WARNING: This story contains graphic details about sexual assault and may be disturbing to some readers.
Amber Heard testified for a second day and told the jury in graphic detail how she was allegedly beaten by Johnny Depp and sexually assaulted with a bottle of liquor. The 36-year-old actress spoke on Thursday about multiple alleged abuses, but the most disturbing story was of the couple’s trip to Australia in March 2015.
The Aquarius star was emotional all day, but collapsed in the stands when asked to tell the jury that Depp allegedly penetrated her with a bottle during a drug-fuelled outburst.
“I can’t believe I have to,” she sobbed.
“I’m so sorry,” replied Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehof.
“Johnny had the bottle in me and shoved it in me over and over,” Heard told the court.
Depp has vehemently denied Heard’s allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault. His spokesperson made a statement after the court about her “complicated testimony.”
“As Mr. Depp’s counsel correctly predicted in their opening statements last month, Ms. Heard did indeed deliver ‘the representation of her life’ in her direct interrogation. While Ms. Heard’s stories continued to gain new and helpful details, Memories have remained exactly the same. in the six painful years since her first allegations,” Depp’s spokesperson told Yahoo Entertainment. “His truth – the truth – is the same regardless of the setting in which it is presented. The forthcoming cross-examination by Mr. Depp’s team will be the most telling and will certainly highlight the many fallacies that Ms. Heard has now attempted pass as fact in her convoluted testimony.”
On Thursday, Heard testified that while he was in Australia, where Depp was filming the fifth movie pirates of the caribbean film, she was abused for days. The actress said that before arriving, she and Depp fought when he accused her of having an affair with actor Eddie Redmayne. (Heard and Redmayne were filming) The Danish Girl†
“All I wanted to do was see my new man,” she said. When she arrived, she knew something was wrong. “He had lost a ton, so I just knew something was up.”
Heard said Depp took MDMA the first night and denied his claim that he had been given the drugs at her request. A fight broke out over his alleged substance use.
“He pushes me against the fridge. He has me by the throat and he just held me there by the throat and I wondered if it was the drugs, I wondered if it was him,” she said, claiming that he “bashing me against the wall next to the fridge.”
Heard admitted she yelled at Depp and “punched him in the face” before barricading herself upstairs. She eventually took medication and went to bed. The next morning, Heard said she was walking downstairs and Depp was “still up.”
“He hadn’t slept, he hadn’t eaten. I tried to get him to eat. We got into a fight,” she recalled, claiming that Depp accused her of having an affair with Redmayne and her former co-stars, Billie Bob. Thornton and Jim Sturgess. She testified that Depp took “either 8 or 10 pills of MDMA”.
“He was just combative, throwing things and yelling at me,” Heard explained. She told the jury that she could not remember how “the next part of the violence” had “even begun”.
“Once again he hit me against the wall…I hit my head hard,” Heard testified. “I remember pushing him off me. I remember the name calling out – ‘whore, slut, big ass.'”
Heard claimed that Depp “squeezed my neck, it got really nasty.”
“At one point I pushed him hard to get him off me,” she recalls. “He said, ‘Do you want to go, little girl?'”
Heard said that Depp “mocked” her with a bottle of liquor. She finally got hold of it and “splashed it on the floor.”
“That really finished him off. So stupid,” Heard said emotionally. “It was like a light bulb went out. He starts screaming. I don’t know if he backhanded me or hit me normally.”
Heard said she flew to the ground and Depp started smashing liquor bottles everywhere.
“At one point he had a broken bottle against my face,” she said. “He told me he would cut open my face… it was terrifying.”
Heard, who was wearing a nightgown, said she was trapped and Depp grabbed her “by knocking me from the wall to the counter.”
“I remember at one point he teased me, challenged me that he had my chest in his hand. My nightgown went all the way off, it was ripped off me. I was naked and slipping around on this tile, trying to balance find,” Heard testified. “He throws me around, at some point I’m up against the wall, he yells at me that he fucking hates me, that I’ve ruined his life … he starts hitting the wall next to my head, at me holding the neck… I’ve never been so scared in my life.”
Heard said she “couldn’t get through” to Depp and that his eyes were “black”. What happened next, according to the actress, is disturbing.
