Amber Heard arrives for day two of her explosive evidence against Johnny Depp after claiming ‘monster’ threatened to kill her and carve up her face during violent rows over his drinking and drug abuse
- Johnny Depp is suing News Group Newspapers for an article in The Sun which labelled him a ‘wife-beater’
- NGN is defending the article as true, and says Depp was ‘controlling and verbally and physically abusive’
- Amber Heard is giving three days of evidence and claims her ex-husband repeatedly threatened to kill her
Amber Heard smiled as she arrived at the High Court hand-in-hand with her girlfriend Bianca Butti for her second day in the witness box after making extraordinary claims about her tumultuous marriage to Johnny Depp.
The Aquaman actress, 34, claims she feared Mr Depp, 57, was ‘going to kill’ her on several occasions – and says he would later blame his actions on ‘the monster’, the megastar’s alleged ‘alter ego’ she says she was ‘terrified of’.
On Tuesday, the 11th day of the trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Ms Heard will continue to be questioned over 14 allegations of domestic violence, which the tabloid’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) relies on in its defence of an April 2018 article that called Mr Depp a ‘wife beater’.
Ms Heard has accused Mr Depp of verbal and physical abuse throughout their relationship, including screaming, swearing, punching, slapping, kicking, headbutting and choking her, as well as ‘extremely controlling and intimidating behaviour’.
Mr Depp, however, says 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’.
Amber Heard smiled as she arrived at the High Court hand-in-hand with her girlfriend Bianca Butti for her second day in the witness box
Ms Heard then waved to waiting fans and photographers at the entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice in the capital
Amber Heard sketched giving evidence at the High Court in London yesterday while being watched by her ex-husband Johnny Depp who she has accused of threatening to kill her
Mr Depp has been accused of being jealous towards the majority of his ex-wife’s male co-stars and allegedly said she had affairs with at least eight of them
On Monday, Ms Heard denied she had ‘thrown everything possible at Mr Depp’, telling the High Court: ‘I haven’t even scratched the surface.’
Yesterrday it also emerged Mr Depp made up childish names for Hollywood stars he accused Amber Heard of cheating with – including Leonardo ‘Pumpkin-head’ DiCaprio, the High Court heard yesterday.
He allegedly suspected his wife of sleeping with Eddie Redmayne, James Franco, Kevin Costner, Liam Hemsworth, Billy-Bob Thornton, Channing ‘Potato-head’ Tatum, Jim ‘Turd’ Sturgess and actress Kelli Garner.
Miss Heard said: ‘He demanded to know about any romantic scene and complained about how people can watch me ‘get ****ed 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.’
Depp also suspected his wife was cheating with Tesla billionaire Elon Musk within weeks of their 2015 wedding. Yesterday she described his ‘paranoia’ and said he often accused her of an affair with a ‘sexy person who was younger than him’.
She said: ‘If I wore a low-cut dress, then he would say things like, ‘my girl is not gonna dress like a whore’. Over time, I stopped wearing revealing dresses for red carpet events.’ On day ten of Depp’s defamation case against The Sun, Miss Heard launched a wide-ranging riposte to his claims:
Ms Heard claimed she had suffered hell at the hands of Johnny Depp ‘punching, slapping, kicking, headbutting and choking me’.
She alleged the actor hurled objects, pulled her hair and shoved her, as well as constantly verbally insulting, intimidating and undermining her.
Some of her testimony was so extreme it had to be supplied in confidential schedules detailing allegations of sexual violence which were not made public.
But in vivid detail, she set out how ‘some incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me’.
Miss Heard told the court: ‘He would often hold me by the neck up against the wall, without hitting me, but he would talk about what he would do to me if I left him, such as, ‘I will cut up your face so no one will want you ever again,’ and about how he knew people who could ‘break a leg, real cheap’. He told me repeatedly that ‘if you ever **** this up or leave me, I will make sure you live to regret it every single day’.’
She described a ‘three-day hostage situation’ in Australia in the couple’s luxury house rented in March 2015 while Depp was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean. Depp’s alleged ecstasy and whisky-fuelled rage culminated in him trashing the house and writing messages in blood from a severed finger.
Miss Heard said: ‘It’s the worst thing I have ever been through. I was trapped and isolated with a violent person suffering from manic depression, bipolar disorder and a pattern of repeated, drug-induced psychosis and violence, who was on a multiple-day drug and alcohol binge.
‘He grabbed me by the neck and kept smashing my head against the fridge. He said he could crush my neck and told me how easy it would be. He kept attacking me – he hit me, pushed me, choked me and spat in my face.
‘He grabbed the front of my gown and ripped it open, so at some point I was bare-chested.’
She claimed the next morning she found ‘bits of raw meat’ in her torn nightgown, adding: ‘It was really messed up.’
Another time, she said he headbutted her.
Amber Heard arrives to give evidence for another day at the Johnny Depp v The Sun libel trial at the High Court
The day after, Miss Heard was a guest on James Corden’s Late Late Show. The court was shown photos of her, and she said: ‘I am wearing a large amount of make-up, which was put on specifically to cover the marks Johnny had left on my face.
‘I had to wear the dark red lipstick that I am wearing for the show because it was the only colour that could hide the swelling and bleeding from my lip.’
Miss Heard added to the court: ‘Throughout the relationship, others noticed I had cuts and bruises. I made excuses. People asked me, ‘Is he hitting you?’ I would deflect it…to protect myself from the humiliation that I felt about anyone knowing that I would allow this to happen to me. I became an expert in covering up the bruises and injuries.
