2:26 PM PT — A source close to Amber tells TMZ … “Depp’s lawyers’ only defense is a dishonest offense. His lawyers might be entitled to their own opinion, but they’re not entitled to their own facts. This case is not a matter of he said/she said. It is a case of what he did/she did.”
They add, “The central issue on Day One of this trial is the same as it is today. What Depp did, while appalling, is beside the point. What Amber did is the point. Did she have the right of Freedom of Speech as exercised in her Washington Post Op-Ed — an Op-Ed the paper found fit to print and an Op-Ed in which Amber never once mentioned Depp’s name.”
Court is wrapped for the day … there’s one more live witness that’ll be called tomorrow, and other previously recorded depositions that’ll be played in the weeks ahead.
2:00 PM PT — Amber Heard’s close friend, iO Tillett Wright, just testified about the poop left behind in Johnny’s bed — while also addressing the couple’s last alleged blowup fight.
Wright gave his recounting of what he remembers about Johnny and Amber’s relationship — as he was around during much of it — but one standout moment from his testimony once again focused on the doo-doo Johnny believes Amber and/or him put on his sheets.
Wright testified that he was made aware of this theory during a phone convo with Amber — with her and Johnny on other end — and he found it laughable … saying he wasn’t there and had nothing to do with it. Suddenly, things took a turn, he claims, when he says he heard Johnny and Amber arguing on the phone, and JD allegedly say something about pulling her hair back. That’s when he says he started frantically calling friends to come to AH’s rescue.
Wright also testified that after Johnny and Amber got hitched, he heard Johnny say something to the effect of … good, now I can punch her in the face and no one can do anything about it. With that said, he noted — he’d never personally seen either person physically hit the other.
Johnny Depp‘s attorney insisted her client hadn’t looked at Amber Heard once in this trial to uphold a promise he made — but his ex is calling BS … offering a very different explanation.
Johnny’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, kicked off her cross-examination Monday with a simple question … Johnny hadn’t shot a glance her way amid the trial, had he? Amber said she didn’t believe so, and Camille suggested she knew exactly why … because he vowed she’d never see his eyes again.
She then played an audio recording where Johnny and Amber were arguing — this after she’d gotten a TRO against him — and in it you hear him say something to that effect.
Amber hadn’t refuted it much during cross, but on redirect — when her attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, reopened the door on the eyes thing — Amber pounced to refute Johnny’s supposed reasoning … arguing, instead, that he couldn’t look at her because of guilt.
It made for a dramatic moment … Amber got emotional, saying she’d survived him — adding that she believes he wouldn’t look at her since he knows he’s in the wrong for this case.
She also claimed he had, in fact, looked her in the eye a few times after that meeting in July 2016 — when they tried reconciling post-TRO — and Amber even says Johnny had shown her kindness thereafter … allegedly slipping her his new phone number.
We’ll say this … Johnny has been dedicated in not staring up at Amber once while she’s been under oath — which is kinda awkward, because she’s certainly shot him a look or two throughout. In any case, it seems she and her attorneys think the eyes narrative is nonsense.
Anyway, Amber ended up getting the last word with her attorney leading the way — she’s done now with hertestimony. Unclear if another witness is going to be called to the stand, including Johnny himself, but the court is currently on another break.