LONDON (AP) — Amber Heard has accused ex-husband Johnny Depp of abusing her each bodily and verbally whereas he was allegedly bingeing on alcohol and medicines, claiming that at numerous occasions throughout their tempestuous relationship she feared for her life.
On the primary day of her testimony Monday at Britain’s Excessive Courtroom in London, Heard additionally denied accusations she was a heavy drug consumer and drinker in addition to a controlling and abusive particular person. The courtroom is analyzing Depp’s libel go well with towards The Solar newspaper over an April 2018 article that labelled him a “spouse beater” for allegedly abusing Heard.
Chronicling a collection of incidents over their deteriorating relationship, that purportedly included Depp throwing a magnum of champagne and a cellphone at her, Heard insisted any motion she took in response was purely in self-defense.
“After I felt my life was threatened, I attempted to defend myself and that began to occur years into the connection, years into the violence,” she instructed the courtroom. “Earlier than that, I didn’t even attempt to defend myself, I simply checked out.”
Depp’s lawyer Eleanor Legal guidelines performed a recording of an argument between the pair through which Depp accuses Heard of throwing pots and different objects at him the night time earlier than. Heard mentioned she had hit — however not punched — Depp and that she had solely thrown issues “to flee him.”
Heard mentioned the argument, like so many others, had stemmed from Depp passing out as soon as once more within the toilet after one other binge.
“I used to be nervous about Johnny’s life and that is the context of this argument, one in every of many who resulted in a bodily altercation of kinds,” she mentioned.
Depp, 57, is suing The Solar’s writer, Information Group Newspapers, and the paper’s govt editor, Dan Wootton, over the article. The Hollywood star, who strongly denies abusing Heard, was on the courtroom to listen to his ex-wife’s proof. Heard’s testimony is because of final for 3 days.
She additionally described an incident in January 2015 in a resort room in Tokyo regarding a prenuptial settlement between herself and Depp, and advised there was an argument about it.
“There was an argument in a resort room in Tokyo that resulted in Johnny kneeling on my again and hitting me on the again of the pinnacle,” she mentioned.
In written testimony launched as she took to the witness field, Heard mentioned that at numerous occasions throughout their relationship she endured “punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking.” She mentioned “some incidents had been so extreme that I used to be afraid he was going to kill me, both deliberately or simply by shedding management and going too far.”
In line with the 34-year-old Heard, Depp “explicitly threatened to kill me many occasions, particularly later in our relationship.” She mentioned he blamed his actions on “a self-created third social gathering” that he known as “the monster.”
Heard instructed the courtroom that she cherished Depp when he was himself however that she was “frightened of the monster.”
The actor additionally dismissed proof from witnesses corresponding to Depp’s safety guard, Sean Bett, that she was the one who would begin an argument.
“These items occurred behind closed doorways,” she mentioned.
Heard mentioned Depp has “a novel potential to make use of his charisma to convey a sure impression of actuality” and that he’s “superb at manipulating folks.”
Heard has been current all through the trial, watching the proceedings as her ex-husband gave proof over 5 days.
Heard is dealing with questioning over 14 allegations she fabricated from struggling home violence by Depp in numerous areas between 2013 and 2016 — which The Solar’s writer Information Group Newspapers is counting on in its protection of the April 2018 article.
Depp and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the movie “The Rum Diary,” which was launched two years later. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the next 12 months, and the divorce was finalized in 2017.
Depp claims Heard was the aggressor throughout their unstable relationship, which he has likened to “against the law scene ready to occur.”
In 9 days of testimony on the Excessive Courtroom, decide Andrew Nicol has heard from Depp and from a number of present or former workers who’ve backed his model of occasions.
Heard claimed in her written testimony that Depp “typically didn’t bear in mind what he had achieved” due to the quantity of alcohol and medicines he had consumed, and that “it was as if it hadn’t occurred for him.”
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