Amber Heard did not file police report night Johnny Depp allegedly hit her
Amber Heard did not file a police report the night she alleges her ex-husband Johnny Depp hit her, the court heard on Thursday. The domestic violence coordinator for the Los Angeles Police Department was one of the witnesses to give evidence via a video deposition, and was asked about a police call made in 2016 regarding an alleged argument between the former couple. Mr Depp, 58, is suing his ex-wife in the US state of Virginia for alleged defamation over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, in which she stated she was a victim of domestic abuse.
The court also heard on Thursday how Ms Heard followed "all legal advice" from a lawyer prior to submitting the piece.Amber Heard watching the LAPD detective's testimony in court on Thursday (REUTERS)
The article did not mention the actor by name, but Mr Depp argues that due to the alleged implication he is an abuser, he has lost work and been financially impacted by the piece. In her testimony heard on Thursday, Marie Sadanaga confirmed the LAPD responded to a call at the former couple's penthouse on May 21, 2016 The witness testified that the policed department had been unable to determine whether a crime had taken place and the Aquaman actress did not file a report.Johnny Depp, pictured here on Thursday, has always denied abusing his ex-wife (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The police representative went on to explain how she has "personally experienced" problems with some domestic abuse victims who refused to report their attacker and declined to provide statements.
On Monday, Ms Heard explained why she didn't file a report following the alleged abuse incident in 2016. During her cross-examination, the actress told the court how she wanted to "protect" her then-husband, saying: "I wanted to protect Johnny. I didn't want him to be arrested.
I didn't want him to be in trouble.The former couple were married for just over a year before the actress filed for divorce (Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
"I didn't want the world to know. I didn't want this to come out." Mr Depp has always denied all allegations of physical abuse.
The former couple struck up a romance in 2011, after meeting on the set of the set of the comedy-drama film, The Rum Diary. They tied the knot in a civil ceremony in February 2015. Ms Heard filed for divorce from the Edwards Scissorhands actor in May 2016 and obtained a temporary restraining order against him.
The final terms of the divorce settlement were agreed in January 2017, with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor required to complete a payment of £7 million to his former wife over the course of the year.
The trial resumes next week.