Amber Heard testifies that Johnny Depp allegedly hit her for the first time
Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m (£38.2m) for suggesting he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations made it difficult for him to get film roles.
Depp’s legal team dropped their case against her Tuesday in the fourth week of proceedings in the Fairfax, Virginia court.
Beginning her testimony Wednesday afternoon, Heard described an “unusual and remarkable” first meeting with Depp, as well as their first kiss and blossoming relationship during the press tour for the film The rum diaryShe let them “head over heels in love.”
Her statement took on a darker edge as she recalled the first time he allegedly hit her when she was laughing at one of his tattoos. She also described his jealousy and drug and alcohol use, as well as alleged incidents including a forced vat search and two instances where he threatened to break the wrist of women who flirted with Heard.
Heard will resume her testimony at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
What does Johnny Depp say in his testimony?
Here’s what we learned:
Oliver O’ConnellMay 5, 2022 04:00
Depp says the relationship with Heard reflected his mother’s abuse
He recalled how Ms Heard’s “degrading insults”, “insults” and “ridicules” often escalated into full-scale altercations.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 5, 2022 3:15 am
Heard’s psychologist says Depp kicked her over ‘jealousy of James Franco’
While on the witness stand, Dr. Hughes said Mr Depp committed multiple acts of sexual and physical violence against Ms Heard over the course of their turbulent marriage, which ended in divorce in 2016.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 5, 2022 2:45 am
ICYMI: Heard’s nurse testifies that she was “jealous and concerned” about Depp’s career
Oliver O’ConnellMay 5, 2022 2:15 am
A staff psychologist listens as a defense expert refutes testimonies
dr Shannon Gray, a psychologist who was called by Mr Depp’s legal team, was among other attendees in the front row as Dr. Dawn Hughes, who was called by Ms Heard’s team, disagreed with her statement.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 5, 2022 1:45 am
The psychologist says Heard suffers from PTSD as a result of domestic violence
She also dismissed claims that the couple were responsible for “mutual abuse,” as testified by her marriage counselor early in the trial.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 5, 2022 1:15 am
Heard reveals Depp told her “yummy” after their first kiss on the Rum Diary set
The former couple’s multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit Virginia has heard how the couple met on the set of the 2011 film while both were already in relationships.
Giving evidence for the first time, Ms Heard told the jury how she visited Mr Depp in his trailer after the pair filmed a romantic shower scene together, which she said “didn’t feel like a normal scene. It felt real.”
Graeme Massie has the story.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 5, 2022 00:45
Heard claims Johnny Depp ripped up her underwear and conducted a “void search.”
Gustaf Kilander reports what Heard claims in court today.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 5, 2022 00:15
Heard describes the first time Depp allegedly hit her after she laughed at a tattoo
The actress told a jury in the former couple’s defamation trial Virginia that she was “heartbroken” when Mr Depp slapped her three times in the face in an alleged attack that she said “changed her life”.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 4, 2022 11:45 p.m
Depp laughs as Heard says in court he can ‘take his own boots off’
Mr Depp testified early in the trial that they had a ritual where Ms Heard brought him a glass of wine and took his boots off when he got home. The actor said Ms Heard would get angry if he took off his own shoes.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 4, 2022 11:15 p.m
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