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“Who’s the real monster” – Amber Heard grilled in cross-examination



Amber Heard is questioned on her testimony in cross-examination by Johnny Depp’s council

Amber Heard returns to the stand for a cross-examination as Johnny Depp’s lawyers try to prove Heard’s violent tendencies in the relationship.

Depp is suing Heard for defaming him in an article she wrote in Washington Post in 2018, claiming to be a victim of domestic violence. While she didn’t name Depp in the article, his lawyers say it still ruined his reputation with a lie.

Heard has called Depp a “monster” in her previous testimony for doing drugs and beating her up.

Depp’s attorney, Camilla Vasquez questions Heard in the cross-examination on the actress’s own drug use after she reportedly set time out for drugs during her wedding with Depp in 2015.

“Who’s the real monster in this relationship Ms Heard,” Vasquez asks.

“It’s half of Johnny. It’s not all of Johnny,” Heard replies, saying the other half of him is wonderful and beautiful and the man she loved.

Heard is counter filing a claim of $100 million, saying Depp abused her throughout the relationship.

Heard’s ‘love notes’

Heard testified in court that Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle during the couple’s Australian trip.

Depp’s lawyers claim it was Heard who severed his finger with a vodka bottle, asking Heard during the cross-examination if it was her “who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia.”

Heard tells the court that she never assaulted Johnny, “ever”.

Depp’s council also show extracts from her journal entries to the jurors, wherein Heard appears to apologise to Depp.

Journal entry records Heard’s apology. Picture: Law and Crime Network

“I’m sorry I can get crazy, I’m sorry I hurt you,” the entry reads.

“I think its important in any relationship to apologize when you’re trying to move past fights,” Heard testifies in response to Vasquez’s questioning.

Vasquez also points to a 2015 entry which was made after the Australian trip and after Depp allegedly “swung” at Heard’s sister.

“I fall more and more for you every day,” the 2015 entry reads.

Heard writes about her affection towards Depp. Picture: Law and Crime Network

Heard says these diary entries were a ‘love note’.

“The whole book is love notes,” she says.

Heard’s affair

Vasquez also shows jurors the CCTV footage of the elevator from the couple’s penthouse apartment one day before Heard filed for the divorce.

The footage from May 22, 2016 shows the actress welcoming James Franco into the penthouse, with Franco resting his head on Heard’s neck.

Heard confirmed that the man in the footage was James Franco.

The visit was a day after Heard allegedly got hit in her face with a mobile phone by Depp.

Depp previously accused Heard and Franco of having an affair while they were still together but she denied.

Past relationship

Vasquez also questions Heard about her arrest for alleged assault during her past relationship with Tasya van Ree in 2009.

“You assaulted her at a Seattle airport in 2009 didn’t you,’ Vasquez asks.

“That’s not true,” Heard replies.

Vasquez then reads out a news article about the incident to the court. Heard allegedly hit van Ree ‘s arm but the case wasn’t pursued further.

So, who’s winning?

Sierra Gillespie from Law Network thinks the trial is swaying towards Depp’s side, with Depp’s team “shining” during Heard’s redirect after the cross-examination.

“I am not exaggerating when I tell you we heard dozens of objections today,” Gillespie says referring to the several objections made by Depp’s attorney, Vasquez which didn’t let Heard or her Lawyer sneak in a word.

“Depp’s attorney… made the path that she wanted for Heard’s story,” she says, pointing out how few objections were made by Heard’s attorneys during her cross-examination as well.

“Its going to be confusing for jurors to see Heard’s side,” she says.

Rijul Baath contributed to this report


Taylor Swift secretly gets engaged to Joe Alwyn



Taylor Swift is set to marry her British boyfriend Joe Alwyn, after a secret engagement

Singer Taylor Swift will tie the knot after her boyfriend of five years, Joe Alwyn, after a secret engagement months ago.

Reports suggest the couple have told their inner circle, and 32-year-old Swift only wears her ring behind closed doors.

The pair have been pictured only a handful of times on the red carpet but sources say they are both incredibly happy.

There are no specific details around the wedding, or if the couple will confirm the engagement speculation.

They’ve been together for around five years after meeting at the 2016 Met Gala.

Swift and Alwyn have collaborated on two songs in her Folklore album and three on Evermore.

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Amazon slaps on new restrictions, Queer community furious



Online retail giant Amazon has slapped on new restrictions that has left the LGBTQ+ community furious

Amazon has restricted search results related to Queer people and issues on its website in the United Arab Emirates

Same-sex relations are illegal in the UAE and Amazon took action after coming under pressure from authorities.

According to the New York times, The company made the decision to restrict the searches after being threatened with penalties by the UAE government.

Expressing support for LGBTQ+ rights could also be deemed an offence in the Gulf state, sparking global outrage as Pride month, which is dedicated to celebrating Queer people around the world, comes to a close.

Amazon says as a company, it remains committed to diversity and inclusion.

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Google and Apple urged to ditch TikTok amid data security concerns



Google and Apple are being urged to take down TikTok as concerns continue to grow around data being sent to China

A U.S. Federal Communications Commission member, Brendan Carr, says that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to data harvesting and Beijing’s apparent unchecked access to sensitive information.

The request will unlikely be accepted, as the Federal Communications Commissioner is not responsible for regulating app stores.

It comes as a Buzzfeed report found that employees of TikTok’s parent company, Bytedance, had been accessing U.S. users’ private information.

Carr says he will give Apple and Google until the 8th of July to respond to his request and to explain why they won’t remove the app from their app stores.

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