Amber Heard continued testifying today in the ongoing defamation suit brought against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp in March 2019. The high-profile trial, which is being held in Fairfax County, Virginia, is in its fourth week.
On Tuesday, Depp’s legal team rested its case, claiming that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was defamed by an op-ed Heard published in the Washington Post in 2018 where she referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp filed a $50 million defamation suit against Heard claiming that the op-ed damaged his career.
Amber Heard’s testimony
Heard took the stand Wednesday and delivered a tearful account of the first time Depp allegedly hit her. “I will never forget it. It changed my life,” she said.
On Thursday her testimony continued. After describing her happy engagement to the actor, she recounted a pattern of volatile and occasionally violent alleged behavior between the one-time couple. After their engagement, Heard testified that when she asked to sign a prenuptial agreement with the star, he allegedly told her the “only way out of this is death,” per Newsweek.
Heard testified that Depp punched her and allegedly broke her nose after the 2014 Met Gala.
“At the Met Gala, he was accusing me of flirting with a woman. We get back to the hotel room, he shoves me and grabs my collarbone. I remember he threw a bottle at me, missed me, hit the chandelier,” she said, the New York Post reported. Depp then allegedly punched Heard, breaking her nose. “We were struggling, he’s bigger than me. He hit me, I remember my nose being swollen, red. I made a remark to my friend of how bad.”
While the lawsuit stems from alleged damage to Depp’s career, Heard testified that her career suffered due to her involvement with Depp, claiming he would read scripts and get upset if they included sex scenes. “Every time I got a script, it was what kind of, you know, how I was dressing? … Did I have a sex scene?” she testified, per the New York Post. Heard said from the stand that when she was filming The Adderall Diaries with James Franco, Depp called her “a slut” for filming the movie’s sex scenes. The fight then escalated, with Depp allegedly slapping her and kicking her in the back on a cross-country flight over the scenes with Franco.
Earlier this week, forensic psychologist Dawn Hughes testified that she determined Heard suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from her relationship with Depp. That testimony directly contradicts the findings of Dr. Shannon Curry, the forensic psychologist hired by Depp’s team, who testified that Heard showed no signs of PTSD.
Heard told the jury that her relationship with Depp grew more abusive and fraught between 2014 and 2016, but Heard still married him in 2015. “I was marrying the love of my life,” she testified. “It was complicated, but I thought he was the love of my life.” She ultimately filed for divorce in 2016.
In brutal testimony, Heard recounted violent incidents with her then husband, including an alleged assault that “left [her] on the closet floor” in a Toyko hotel room in 2015. “He was screaming at me that it was over,” she testified, per the New York Post. She also described a fight in Australia that left Depp without part of his finger. Heard sobbed on the stand as she recalled the brutal attack on her, described by a psychologist yesterday, in which Depp allegedly inserted a bottle inside her. “I’m looking in his eyes, I don’t see him anymore,” she said, the Post reported. “It wasn’t him. It was black. I’ve never been so scared in my life. I was trying to get through to Johnny, and I couldn’t see him at all.” Depp allegedly severed the tip of his finger at some point during the fight.
Heard also admitted to punching Depp, but claimed it was in defense of her sister. Earlier in the trial, Depp and his witnesses claimed Heard was at fault.
What happens next
Heard is expected to continue testifying and will face cross-examination.
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