NEW YORK - Jurors in the Johnny Depp trial heard from Amber Heard once again on Thursday as the $50 million defamation case was set to come to an end soon.
Heard told jurors Thursday that a harassment campaign waged against her by ex-husband has left her humiliated and scared for her life from multiple death threats, and said she just wants "Johnny to leave me alone."
Heard was the final witness in the six-week libel trial Depp brought against his ex-wife. With cameras in the courtroom, millions of people have followed the trial, and interest seemed to gain momentum as the weeks went on and both Depp and Heard testified about the ugly details of their relationship.
A day earlier, it was a legal curtain call of sorts for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star as he returned to the stand for testimony. Recalled as a rebuttal witness, Depp called allegations his ex-wife Heard made against him "insane," "ridiculous," "painful," "savage" — and "all false."
Depp has sued Heard for libel for writing an op-ed in which she described herself as a victim of domestic abuse. He says he never struck her.
Online and at the courthouse, Depp's fans have overwhelmingly dominated the narrative, with groupies lining up overnight to get one of the few spots in the courtroom and wave at Depp as he walks in and out. Heard has been booed by spectators on the street as she enters and leaves the courthouse.
"The harassment and the humiliation, the campaign against me that’s echoed every single day on social media, and now in front of cameras in the showroom — every single day I have to relive the trauma," Heard said as she fought back tears. "Perhaps it's easy to forget I'm a human being."
On cross-examination, Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez told Heard that "your lies have been exposed to the world" and questioned her about people who contradicted portions of her accounts.
"I know how many people will come out of the woodwork to be in support of Johnny," Heard responded.
A day earlier, British supermodel Kate Moss, the ex-girlfriend of Depp, testified in defense of the star and said he never pushed her down any stairs while they were dating.
Moss, in testimony provided by video link, also said Depp never assaulted her. She said she did once slip down a flight of stairs after a rainstorm at a Jamaican resort, and that Depp came to her aid.
She testified for less than five minutes and was not cross-examined.
Moss was dragged into the case earlier in the trial when Heard blurted out her name during testimony in the $50 million defamation case.
"I don't hesitate. I don't wait. I instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs, and I swung at him," Heard said on May 5 while on the stand describing an argument over Depp's alleged infidelity when she thought he was about to push her sister, Whitney Henriquez Heard, down a flight of stairs. Heard said she punched Depp, and it was the first time she had ever "landed a blow."
Heard's statement prompted celebratory reactions from Depp's legal team in the courtroom. The namedropping of Moss opened the door for Depp's team to call the model as a witness to refute the rumor.