FALLS CHURCH, VA (AP) – Amber Heard told jurors on Thursday that the harassment campaign launched against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp has humiliated and intimidated her with multiple death threats, adding that she just “wanted to leave Johnny.” is “I am alone.”
Heard was the final witness in the six-week libel trial brought by Depp against his ex-wife. With cameras in the courtroom, millions have followed the trial, and as the weeks went by, interest grew and both Depp and Heard testified about the ugly details of their relationship.
Online and on the courtroom, Depp’s fans have dominated the narrative, with groups queuing up all night to get one of the few spots in the courtroom and wave as Depp goes in and out. As she enters and exits the courthouse, she is heard by onlookers in the street.
“The harassment and humiliation, the campaign against me that resonates every day on social media, and now in front of cameras in showrooms — every single day I have to re-live the trauma,” Heard said as she fought back tears. “Maybe it’s easy to forget that I’m a human.”
At cross-examination, Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez told Heard that “your lies have been exposed to the world” and questioned him about those who contradicted parts of his accounts.
“I know how many people will come out of the woodwork in support of Johnny,” Heard replied.
Depp has filed a lawsuit for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court in a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post and described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse” . His lawyers say the article defames him, although his name was never mentioned in it.
Hurd said he hoped the lawsuit would allow him to regain his voice, adding that he had a “right as an American” to publish an article describing his experiences and How to relate to the national debate on domestic violence.
“Johnny has raised my voice a lot,” she said. “I have a right to tell my story.”
She said that ever since she filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order against her, Depp has been ready to seek revenge. She cited earlier testimony in which Depp texted Heard’s disgruntled former personal assistant, urging her to “come for a spot of purple and we’ll fix her flabby ass for good and good!!!”
“Johnny promised me – promised me – that he would ruin my life, that he would ruin my career. He would take my life from me,” Heard said.
Depp has denied that he ever hit Heard, adding that she was the abuser in the relationship. Heard has testified to more than a dozen separate instances of physical abuse she says she suffered at the hands of Depp.
The final witness for Depp’s side on Thursday morning was a hand surgeon, Richard Gilbert, who said he believed the injury to Depp’s middle finger may have been as Depp describes it.
The tip of the finger was cut off during a quarrel between the couple in Australia. Depp says it happened when Heard threw a huge bottle of vodka at her. Heard says Depp did this to himself in a drug-fueled rage one night when he also sexually assaulted her with a bottle of alcohol.
Jury members will hear closing arguments on Friday.