In the weeks-long trial, now in its fourth week. Amber Heard testified that her ex-husband Johnny Depp often insulted, threatened to kill her and sexually assaulted her. Amber Heard attacked Depp in self-defense.
In contrast, Johnny Depp said that he was a victim of domestic violence, due to Amber Heard’s alcoholism.
Summary of the dramatic lawsuit between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard dated while filming “The Rum Diary (2011)“, and they got married in February 2015. Fifteen months after their marriage, Heard sued Johnny Depp, forbidding him to approach her and accusing Depp of insulting, abusing, and beating her. Depp protested and said he was the one being abused by his wife. The couple divorced in 2016.
In 2018, Amber Heard repeated the above story with a letter to the Washington Post alleging years of abuse by Depp. Depp lost many movies in Hollywood. Depp said his ex-wife made up stories to promote Aquaman (2018).
After years of delay, in April 2022, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard appeared in court in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, where the 2018 Washington Post article was released. Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation and demanded $50 million in damages. Heard counter-sued Depp for the same crime, demanding $100 million in damages.
Accountant Mike Spindler estimates Johnny Depp lost about $40 million following Heard’s letter in the Washington Post in 2018.
According to NBC News, Amber Heard testified in court in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Amber Heard said the lawsuit is a bad thing for herself. The actress described her painful feelings for three weeks when she heard “unreasonable and fabricated accusations from Johnny Depp”.
Recalling happy memories
Amber Heard also recounted happy memories of when she first met Depp: “We discussed books, music, and poetry. We both had a lot in common. He was a great reader and a charismatic conversationalist. I know he is one of the most famous actors in the world. It’s strange to feel that our souls were in harmony, even though Depp is twice my age and a movie star.”
Depp also admitted his love affair with Amber was off to a good start. He once called Amber Heard “the perfect mate”. The actor was amazed by her intelligence and understanding of music, “Heard is a funny, sweet person”.
Amber Heard says she’s been in love with Depp since the fall of 2011 when they were on tour to promote their movie “The Rum Diary“. The two did not publicize their relationship because Depp had just broken up with Vanessa Paradis – the mother of Depp’s two children.
“Depp made me feel appreciated, he made me extremely happy. I remember he used to take a piece of metal from the top of a wine bottle and wrap it in a ring and put it on the ring finger of my left hand.”, Heard recounted.
Illusion shattered, “Johnny Depp is a brute”, Heard got hit for the first time.
However, the sweetness did not last long. Heard told about getting hit by Depp for the first time when she joked about Depp’s tattoo of ex-girlfriend Winona Ryder. Heard said Depp kept slapping and cursing her. On the third slap, the actress fell.
She continued, “I knew I had to leave him. What broke my heart was that I didn’t want it.”
Johnny Depp completely denies hitting Amber Heard because of jokes involving Winona Ryder.
“Johnny Depp is a blind jealous man”, Heard got hit a second time.
Heard said Johnny Depp was jealous and frequently suspected her of having an affair in 2013, after seeing a photo of Heard and a male actor together. At first, Depp was angry and wanted to burn the photo. Heard said she was “slapped in the face by Depp, causing her mouth to bleed, her blood splattering on the wall”.
The photos show multiple bruises on her hands, which she used to show as evidence of Depp’s abuse. Heard sent them to her mother after being beaten by Depp. “He grabbed my hand and pinned me to the floor. I don’t remember how many times I got slapped in the face.”
Heard hid Depp’s drugs, and Depp threatened to kill her
Heard recounted that in May 2013, during a trip to a desert, Depp suspected her of stealing drugs. Depp tore her skirt and opened her mouth to find drugs. During the trial on May 3, Dr. Dawn Hughes also said she had heard about this from Heard.
Heard recalled Depp repeatedly cursing and threatening to kill her.
Amber Heard hesitated to break up
Amber Heard said she hesitated to break up because she thought “she could help Johnny Depp get over his drug addiction“. Several times, when he came to his senses, Depp “thanked her for staying and that it saved him“.
Doctor Dawn Hughes: “Johnny Depp sexually assaulted Amber Heard”
Dawn Hughes – Amber Heard’s doctor said that Heard suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for a long time due to being abused and raped by Johnny Depp. Dawn Hughes is a psychologist in the field of domestic violence, this doctor contradicts the previous testimony of Dr. Shannon Curry – who was invited to court by Depp last week.
“Those were not moments of love. Those were moments of anger, wanting to dominate and master Amber Heard,” Dawn Hughes said. “Heard was kicked in the back because Depp suspected Heard was having an affair with James Franco.” James Franco famously participated in Spider-Man and got into many sex scandals.
Dawn Hughes says Johnny Depp inserted a glass bottle into Heard’s vagina while they were in Australia in 2015 filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Salazar’s Revenge. “This was very dangerous because the glass bottle can break.”
Dawn Hughes opposes Dr. Shannon Curry‘s conclusion that Heard has borderline personality disorder (BPD). Hughes commented that Heard was abused by his biological father as a child.
Judgment of legal experts
According to legal experts, Dr. Dawn Hughes gave many important details but did not provide concrete and convincing evidence. She was also not present at the scene of the incident, only heard through the words of Amber Heard. Currently, Heard is facing many disadvantages.