Amber Heard continues to testify in Depp trial; describes the “pattern” of abuse

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Amber Heard returned to the stand Thursday in Fairfax County for the second day of her defense testimony in the defamation trial brought by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, continuing to paint a picture of a jealous, controlling and physically violent who struggled with alcohol and drug use – including in the presence of his children.

“If I didn’t recognize him, it got worse,” Heard testified. But if she did, he would hurl vulgar insults at her, she added during sometimes graphic testimony in detail. Heard also said Depp tried to control her career and started choosing roles that required minimal makeup and avoided romance or sex for her characters — if she chose to work at all — depending on her comfort level. .

Heard’s emotional testimony frequently stalled as Depp’s attorneys persistently and successfully argued against various issues, usually citing hearsay or lack of substantiation.

The case centers on a 2018 op-ed Heard wrote that was published in The Washington Post, which alleged domestic abuse by an unnamed person. Depp denied ever physically abusing Heard and sued her for $50 million, claiming the op-ed ruined her life and career. She counter-sued him for $100 million after his lawyers said his claims were fabricated.

Throughout the day, Heard described repeated instances in which Depp grew angry with her after making career changes he didn’t agree with, such as taking a meeting with the writer. Clive Barker or a role in “Magic Mike XXL”.

“Nothing I said – no amount of explaining, apologizing, accepting, not accepting, agreeing not to go – nothing worked. Nothing changed how angry he was with me and constantly telling me that I had done something wrong to deserve what was happening,” Heard said. “Until he went too far, hit me too far, broke too many things in the house and left. What was the pattern. He would leave and not have to deal with cleaning.

Throughout his testimony, Depp wore sunglasses and appeared to be looking down – often leaning over to whisper something to his attorney and occasionally laughing.

Heard’s testimony on Thursday began with his growing relationship with Depp, who in August 2013 suggested the two move in together — in part to avoid the media, which he called “vultures,” Heard said. She thought it might lead to greater stability in their relationship.

The following month, they returned to the London hotel room in which they were first intimate, where he proposed marriage. “I looked him in the eye and saw my future. Hope, you know,” Heard testified through tears. “Blind hope. I was so in love. Later when she brought up a potential prenup agreement, she testified that Depp told her he would tear it up because “the only way out of that is death.”

Around the same time, she was filming the thriller ‘London Fields’ and said “every scene involving sexuality or romance, I looked at the page and felt my gut tighten because I knew it was going to be a problem. ” She said she would have to ask permission to fraternize with the film’s cast – which they would refuse her. “Even though it was platonic, I couldn’t be photographed with other men or women that other people might possibly call romantic,” she testified.

Meanwhile, Depp had again failed to stay sober, she said. In October 2013, she witnessed a security guard carrying Depp “like a baby.” She felt like it was a turning point: “I felt encouraged that we were in a new chapter. That Johnny had finally hit rock bottom and finally wanted to change for good. At their engagement party five months later, she testified that he spent most of the event upstairs doing drugs with his father.

She testified that Depp’s jealousy, often fueled by drugs and alcohol, often turned violent: “My life changed based on what he was doing.” She said he thought she was “looking at this woman in a sexual way” at the Met Gala and later pushed her and threw a bottle at her, which broke a chandelier. He also, she said, “punched” her in the face. “I think that was the first time I was like, ‘Is that a broken nose?'”

On another occasion, Heard testified that he was angry that she had taken a job with actor James Franco. On a plane, he accused her of having an affair with Franco and allegedly began throwing ice cubes and cooking utensils at her, before slapping her in the face and kicking her in the back.

“It was the first time something like this had happened in front of someone,” she said. “Nobody did anything.” She added that he probably didn’t remember many of those episodes, saying, “In my experience when Johnny was this drunk, he wouldn’t remember what he did.”

After the plane crash, she started attending Al-Anon meetings daily and ‘decided to leave him’ – but they got back together after he promised to get sober with the doctor’s help of Beverly Hills, David Kipper. She said Depp entered a rehab program in August 2014 in the Bahamas, but remained violent, attempting to knock over a table bolted to the floor and slapping her in the face.

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Heard also spoke of his growing attachment to Depp’s children, especially his daughter, Lily-Rose. Heard said she had a fight with Depp when she objected to him allowing a famous musician over the age of 18 to sleep at their home, where Lily-Rose was staying. On another occasion, Heard said, she took Lily-Rose to Benihana for her birthday while Depp slept from a frenzy.

Heard said they eventually fell into a “pattern” where “we were both saying horrible things to each other, yelling at each other.” But “nothing I did made him stop hitting me.”

They tied the knot in February 2015 in a three-day event that Heard called “magical” and during which Depp, according to Heard, was generally sober. “I thought we were going to get married and have stability and security,” she said. A month later, however, he relapsed and the cycle continued. Depp accused her of having slept with various co-stars, such as actors Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess and Billy Bob Thornton. In one instance, she testified, after taking eight to 10 ecstasy pills, he grabbed her by the neck and pinned her against a wall, at which point she slapped him.

In another case in Australia, she says, he choked her and wrestled her on a table. She took a bottle of liquor and smashed it on the tiled floor. Later in the fight, she said he was holding a broken bottle to her neck and “he told me he would cut my face off”. Describing what happened next, which included graphic details of a sexual assault with a liquor bottle, Heard began to cry and couldn’t keep talking.

Sometime between that date and the next day, Heard said, Depp’s finger was injured (previous testimony described it as a severed fingertip). Heard said he found letters scribbled in blood on the walls. She said there was also paint and mashed potatoes smeared on the walls and doors, and she found her nightgown tattered and wrapped around pieces of raw beef.

“I felt destroyed, like my heart was broken. I didn’t know what to do,” Heard said. “I thought he might die or kill himself, because that was certainly the trajectory he seemed to be on.”

They reconciled. Weeks later, Heard said he learned Depp was having an extramarital affair. “It was like everything was falling apart,” she said. The discovery led to a fight that included Heard’s sister, Whitney, who Depp punched, according to Heard. “For the first time, I hit him. Hit him right in the face,” she said.

In December 2015, Heard said, another fight broke out in which Depp dragged her down the stairs by her hair and pushed her onto a lounge chair. Eventually, she said she stood up and “just looked at his face, and he clenched his fist, leaned back, and headbutted me square in the nose.”

“It’s one of the few memories I have in this long relationship, I actually remember the physical pain,” she said. “I told him that night that I was going to leave him.”

He then dragged her into the bedroom by her hair, threw her on the bed, knelt on her back and began hitting her repeatedly on the back of the head, Heard said. “I was like, ‘This is how I die,'” she said. “He’s going to kill me now.”

Heard’s testimony is scheduled to resume on May 16, after the court takes a week-long recess.

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