Over weeks of testimony, jury has heard from string of witnesses including couple’s former marriage counselor, their friends and Depp himself. Testimony has painted captivating and disturbing portrait of actors’ doomed marriage, laying bare violent fights, drug use and vicious words to each other. Here are some of most dramatic moments so far
Depp sued Heard, his ex-wife, for alleged defamation over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 在 华盛顿邮报, in which she describes herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse”.
Heard countersued her ex-husband, accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his own lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
Depp has asked for $50m in damages; Heard has asked for $100m and immunity against Depp’s claims. The trial is expected to last a total of six weeks.
The trial in Depp’s suit began on 11 四月. Over the first two weeks of testimony, the jury has heard from a string of witnesses including the couple’s former marriage counselor, their friends and Depp himself.
The testimony has thus far painted a captivating and disturbing portrait of the actors’ doomed marriage, laying bare their violent fights, drug use and vicious words to each other.
Here are some of the biggest moments so far:
Heard’s attorney brings new sexual assault allegation
During opening arguments on 12 四月, Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft alleged that Depp sexually assaulted Heard with a liquor bottle on one occasion.
Depp shook his head in court as Bredehoft recounted the alleged incident. His attorney Camille Vasquez disputed the allegation of sexual assault in court. A spokesperson called the claims “fictitious” in a statement to 独立.
Marriage counselor describes ‘mutual abuse’
A video deposition of Heard and Depp’s former marriage counselor Dr Laurel Anderson aired on Thursday (14 四月). She discussed her past sessions with the couple.
Asked whether Heard had ever reported any physical violence by Depp to her, Dr Anderson said yes. Asked whether she had seen photos, she said she had but doesn’t remember when. Asked whether “there was violence from Depp toward Amber”, 她说: “是的, you’re right.”
“He had been well controlled for, I don’t know – 20, 30 年, and both were victims of abuse in their homes, but I thought he had been well controlled for decades,”她补充道. “And then with Heard he was triggered and they engaged in what I saw as mutual abuse.”
Depp’s friend ejected as witness
Gina Deuters, who is married to a member of Depp’s staff and is herself a close friend of the actor’s, gave testimony in person on Thursday (14 四月).
She answered questions about Depp’s drugs and alcohol use, telling the court she had seen him use weed and cocaine occasionally, and that she had seen him drink alcohol. Deuters testified that she had never seen Depp be violent or angry after using any substances or drinking alcohol.
At one point during her testimony, Heard’s legal team asked for permission to approach Judge Penney Azcarate. The judge conferred with the attorneys, then sent the jury out for a brief recess.
Judge Azcarate then asked Deuters: “Have you been watching the trial this past week?”
Deuters replied: “I’ve seen clips of it online, yes.”
The judge then confirmed that Deuters had watched clips of witness testimony, after which she told Deuters she was excused and her testimony was stricken from the record.
The metaphorical heat in the courtroom ramped up dramatically on 19 四月, when Depp took the stand. He testified under questioning from his own lawyers for two days before facing cross examination.
Depp is ‘not embarrassed’ to testify on fall from ‘Cinderella to Quasimodo’
“I can’t say that I’m embarrassed because I know that I’m doing the right thing,” Depp said after taking the witness stand on 19 四月.
The actor told the court that he did feel exposed by the litigation, insisting that despite his successful career, he had always been a private person who had tried to shield his two children from “hordes of paparazzi’ and that he did not want them to see their parents as “novelties”.
但, he said he wanted to clear his name after it was smeared throughout the industry, 说: “It’s strange when you’re Cinderella, so to speak, and in 0.6 seconds you’re Quasimodo.”
Depp says Heard ‘grossly embellished’ substance abuse
The star said from the witness stand that his drug and alcohol use had been “an easy target” for the actress to hit after their marriage ultimately broke down. But Depp said he didn’t use for the sake of partying, but rather to dull the pain of past trauma.
“It has never been for the party effect, it has been trying to numb the things inside that have, that can plague someone who has experienced trauma,” he told the court in Virginia.
“The characterisation of my substance, of my quote-unquote substance abuse that has been delivered by Heard is grossly embellished, and I am sorry to say, but a lot of it is just plainly false.
“I think that it was easy, it was an easy target for her to hit. Because once you have trusted somebody for a certain amount of years and you have told them all the secrets of your life, that information can then, 当然, be used against you.”
