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Amber Heard says ‘people want to kill me’ after ex-TMZ employee makes bombshell claim

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As the contentious defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard winds down, jurors heard from a former TMZ employee who alleged that the actress staged a photo-op of her bruised face and leaked a video of her then-husband slamming cupboards in 2016.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star, 58, is suing Heard for $50 million, saying she defamed him when she wrote about being a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 op-ed for the Washington Post. Heard, 36, has counter-sued for $100 million, arguing that Depp smeared her when his lawyer said her claims were an “abuse hoax.

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Despite TMZ attempt to block the testimony, Morgan Tremaine revealed that he sent a camera team to capture photos of Heard leaving a Los Angeles courthouse after she filed a temporary restraining order in May 2016.

“Their objective was to capture her leaving the courthouse and she was going to sort of stop and turn toward the camera to display the bruise on the right side of her face, the alleged bruise,” he said.

Working as a field producer for the celebrity news outlet, Tremaine also said that he received video footage showed earlier in the trial in which Depp was seen screaming and slamming cabinets. Heard’s defence team used the video as evidence to paint a pattern of his allegedly abusive behaviour during their relationship.

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Tremaine said he didn’t know how the outlet received the clip, but hinted that it came from Heard or someone close to her.

“We downloaded it, we alerted the web editor and then we were instructed by the news producers to put bumpers and a bug on it, which is putting the dun, dun, dun on it, and putting a translucent watermark over, which indicates copyright ownership.”

Tremaine said the only way that TMZ would have been able to obtain copyright so swiftly was if they had shot it themselves or if it had been given to them by the original owner or if it had been purchased. But still, he added, it can take some time to “extensively verify” that a person supplying the content actually owns it — and revealed TMZ published the kitchen cabinet video in about 15 minutes.

But Tremaine testified that the clip he received in August 2016 was edited with a part in which Heard was seen snickering removed from the footage.

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“There was some a bit at the beginning that was played here in which Ms. Heard is seemingly sort of setting up the camera and getting into position. And then, there’s a bit at the end, where she’s seemingly snickering and looks at the camera. That part was not present in what we received.”

Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft tried to argue that Tremaine sought out a part in the trial in a bid to achieve some level of notability. “This gets you your 15 minutes of fame, doesn’t it?”

Tremaine shot back, “I could say the same thing, by taking Amber Heard as a client, for you.”

Depp also returned to the stand after Kate Moss rebutted testimony from Heard, who had referenced a “rumour” during her appearance on the stand that the actor had “pushed” the model down the stairs during a trip to Jamaica in the 1990s.

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“Ms. Heard took the story and turned it into a very ugly incident, all in her mind,” he said. “There was never a moment when I pushed Kate down any set of stairs.”

He called Heard’s abuse allegations: “Horrible, ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage.”

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Depp said that he sued Heard, despite losing a 2020 libel trial in which in sued the U.K. Sun for calling him a “wife beater,” in a bid to clear his name.

“No matter what happens, I did get here and I did tell the truth. And I have spoken up for what I’ve been carrying on my back reluctantly for six years,” he said.

Depp also disputed Heard’s claim that during one fight in Australia in 2015 he had consumed eight to 10 MDMA pills. “Pretty sure I’d be dead,” Depp quipped. “I think one would die. Probably rather quickly.”

In response to graphic text messages the actor had sent to friends, Depp said: “When you’re accused of horrific acts and things you have not done … you have a tendency to get irate and angry. You do wonder why this person is doing this to me.”

A photo from their 2015 honeymoon on the Orient Express was also shown to the jury in which Depp appears to have a black eye.

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“I see what looks like to be pretty decent shiner and a scratched up nose,” he said of the image closing his testimony by telling jurors he “never” abused Heard.

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On Thursday, Jurors heard from Dr. Richard Gilbert, who supported Depp’s claim that he lost a piece of his fingertip when Heard allegedly threw a vodka bottle at him.

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“I certainly believe a vodka bottle that was thrown at a distance … (can) result in this fracture and soft tissue loss,” he said.

Forensic psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes was also recalled by Heard’s team to impress upon jurors that the actress isn’t faking symptoms of PTSD.

Heard also returned to the stand Thursday and tearfully said, “I don’t deserve this … I can’t have a career … I can’t have people associate with me.”

She said that she receives hundreds of death threats and “mocking” jokes over her testimony. “People want to kill me,” she said.

“It’s been agonizing, painful and humiliating … I just want Johnny to leave me alone,” she continued. “I have a right to my voice and my name.”

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Elsewhere, Heard told Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez she did not edit the kitchen cabinet video and said that she expected the widespread support for her embattled ex.

“I know many people will come out of the woodwork to be in support of Johnny,” she said.

Closing arguments in the trial are scheduled for Friday.

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