Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s legal teams are gathering statements and testimony from those who comprised the inner circle around the couple during their tumultuous marriage, and now the actresses' former assistant has gone on record that she was mentally and verbally abused by Heard.
In a declaration obtained by The Blast, Kate James states she was Amber Heard's personal assistant from 2012 through 2015 and describes the time working for the actress as a nightmare. James also mentions that she’s a seasoned vet in the entertainment industry and has been a "personal assistant to high profile people."
James’ document explains how she was privy to many of the private interactions between Depp and Heard, including her first impression of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star:
”Amber was already dating Johnny when I started working for her. At first, Amber didn’t tell me who Johnny was, and would speak in disparaging terms about him. She would say that she was “dating this old man” and suchlike. She then disclosed that it was Johnny Depp, and I met him shortly after that. My first impression of him was how softly spoken and peaceful he was, almost a bit shy. He was very pleasant and courteous upon meeting me."