Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial: Breaking news for today, May 20

Depp lawyers aim to discredit Heard

On Tuesday this week, Johnny Depp’s lawyers attempted to discredit Amber Heard’s abuse allegations during the former couple’s defamation trial on Tuesday, presenting a knife she gave the star of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and loving notes she wrote to him.

Early in the day’s proceedings, attorney Camille Vasquez asked jurors to examine the knife Heard purchased for Depp in 2012. Heard, best known for her role in “Aquaman,” testified that Depp had already become violent towards her at that time.

“Is that the knife you gave to the man who would get drunk and violent towards you?” asked the lawyer. “It’s the knife I gave him as a present, yes,” she said, adding that she didn’t think he would stab her with it.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard for $50 million, claiming she defamed him when she claimed to have been the victim of domestic violence. Heard, 36, countersued for $100 million, arguing that Depp smeared him by calling her a liar.

Depp testified that he never hit Heard and maintained that she was the aggressor in their relationship. He said she threw a bottle of vodka at him in early 2015, cutting the top of his right middle finger.

Heard said she did not cause the finger injury and only hit it to defend herself or her sister.

Tuesday, Depp’s attorney read diary entries which Heard said the couple continued to share love notes.

“True love isn’t just about the madness of passion or the security of peace. No, it’s about both,” Heard wrote in May 2015, two months after Depp’s finger injury.

“I still want, perhaps more than ever, to tear you apart, devour you and savor the taste.” she added.

In another excerpt after their July 2015 honeymoon aboard the Orient Express train, Heard said she “couldn’t imagine a more magnificent honeymoon” and added, “I love you more and more each passing day”.

Heard told jurors on Monday that Depp assaulted her and wrapped a T-shirt around her neck during the trip. A month later, Heard wrote that Depp was “my cornerstone, my heart, my everything.”

“You are my life. I hate it when we argue. I hate hurting you. I love you more than anything.” she wrote.

Asked about the nominations, Heard said she tried to “nurture as much peace as possible” and that “when things were going well, they were really good”.

The actors tied the knot in February 2015, and their divorce was finalized about two years later.

Oral arguments are scheduled for May 27.

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