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Testimony continues in the civil trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Testimony continues in the civil trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Editor’s note: Some testimonies contain graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical abuse.

A friend of the actor Amber Heard testified on Wednesday that she saw the bruises and cuts left in the wake of several incidents of abuse caused by Heard’s ex-husband, Johnny Depp

In a recorded statement played to the jury, Raquel Pennington said she did not personally witness the Deep Heard strike. But she said she saw the injuries, and took pictures of Heard’s face in December 2015 after a fight in which Heard said Depp hit her in the head and possibly broke her nose.

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Raquel Pennington testifies during a pre-recorded video recording in the courtroom of Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

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The photo shows a swollen nose, a cut lip, and moderately black eyes on Heard’s face.

She also snapped a photo of strands of hair that she said were torn from Heard’s scalp.

In January 2022, Bennington said Heard “often had to cover the bruises and injuries on her face” with makeup.

Bennington said she doesn’t really consider herself to be Heard’s current girlfriend, and that the two have split in the past year.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation in Fairfax County, Virginia over an op-ed she wrote in December 2018 for the Washington Post describing herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” His lawyers say the article defamed him even though he never mentioned his name.

Depp says he never hit Heard and that he was the victim of Heard’s abuse.

The December 2015 battle is one of several contested fights. While the jurors viewed the photos Bennington took documenting the injuries, they also watched a video of Heard’s appearance on a late-night talk show the next day where those injuries do not appear.

Heard said the wounds were covered in makeup.

Then comes Bennington’s testimony Heard finished her time on the witness standincluding two grueling days of questioning, as Depp Heard’s lawyers questioned about the credibility of her allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Pennington’s testimony provides corroborating evidence for many of the alleged assaults. In addition to the December 2015 incident, Bennington said she saw wounds to Heard’s feet when she returned from a trip to Australia in March 2015. Heard testified that Depp sexually assaulted Heard with an alcohol bottle on that trip and that she fractured her feet. Glass of attack.

Bennington, who lived for some time in a penthouse suite with Depp and Heard, said she was the first person to see Heard during the couple’s final fight in May 2016 that led to the couple’s divorce.

Depp spent four days on stage earlier in the trial.

The trial, now in its fifth week, attracted a great deal of public interest. Fans gather every day at Fairfax County Courthouse.

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