Depp describes his first kiss with Heard on set of The Rum Diary
The actor said that he and Heard had locked lips in a scene in which she walked in on him in the shower.
And he described how the pair continued the passion back in his trailer later in the day.
“I think there was something in the kiss in the shower that was real,“ 他加了.
“So that day after work, Heard had come to my trailer and I was sitting there listening to old blues stuff and we had a glass of wine and we kissed.
“At that point my trailer was the only trailer in the parking lot, she had the mind to stay in the trailer for a while with me but I did not think that was a good idea on any level as there were nine Teamsters outside waiting to move the trailer.”
Depp said mother’s abuse ‘tore up’ his family
Depp also spoke at length about his difficult childhood, saying that his mother, Betty Sue Palmer, “had the ability to be as cruel as anyone can be”.
Describing his mother’s violence, Depp said “an ashtray” could be “flung at you”. 他加了 that she would hit her children in the head and that she could use a “high heeled shoe or a telephone or whatever was handy”.
He added that he started being able to see when his mother was about to “head into a situation where she was going to be riled up and somebody was going to get it. Generally, it was me”.
Depp said the family learned to deal with the physical abuse but that the verbal and psychological abuse “tore us up”.
He described his father as “kind”, “quiet”, and “shy” who would “amazingly remain very stoic” when Depp’s mother “delivered the pain”.
“He swallowed it, he took it,” Depp said, adding that he once saw his father punch a concrete wall, shattering his hand. “He remained a gentleman.”
Depp said his father leaving led his mother into a “deep, dark depression” and he mimicked her stumbling around the home after taking a multitude “of pills to try to take herself out”. She survived after having her stomach pumped at hospital.
He said his mother seemed to “calm down” after taking some “nerve pills” and that he, 在年龄 11, would take one as well because he wanted “to calm down” but he “didn’t know how to” and that he wanted to “escape feeling so much”.
“That was the beginning – when I realized that nerve pills calm the nerves,“ 他说, adding that he had taken all the drugs “he was aware of” by the age of 15.
Actor reveals that he never saw Pirates of the Caribbean
The actor also said he had never seen one of his most successful films – Pirates of the Caribbean.
Depp first appeared as Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 在 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The actor went on to also appear in several sequels, 包括 Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides, 和 Dead Men Tell No Tales.
“I thought that it had all the hallmarks of a Disney film – that is to say, a kind of a predictable three-act structure,” he said about his first thought about the first script. “The character of Captain Jack was more like a swashbuckler type that would swing in shirtless and be the hero.”
“I didn’t see it. But I believe that the film did pretty well, apparently, and they wanted to keep going, making more and I was fine to do that,“ 他说.
“It’s not like you become that person, but if you know that character to the degree that I did – because he was not what the writers wrote, so they really weren’t able to write for him… Once you know the character better than the writers, that’s when you have to be true to the character and add your words.”
Depp likens relationship with Heard to his relationship with his mother
在星期三, Depp likened his marriage to Heard to his fraught relationship with his mother, calling it an “endless parade of insults”.
He recalled how “demeaning name calling”, being “berated” and “made a fool of” by Heard would frequently escalate into full scale arguments.
“If there’s a dialogue between two people, both people need to speak. But there was no way to fit a word in. It was a sort of rapid-fire, endless parade of insults,“ 他说, adding that he “was not allowed to be right and not allowed to have a voice”.
“You start to slowly realise that you are in a relationship with your mother, in a sense. And I know that sounds perverse and obtuse, but the fact is, some people search for weaknesses in people,“ 他说.
Actor’s tattoos are discussed
Depp was asked about Heard’s claims that the first time he struck her was in response to a comment about a tattoo.
The actor said that incident did not happen and reiterated that he never hit Heard or any other woman.
He added that this specific allegation never made sense to him because he would have no reason to strike a woman for making fun of his ink.
Probed further on whether Heard objected to any of his tattoos, he replied that he had “Winona forever” – a reference to his previous relationship with actor Winona Ryder – changed to “Wino forever”. It wasn’t clear which iteration Heard objected to or if she influenced the change.
Heard admits to hitting Depp in audio
Heard could be heard admitting to hitting Depp on a recording played in court.
Heard and Depp argued about the physical altercation on the recording, during which she said she hit Depp but she didn’t “deck” him. She also told Depp to “grow up”, calling him a “baby”.
