Amber Heard reportedly “cried and yelled” as she refused to go under oath and face questioning in her domestic violence depositing against her ex, Johnny Depp.
According to TMZ, the 30-year-old actress was “screaming” in defiance and would not enter the room where she was due to give evidence.
“Amber showed up around 11:50 AM Saturday for a 10 AM deposition. She was there until around 9 PM but never even walked in the deposition room, where lawyers, a court reporter and videographer were waiting.
“According to new legal docs filed by Johnny's lawyer, Laura Wasser, Amber repeatedly refused to submit to questioning. According to the docs, at 2 PM Wasser and company wanted Amber to leave the adjoining office where she had been waiting and enter the conference room so the depo could begin.”
It is important to note that it is not uncommon for victims of domestic violence have fear-filled hesitations when it comes to facing up to their alleged attackers in court, but there have been contrary reports saying Amber was compliant. A source reportedly told the Daily Mail that Heard had co-operated in the deposition without protest.
“She was there and ready to proceed. She never refused to go in,” the unnamed source said.
The Rum Diaries actress’ legal team is also accused of not overturning documents that have been requested by Depp’s lawyers, TMZ says.
Depp's lawyers are now seeking for the domestic violence case against the actor dropped or an order prohibiting Amber from testifying put in place when the case goes to trial next month.
E! is reporting that documents filed to the court indicate that Heard’s close friend, Raquel Pennington and her boyfriend Joshua Drew "will testify to personal observations relating to incidents of domestic violence by [Johnny] including, but not limited to, the domestic violence incident which occurred on May 21, 2016."
Another friend of Heard’s, iO Tillett Wright is also scheduled to testify and share her "personal observations" involving occurrences of domestic violence. In June, Tillett penned an essay for Refinery29 explaining why she called police on Johnny.
Johnny has also geared up for trial with almost two dozen witness’ lining up to give evidence on his behalf, reports E!
Heard – who has a temporary restraining order against Depp – filed for divorce in May after 15 months of marriage. The split came just days before she alleged he had thrown an iPhone at her face and physically attacked her.
If you or someone you know is at risk of domestic violence you can seek help by calling 1800-RESPECT or 1800 737 732.