Johnny Depp Updates: A US court heard that Amber Heard worried her ex-husband Johnny Depp would unintentionally murder her during an alleged assault on their honeymoon Johnny Depp.
Ms Heard, 36, painted an image of Mr Depp as an abuser afflicted by drug addiction, jealousy, and self-harm while testifying in a defamation action brought against her by Mr Depp.
Mr. Depp is suing Ms. Heard for $50 million (£40 million) over an article in which she claimed to have been the victim of domestic violence.
He has denied any mistreatment on numerous occasions. After a delay, the high-profile case in Virginia started for a fifth week, with Mr Depp telling his version of the story and Ms Heard beginning some of her testimony.
Ms Heard told jurors in court on Monday that she thought she would “not survive” if she stayed married to Mr Depp, 58. “I didn’t want to abandon him. I was crazy for him.”
Ms. Heard has accused Mr. Depp of physical violence on several occasions. She claimed on Monday that he assaulted her after their February 2015 wedding aboard the Orient Express train in Asia, claiming that he punched her and grabbed her by the neck in their sleeper compartment.
AMBER HEARD CLAIMED SHE HAD THE IMPRESSION HE COULD “KILL ME”
“I remember being afraid he didn’t mean to do it,” she added. Ms. Heard also detailed a “week of agony” after Mr. Depp allegedly became envious after she was offered a role alongside James Franco. He allegedly hit her and threw her into furniture, according to her.
While Ms Heard said the marriage was “at times, extremely affectionate,” she said it gradually degenerated to the point where stress and violence became “nearly normal.” After two years of marriage, they divorced in 2017.
Ms Heard said that Mr Depp would routinely self-harm during their increasingly frequent disputes. On Monday afternoon, Mr Depp’s lawyers began cross-examining Ms Heard, challenging her account of events.
Attorney Camille Vasquez questioned why there were so little images and medical records to back up the witness’s allegations of bodily injuries from the alleged beatings.
Ms Heard countered that she did not seek medical treatment “other than my therapist” because she was embarrassed to be a victim of violence, instead relying on makeup to disguise bruises and ice to minimise swelling.
Ms Vasquez pushed Ms Heard to admit that she had “pledged” to contribute the entirety of her $7 million divorce settlement with Mr Depp to charity, but that she had yet to do so.
She also mentioned that during the trial, her client did not once look Ms Heard in the eyes. Ms Heard said, “He can’t.”
Mr Depp said in his own testimony earlier in the trial that he never struck Ms Heard and that she had a “need” for confrontation and violence.
Jurors heard several audio clips of the former couple bickering on Monday. Ms Heard can be heard alleging she hit Mr Depp in one video that went viral before of the trial.
Ms Heard claims that she “reactively” hit Mr Depp on occasion, claiming that she was referring to their “power disparity.”
Ms Heard is being sued for defamation for an article she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018 in which she described herself as a victim of abuse.
His lawyers, on the other hand, claim that the story harmed his reputation and career “incalculably.” She has filed a $100 million countersuit against him.