The chunky silver rings Johnny Depp is fond of wearing hurt more when he allegedly slapped Amber Heard, she told a Virginia courtroom on Wednesday as part of a weeklong defamation trial.
Through a $50 million lawsuit, Depp is accusing his ex-wife of lying about his abuse allegations, made during the couple’s acrimonious split in 2016, when he sought a restraining order against him. Had it.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star testified last month, alleging that Heard actually abused her during their relationship, in an incident by throwing a glass bottle that shattered her fingers . He has repeatedly denied all allegations of abuse.
Wednesday was the first time the court was able to learn directly from Heard about how Depp allegedly used his money and charm to cover up the shocking behavior.
Heard described the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde scenario where Depp – who has spoken openly about his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction – sometimes shows warmth, but sometimes “it’s another thing”. it occurs.
“And that was the other thing [an] Terrible, horrible thing that would come out and take off, and it was hard to see Johnny I loved beneath it. And nobody told him. No one was honest with him,” Heard testified, referring to the people who managed Depp’s career.
“He would pass out in his own vomit, he would lose control of his body, and everyone would clean up after him. I cleaned up behind him,” she said, once watching Depp’s bodyguards change him from dirty pants Was.
Heard recounts a bizarre situation in which she was driving to an event with Depp and on the way, the actor allegedly grabbed a teacup Yorkie and “howled” her out of the moving vehicle window. kept. Hurd said no one responded despite the presence of other unidentified people in the car.
She became emotional during the hours of the testimony, sometimes speaking intermittently. Depp looked at the table in front of him most of the time; He appeared to be writing.
The actors were briefly married in 2015 and 2016, having met on the set of the 2011 film “The Rum Diary”, which starred Depp.
Asked to describe the first time Depp hit him, Heard began by telling the court that Depp had been drinking and, he suspected, was using cocaine, because there was a “vintage jar” of the drug nearby. ” Was.
“He slapped me in the face, and I laughed. I laughed. Because I didn’t know what else to do. I thought it must be a joke. It must be a joke because I didn’t know what was going on.” ,” Hurd testified.
“They said, ‘You think this is a lot of fun? You think it’s funny, bitch? You think you’re a weird bitch?’ And he slapped me again,” she said. Depp reportedly hit her a third time, causing her to lose her balance. Earlier in the trial, a recording of Depp yelling at Heard and calling his name was played.
“I knew it was wrong, and I had to leave him,” Heard said of the alleged assault. “And it broke my heart, because I didn’t want to leave him.” Then Depp wept, Heard testified, and assured her on her knees that he would never hit her again.
According to Heard, Depp talked about his addiction issue as if it were a “monster” that he killed, thinking he “got that bastard away”.
Several times, she said that Depp hit her and smashed things near her, looking distraught at the idea that Heard could see other people. Hurd said Depp took issue with the low-cut clothing, commenting: “That’s what you’re wearing, kid?” She described a pattern in which Depp would “fly away” and then “disappear” once he had calmed down.
Later in their relationship, Heard said that Depp began hiding alcohol and drug use from her, allowing her to make educated guesses about the state she was in.
“Johnny on Speed is very different from Johnny on Opiates. And Johnny on Opium [is] Johnny on Adderall and cocaine is very different from Johnny, which is very different from Qualudes Johnny,” Heard said.
In one particularly gruesome episode, Heard alleged that Depp became irritated one night, partially torn her dress, gutted her body and “proceed to search a cavity.”
“He said he was looking for his drugs, his cocaine, his coke,” she said.
The alleged incident took place at an isolated “trailer park” retreat that was rented, and when the manager took a look at the damage Depp had done to the place, Heard said he was furious – until speaking to Depp. , who smoothed things out.
He is expected to resume testimony on Thursday.