Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have taken their divorce battle back to court. Depp began the libel lawsuit against The Sun newspaper, attempting to dispute the claims that he had physically abused Heard.
Depp has attempted to shift the narrative that Heard was actually the violent instigator, and she addressed those accusations in court on Tuesday:
“Johnny has said I was continually verbally and physically assaulting him during our relationship – he paints a picture that I was somehow the instigator and the abusive partner. That’s not true. It is true that I had to use my body and limbs to protect myself from Johnny’s violence and abuse. He also often referred to verbal insults, or even just perceived criticism, as ‘punches’ or ‘hits.’ As someone who surrounded himself with people and created a life which meant he never had to face criticism or critical feedback of any kind, Johnny would often refer to even perceived criticism as ‘blows,’ ‘jabs,’ or ‘right hooks.'”
Heard has alleged that Depp physically assaulted her on numerous occasions, and she claimed that on March 22, 2013, Depp got violent with her.
“This was a whole ordeal of screaming and fighting that went on overnight and into the next day.I remember trying to walk away from him, just because I wanted to diffuse the situation, but this antagonised him.
At various points he grabbed me hard, shook me and shoved me into a wall. I couldn’t calm him down – he was so angry and just wouldn’t let it go. He was drinking and doing cocaine. We barely slept.”
Depp’s lawyers produced a photo of the couple, Heard’s sister Whitney, and the Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards as proof that Depp did not hit her. You can see the photo here, and Depp’s lawyer Eleanor Laws said to Heard: “You don’t seem to have any injuries in this picture.” Heard responded that her “lip looked a little swollen.”
Heard continued to outline a number of violent incidents at the hands of Depp, involving “screaming, swearing, punching, slapping, kicking, headbutting and choking her, as well as ‘extremely controlling and intimidating behavior’.”
Depp countered by saying “he was ‘not violent towards Ms Heard – it was she who was violent to him’, and claims his ex-wife was ‘building a dossier’ of false allegations as an ‘insurance policy for later’.”
Heard also claimed that Depp was insanely jealous of any co-star she appeared with in films, especially if there were romantic scenes.
“He demanded to know about any romantic scene and complained about how people can watch me ‘get f-cked on camera.’ I had to justify to him why I was doing any movie, and it was much worse if there was any kissing or a sex scene in it. He would taunt me about it – especially when he was drunk or high –and had derogatory nicknames for every one of my male co-stars he considered a sexual threat.”
Heard described Depp as “extremely manipulative” and that his temper was malevolent presence in their marriage.
“I’ve always had a relationship with two people. One was with Johnny and I loved Johnny, and I was not threatened by him. I was terrified of ‘The Monster’. The Monster was the third party in this relationship. He would blame all his actions on [this] self-created third party instead of himself.”
“He functions off zero accountability. He is always the victim. No one really gives him direct or honest feedback. It is very rare to see anyone – professionals, doctors, lawyers, film executives –say no to him. I tried to, but it didn’t go down well.”
The drama will surely continue as the case unfolds.