“You told me to do it. You told me ‘go do that’,” Heard said on the recording.
“You punched me in the f***ing thing,” Depp said.
“You figured it all out,” Heard responded. “I didn’t punch you by the way.”
“I’m sorry that I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap,”她补充道. “I was hitting you, I was not punching you. You’re not punched.”
Depp describes finger injury
Depp described in graphic detail a fight with Heard during which he claims she threw a vodka bottle at him, severing his finger.
“She then grabbed that bottle and threw that at me,” Depp said, demonstrating to the jury how he was sitting at the time. He said his fingers were resting on the edge of the bar and that the large vodka bottle “made contact and shattered everywhere”.
“I felt no pain at first all,“ 他说. “I felt heat and as if something was dripping down my hand.”
“I was looking directly at my bones sticking out,“ 他加了. “Blood was just pouring out.”
Depp explains why daughter Lily-Rose Depp didn’t attend wedding
Depp was asked about his wedding to Heard on day two of his testimony.
During his testimony, Depp said his daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, the eldest of his two children with Vanessa Paradis, did not attend his wedding to Heard in 2015.
“Lily-Rose did not come to the wedding,“ 他说. “She and Heard were not on particularly great terms for several reasons.”
Depp cringes as he describes seeing photo of faeces on his bed
Depp described seeing a photo of faeces on his bed days after a fight with Heard.
Depp said on that he didn’t see Heard between 22 April and 21 可能 2016 as he had “received some news that was as absurd and grotesque and cruel, and then I was shown a picture of what the problem was”.
He said he was shown a photo of “our bed and on my side of the bed was human faecal matter, so I understood why it wasn’t a good time to go down there”.
Depp said his “initial response” was to “laugh”.
“It was so outside, it was so bizarre and so grotesque that I could only laugh,“ 他加了.
Depp tells how his mother’s death made him realise he wanted a divorce from Heard
Depp said his mother’s death 在 2016 caused him to realise his marriage to Heard had to end.
“When those you love leave, we’re the ones stuck with the pain, with the grieving. But I was glad that my kids got to see her and give her her send-off, 我想. But it opened my eyes quite a lot to a number of things,“ 他说.
Depp added: “It opened my eyes to the fact that – yes, try, in relationships, whether friendships, whether courtships, whether marriage. Try your best. If it’s not going to work, it’s not going to work.”
Depp said he had then decided that he would call Heard and inform her of Palmer’s death, as well as his intention to file for divorce.
Heard filed for divorce from Depp on 23 可能 2016 后 15 months of marriage.
Depp asked about texts saying he wanted ‘burn and drown’ Heard during cross-examination
Depp was asked about texts saying he wanted to “burn” and “drown” Heard. Mr Depp was asked if English actor Paul Bettany was “a good friend you’ve done drugs with” – a question Depp said was strange, but he later confirmed both aspects.
According to court documents, Depp texted Mr Bettany “Let’s burn Amber!!!” on 11 六月 2013.
“Having thought it through, I don’t think we should burn Amber – she’s delightful company and easy on the eye, plus I’m not sure she’s a witch,” Mr Bettany responded. “We could of course try the English course of action in these predicaments – we do a drowning test. Thoughts? N.B I have a pool.”
“Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead…” Depp responded.
“My thoughts entirely!” Mr Bettany wrote. “Let’s be CERTAIN before we pronounce her a witch.”
上 30 可能 2014, Depp texted Mr Bettany saying, “I’m gonna properly stop the booz thing, darling…Drank all night before I picked Amber up….Ugly, mate…No food for days…”
Heard lawyer Ben Rottenborn also read a text from Depp to Heard’s sister, which read, “I never ever want to lay eyes on that filthy whore Amber”.
Former security guard Jerry Judge texted Depp on 26 四月 2015, “Johnny it is lovely to see how you and Amber are so happy…” to which Mr Depp responded “Very, very kind mate!! All I had to do was send the monster away and lock him up!!”
上 28 六月 2015, Depp texted his personal doctor David Kipper, “Amber and I have been absolutely perfect for 3 f***** months solid!! I have locked my monster child away in a cage deep within and it has f***** worked!”
Depp has testified that he only used the word “monster” to describe himself to placate Heard.
