KEY POINTS

  • Amber Heard said when the truth is not on one's side, one will pound away on the podium 
  • Several Twitter users reacted to Heard's statement, saying Johnny Depp's lawyer destroyed her testimony
  • Heard's fans continued to rally to support her amid the backlash she faced during the trial

Amber Heard released a statement before her cross-examination in the ongoing defamation trial against her in Virginia.

After being on hiatus for ten days, Johnny Depp's trial against Heard resumed Monday. Before taking the stand, the "Aquaman" star shared a statement about her expectations for the cross-examination with Depp's lawyers in court.

"There's an old saying by trial lawyers: When the facts are on your side, argue the facts; when the facts are not on your side, pound away on the podium. Today, we expect Depp's attorneys will instead pound away on the victim," Heard said in a statement issued through her spokesperson and obtained by People

"We fear it will be equal parts shameful and desperate," the statement continued. "And, the overwhelming evidence — the truth — is not on Depp's side. The one thing we suspect Depp's attorneys will avoid is the central issue of this trial: Does Amber or any woman have the First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech?"

The "London Fields" star was cross-examined by attorney Camille Vasquez, one of Depp's lawyers. Vasquez presented a series of photos of Heard after the alleged violent fight where she appeared to have no bruises or other physical marks, Variety reported.

Heard insisted that she concealed the marks, including what she thought to be a broken nose, with makeup.

"You should see what it looked like under the makeup," Heard said.

Meanwhile, Twitter users immediately reacted to Heard's statement after watching the cross-examination. According to them, Vasquez did great at exposing Heard.

"Camille Vasquez destroyed her entire testimony today. Give her all the flowers," one commented.  

"Hahahahaaha ok sure. She wasn't aware she was about to get caught lying multiple times by Camille," another added.  

"Someone go tell her spokesperson that this statement didn’t age well, but the truth is, in fact, on Mr. Depp’s side because Amber has lied multiple times while under oath," a third person tweeted.  

"#AmberHeard under cross examination is truly shocking. Ppl that don’t have truth on their side falter when called to give testimony. They literally don’t have the receipts to maintain the lie. [The] truth will always [come] out," a fourth added

Despite the backlash, Heard's supporters remain solid in their faith in her that she was telling the truth.

"Proud to support a woman self-assured, honest, dignified and driven by [the] strength and bravery like Amber Heard for 6 years," one wrote. "She always stands up for what is right and can look back knowing that she was always on the right side of the truth."  

"In awe of this woman’s beauty, power and courage. It’s also possible that she has never looked this gorgeous! Her strength to tell her past to the World is undeniable. To fight through all the haters and bull$hit and walk through fire… #IStandWithAmberHeard forever! Love her!" another supporter wrote.  

"I can’t take this doctor seriously tbh. Amber is right he’s not saying anything important on that report at all. He’s paid by Depp anyways ofc he would not align with Amber's story. #IStandWithAmberHeard," a third user added.  

"I love her," another supporter wrote while sharing a photo of Heard. 

Depp issued a statement after Heard's testimony. According to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, the actress "deliver[ed] 'the performance of her life,'" as they expected. 

 "While Ms. Heard's stories have continued to grow new and convenient details, Mr. Depp's recollections have remained exactly the same throughout the six painful years since her first allegations were made. His truth — the truth — is the same no matter the environment in which it is has been presented," Depp's team said.

Depp's counsel also warned that the cross-examination "will be most telling" and "will certainly highlight the many fallacies" that Heard allegedly attempted to pass as "fact throughout her convoluted testimony."

A combination of pictures showing US actress Amber Heard as she testifies in Fairfax County Circuit Court A combination of pictures showing US actress Amber Heard as she testifies in Fairfax County Circuit Court Photo: POOL via AFP / Steve Helber