Testifying as a witness for Mr. Depp in his $ 1 million defamation suit against Ms. Heard in Fairfax County, Virginia on Wednesday, Beverly Leonard told the court she met the Aquaman actor at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state during her time working there.
Ms Leonard said she was in the luggage area when she “observed [Heard] with a traveling companion “and that” they got into an argument where Mrs. Heard grabbed her traveling companion and pulled something from her neck. ”
At that point, Ms. Leonard continued, she went “to try to break what appeared to be a fight,” asked a colleague to help her and “interposed them, and separated them, stopping any further injuries or escalation.”
She described Ms Heard’s behavior towards her roommate, who was the former partner of actor Tasya Van Ree, as “aggressive”. She also said Ms. Heard “pulled a necklace from her, and I noticed she had it in her hand.”
Ms Heard appeared “not to be very stable on her feet” and her eyes were “blurred and watery”, Ms Leonard testified, adding, “I could smell alcohol”.
Ms Leonard also told the jury that Ms Heard’s roommate “raised his hands in what appeared to be a defensive manner” but remained “quite stoic” in addition. She also said Ms Heard despised her when she intervened to ask if “they are okay” and “what’s going on”.
“She just said, ‘We’re just fighting, we’re fine, we’re fine,'” Leonard said, adding that Ms. Heard’s traveling companion had “abrasion on the side of her neck where the necklace was.” ., as a rope burns from the chain when it was removed. ”
During Mrs. Leonard’s cross-examination, Ms. Bredehoft suggested that the witness contact Mr. Depp’s legal counsel “late last night” so that “you can watch TV.”
“You know this lawsuit is televised, don’t you?” Mrs. Heard’s lawyer asked Mrs. Leonard, who replied, “Yes.”
“So you know that if you have something important to say, that’s how you can get on TV, right?” Mrs. Bredehoft pressed.
“No, I didn’t want to be on TV,” Ms. Leonard replied, while Mr. Depp said “wow” because of Mrs. Bredehoft’s question mark.
“I was actually waiting for a call and wondered why I wasn’t contacted,” she added.
During Mr Heard’s cross-examination earlier in the trial, Mr Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez brought claims faced by Ms Heard in 2009 when she was arrested over an alleged domestic violence incident involving Van Ree.
The alleged incident was reported in 2016 by TMZ. The site wrote at the time that Ms. Heard was “allegedly caught and beaten.” [Ms van Ree] in the arm that was upset [Ms van Ree] and started the arrest ”.
Ms. van Ree in 2016 shared a statement with Various which read: “In 2009, Amber was wrongly charged with an incident that was misinterpreted and overly sensationalized by two individuals in a powerful position.
“I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes towards us, which later appeared to be homophobic when they learned that we were domestic partners and not just ‘friends’. Charges were quickly dropped and she was released moments later. of Amber are again questioned.
“Amber is a bright, honest and beautiful woman and I have the utmost respect for her. We’ve had a wonderful five years together and stay close to this day. “
Final arguments in the lawsuit are listed for Friday (May 27). Prior to that, Ms. Heard is expected to return to the stand on Day 23 of the high-profile civil lawsuit – currently at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia, USA.
Mr Depp is suing Mr Heard for $ 50 million for allegedly implicating him in abusing her in the 2018 editorial office for The Washington Postclaiming that it affected his ability to get the kinds of movie roles he was once used to.
Meanwhile, Ms Heard is prosecuting Mr Depp for directing a “defamation campaign” against her, describing his trial as “a continuation of abuse and harassment”. She is seeking $ 100 million in damages.
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