Amber Heard’s lawyers have been called out by cosmetic brand Milani, after claims the actress used a product which didn’t match its release date.
A US cosmetics brand has entered the defamation trial that Johnny Depp has brought against his ex-wife Amber Heard, debunking claims made in court by Heard’s lawyer.
Milani Cosmetics was recently mentioned in the defamation case currently being heard in Virginia, The New York Post reports.
During opening statements this week, Heard’s lawyer claimed that the actress carried Milani Conceal + Perfect All-in-One Correcting Kit with her throughout her “entire relationship with Johnny” – and suggested she’d used the makeup to cover injuries from Depp’s alleged physical abuse during their relationship.
Milani has since responded to the brand’s surprise mention at the trial.
On Thursday, the makeup company posted a 15-second video to its official TikTok account to debunk Heard’s claim.
“You asked us … let the record show that our Correcting Kit launched in 2017!” the firm captioned the post.
“Take note: Alleged abuse was around 2014-2016, got divorced 2016, makeup palette release date: December 2017,” read text over the video that showed Depp and Heard in the courtroom, as the Backyardigans’ song International Super Spy plays.
The clip cuts to Milani headquarters, where a young woman holds a company product catalogue, opened to the page describing the makeup compact. The camera then jumps to a slide that definitively notes the product’s 2017 release date – meaning Heard certainly wasn’t using that particular cosmetics product during her relationship with Depp.
“We are here to provide the facts of the case,” the brand added in the comments.
Ugly courtroom battle plays out
The two actors have feuded in and out of the courtroom since they ended their marriage in 2017.
Depp brought the current defamation suit against his ex-wife after Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which she alleged she had been a victim of domestic abuse. In the piece, she didn’t name Depp.
The trial currently taking place at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia, has recounted various dramas which are alleged to have taken place throughout their tumultuous marriage.
Fingertip severed, court hears
One incident between the pair is alleged to have taken place during a visit to Australia in 2015 while Depp was filming one of the films for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise which left Depp with the tip of his finger severed.
The actor told the court they were fighting over a postnuptial agreement he had asked Heard to sign.
He said the request sent Heard into a rage, and she began firing off insults. After she relented, he snuck downstairs and broke his sobriety by drinking a few shots of vodka. The actress caught him and became angry, throwing the vodka bottle at him, he claimed. It shattered on his hand, which was resting on the side of the bar, Depp said.
“What I felt was heat. I felt heat and I felt as if something was dripping down my hand,” the actor told the court. “I looked down and realised the tip of my finger had been severed. I was looking directly at my bones sticking out.”
Depp had to have his finger reconstructed.
He went on to say that after during the same Australian trip, Heard put out a cigarette on Depp’s face.
“Ms Heard had taken my cigarette from the ashtray and stomped it out in my face,” Depp claimed, as his lawyers showed the panel photos of his injuries.
Depp, 58, said he used what remained of his middle right finger to scrawl messages on the wall.
“In the midst of being in a nervous breakdown, I started to write in my own blood on the walls,” he testified. “Little reminders from our past that essentially represented lies that [Heard] told me, lies that I had caught her in.”
Heard has denied injuring Depp’s finger and previously accused him of viciously attacking her on the trip.
Infamous defacation incident
In 2016, after another blow-up with Heard on her 30th birthday, Depp said he fled their Los Angeles home.
He planned to return to pick up a few items while Heard was at the Coachella music festival in 2016 – but his security warned him against it and showed him a photograph of their marital bed.
“On my side of the bed was human faecal matter,” he told the court. “I laughed. It was so outside, it was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh.”
Depp has previously accused Heard or one of her friends of doing a poo in the bed. But Heard has denied it, blaming the faeces on her teacup Yorkies.
“I lived with those dogs for many years,” Depp said. “That did not come from a dog. It just didn’t.”
Depp seeking $69 million in suit
Depp, who has vehemently denied allegations of domestic abuse, is seeking at least $69 million to compensate for the damage done to his career, plus an additional $480,000 in punitive damages, legal fees and court costs.
He has said the article stopped him getting acting work, including being dumped from his lead role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates movies.
“I don’t think it took Disney very long, maybe a couple of days, to announce that I had been removed from the Pirates of the Caribbean films franchise,” he said. “I lost nothing less than everything.”
Parts of this article originally appeared on The New York Post and were republished with permission