Heard at times broke down in tears as she recalled her relationship with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor, which she characterized as “violent and chaotic” at times.
The court played clips of a discussion between Heard and Deppwhere she can be heard telling her ex-husband that even though she has evidence of his abuse towards her, she doesn’t want to go public with it because she didn’t want to “hurt” him.
“I was begging Johnny to not make me prove what I’ve had to sit on this stand in front of all of you and prove and talk about. … I didn’t want this. I don’t want to be here,” heard said. “I was trying to point out how absurd it would be for him to keep making me prove this by calling me a liar.”
She continued: “I didn’t want to hurt him. I loved him. I loved him so much. That’s why I’m explaining to him why I didn’t file criminal charges. I didn’t file a police report even though it was being used against me.… I didn’t want this to hurt Johnny.
At the beginning of her testimony Monday, Heard corrected herself about the timing of the first time she said Depp slapped her, which revolved around her questioning him about one of his tattoos. Heard initially said that happened in 2013, but she said Monday that it actually happened in 2012. She said her confusion resulted from the fact that she wanted to believe in her mind that the abuse had n’t begun so early in their relationship.
“I had kind of allowed myself to forget that the beginning was violent and chaotic as well,” she said.
Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court for libel over an op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers de ella say he was defamed by the 2018 article even though it never mentioned his name de ella.
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Heard also claimed that following their honeymoon in August 2015, Depp became abusive after she wanted to work on a TV series that also starred James Franco. The role would require some nudity, which she said Depp had problems with.
Heard also discussed how her 2018 film “London Fields” was a source of tension between them due to the sexuality of her role. Heard said the couple was away in France at Depp’s secluded chateau when he demanded to see a screener of the film. Heard said unknownst to her, production used a body double for her to film a sex scene, which Depp became upset over.
“I have an incredibly jealous man who’s already upset with me for breaking the rule that I had a sex scene; on top of that I’m telling him it wasn’t me, I didn’t shoot that scene. You can imagine how upset he was. He was irate, calling me to liar … among many other things,” Heard testified. “That combined with the fact that I had even entertained doing this job that involved James Franco was a pressure cooker. I called It a week of hell.”
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Heard also recalled an argument the two had on her 30th birthday after Depp didn’t attend her celebration. She said the verbal argument turned into a shoving match where Depp hurled a large bottle of champagne at her, which ended up going through a painting.
She said the two continued arguing on and off, which she said resulted in Depp throwing her phone out the window. In turn, Heard also threw Depp’s phone through the window. Throughout the incident, Heard said Depp’s chest bumped her and held her down.
“I remember saying to him, ‘Can we not fight like this? Can we start over? Can we just not do this, please? It’s my birthday, let’s just call a truth. I don’t want it to end like this, ‘” Heard said. “He responded cruelly. He said it’s what I (expletive) deserve. … He said this was all my fault and what I asked for, and he left.”
She said she heard the door open again, thinking Depp had come back and said “I remember thinking, ‘Oh God, is this going to happen again?’ ”
Heard also strongly denied an accusation from Depp that she left human fecal matter in the couple’s bed after a fight. Heard said it was the couple’s teacup Yorkshire terrier that messed the bed and that it had a history of bowel problems ever since it had accidentally ingested Depp’s marijuana.
“I don’t think that’s funny,” she said about the alleged poop prank. “I don’t know what grown woman does. I was not in a pranking mood.”
The feces allegation is one of several that has Depp’s online fans have particularly latched onto in their social media critiques of Heard.
Her testimony Monday has focused primarily on the final months of the couple’s marriage, which lasted from 2015 to 2016.
“He was talking to people who weren’t in the room. It was terrifying,” she said. “It was unclear to me whether he was even mad at me or he was convinced that the guy he said he saw me with was in the room.”
Jurors saw a video of Depp slamming cabinets in a kitchen and pouring himself an oversized glass of wine with Heard trying to ascertain why Depp was mad.
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The high-profile trial summarized after a one-week hiatus to accommodate a judicial conference. Jurors have already heard four weeks of testimony with both Heard and Depp taking the stand, getting emotional at times as they shared allegations against one another and recounted their rocky relationship from meeting on the set of 2011’s “The Rum Diary” to sparking a romance, getting married, splitting up, and all the fights in between.
Heard has already spent two days on the witness stand and still has not been cross-examined by Depp’s lawyers.
Heard told jurors she was physically and sexually abused on multiple occasions before and during her brief marriage to Depp, which lasted from 2015-16.
When Depp took the stand earlier, he maintained he “never struck Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any women in my life.”
Heard and her attorneys argued the 2018 Washington Post column did nothing to damage Depp’s reputation – that the abuse accusations had been public for two years already, and Depp’s spiraling career was the result of his drinking and drug-using, which made him an unreliable commodity to Hollywood studios.
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Contributing: Naledi Ushe, Maria Puente, Rasha Ali, USA TODAY; Associated Press
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