Jury shown knife Heard gave to Depp

On Tuesday, Depp’s attorney read entries from a journal that Heard said the couple kept to share love notes.

“True love isn’t about just the madness of passion or instead picking the safety of peace. No, it’s about both,” Heard wrote in May 2015, two months after Depp’s finger injury.

Actor Johnny Depp gestures as he walks out of the courtroom.

Actor Johnny Depp gestures as he walks out of the courtroom.Credit:Brendan Smialowski/Pool photo via AP

“I still, perhaps more than ever, want to rip you apart, devour you and savor the taste,” she added.

In another excerpt after their July 2015 honeymoon aboard the Orient Express train, Heard said she “couldn’t imagine a more gorgeous honeymoon,” and added, “I love you more and more every passing day.”

Heard had told jurors on Monday that Depp assaulted her and wrapped a T-shirt around her neck during the trip.

A month later, Heard wrote that Depp was “my cornerstone, my heart, my all.”

Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, watch the jury arrive.

Actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, watch the jury arrive.Credit:Brendan Smialowski/Pool photo via AP

“You are my life. I hate it when we fight. I hate having hurt you. I love you more than anything,” she wrote.

Asked about entries, Heard said she tried to “nurture as much peace as she possibly could,” and that “when things were good, they were really good.”

The actors wed in February 2015 and their divorce was finalized about two years later.

The legal case centers on a December 2018 opinion piece by Heard that appeared in The Washington Post. The article never mentioned Depp by name, but his lawyer told jurors it was clear that Heard was referencing him.

Depp, once among Hollywood’s biggest stars, said Heard’s allegations cost him “everything”. A new Pirates of the Caribbean movie was put on hold, and Depp was replaced in the Fantastic Beasts franchise movie, to Harry Potter spin off.

Heard’s attorneys have argued that she told the truth and that her opinion was protected free speech under the US Constitution’s First Amendment.

Closing arguments are scheduled for May 27.

Less than two years ago, Depp lost a libel case against the Sun, a British tabloid that labeled him a “wife beater”. A London High Court judge ruled that he had repeatedly assaulted Heard.

Depp’s lawyers filed the case in Fairfax County, Virginia, because The Washington Post is printed there. The newspaper is not a defendant.

Reuters

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