Depp elicits laughs with happy hour joke as he recalls doing drugs with Marilyn Manson
Depp got a laugh from the courtroom as he said every hour is “happy hour” and recalled doing drugs with Marilyn Manson, giving him a pill to stop him from talking so much.
Mr Rottenborn asked Depp about his drug use, to which Depp said he “found” drugs at an early age. Depp said earlier in the trial that he first took one of his mother’s “nerve pills” at the age of 11.
Depp said he was struggling in the spring of 2013.
“You would sometimes drink whiskey during the morning at that time?” Mr Rottenborn asked.
“我是说, isn’t happy hour any time,” Depp responded.
Depp reacts to audio of himself moaning ‘like a pained animal’ after mixing opioids and alcohol
Audio of Depp moaning in pain after mixing opioids and alcohol was played in court as the actor was cross-examined by lawyers for Heard.
上 24 可能 2014, Depp and Heard flew on a private plane from Boston to Los Angeles.
Mr Rottenborn read an email from Depp to Heard sent the following day. “Once again, I find myself in a place of shame and regret,” Mr Rottenborn said, quoting the email.
In court on Thursday, Depp didn’t agree that he was “very drunk” on that flight.
Mr Rottenborn went back to the UK transcript in which Depp was asked if he had been drinking or taken drugs before or during the flight, to which Depp said, “sure, for the purposes of getting through this, let’s say yes – everything you have said – I agree”.
Depp said he was “caving in” to the questioning at the time.
The Heard legal team then played three excerpts from a piece of audio of Depp seemingly moaning in pain.
“It sounds like a pained animal and it’s my voice,” Depp said in response to the audio recording.
In the last excerpt, Depp’s former security guard Jerry Judge can be heard saying, “I’m going to stay with this f***ing idiot in case he gets sick”.
“The recording of the pained noises is not from that flight,” Depp said, without specifying where and when the recording was made.
Depp reacts to photo Heard took of him asleep with spilt ice cream while he was on opioids
The jury was shown a photo of Depp asleep on a couch with ice cream spilt across his lap.
Depp said he had worked a 17-hour day, taken some opioids, and that Heard gave him the ice cream “because she knew what was going to happen”.
Depp said the photo had been taken in Boston and that “Ms Heard asked me to hold the ice cream as she noticed that I was on the nod – that means falling asleep – from the 17-hour day that I had worked and also the opiates that I had ingested”.
“And if you’ll notice, my right hand is in my pocket, so I wasn’t participating in the festival of ice cream,” Depp added. “I was holding her ice cream because she knew what was going to happen – that I would fall asleep and it would drop and that was a wonderful picture to take for her.”
Mr Rottenborn asked Depp if it was her fault that the photo had been taken.
“She snapped it,” Depp said.
Depp trial shown messages he scrawled in blood and paint after severing finger in ‘vodka bottle fight’
星期四, the court was shown messages and “reminders” Depp scrawled in blood and paint after severing his finger in a fight during which he claims Heard threw two vodka bottles at him.
Among the pillars of Depp’s case is his claim that he was a victim of abuse by Heard.
Of the March 2015 incident in Australia which left him with a grisly finger injury, he told the court: “It was all getting too crazy.”
Being in the middle of something like a nervous breakdown, Depp said he started “to write in my own blood on the walls”.
“Little reminders from our past that essentially represented lies that she had told me and lies that I had caught her in,“ 他说, adding that he hid in a bathroom and texted his doctor to come over.
星期四, as Depp was questioned by Mr Rottenborn, he said there was “quite a bit of damage to the house during the entire incident” in Australia.
He added that there was “a coffee cup stuck into the screen” of the TV.
Mr Rottenborn said a window was broken and that Depp drew “a penis” on a painting, and that there were messages written in blood and paint all over the walls and furniture.
Depp suggested that Heard could have drawn the penis, saying that doing so was not “on top” of his mind.
Mr Rottenborn quoted Depp from his UK trial against 太阳, during which he said that “I recall painting on a lampshade, on a wall, on a mirror. I remember dunking my finger into paint thinner and using paint when I had run out of blood to paint with, and I could have defaced the painting I suppose, but I do not remember a painting specifically”.
Heard came to Australia after filming London Fields with Billy Bob Thornton. Mr Rottenborn said Depp wrote, “starring Billy Bob” and “Easy Amber” in one of the messages.
