Stand up. Amber HeardOn Wednesday, May 4, she spoke out in her ongoing defamation lawsuit involving her ex husband. Johnny Depp.
The Aquaman actress, 36, shared details about her marriage to Depp, 58 — which lasted from 2015 to 2017 — with the Virginia court on Wednesday, alleging that the Pirates of the CaribbeanStar had a history with violence during their relationship.
Heard claimed that the first time Depp hit her was while the duo were drinking near a “jar of cocaine” and the Texas native asked the Lone RangerStar what the tattoo on his arm said. The Magic Mike XXL actress recalled laughing when Depp responded, “Wino Forever,” which allegedly got a rise out of the actor.
“He slapped me across the face and I laughed,” Heard said during her testimony. “I laughed because I didn’t know what else to do. I thought this must be a joke because I didn’t know what was going on. I just stared at him thinking that he was going to start laughing too.”
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star, however, allegedly didn’t crack a smile, instead yelling at Heard, “You think it’s so funny? You think it’s funny, bitch? You think you’re a funny bitch?”
The Drive Angry actress, who met Depp while filming 2011’s The Rum Diary, recalled her ex-husband allegedly sobbing after he realized what he’d done and then apologizing over and over.
“As a woman, I had never been hit like that,” Heard told the jury on Wednesday, noting that the alleged incident is something she “will never forget.”
Depp is suing Heard to claim defamation for an article she wrote in 2018. The Washington PostShe also described her survival as an abused women, which she did. While the Danish Girl star didn’t name Depp in the piece, his attorneys have argued that based on her prior allegations of abuse at the hands of the actor, it isn’t hard for people to associate him with the slanderous op-ed.
“I struggle to find the words on how painful this is. This is horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything here with people that I knew — some well, some not,” Heard said on Wednesday. “This is the most painful and difficult thing I’ve ever gone through for sure.”
The following day, the Justice League actress claimed that Depp’s alleged abusive actions didn’t stop after the tattoo incident. She recalled numerous instances in which Depp allegedly harmed and abused her, including one time in 2013 when Depp left a large bruising on her arm. Heard presented this photo to the court via a photo exhibit.
Heard said that Depp slapped his wife after they got into a verbal fight. She claimed that she had thrown a vase at Depp to escape him. However, Depp allegedly grabbed Heard by the arm and held her on the ground. Heard said that Depp left marks.
Depp, for his part, emphatically denied Heard’s allegations of abuse during his testimony last month.
“Never did I myself reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life,” the Edward ScissorhandsActor stated this in his April 19 testimony. “It’s been six years of trying times. It’s pretty strange when one day you’re Cinderella, so to speak, then 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo. I didn’t deserve that, nor did my children, nor did the people who have believed in me for all these years.”
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