belongs to amber informed the court that she was recording Johnny Depp “Howls like an animal” while allegedly drunk on a private flight Boston to Los Angeles because he wouldn’t remember how bad it was afterwards.
The defamation trial between Mr Depp and Ms Heard began Monday, April 11, in Fairfax, Virginia, following Mr Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr Depp argues that she defamed him in a comment published in December 2018 The Washington Post entitled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. That needs to change.”
An alleged violent incident on the flight occurred in May 2014 after Ms Heard flew from New York to Boston to meet Mr Depp for her flight to LA.
“I knew something was wrong in every cell of my body,” she said of Mr Depp’s arrival on the plane. “He comes up to me and doesn’t say a word to me, just walks over and sits in another seat across from me.”
“At one point he asks me if I can ‘tell him something about what happened yesterday,'” she added. “He stinks of weed and liquor… I could see this was a no-win situation, there was no talking about him.”
“He asks me questions and I know not to interfere. I’m polite but not engaging. Move slowly. Eventually he went from ‘do you have something to tell me’ to ‘tell me how much you like it, did he twist your tongue?’” she added.
At the time, Ms. Heard was shooting the film The Adderall Diaries with actor James Franco.
Ms Heard previously said Mr Depp was “mad at me for taking the job at James Franco”.
“He hated James Franco and was already accusing me of somehow secretly dating him in my past since we did it Pineapple Express with him,” she said.
On the flight, Ms Heard said Mr Depp “spoke very clearly about my body and said really disgusting things about how much I liked it. He said “I know you liked it”. He called me a daredevil when ***. In addition, this happened in front of his assistants and security on the plane. I have trouble telling you how embarrassed I was.
She added that Mr Depp repeatedly asked: “Did I like it and [if] I was wet”.
“I didn’t look at him, and he said that was proof,” she said.
Ms Heard added that Mr Depp accused her of “wanting it or deserving it”.
She said she had started to move away from Mr Depp “very slowly” in order not to “trigger” him, adding that he was “mocking, laughing, yelling at me”.
Ms Heard testified that Mr Depp then hit her on the flight in front of one of his friends.
She added that he kicked a chair at her and asked, “What are you going to do?” She said she “just stared at him” because she “wanted to get through to him.” She said it was “like he doesn’t see me”.
“There was a blackness in his eyes. I wanted him to see me, it didn’t even feel like him,” Ms Heard said.
She said she wanted to “penetrate the monster to find the man she loved.”
Ms Heard said she walked away and Mr Depp told her to “hurry up”.
“My back is to him, I feel that boot on my back. He just kicked me in the back. I fell to the ground and it felt like I was staring at the bottom of the plane for a long time,” she said, adding that “during the flight you could hear a pin drop.”
She said she was embarrassed that it happened in front of the crowd but that “I didn’t know what to do about it.”
Ms Heard said Mr Depp was full of regrets after the flight.
“He came to New York to fight for me, to fight for the relationship,” she said. “He said he was embarrassed and sorry and I believed him so I came back with him on the condition that he do the full cleanse and detox and never go back.”
During cross-examination of Mr Depp, when he testified earlier in the trial, Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn read an email from Mr Depp to Ms Heard sent the day after the flight.
“I once again find myself in a place of shame and regret,” Mr Rottenborn said, citing the email.
“Of course I’m sorry, I really don’t know why or what happened, but I will never do it again,” he added. “I want to get better for you and for me – I have to. My illness somehow crept in and grabbed me. I can’t do it again, I can’t live like this again, and I know you can’t either.”
Mr Rottenborn said Mr Depp texted his “good friend”, British actor Paul Bettany, five days later that he had been drinking all night before flying to LA, that he had not had anything to eat in days, that he consumed powder – referring to cocaine – half a bottle of whiskey, “a thousand” Red Bull and vodkas, pills and two bottles of “champagne” on the plane.
“What do you get? A raging aggro engine in a freaking blackout,” Mr Rottenborn said, quoting Mr Depp’s message to Mr Bettany. “Shouting profanities and insulting every turd that came near.”
“I’m done, I’m admittedly too crazy in the head to vent my anger at the one I love,” Mr Depp added, according to court documents.
Mr. Rotterborn asked if the two bottles of champagne on the plane related to the flight between Boston and LA.
“Yes, it comes just after a thousand cans of Red Bull,” Mr Depp replied.
“There’s no reason you would tell Paul Bettany you were in a blackout, right?” Mr. Rottenborn asked.
“When I’m writing a text, especially when I’m in a passionate place – it’s a canvas, it’s a painting, choose your colours,” Mr Depp said, dismissing the notion that he had a power outage on the plane.
Mr Rottenborn remarked on this during his testimony at his British trial against The sun Newspaper, which he is suing for branding him a “wife beater”, said Mr Depp there was “probably no” reason for him to tell Mr Bettany anything that wasn’t true.
Mr Depp did not agree that he was “very drunk” on that flight.
Mr Rottenborn went back to Britain’s transcript, which asked Mr Depp if he had been drinking or using drugs before or during the flight, to which Mr Depp said: ‘Sure, to get through this we say yes – everything you said – I agree”.
Mr Depp said he “relented” to questioning at the time.
Heard’s legal team then played three excerpts from an audio piece of Mr Depp, who appeared to be moaning in pain.
“It sounds like a tortured animal and it’s my voice,” Mr Depp said in response to the audio recording.
In the final excerpt, Mr Depp’s former security guard, Jerry Judge, can be heard saying: ‘I’ll stay with that bloody idiot in case he gets sick’.
“The recording of the painful sounds is not from that flight,” Mr Depp said, without specifying where and when the recording was made.
In her 2018 comment, Ms Heard wrote: “Like many women, I was molested and sexually assaulted when I was college-age. But I was silent – I didn’t expect that filing complaints would bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”
“Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I felt the full brunt of our culture’s anger at women speaking out,” she added at the time.
While Mr Depp is not named in the piece, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Mr Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Mr Depp is seeking “not less than $50 million” in damages.
Ms Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr Depp for harassment and immunity from his allegations.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/amber-heard-johnny-depp-recording-b2072390.html Amber Heard tells court why she taped Johnny Depp ‘howling like an animal’ on drunk plane