Heard bursts into tears in court: “He hit me”

Heard, in a dark pants suit, answered questions from her lawyer for almost two hours. According to her, Depp, especially when intoxicated, was often violent. There was also sexual violence, Heard said. The “Aquaman” actress described verbal attacks in which Depp allegedly threatened that he could kill her. He called her a “whore” and accused her for no reason that she was cheating on him. Heard’s lawyers showed photos of the actress, such as a bruise on her upper arm.

Amber Heard testifying in court with ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Amber Heard testifying in court with ex-husband Johnny Depp. (Source: Elizabeth Frantz/Pool Reuters/AP/dpa./dpa)

Depp, in a gray suit and sometimes with dark glasses, listened almost motionless to what his ex-wife said from a few meters away. He avoided eye contact, keeping his head down most of the time.

In his four-day testimony on the witness stand in the Fairfax County Court in Virginia, Depp denied under oath that he ever struck Heard. The actor admitted that there had been arguments in their relationship. “But I never got to the point of hitting Miss Heard in any way, nor have I ever hit a woman in my life,” Depp said. Heard, in turn, had a “need for violence,” he accused his ex-wife.

Depp is suing for $50 million

After a good dozen days of trial, Depp’s team had completed its evidence on Tuesday. About two dozen witnesses had their say. In his civil lawsuit, he accuses his ex-wife of making false statements in a 2018 op-ed about domestic violence published by the Washington Post. This damaged his reputation. Depp is not mentioned by name in the article. He is suing for around 50 million dollars (a good 45 million euros) in damages for defamation, Heard has filed a counterclaim.

Depp and Heard met while filming The Rum Diary in 2009. Their romance began in 2011 while on a promotional tour for the film, following Depp’s split from his longtime partner, French actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as a couple in 2014
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as a couple in 2014 (Source: /imago-images-pictures)