility.
Heard said she wasn’t concerned. She’s witnessed firsthand how people will do anything to ingratiate themselves with her ex-husband, a powerful man, she said.
“I know how many people will come out of the woodwork to support Johnny. From this courtroom it’s clear how many people are going to do that,” she said, appearing to refer to Depp’s fans in the courtroom gallery.
Depp took Heard to court and accused her of ruining his career, implying in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she was a victim of domestic violence and claiming that Heard was the real culprit in their relationship.
Heard countered and spent several days standing, describing several incidents in which she said she was physically and sexually abused by Depp during their relationship.
Regarding Moss dispelling the stairs rumor, Heard said it made no difference to her. Referring to the rumor, Heard said it’s what she had in mind when she said Depp started getting aggressive with her and her sister when the three were at the top of a flight of stairs in 2015. She said it was the reason she hit Depp, the only time she says she hit him in their relationship.
“I didn’t expect her to show up or not show up. It didn’t matter,” Heard said. “It doesn’t change what I believed back then when we were on the stairs and I thought he was going to kill my sister when she was at the top of the stairs.”
“Everyone who was around in the ’90s and early mornings knew that rumor,” Heard said. “I heard this rumor from several people. Of course, that’s what crossed my mind when my abusive husband suddenly swung for my sister, not just for me. Of course I thought of that.”
Both sides are expected to deliver closing arguments on Friday, after which the jury will begin deliberations.