After an intensely dramatic six-week testimony, the Johnny Depp-Amber Hard defamation trial is over today.
In the final week of the trial, which turned into a national obsession, both Depp and Hard returned to the stand to add arguments for their respective parties.
Depp’s testimony focuses on Hard’s claim of sexual harassment, which he called “crazy.”
For her part, she testified about the “torture” she endured from both Hard Depp and her most ardent online supporters.
During cross-examination, Depp Attorney Camille Vasquez dissected Hard’s testimony throughout the case, which he claims indicates that the moments serve as evidence of the actress’ dishonesty.
“Have your lies been exposed to the world many times?” Vasquez asked Hard at one point.
“I didn’t lie about anything,” Hard replied.
At one point in his earlier testimony, Hard Depp mentioned a rumor about Kate Moss being pushed down the stairs during their relationship.
Earlier this week, Moss testified that Depp never pushed her or attacked her in any way during their relationship.
“When you told this jury you punched Mr. Depp because you thought Mr. Depp was pushing Kate Moss down the stairs, didn’t you expect Miss Moss to testify that never happened?” Vasquez asked Hard on Thursday.
“Wrong, I knew how many people would come out of the woodwork to support Johnny,” Hard fired back.
Hard defended his misconception that Depp pushed Hard, claiming it was a popular rumor at the time.
“Everyone who was in the 90’s and early 1990s knew this rumor. I heard this rumor from more than one person,” he said.
“Of course it was spinning in my head when my violent husband suddenly swayed not only for me, but for my sister. Of course I thought so,” Hard continued.
“I didn’t expect her to show up or expect her to show up, it doesn’t matter, it didn’t change what I thought on the stairs when I thought she was going to kill my sister.”
Hard went on to point out that Moss and others who sided with Depp were simply influenced by his “power.”
“I know how many people will come out and say whatever they want. That’s his power,” he told the court.
“That’s why I wrote that op-ed. He’s a very strong man and people like to curry with strong men.”
From there, Vasquez addressed Hard’s decision to file a restraining order against Depp in 2016.
Vasquez accused Herd of waiting for Depp to leave the country as well as warning the media so he could control the narrative.
“You warned TMZ to file?” Vasquez asked, citing previous testimony from Morgan Tremain, a former TMZ employee.
“No I didn’t,” Hard replied, stressing that he was frustrated with the focus on his broken marriage.
“Who wants to survive domestic violence?”
In his concluding argument this morning, Vasquez noted that what he claimed was evidence that he had lied on the hard stand.
Vasquez noted that Hard did not donate his divorce settlement to charity, as he had previously claimed.
He also cited previous testimony from the acting coach of Vasquez Hard, who noted that Amber “has difficulty crying while performing.”
“You saw it,” Vasquez continued.
“While Ms. Suleiman endured this abuse almost a decade ago, she heard elaborate, exaggerated, gorgeous descriptions of the abuse and everything that went through her mind without crying,” Vasquez said:
“It was a performance.”
The concluding argument is expected to end today, with jury discussions set to begin this afternoon.
We will have more updates on this evolving story as new information becomes available.