“The next thing I remember was sitting back on the bar, which meant my chest was up,” she said through tears. “I felt this pressure on my pubic bone.”
Heard recalled “being very still, not wanting to move.”
“I remember looking around the room, I remember looking at all the broken bottles, broken glass… I didn’t know if the bottle he had inside me was broken, I couldn’t feel it, I couldn’t hurt feeling,” she declared emotionally. “I looked around and I saw so much broken glass that I didn’t know if he would know if it was broken or not, and I just remember thinking, ‘Please, God please, I hope it’s not broken.'”
Heard said she can’t remember how the attack ended.
“I don’t know how I got off the counter. I only remember being in the bathroom. I remember gagging, I remember the sound my voice made, I remember being in control of my bladder lost, I remember just gagging. There was some blood on the floor. I got up at one point,” she testified. ‘I don’t know how that night ended. I don’t remember what happened.’
During the alleged assault, Heard claimed that Depp said, “I’ll f****** kill you.”
“He said it to me over and over,” she testified, saying she was bleeding. Heard told the court she was “not thinking about the pain” at the time.
“I was heartbroken. Eventually I realized I could get hurt because I was bleeding, but I convinced myself… the bottle wasn’t broken and the discomfort I felt afterward just pale in comparison to how scared, shocked I was,” Heard explained. “I just married this man.”
Heard said she took two sleeping pills and when she woke up on day three, she found Depp still awake, blaring Marilyn Manson music. He was injured.
“I saw this brown on the walls going down the stairs… it was obvious it was dried blood,” she said. “There was blood on the carpet. I could see blood dripping. I thought it was coming from my arms or feet.”
When Heard found Depp, his hand was wrapped in rags. She claimed he said something like “Look what you made me do, I did this for you.”
Depp testified that his finger was severed when Heard threw liquor bottles at him. Photos of the Australian home were shown in court and while some of the destruction is visible, it’s not quite as demolished as you might expect. The actress said she thinks rooms were cleaned up before the photos were taken.
Heard left Australia, but not Depp. They reconciled and the actress shared three more allegations of very violent abuse. One was two weeks later, where she said a fight broke out when she found out he was cheating on her after finding text messages on his iPad.
“He texted this woman that he had a… [sexual] relationship with on and off at the beginning of our relationship so I recognized the name but the date was right after the wedding. I saw he went to her house after we got married,” Heard said.
“I panicked. I confronted him right away. I didn’t care at the time if he killed me, which probably confronted him at that stage of our lives. I didn’t even care anymore,” Heard claimed. “He’d already ripped my heart out.”
During the fights, Heard said her sister Whitney “put herself between Johnny and me.”
“I see my sister with her back to the stairs… I don’t hesitate, I don’t wait, I just immediately think of Kate Moss and the stairs and I waved at him,” Heard said, referring to a rumor of violence in Depp and Moss’s relationship.
Heard has admitted to hitting Depp.
“I hadn’t been hit and for the first time I punched him, like I really punched him, right in the face. He didn’t push my sister down the stairs,” she told the jury.
Whitney is expected to testify later in the trial. Depp’s bodyguard who witnessed the altercation previously testified that the actor never pushed Whitney as Heard has suggested. He spoke of Heard giving Depp a “nice little shiner” and that the Depp never physically assaulted Heard during the incident.
Heard testified about an alleged brutal fight in December 2015, in which she said she passed out during Depp’s assault. She claimed he even broke the bed while lying on top of her. Several photos of the actress’s apparent injuries were shown.
Heard said she eventually reconciled with Depp and even went on a trip to the Bahamas with him and his kids two weeks later. While on the island, she claimed she was assaulted and sexually assaulted after upsetting the actor.
“He grabbed me… pushed his fingers into me, but through my bathing suit,” Heard testified, adding that Depp “just kind of held me there.” Depp reportedly yelled, “You think you’re so damn tough, now what?”
During Heard’s testimony on Wednesday, Depp kept his head down and made a point of never looking at his ex-wife. By mid-day on Thursday, it seems the two have finally closed their eyes.
The court has been adjourned until Monday, May 16, where Heard is expected to testify and undergo cross-examination by Depp’s legal team.
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, help is available. RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline is there for survivors 24/7 with free, anonymous help. 800.656.HOPE (4673) and online.rainn.org†
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