Officer Tyler Hadden, one of the police who visited the couple’s penthouse apartment on May 21, 2016, said Heard refused to communicate to officers and has no signs of any injury, although he recognized she’d been sobbing and was red-faced.
Depp’s libel trial against his ex-wife saw taped depositions from cops who claim to have seen Heard sobbing but no obvious indications of harm on Wednesday. Heard appeared at a Los Angeles courthouse to ask for a temporary restraining order six days after the incident, with a noticeable mark on her face that she said Depp caused during a fight.
Photographers caught the incident, and the claims became global tabloid fodder. Depp, on the other hand, insists he never struck her.
“Just because I see a female with pink cheeks and pink eyes doesn’t mean something happened,” Hadden said in a recorded deposition played for jurors Wednesday.
By the time authorities arrived, Depp had already fled the penthouse. Officers said they were unaware of Heard’s identity or that she was married to Depp. He said that neither Heard nor anyone else at the penthouse building would reveal who Heard’s spouse was to him or the other cops.
An officer who made a follow-up visit that night, William Gatlin, claimed on Wednesday that he had observed no injuries either, though he noted that his visit was quick and he came no closer than three metres from Heard.
He claimed that his check was only a courtesy because the call seemed to be a repeat of one that Hadden had already answered.
Gatlin’s response was captured on bodycam video and lasted less than two minutes. Heard was only visible from a distance.
In their queries, Heard’s attorneys indicated that Heard may have concealed her injuries with make-up because she still wanted to protect Depp at the time. They also inquired as to why authorities did not conduct a more comprehensive investigation into a possible instance of domestic violence.
Depp’s greatest proof that Heard made up the claims against her ex-husband is the cops’ testimony. Witnesses testified previously that they saw Heard and her sister practice mock punches in the days following the incident.
But it’s far from conclusive. Heard’s attorneys have yet to present their case, and several of her pals claim to have been there at the apartment when Depp allegedly assaulted her.
Even if jurors decide that Depp never abused his wife on May 21, they would have heard evidence of previous alleged assaults that occurred before and throughout the couple’s brief marriage.