Johnny Depp's lawyers claim Amber Heard has put on 'performance of a lifetime' in court
Depp's lawyer suggests Amber Heard's evidence has continued to 'grow new and convenient details'
Johnny Depp's lawyers have claimed that Amber Heard has put on "the performance of her life" while testifying against him in his multi-million-pound defamation case.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing his former wife over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 in which she discussed the subject of domestic abuse. Depp's lawyers argue that the Washington Post piece falsely implies that Heard was physically and sexually abused by Depp while they were married from 2015 to 2017. He is seeking $50m in damages. Heard is counter-suing for $100m
In the statement, Depp's lawyers argued that his "recollections have remained exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her (Heard's) first allegations were made".
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Heard's evidence, the statement claimed - "as Mr Depp's counsel correctly predicted in their opening statements" - have "continued to grow new and convenient details".
"Ms Herad did indeed deliver 'the performance of her life' in her direct examination," the statement reads.
The statement ended with a warning to Heard that the upcoming cross-examination of her from Depp's team "will be most telling, and will certainly highlight the many fallacies Ms Heard has now attempted to pass off as fact throughout her convoluted testimony".
In response, Heard's team, has said that Depp's defamation claim is "falling apart so rapidly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor".
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The statement reads: “They boast that Mr Depp’s story has not changed. If so, since he lost the Domestic Violence Restraining Order and he resoundingly lost the libel case in the UK, perhaps he should consider a new strategy rather than the recycled approach of attacking the victim, and refusing to take responsibility for his own conduct.”
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Heard’s team claimed that Depp has an "inability to distinguish fact from fiction - a malady which appears to have spread to his legal team". They also slammed him for his behaviour during the trial.
The trial has concluded for a week's recess and jurors have been warned not to look at any social media during the break to ensure their opinions aren't influenced.
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