The court adjourned on Thursday for a break of about a week in the highly publicized defamation lawsuit involving actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Depp and Heard began their relationship over a decade ago before it eventually devolved into what appears to have been a toxic marriage.
The former couple are now fighting in a court in Fairfax County, Va., after Depp sued Heard for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 in which she described surviving domestic violence, but did not mention Depp by name. Heard fights back for $100 million and claims she was only ever violent with Depp in self-defense or in defense of her younger sister.
Earlier, Depp spent four days testifying, while Heard just spent the last two testifying before the court adjourned.
Since Heard’s testimony began, videos have appeared on TikTok of users lip-syncing to audio of his voice from the courtroom.
As of Friday, the “#JusticeForJohnnyDepp” hashtag had soared to more than 8.3 billion views on TikTok. The “#JusticeForAmberHeard” hashtag had risen to 30 million views on TikTok, but is still eclipsed by Depp.
Heard is expected to continue his testimony on May 16, including cross-examination by Depp’s legal team.
The early days of romance detailed
On Wednesday, the first day Heard took the witness stand, she detailed a whirlwind romance with Depp, bonding over blues music and literature.
“We talked about books and music, poetry. We love the same things a lot. Obscure writers and interesting books and bits of poetry that I haven’t heard anyone else know or reference or like,” she recalled of their first meeting.
She described Depp as “very well-read and charismatic”. Heard said she may have left her office with a few books he lent her.
“I knew who he was. I wasn’t a fan of his work. I didn’t know him, but I knew who he was. I knew he was one of the most famous people in the world.” she declared. “It was weird, because he’s twice my age and this famous actor, and we get along great on old books and the blues. I thought it was unusual and remarkable. I went from there saying “wow”.
Heard said she fell in love with Depp while promoting their 2011 movie, “The Rum Diary.”
“I felt like this man knew me and saw me in a way that no one else did,” Heard told jurors. “He made me feel seen, made me feel like a million bucks. That kind of feeling where he was lavishing gifts, lavishing expressions of love and how he had never met a woman like me I remember he took the foil off that bottle and I put it on my ring finger, and I had only been with him for days, maybe weeks at the time. was just very intense.
It was a sentiment Depp also shared, describing Heard in his testimony as his “perfect partner.”
At the time, their relationship was not yet public because Depp was separating from Vanessa Paradis, his longtime partner and the mother of his two children, Heard said.
Heard recounts the first time Depp allegedly hit her
The first time Depp allegedly punched Heard was after asking about his tattoo, Heard told the court. Depp told her the tattoo said “wino” and slapped her when she laughed it off, Heard said.
“I’ll never forget it. It changed my life,” Heard said, adding that Depp was drunk at the time.
Depp previously testified that Heard had issues with his tattoo, which was changed after he broke up with his former girlfriend and actress Winona Ryder. He, however, denied hitting her about it, calling it an absurd reason to hit someone.
How their relationship changed, according to Heard
In his story, Heard said their relationship changed after Depp broke his sobriety after a period of abstinence from alcohol. She described him as jealous, often accusing him of having affairs.
Heard told the court that Depp’s alleged assaults coincided with his drug and alcohol abuse. He has previously testified refuting the idea that he was ever “out of control” while intoxicated.
In one instance, she said she was repeatedly headbutted and punched in the face by Depp in an attack she said would end in death.
Heard said Depp looked like “an animal in pain” as he kept yelling, “‘I f—– hate you, i f—– hate you, i f– — hate you’, over and over.”
“He was just punching me,” she said, describing Depp above her during the alleged attack. “I thought, ‘This is how I die. He’s going to kill me now. He’s going to kill me, and he won’t even realize it.’
In another account, Heard described being penetrated by a bottle in what she claimed was an assault on Depp. She said she woke up to hear Marilyn Manson’s music playing, then noticed a brown substance on the wall, which she later identified as blood.
Depp had previously testified that his finger was cut off and that he used his blood and paint to write messages on the walls of one of the couple’s homes. In his testimony, Depp claimed that Heard became enraged, throwing a bottle of vodka at him and cutting off his finger.
According to Heard’s account in court, after being assaulted the night before, she awoke to discover the messages on the wall and later discovered that Depp’s finger was injured.
Depp testified he initially lied and told doctors he injured his finger in the accordion doors because he ‘didn’t want to reveal it was Ms Heard who threw a bottle at me of vodka and ripped my finger off”.
Heard testified that she was also bleeding.
“I didn’t think of that [pain]”, she said. “I was heartbroken. Eventually I realized that I could be hurt because I was bleeding. But I convinced myself that it wasn’t broken or the bottle wasn’t broken or it would be much worse, and the discomfort pales in comparison [to the heartbreak]. … I had just married this man.”
Heard says she hit Depp to defend her younger sister
Heard admitted to punching Depp in a case at their Los Angeles penthouse after an argument in which Heard accused Depp of cheating on her with a woman he had been with years before, claiming she found out that went to the woman after she and Depp were married.
She told the court that she shouted obscenities at Depp and at one point walked into a nearby penthouse, which Depp also owned, to see her sister, who was staying there.
Heard alleged that Depp followed her there and grabbed her. She said she moved back to their shared top-floor penthouse with her sister. He threw a can at them, then “rushed” down the stairs and grabbed the back of his head, Heard said.
“I just remember that brief struggle we had. … Whitney, my sister, suddenly got in between,” Heard said.
At the time, Heard said, she feared her sister would fall down the stairs when she saw Depp raise his hand to assault her.
“And I slammed on him,” Heard said. “In my whole relationship with Johnny, I hadn’t taken a hit. … For the first time, I hit him, as if I had punched him in the face. But he didn’t push my sister in stairs. “
“I wanted to want to leave him,” Heard said
Heard told the court she was heartbroken trying to reconcile the positive and abusive aspects of their relationship.
“I wanted to want to leave him. I wanted him to get better,” she said, her voice crackling with emotion. “And he said to me so many times when he was in that period of sobriety and sobriety, ‘You saved my life. My little girl, you saved my life.’ Everyone tells me that, and I believed it.'”
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