The American actress was called to the bar this Wednesday, May 4, to give her version of the facts in the defamation lawsuit brought by her ex-husband.
His testimony was eagerly awaited. This Wednesday, May 4, on the 14th day of this ultra-publicized trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, the 36-year-old actress spoke for the first time in the courthouse in Fairfax, near Washington. Facing the assembly, the young woman thus described, in tears, a man blinded by jealousy and made violent by drugs and alcohol.
“He was breaking things near me and then hitting me”
“I struggle to find the words to describe how painful, horrible it is for me to sit here and go through it all again,” she explains from the start. Dressed in a dark three-piece suit on a blue shirt striped with white, Amber Heard then begins by pulling the thread of her relationship with Johnny Depp. She evokes the “alchemy” of her meeting with an “intimidating” actor twice her age in 2009, shared literary tastes and the start of a hidden affair. The hero of Pirates of the Caribbean was indeed in a relationship with the French actress Vanessa Paradis at the time.
According to her, the surge of insults, fits of jealousy and violent arguments, under the effect of a mixture of drugs and alcohol, would have started in 2012. was also that other horrible thing,” she says. “He grabbed me by the hair, by the arm, by the face, he shouted at me. He broke things near me then he hit me, it started with repeated slaps, ”recalls with emotion Amber Heard.
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An addiction at the root of violence
Each time, the actress says she tried to push him away. Following these outbursts of violence, Johnny Depp slipped away for a while, “then he came back (saying) that he was done with drugs and alcohol for good,” reports the 30-year-old. But according to her, it was a waste of time: the addiction was too strong.
“In 2012, it was the beginning and I was just beginning to distinguish his tendencies,” she claims, explaining that “Johnny on amphetamine (was) very different from Johnny on opiates” and that “drinking was correlated with violence”.
Sometimes violence of a sexual nature. Judging by her testimony, her ex-husband allegedly sexually assaulted her in 2013 on the grounds that she stole her cocaine. Despite this traumatic episode, she decided to stay. “I didn’t want to leave him, I wanted him to get better,” she says.
Other revelations to follow?
His testimony will continue on Thursday and surely promises other revelations. For his part, Johnny Depp maintains his version of the facts and denies having ever raised his hand on Amber Heard, assuring that it was she who was violent. He admitted to heavy drug and alcohol use which he claimed to be in control of most of the time.
As a reminder, the interpreter ofEdward Scissorhands accuses his former partner of having ruined his reputation and his career after he wrote an editorial in December 2018 in the washington post, in which she claimed to have been the victim of domestic violence. He claims 50 million dollars in damages, which correspond to the income he would have earned from his roles if he had not been dismissed from the film studios.