“It was the love of my life, but also that other horrible thing, taking control. Amber Heard testified for the first time on Wednesday in the libel suit brought by her ex-husband Johnny Depp. The actress, who will soon be seen inAquaman 2described a man blinded by jealousy and turned violent by drugs and alcohol, who she said repeatedly punched and punched her in the face, but also sexually abused her.
“I can’t find the words to describe how painful, horrible it is for me to sit here and have to go through it all again,” she said at the beginning of her testimony in court in Fairfax, near Washington. Dressed in a dark three-piece suit over a white-striped blue shirt and with bright makeup, the actress later talked about the “chemistry” of meeting an “intimidating” actor twice her age in 2009, shared literary flavors and the beginning of a hidden affair because Johnny Depp was dating French actress Vanessa Paradis at the time.
“He broke things around me and then hit me”
Insults and jealousy follow one another and from 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 took place during an innocent discussion about the actor’s tattoo. “He hit me and I laughed because I thought it was a joke. He said to me, “You think it’s funny, female dog ?’, and he hit me again”. On the third blow, she claims to have lost her balance. “He grabbed me by the hair, by the arm, by the face, he yelled at me. He broke things near me and then hit me. †
“I knew it was a point of no return, I’m not an idiot. I know you can’t hit a woman, a man… anyone. I knew I had to leave him. It broke my heart,” Amber Heard continued. But according to her, Johnny Depp “started crying, knelt down, took my hand and said, ‘I’ll never do that again. I’m sorry honey, I thought I buried the monster. I’ve done it before and I’ll redo.
Later, Johnny Depp apologized again, promising it would “never happen again.” “So I’m…”, Amber Heard begins, “stayed in this relationship? terminates his lawyer. “Yeah, I thought there was a line and he would never cross it again. †
Johnny Depp accused of sexual assault
The actress also claimed to have been sexually assaulted by her ex-husband while under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms, while traveling with friends in the desert. According to his account, Johnny Depp became jealous and then grabbed the arm of a woman sitting next to Amber Heard and said to her, “Do you know how much pressure it takes to break a human wrist? Then the actor looked for cocaine in their camper and accused his wife of hiding it.
“Then he tore my underwear,” says Amber Heard. Johnny Depp, who had listened without emotion to the testimony behind his sunglasses, raises his eyebrows. Amber Heard laboriously continues: “He went on to a search cavity (searching body cavities). He repeated: “I will make a… search cavity† He dug his fingers into me and twirled them. †
Photo of bruise
After hearing Johnny Depp’s version last week, the jury heard Amber Heard’s for nearly two hours. Jurors also saw a photo 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 “grabbing her and holding her screaming”.
His testimony was eagerly awaited, which continues Thursday, on the 14th day of this ultra-high-profile trial that will be broadcast live on television and on social networks. Johnny Depp, 58, claims his ex-wife ruined his reputation and career after writing an op-ed in December 2018. Washington Post, in which she claimed to have been a victim of domestic violence in 2016, but did not mention her ex-husband. He is seeking $50 million in damages, which is equivalent to his lost profits after being fired from the studios for editing. The 36-year-old actress counterattacks and demands 100 million dollars.
The actor, who testified for four days in late April, denies ever putting his hand on Amber Heard and assured that it was she who was violent. He admitted to heavy drug and alcohol use, which he claimed was in control most of the time.
In particular, as a sign of the toxicity of their marriage, he explained that each of them had gotten into the habit of recording their altercations, many of which have been aired since the trial began. In one, used by the actor’s lawyers, we hear Amber Heard claim that no one would believe him if he said publicly that he was beaten by his wife.