‘It is horribly embarrassing to walk around with bruises on your faces. You are constantly asked how you did it. It’s frankly humiliating.’ Depp denied ever striking a woman.
‘I FELT LIKE A WILD HORSE IN A CAGE’
Depp told the court how his wife had mocked him as ‘fat’ and ‘washed up’ and told him his career was over. Yesterday, she claimed he had branded her a ‘fat ass’ and told her: ‘No one will hire you when your t**s and ass sag.’ She said: ‘I don’t think that he really respects women. He likes ones that validate his ego, sexy ones. He doesn’t like powerful women, and he saw me as one of those. I remember describing it to a friend at the time as feeling like a wild horse in a cage; it was as if he wanted to break me.’
THREE-WAY MARRIAGE WITH ‘THE MONSTER’
Amber Heard said: ‘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.’
Miss Heard claimed Depp was ‘very good at manipulating people’, and after his violent episodes, would often come back with a ‘sobriety coin’ from an alcoholics’ support group claiming ‘this time it was the end of his drinking’.
But she said she was not able to confront him about his alcohol and drug abuse because it was ‘very triggering for him’, adding: ‘He would get angry and call me ‘the moral police’.’
‘I DID THROW PANS’
After hearing an audio recording, Mr Justice Nicol asked Miss Heard: ‘Was it the case you sometimes threw pots and pans at Mr Depp?’ She replied: ‘Only to escape him.’ Depp has claimed he cowered in bathrooms to escape his wife.
Miss Heard denied being the instigator of their arguments, insisting she was ‘never violent’ towards Depp and did not have a problem with her temper. She said none of the other witnesses had seen their arguments which were ‘behind closed doors’. She added: ‘I did sometimes use physical force to defend myself when I was being attacked, or overpowered, or felt threatened. I did, at times, throw objects at Johnny.’
She said an incident on December 15, 2015, when she alleges Depp headbutted her and ripped hair from her head, made her ‘genuinely scared that he might accidentally kill me’.
The court heard part of a two-hour row recorded between the couple with Miss Heard calling him a ‘big f***ing baby’ and admitted starting a ‘physical fight’ with him. She can be heard saying: ‘I did not punch you, I did not deck you, I hit you – but you’re fine.’
MUSHROOMS AND WINE
Amber Heard’s medical history was recorded by Depp’s private nurse as: ‘Client admits to anxiety, eating disorder, ADHD, bipolar disorder, dependence issues.’ The actress described this as ‘very incorrect’. Nurse Erin Boerum added: ‘AH reports history of substance abuse.’ Miss Heard described the nurse’s notes as ‘a mistake’, insisting: ‘I am not a habitual drug user.’
She admitted to enjoying ecstasy and ‘mushrooms’, including doing both together at her 30th birthday celebrations in April 2016 at the Coachella music festival in California with a ‘high profile actor’ friend, when Depp wasn’t there.
Miss Heard admitted she did like wine but denied guzzling two bottles of red wine in an hour as her ex-husband claimed.
She claimed Depp’s doctor had prescribed her a cocktail of medications ‘and they were constantly being updated and changed to keep me sedated or calm’.
‘LIKE DATING A KING’
Depp and Miss Heard met on the 2011 film The Rum Diary. She said: ‘He was engaging and intellectual and dark and funny. He knew so much about life. When we were together, it was magic. When Johnny wanted to be affectionate towards you, he was intensely affectionate, warm and charming. It was like I was dating a king, with his level of fame and the way he lived.’
Miss Heard told the court about her ‘lonely’ 2015 wedding night claiming ‘possessive’ Depp kept vanishing to take drugs.
She said they argued on the night over his substance use. ‘He had lost weight and he would disappear into the bathroom for long periods during the wedding,’ she told the court.
‘I tried to smile through it and entertain our guests. But I had never felt more lonely in my life.’
‘HADN’T SEEN HIS FILMS’
Depp branded his ex a gold digger and accused her of building a ‘dossier’ against him as part of her ‘hoax’ claims of domestic abuse. But she hit back: ‘My so-called ‘agenda’ in marrying him, for financial benefit or to somehow further my career – that is preposterous. I remained financially independent from him the whole time we were together. It is not true I told him I admired his films early in our relationship – I was always very clear with him that I hadn’t seen his movies.’
‘DOG OUT OF WINDOW’
The actress told of her fears for her miniature Yorkshire terrier Boo when Depp allegedly held her out of the window of a moving car. She said: ‘I was scared that he could have dropped her. There was like a quiet alarm because no one wanted him to drop the dog, but no one reacted so as not to antagonise him which might make him do something even crazier.’
Miss Heard said somebody hacked into her iCloud account and stole naked photos. She said they were ‘intimate photographs of me naked’ which had then been ‘altered and manipulated with all sorts of degrading headlines’ and ‘released to the world without my consent’. She told the court: ‘Johnny blamed me for that’, adding: ‘As you can imagine, it was extremely distressing.’
She claims self-confessed drug and alcohol addict Depp ‘lives in a state of weaponised victimhood’ by always blaming his troubled childhood, and surrounds himself with ‘yes men’. She said: ‘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.’
Miss Heard claimed Depp – who enjoyed cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis – ‘passed out a few times in the bathroom and had a history of vomiting in his sleep’.
When they went to his private island in the Bahamas to detox in August 2014, she said: ‘It was hell. Johnny was in a state of absolute mania at times. In one moment he would ask for hugs, the next he would yell at me.’ She claimed on August 17, ‘he kicked and pushed me so that I fell on the ground and grabbed my hair and slapped me. He was in such a rage that he smashed a door so hard that it splintered’. Depp has denied this.
The case continues.
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