Amber Heard has started her three-day evidence on Day 10 of Johnny Depp’s libel trial. The defense of News Group Newspapers, the parent company of The Sun, that Depp is suing for labelling him a “wife-beater” in a 2018 article, relies on 14 allegations made by Heard during 2013-2016.
Heard is being questioned about these 14 allegations by Depp’s legal team in court. In the past 9 days of trial, the court has extensively heard from the megastar about his former spouse’s alleged violent ways and his lifestyle of drugs and drinks.
In her 39 page written witness statement submitted to the court, Heard accused the Hollywood legend of subjecting her to verbal and physical abuse involving threatening, choking and “extremely controlling and intimidating behaviour”
“‘Some incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far.” Said the ‘Aquaman’ actress on day 10 of Johnny Depp’s libel trial
“He is very good at manipulating people” read her statement adding “He would blame all his actions on a self-created third party instead of himself, which he often called ‘the monster”
On day 10 of Johnny Depp’s libel trial, the court heard from Heard that the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star accused her of sleeping with at least eight of her former co-stars including Liam Hemsworth, Channing Tatum and suspected her of having an affair with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Her witness statement referred to Depp as a “very jealous” husband who would get upset with any intimate scene she had in a movie with co-start he would consider a threat. He even “had derogatory nicknames for every one of my male co-stars he considered a sexual threat. For example, Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘pumpkin-head’, Channing Tatum was ‘potato-head’ and ‘Jim Turd Sturgess’.”
She insisted that he was extremely possessive of her and constantly told her that he wished he could’ve found her before she dated anyone else. “He spoke possessively of me as ‘my woman'” She told the court and added that he would jokingly say “he would have locked me away at 14”
She told the court of his extensive psychological and verbal abuse, “He demeaned me anytime I tried to wear anything that could be seen as sexy”. She also told the court that she eventually “stopped wearing revealing dresses for red carpet events: it just wasn’t worth the verbal and psychological abuse”
Day 10 of Johnny Depp also witnessed another secret recording being brought as evidence in court, this time by the superstar instead. In the recording, Heard called Depp a baby and said that she hit him. “I did not punch you, I did not deck you, I hit you – but you’re fine, I did not hurt you,” she said in the recording agreeing that she was the one who started the physical fight. “
However, even after the recording, she maintained that she wasn’t violent but did resort to such when her life was threatened. She admittedly even threw pots and pans to get away from him.
On being called out by Depp’s lawyer for witness testimonies against her, Heard denied all and said that Depp’s employees were never around when it all went down. They would only come in after.
“He explicitly threatened to kill me many times, especially later in our relationship,” she told the court.
She was accused of refusing to sign a prenuptial agreement that is a focal reason for their various domestic spats. She claimed that it was Depp who did not want the agreement and that he was doing it on behest of his sister Christi.
“That is why we didn’t need to have a fight about it because he wasn’t claiming it was something he wanted, he said time and time again that he would tear it up, that the only way out of this was death.”
Upon being shown a text exchange between Depp and his sister which showed that the star too wanted a prenup signed, Heard replied saying “I had no idea. He told me he didn’t. What Johnny told me is that he would look it up and that the only way out of this was death”
Depp’s lawyer asked Heard why it wasn’t signed only to have her say that an agreement had been made by her lawyers and was left with Depp’s team and nothing was done from there.
“I made it very clear from the early days… that I was not interested in Johnny’s money” She told the court. “I never had been, I never was.’
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