WARNING: This article contains allegations of physical and sexual violence which some readers may find distressing.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have both testified about what they think happened during a violent incident in Australia in early 2015 when the latter actor severed his finger.
Ms. Heard and Mr. Depp were both questioned about the alleged incident as part of their defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
Mr Depp has sued Ms Heard for alleged defamation over a comment she wrote for in 2018 The Washington Postand demanded $50 million in damages. She doesn’t name him in the play, but describes herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.”
Ms Heard has contradicted Mr Depp, demanding $100 million in damages and immunity from his claims. The process is expected to last until at least the end of May, with the closing arguments initially scheduled for May 27th.
The alleged 2015 incident in Australia was a key point in the process, with Ms Heard and Mr Depp each sharing their accounts. During the evening, Mr. Depp had his middle finger cut off. Ms Heard said she was not awake when the injury happened; Mr Depp has claimed his finger was injured when Ms Heard threw a vodka bottle at him.
Ms Heard has claimed Mr Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle that night. Mr Depp has denied assaulting Ms Heard.
Here is what Mr Depp Heard and Ms Heard each told the jury.
What Johnny Depp Said
Mr Depp testified last month during his own tenure as a witness about the alleged incident.
Mr Depp claimed Ms Heard became “angry” during a discussion about a post-marital arrangement. “She couldn’t let go of the fact that I was involved in this post-contract arrangement and that I was trying to get her to essentially get nothing if something were to happen,” Mr Depp said.
He said he told Ms Heard that was not his intention but that the conversation was escalating into “madness”, “chaos” and “violence”.
“She was angry and she was obsessed,” he said, adding that Ms Heard “pounded” him with “brutal words.” “Excuse my language, but I remember it wasn’t nice to be called ass kissers by lawyers or assholes who didn’t fight or stand up for them.”
When asked how his finger was injured, Mr Depp said things “got all too crazy”. “I went behind the bar, I grabbed a bottle of vodka that was there and a shot glass,” he said. Mr Depp said he “poured [himself] two or three stiff shots of vodka” which were “the first taste of alcohol [he’d] I had for a long time.”
He claimed that after Ms Heard found him at the bar, she started yelling at him about his drinking. “She walked up to me and reached for the bottle of vodka and grabbed it, then just stepped back and threw it at me,” he said. “And it just went right past my head and smashed behind me.”
Mr Depp said he grabbed another bottle, poured himself a shot and drank it. He claimed Ms Heard insulted him and grabbed that bottle and threw it at him. He claimed that the bottle “touched” him and “splintered everywhere.”
“In the beginning I didn’t feel the pain at all,” he said. “I didn’t feel any pain. I felt heat and felt like something was dripping down my hand. And then I looked down and found the tip of my finger had been severed and I was looking straight at my protruding bones.”
Mr Depp said “blood just flowed”.
“I think I’m kind of — I don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that was probably as close as it’s ever been,” he said.
“Nothing made any sense. I knew in my head and in my heart this is not life, this is not life. Nobody should have to go through this. And like I said, this feeling of being in the middle of some kind of nervous breakdown, I started writing little reminders of our past on the walls in my own blood, which were basically lies she had told me and lies that I caught her.”
Mr Depp said he called his doctor and told him: “You might want to come over, I cut my finger off here.”
Mr Depp said he once told a doctor in the emergency room that he had smashed his finger in a door because he didn’t want to “get”. [Ms Heard] “I didn’t want to put her name in that mix,” he said.
Mr Depp tha after the alleged incident “in every respect, [he] was just finished.”
What Amber Heard said
Ms Heard was questioned on her second day of testimony (5 May) about the incident, which allegedly took place in March 2015 (about a month after she and Mr Depp got married).
Ms Heard said Mr Depp was “very upset” by her association with Eddie Redmayne The Danish girl and other actors. She recounted a “belligerent” interaction with Mr. Depp that made her realize “that the arrows were aimed at it [her] once again”.
A physical altercation began, during which Ms Heard said Mr Depp “hit me hard against the wall” and called out their names.
At one point, Ms Heard said Mr Depp threw her onto a ping-pong table, sat on her and repeatedly slapped her in the face.
Ms Heard was visibly distraught as she continued her testimony. She said Mr Depp hit her in a way that “broadcast [her] on the floor,” and as she stood up, Mr Depp threw a bottle at her. She once said he had a broken bottle next to her face and neck and told her he would “dismember it [her] Face”.
Ms Heard said her memories of the night came to her as “flashes”. Eventually, she said, Mr. Depp threw bottles her way and she could “feel glass breaking behind her [her]’ and a bottle went past her head, leaving her ‘terrified’.
She said Mr Depp ripped her nightgown from her chest and that the nightgown was eventually ripped off completely, leaving her naked.
She claimed Mr Depp started banging on the wall next to her head and holding her by the neck. At one point she said Mr Depp had “reached the top [her]’ she told her she was ‘ruined [his] Fuck life”.
“I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t get through to him, I couldn’t get up,” she said. “I don’t know how that ended. I don’t know how — I don’t know what happened next.” Ms Heard sobbed as she continued: “The next thing I remember I was hunched over backwards on the bar, which meant mine chest was high. I stared at the blue light. My back is on the counter and I thought he was going to hit me. I felt this pressure on my pubic bone. I thought he was going to hit me. I could feel his arm moving and it looked like he was going to hit me. But I could just feel that pressure.”
Ms Heard said she recalled being still, not wanting to move, looking around the room and seeing broken bottles and broken glass. “I remember not wanting to move because I didn’t know it was broken — I didn’t know if the bottle he had in me was broken,” she said. “I couldn’t feel it. I felt no pain. I felt no pain. I didn’t feel anything. … I looked around and saw so much broken glass. … I just remember thinking, “Please, God, please. I hope it’s not broken.’”
Ms Heard said she took sleeping pills and woke up to find Mr Depp “missing a finger”. “He kind of held it up,” she said. “And I said, ‘What have you done? When?’ And I realized it had been many hours since that probably happened.”
Ms Heard suggested the cut may have occurred when she said Mr Depp used to smash a phone.
Additional coverage from The Associated Press
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/johnny-depp-trial-amber-heard-severed-finger-b2074530.html What Amber Heard and Johnny Depp each said about the argument in Australia that left him with his finger severed