A photo of Amber Heard with a bloody lip will not be used in court when her defamation trial against Johnny Depp resumes tomorrow.
Aquaman star, 36 years old, claims that a specific incident of physical assault, which she claims was initiated by Depp, left her with a bloody lips.
While on the witness stand earlier this month, Heard claimed that the 58-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star hit her in the mouth during a heated row, saying: “I was in one of these fights, I believe it’s this one, in his downtown ECB, we call it, loft, and we’re in the kitchen living room area and he backhands me.”
She continued: “And, you know, it was, you know, he wears a lot of rings. I remember kind of just feeling like my lip went into my teeth, and it got a little blood on the wall. Just that simple, a little bit of blood on the wall.”
Heard claims she took the photo after the incident. It also shows her holding a piece of paper that reads: “I shall return xxx”. The Rum Diary actress says Depp had left the note behind after the altercation.
Depp’s legal counsel objected that the photo be shown in court. He claimed that Depp’s own legal team had not submitted the image in the discovery phase in this high-profile case.
Depp’s lawyers won the judge’s approval, and the photograph was not allowed to be used as evidence against Heard’s claim she was a victim domestic violence by her ex-husband.
Depp’s counsel has since claimed to TMZ by stating that the photo does not support Heard’s allegations against the actor.
According to the outlet, Depp’s lawyers have confirmed that the photo was taken in 2012. However, Heard’s witness statement against The Sun UK claims that the first violent outburst occurred the year following.
Heard was told by a source that Heard mixed up the dates in her previous libel trial. However, records from her therapists allegedly show that the alleged violence began around 2012 or 2013.
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