A police officer has told the court that Amber Heard was ‘not a victim of domestic abuse’ after she responded an incident on May 21, 2016 at Johnny Depp’s penthouse.
Depp launched a defamation lawsuit against Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 article she penned in The Washington Post. The trial began Monday 11 April in Fairfax, Virginia.
Officer Melissa Saenz of the LAPD said Heard had marks on her face that were with consistent with her crying, not with being hit by a phone.
Officer Saenz said that she “goes to a lot of domestic violence calls every day” and had probably “attended around 100 domestic violence cases” by the time she arrived at the penthouse to investigate that call.
In a pre-recorded testimony, the police officer told the court that Depp was not present and Heard “would give no further information.”
The officer “took no notes, or photos, or recorded anything” while at the couple’s penthouse. She agreed with Heard’s legal time that “Heard was crying, red eyed and was not making eye-contact” and that she “saw nothing out of the ordinary” in the penthouse. Nothing appeared to be broken or smashed.
When asked about redness on Heard’s face in photographs that were shown, the officer said:
“It does not look like an injury caused by a cellphone.”
Officer Saenz said she believes the photos show it appears “consistent with her crying, her face was flushed.”
Heard is due to take the stand later in this legal battle.