Amber Heard is being questioned over pledges to charities she’s made which have remained unfulfilled, which resulted in a short spat over semantics, amid a trial of dueling defamation lawsuits involving her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for defamation, for allegedly false home abuse accusations she made towards him that he stated harm his profession. Heard is counter-suing Depp, additionally for defamation, for $100 million.
The highly-publicized trial has been live-streamed on the Regulation & Crime Community YouTube channel, and different shops, from a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia since mid-April.
Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, is proving to be as unrelenting a presence for Heard as Heard’s lawyer, Benjamin Rottenborn, was for Depp throughout his testimony.
Within the newest backwards and forwards underneath cross-examination between Vasquez and Heard, a battle of semantics ensued over the definition of “pledge” versus “donation.”
Vasquez questioned Heard over an Oct. 2018 interview that includes the Aquaman star claiming to have “donated” her total $7 million divorce settlement to charitable organizations. The donation was to be cut up between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Kids’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“That’s right I made that assertion as quickly as I bought a divorce and we reached the settlement. That’s after I pledged it, proper then,” Heard stated.
“However you hadn’t donated your total $7 million settlement to charity at that time, had you?” Vasquez stated.
“That’s incorrect,” Heard fired again.
It was a wierd reply given the truth that Heard testified simply hours earlier that she hasn’t donated the complete quantity she promised, explaining that she needed to halt cost installments on account of being sued by Depp.
When Vasquez pressed Heard additional on the topic, Heard stated, “I pledged everything of the settlement…”
However Vasquez interrupted her, saying, “Ms. Heard, that’s not my query, please.”
“Sitting right here right this moment, you haven’t donated the $7 million — donated, not pledged — donated the $7 million divorce settlement to charity?” Vasquez requested.
“I take advantage of ‘pledge’ and ‘donation’ synonymous with each other,” Heard started to elucidate, earlier than being interrupted once more.
“However I don’t. I don’t use it synonymously” Vasquez interrupted. “Ms. Heard — respectfully. That’s not my query. As of right this moment, you haven’t paid $3.5 million of your personal cash to the ACLU? Sure or no?”
“I’ve not but,” Heard lastly relented. She additionally stated she has not fulfilled her $3.5 million dedication to the Kids’s Hospital Los Angeles, both.
Vasquez additional questioned Heard about what she wished out of publicly pledging the donations. Heard admitted whereas it’s all the time good to generate good press, typically talking, the pledges to charity have been extra about “clearing [her] title.”
Regardless of Heard claiming Depp suing her is the roadblock that’s in the way in which of her fulfilling her charitable obligations, she was questioned by Depp’s crew about whether or not Heard was given the complete $7 million settlement greater than a yr earlier than Depp sued Heard. Depp’s different legal professional, Ben Chew, might be seen handing a sticky notice to Vasquez instantly previous to her asking that query.
Heard stated she disagreed with the notion that she had acquired the complete settlement 13 months earlier than being sued by Depp.
Earlier Monday, Heard stated she selected to satisfy her charitable pledges with the ACLU in installments as a result of she had been receiving her settlement from Depp in installments additionally.
Within the Heard-penned 2018 Washington Publish article on the middle of Depp’s lawsuit, she describes herself as a “public determine representing home abuse.” Although Depp isn’t named within the article, Heard made prior allegations of abuse towards Depp in 2016, which he claims is referenced within the piece.
Heard additionally has a number of different witnesses lined as much as testify, together with her sister Whitney Henriquez, actor Ellen Barkin, and Depp himself. This would be the second time Depp has taken the stand after he beforehand testified on behalf of himself and was cross-examined by Heard’s crew.