In videotaped testimony performed earlier than a Virginia courtroom Tuesday, a former mutual buddy of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard described the actor making a remark about spousal abuse instantly after the pair’s seaside Caribbean wedding ceremony.

“As we have been strolling again from the ceremony … I used to be strolling with Johnny and congratulating him that they pulled it off, that they did it,” iO Tillett Wright mentioned within the footage, dated March 10. “After which he mentioned, ‘We’re married; now I can punch her within the face and no person can do something about it.’”

The revelation about Depp’s obvious joke got here as his $50 million defamation go well with towards Heard, which facilities on his ex-wife’s home violence allegations, stretched into its seventeenth day.

Depp and Heard threw a marriage get together for family and friends on Depp’s non-public island in February 2015, starting a wedding that rapidly fell aside.

Wright, a multi-hyphenate producer, turned associates with Heard and later Depp whereas he was working as a photographer for The New York Instances round a decade in the past, he mentioned, describing himself as a onetime confidante for every actor.

He described a poisonous relationship by which Depp would repeatedly demean Heard, dismissing her profession as being solely based mostly off her seems to be, and Heard would verbally retaliate.

Wright was clear that he had by no means seen Depp hit Heard. However he mentioned he witnessed a few of the obvious aftereffects, resembling a clump of blond hair on the carpet, allegedly torn out by Depp throughout a struggle. He additionally mentioned that he noticed Depp throw “glasses and dishware” at Heard, “which I might characterize as violent,” Wright mentioned.

Depp maintains that he by no means bodily harmed Heard or every other lady. In response, Heard is countersuing him to the tune of $100 million.

The couple’s divorce was finalized in January 2017. In 2020, after Depp’s former legal professional Adam Waldman started attacking Heard’s home violence allegations as a “hoax,” Wright mentioned that he noticed Heard “retreat.”

“Amber turned remoted, embattled and terribly distressed,” he mentioned.

Heard had testified about Depp’s crew’s assaults on her credibility earlier within the day as Depp legal professional Camille Vasquez accomplished her cross-examination.

Heard, like Depp, testified over the course of 4 days in complete.

“Simply look me up. You’ll see,” she mentioned after Vasquez accused her of getting no proof that Depp’s crew carried out what Heard known as an “orchestrated smear marketing campaign” towards her.

Over the course of the defamation trial, Depp’s supporters have actually been the louder bunch, with followers displaying up exterior the courtroom to cheer the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star as he arrives every single day since proceedings started again in April.

Whereas the go well with is objectively advanced in actuality, that’s not the case on social media, the place Johnny Depp is painted as a sufferer of venomous lies peddled by somebody much less well-known than him. Standard hashtags embody #AmberHeardIsALiar and #AmberTurd, a reference to the a part of Depp’s testimony the place he mentioned he mentioned Heard defecated on his facet of their mattress to get again at him. (Heard blamed the couple’s growing old canine.) Numerous moments from the trial, which has been streamed dwell, have offered days upon days of mineable content material and memes.

In her testimony, Heard urged {that a} marketing campaign towards her predates the present trial by years, alleging that one in all Depp’s attorneys had a connection to TMZ and fed the movie star information and gossip website data to make her look unhealthy ― together with the audio recording by which Heard admits to hitting Depp and telling him that he was “fantastic.”

Her time on the stand got here to an finish after a protracted battle between Elaine Bredehoft, one in all Heard’s attorneys, and Vasquez, who interrupted with near-continuous objections to Bredehoft’s questioning, necessitating a number of exasperated sidebars with the decide.