Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial Resumes As Actress Details Alleged Abuse – Deadline

Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial Resumes As Actress Details Alleged Abuse - Deadline

UPDATE, 10:28 AM PT: Amber Heard testified that fears for her own safety led her to file for divorce against Johnny Depp in 2016, and that she also sought a restraining order after an argument in which he struck her with a phone.

“I knew that if I didn’t think I’d likely literally survive,” Heard said on Monday, as she fought back tears. “I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me, and I really didn’t want to leave him.”

She filed for divorce in the aftermath of a May 21, 2016 argument at their downtown Los Angeles penthouse, one that led to the police being called. Although Heard did not file a police report that evening, she later sought and obtained a restraining order against him.

“I wanted to change my locks, I wanted a good night sleep,” she said. “Security would always let him in the house no matter what I asked them.”

She added, “I was scared and very conflicted because the person I was scared of was also the person I was in love with. ”

Depp has denied Heard’s allegations that he was physically violent, and filed a $ 50 million defamation case against her after she published a Washington Post op ed in which she wrote that he was “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

In her testimony on Monday, she went through the events of May 21.

At the time, she and Depp had been separated for about a month. But his mother had just died, and she and he made plans for him to come by the Eastern Columbia penthouse that day.

Heard said that when Depp arrived early that evening, she could tell that he was inebriated. He started talking about an incident from a month earlier, in which feces had been left on their bed. Heard contends that it was from one of their dogs, but Depp insisted that one of her friends had left it there as a prank.

“He just went on and on about it,” Heard said.

She got a male friend on the phone to explain why such a prank “was impossible,” Heard said, but Depp ended up screaming at him.

Heard said that Depp, after leaving and going up the stairs, then came back down and grabbed the phone and told the friend, “You can take her. You can have her. ”

It was then, she said, that Depp “throws his arm back with the phone and throws it in my face.” She said it felt like her eye had been hit.

“I put my head in my hand and immediately started crying. I said, ‘Johnny, you hit me,’ ”Heard said.

She said that Depp started taunting her, saying, “Oh yeah, I hit you, huh?”

She said that he then “whacks me on top of my head” and grabbed her by her hair.

“I don’t know if he was intending to hit me around face, but he does this gesture around my face to try to expose my face to him,” she said. She said that Depp then told her, “Let me see how bad I hurt you this time.”

Heard said that her friend, Raquel, living in the next door apartment, came into the room and “managed to get in front, between he and I.” Heard said that she calmly told Depp, “No, Johnny, no.”

Her friend put her arms around her as she curled up around the couch, but “Johnny is just screaming at me to get the f— up.”

She said that two of Depp’s security guards then entered, with one of them saying to Depp, “Boss. boss.” She said that Depp then smashed things around the apartment and eventually left.

Heard said that she did not call 911, but she did call her lawyer, who referred her to a domestic relations attorney. Depp’s lawyers objected to Heard’s attempts to identify who called the police – it was a friend – but said that when the officers arrived she told them that she refused to cooperate on her attorney’s advice.

She also declined to file a report.

“I wanted to protect Johnny,” she said. “I didn’t want him to be arrested. I didn’t want him Ito be in trouble. I didn’t want the world to know. ”

The jury was shown a series of pictures showing her with redness on the side of her face. Heard said that the photos were taken that evening by her friend. Another photo, which she said was taken the next day, showed some blackness around the eye and redness below.

Depp has acknowledged throwing a phone on the couch, but denies striking Heard. His case has focused in part on witnesses who said that they saw Heard in the days after their argument but did not notice bruises on her fact.

Heard’s legal team also presented text messages that Depp wrote to Heard on May 22, the day after their confrontation. “All my love and profound apologies,” he wrote that evening. Heard said that in a phone conversation with him, Depp “said he was sorry he reacted the way he did” and that “he didn’t man to hurt me.”

PREVIOUSLY, 8:24 AM PT: Amber Heard’s testimony resumed on Monday in Johnny Depp’s $ 50 million defamation trial against her, as the actress made further details of her ex-husband’s alleged abuse during their marriage.

The Fairfax, VA trial was on a one-week break as Judge Penney Azcarate attended a pre-scheduled judicial conference, but Heard picked up where she left off, with stories from their stormy marriage, presented along with audio of their arguments and photos of her alleged injuries.

One photo, from Dec. 15, 2015, showed her bruised temple. Heard testified that Depp caused the injury during one of their arguments.

“Johnny had his hand on part of my face, with my face down, and he was punching my head, repeatedly punching my in my head,” she said. “That is what caused that bruise in my temple.”

Depp has denied abusing Heard. He filed his lawsuit against her after she published a Washington Post op ed in December, 2018, in which she wrote that “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out. ”

In Monday’s testimony, Heard said that by January, 2016, Depp’s drug use had become so severe that he had been “hallucinating.” Depp’s attorney objected to that specific characterization, but Heard was allowed to describe other aspects of his behavior.

“He was talking to people who weren’t there, meaning people who were not in the room,” she said. “He would comment on someone being in the room behind me who wasn’t there. It was terrifying. ”

Heard also addressed a notorious incident from April, 2016, when they got in an argument after Depp missed her 30th birthday dinner. She said that their fight included a shoving match, and Depp throwing a bottle of champagne that went through a painting. She said that he then wrestled her down on their bed and grabbed her by her pubic area. He was taunting me: ‘look who is so tough. Want to be tough like a man now? ‘”Depp finally screamed at her,“ Happy F — ing Birthday, ”and then stormed out.

The next day, she said, a friend came over and they were to drive to the Coachella Music Festival. One of their dogs, Boo, had been on the bed, but had bowel control issues. Depp had tested earlier that fecal matter had been left in the bed, an incident that was the source of a Saturday Night Live skit last weekend.

But Heard denied committing any kind of prank. “I don’t think that is funny, period. I think it is disgusting, ”she said.

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