The couple is facing each other at the Fairfax County Circuit Court. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor is suing his ex-wife for $50 million over a December 2018 op-ed Heard wrote for the Washington Post where she claims that she is a domestic violence survivor. Although she did not mention Depp by name, he claims that he has lost movie roles due to the “clear implication” that he was the “Aquaman” actress’ abuser. Heard is countersuing for $100 million dollars.
Heard began her testimony on Wednesday morning by describing how they met on the set of “The Rum Diary.” She then continued on to explain the first time that Depp allegedly struck her.
Amber Heard Describes The First Time She Was Allegedly Slapped By Johnny Depp
Heard said that there was a “jar of cocaine” that was sitting on the table and she was sitting on the couch. She said that Depp was drinking, they were talking, and there was music playing. Heard said she asked Depp about a tattoo on his arm. She said, to her, it just looked like “black marks.” Heard says she asked Depp what it meant and she laughed at his answer because she thought he was joking and she said “he slapped me across the face.”
Heard said she laughed because she thought “this must be a joke.”
“I didn’t know what was going on,” she recalled. She said she waited for Depp to laugh, but he didn’t and Heard said that he slapped her again. She said she didn’t know what to do so she just “stared at him.” She said he then slapped her “one more time – hard.”
She said that she had never been slapped like that before. “I know you don’t come back from that,” Heard said through tears. “You can’t just hit somebody. I knew it was wrong and I knew that I had to leave him and that’s what broke my heart because I didn’t want to leave him.”
She said that after she got up from the floor, Depp started crying. She said she had never seen an adult man cry and described it as “weird.” She said he got down on his knees and grabbed her hands, saying, “I will never do that again.” Heard said that Depp said that he “put the monster away.”
She said she got in her car and sat there. She said she eventually “turned the key and drove home.”
Amber Heard Says Johnny Depp Apologized ‘Profusely’
After she went home, she said that Depp sent calls and texts apologizing “profusely” saying that he would “rather cut his hand off” than hit her again. She said that Depp came to see her and brought her a gift of wine. She said that Depp repeatedly said that he “killed the f—er” and told her that he’d “never put a hand on me again.”
She said that she didn’t know how long it was until Depp “started drinking again.” She said that he would show up at her house late at night “really drunk” and felt that Depp was trying to “catch” her cheating. Heard told the jury that they would fluctuate between “kind, sweet, velvety love” and then he would “start accusing me of things.”
“Then the punching of the walls next to my head was constant at the time in 2012 when he was drinking,” she testified, adding that Depp accused her of cheating on him. She said it would “escalate” to the point where he would push her. Heard said she would “get up” and “look him in the eye.”
She said, “that was my way of defending myself, at that time.” She alleged that he hit her “in the face” when she denied having an affair with her ex-partner.
She testified that Depp would scream at her and smash things around her. Heard testifies that it started with slapping, explaining that he would slap her multiple times in a row. She said that “Johnny on speed is very different from Johnny on opioids.” She continued to state that she “had to get good at paying attention to the different versions of him.”
Amber Heard Describes Graphic Sexual Abuse
Heard said that she told her therapist about the abuse and eventually told her mother. Heard said she felt “safe” in confiding in her mother because she felt that she could understand. Heard told the jury that she had testified “from the beginning about the abuse, the psychological abuse,” which included the accusations of cheating and the “secretive” start to their relationship, which she described as “very isolating.”
Heard later recalled numerous instances of abuse from Depp, including a time when they were doing drugs together in Hicksville with friends. A woman had leaned onto Heard and Depp accused Heard of cheating on him with this woman. They went back to the trailer to discuss it, which resulted in an argument. Heard described in detail how Depp destroyed the trailer and she went into the bathroom.
When she came out, Depp asked her “Where is it?” and felt that she was hiding cocaine from him. “He’s grabbing my breast, he’s touching my thighs, he rips my underwear off and proceeds to do a cavity search … he shoves his fingers inside me,” Heard recalled. She then described in graphic detail how he performed a “cavity search” of her private areas with his fingers.
“I just stood there looking at the light … I didn’t say stop or anything,” she added.
Amber Heard will return to the stand tomorrow, on Thursday. The trial is not held on Friday and the judge has a prior engagement to attend to next week, so, after tomorrow, Heard will not take the stand again until Monday, May 16.