“It was the love of my life but also this other horrible thing, taking control. On Wednesday, Amber Heard testified for the first time in the defamation lawsuit filed by her ex-husband Johnny Depp. The actress, who will soon appearAquaman 2she described a man blinded by jealousy and made violent by drugs and alcohol, who, according to her, repeatedly slapped and punched her in the face, but also sexually assaulted her.
“I can’t find the words to describe how painful and horrible it is for me to sit here and relive it all again,” he said at the start of his court testimony in Fairfax, near Washington. The actress, dressed in a dark three-piece suit over a blue shirt with white stripes and light makeup, then recounted the “chemistry” of meeting an “intimidating” actor twice his age in 2009, shared literary tastes and the start of a hidden relationship because Johnny Depp was having an affair with French actress Vanessa Paradis at the time.
“He broke things next to me and then he hit me”
Insults and fits of jealousy follow one another and since 2012 violent quarrels under the influence of drugs and alcohol alternate with episodes of sobriety, according to the actress. According to her, the first act of violence occurred during a harmless discussion about the actor’s tattoo. “She slapped me and I laughed because I thought it was a joke. He told me “ You find it funny, female dog ? ‘, and he slapped me again ”. On the third slap, he claims he has lost his balance. “She grabbed me by the hair, by the arm, by the face, she yelled at me. She broke things next to me and then hit me. “
“I knew it was a tipping point, I’m not an idiot. I know you can’t beat a woman, a man … anyone. I knew I had to leave him. It broke my heart, “continued Amber Heard. But according to her, Johnny Depp,” he started crying, he got down on his knees, took my hand and said, ‘I’ll never do that again. Sorry honey, I thought I had buried the monster. I already did and will do it again.
Later, Johnny Depp apologized again and promised it “would never happen again”. “So I’m…”, Amber Heard begins, “left in this relationship? concludes her lawyer. “Yes, I thought there was a line and he would never cross it again. “
Johnny Depp accused of sexual assault
The actress also claimed that she was sexually assaulted by her ex-husband under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms, during a trip with friends in the desert. According to his account, Johnny Depp became jealous, then grabbed the arm of a woman sitting next to Amber Heard, telling her, “Do you know how much pressure it takes to break a human wrist? Later, the actor looked for cocaine in their RV. , accusing his wife of hiding it.
“At that moment he ripped off my panties,” says Amber Heard. Johnny Depp, who until then had listened to the testimony behind his sunglasses without showing emotion, raises his eyebrows. Amber Heard continues with difficulty: “He proceeded to a research cavity (search for body cavities). He repeated: ” I’ll do a research cavity”. He dug his fingers into me and twisted them. “
After hearing Johnny Depp’s version last week, the jury listened to Amber Heard’s for nearly two hours. Jurors also saw a photo that Amber Heard sent to her mother on March 23, 2013, with a bruise on her arm – a sign she said was caused by Johnny Depp that she “grabbed her and he kept her on the ground screaming. “
His testimony, which will continue on Thursday, was eagerly awaited on the 14th day of this very high profile trial broadcast live on television and on social networks. 58-year-old Johnny Depp says his ex-wife ruined his reputation and career after writing an editorial in December 2018 Washington Post, in which she claimed to have been a victim of domestic violence in 2016, without however mentioning her ex-husband. He is asking for $ 50 million in damages, which is his loss of profit after he was fired from college because of the editorial. The 36-year-old actress has counterattacked and is demanding $ 100 million.
The actor, who testified for four days in late April, denies ever raising his hand to Amber Heard, claiming she was the one who was abusive. He admitted to heavy use of drugs and alcohol which he claimed to be in control of most of the time.
A sign of the toxicity of their marriage, he explained in particular that they had got into the habit, each on their own, of recording their quarrels, of which many tapes had been broadcast since the beginning of the trial. In one of them, used by the actor’s lawyers, we hear Amber Heard claim that no one would believe him if he publicly claimed that he was beaten by his wife.