Actress Amber Heard choked back tears as she told a court about the first time Johnny Depp allegedly slapped her and said she knew she should leave him then but couldn’t bring herself to do it.
She claims her ex-husband “slapped me across the face” after she laughed at one of his tattoos because she thought he was making a joke.
“He said, ‘you think it’s so funny b****? You think you are a funny b****?’ and he slapped me again.
“It was clear it wasn’t a joke.”
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She said she had “never been hit like that” before and “I knew you don’t come back from that, and it broke my heart”.
Heard said she should have left Depp after that first hit, and told the court “I knew I couldn’t just forgive him, right, because that means it will happen again”.
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But she returned a few days later after Depp apologised.
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The couple met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011 and had a “whirlwind romance”.
But Heard told the court that Depp began disappearing for periods of time and made her feel it was “really dirty to be an actor, never mind that he was one”.
He would accuse her of “wh***ing” herself out and criticise her clothing and what she wore to red carpet events.
Describing another time Depp allegedly “backhanded” her, she said: “He wears a lot of rings… I remember feeling like my lip went into my teeth and a little bit of blood went on the wall.”
The court was also shown images of bruising on Heard’s arms.
She said: “He just held me on the floor, screaming at me.
“I don’t remember how many times he hit me in the face.
“I remember thinking to myself, how can this happen to me again?”
She later described an incident where Depp accused her of hiding his drugs and he forcibly subjected her to a “cavity search”.
“He ripped my dress,” she told the court, becoming visibly upset. “He’s grabbing my breasts… he rips my underwear off.”
“I didn’t know what to do,” she says. “I just stood there.”
During another fight, he held their dog outside the window of a moving car.
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‘He could take off his own boots if he wanted’
Heard was visibly emotional as she told the court: “I struggle to find the words to describe how painful this is.”
“This is horrible for me. To sit here for weeks and relive everything… hear people that I knew – some well, some not – my ex-husband, speak about our lives in the way that they have,” she said.
She began by speaking about her childhood, moving to LA, and meeting Depp for the first time.
At the time their romance began Depp’s split from his then-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis was not public. Depp told her “the world would blame” her and think she was a “homewrecker, even though I had nothing to do with it”.
Referring to claims by Depp that she would not allow him to remove his own boots on returning home, she said “it obviously made an impression on him”, and she liked showing love towards the actor.
“But he could certainly take off his own boots if he wanted to,” she added.
Assaulted with a liquor bottle
It is the first time Heard has spoken during the multi-million dollar defamation trial, with both stars filing claims against each other following their short-lived marriage.
Depp’s final witness took the stand, and his legal team rested their case on Tuesday, the 13th day of the trial. He alleges that Heard libelled him when she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Heard’s first witness, a forensic psychologist, took the stand and told the court the actress was physically and sexually abused by Depp.
Her testimony became quite graphic at times and Heard looked visibly upset as the psychologist talked about the violence she allegedly suffered at the hands of her ex-husband.
Sexual assaults included being forced to perform oral sex and having Depp penetrate her with a liquor bottle, Dr Hughes told the court.
Her testimony contradicts that of a psychologist hired by Depp’s lawyers, who claim Heard faked her PTSD and suffered from borderline and histrionic personality disorders.
Dr Hughes said there is corroboration of many instances of abuse, including apologies made by Depp to Heard and admissions he made to friends in text messages.
‘Let’s drown her before we burn her’
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50m for defamation. She, in turn, is counter-suing him for $100m, saying the Pirates of the Caribbean actor smeared her by calling her a liar.
Over four days of testimony, Depp said that Heard was the abuser in the relationship and once threw a vodka bottle that severed his finger.
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Graphic texts and photos written in blood
In their cross-examination, Heard’s attorneys introduced text messages and audio recordings of Depp using graphic
language and insulting Heard.
“Let’s drown her before we burn her,” he allegedly said in one text message to actor Paul Bettany, adding “I will f**k her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she is dead.”