Depp took the stand for the fourth day on Monday 25 四月, wrapping up his testimony in the afternoon.
Depp says he felt ‘blinding hurt’ when he read Amber Heard op-ed before being dropped from ‘Pirates’
在星期一, Depp said in court that he felt a “blinding hurt” when he read Heard’s op-ed before being dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean 特许经营权.
Depp said that it “was like somebody had hit me in the back of the head with a 2×4” when he read Heard’s op-ed.
Depp calls Amber Heard ‘fat a**’ and ‘c***’ in recordings of shouting matches played in court
Depp could be heard calling Heard a “fat a**” and a “c***” on recordings played in court.
He also referred to their arguments having the potential to become a “bloodbath” on the tapes played by Heard’s legal team, as a supposedly tearful Heard could be heard saying “Listen to me cry.”
“Go put your f***ing cigarettes out on someone else, you f***ing have consequences for your actions. That’s it,” Heard says on the first recording that was played in court on Monday morning.
“Shut up, fat a**,” Depp responds.
Depp told Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, that his ex-wife “greatly exaggerated” and that he hadn’t put out a cigarette on her or thrown a cigarette in her direction.
Depp says fights with Amber Heard made him ‘vomit’ as he denies putting cigarette out on her
Depp testified in court that he would become “physically ill” and that he would have to go away and “vomit” during fights with Heard.
He also rejected the notion that he had put out cigarettes on Heard, something she suggested in a recording played in court earlier on Monday.
Depp was asked about a recording played earlier in the proceedings in which Heard claimed that he vomited in his sleep often.
“When someone brings up that you vomit in your sleep every night – first, I think you’d be aware of it,” Depp said. “The first thing I would do is seek medical attention.”
“I’ve never vomited in my sleep every night,” Depp said. “There were times when I would get physically ill from the endless shots that you take when you’re unable to take it anymore.”
Depp’s house manager recalls finding the tip of actor’s finger after vodka bottle fight
Ben King, who managed Depp’s homes in London and Australia, took the witness stand on 25 四月 and described finding the tip of the actor’s finger on the kitchen floor after a 2015 fight with Heard.
Mr King said he was called to the Australia home on a Sunday and found Depp’s doctor David Kipper “rummaging through a bin” in the kitchen.
“He said Mr Depp had sustained an injury to his finger and he was looking for the fingertip that he said had been severed,” Mr King added.
The house manager said he left Dr Kipper in the kitchen and went downstairs “to search”.
Mr King testified that he was the one to find the fingertip in the “bar area” of the house, adding that as he walked downstairs, he noticed that “a big chunk had been taken out of the marble staircase”.
He said he found broken glass, a “collapsed” ping pong table, and lots of cans surrounding the “bar area”.
Mr King said he found the fingertip “directly below the bar” and that another “big chunk” had been taken out of the marble top of the bar.
Psychologist hired by Depp says Heard has two personality disorders
上 26 四月, a psychologist hired by Depp’s legal team has told the court that Heard has two personality disorders – borderline and histrionic disorder.
Dr Shannon Curry said that she met with Heard on “two separate dates” as she conducted her evaluation at the direction of Depp’s team – 10 和 17 十二月 2021. She said they spent 12 hours together and that “the result of Ms Heard’s evaluation supported two diagnoses – borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder”.
Dr Curry said Heard “externalises blame” and can be “self-righteous”, “judgemental” and has anger.
She added that there’s a “desperate fear of abandonment” among those with borderline disorder and that the reaction to that is to try to keep a significant other close and this behaviour can become extreme.
“All of it is like pistons of an engine, kind of firing off and igniting one another,” Dr Curry said. “But when somebody is afraid of being abandoned, by their partner or by anybody else in their environment and they have this disorder, they’ll make desperate attacks to prevent that from happening.”
“And those desperate attempts could be physical aggression, it could be threatening, it could be harming themselves, but these are behaviours that are very extreme and very concerning to the people around them,”她补充道.
“Over time, the anger, the explosive anger, that they show when somebody is needing space, or when somebody is really not doing anything wrong, because a lot of times they read into things that they perceive as being a slight to them or being somebody intending to harm them that actually isn’t happening. They’ll exaggerate it, and they’ll explode,” Dr Curry said. “They’ll react in this heightened manner that is just exhausting for their partners.”
Dr Curry said those with borderline disorder can appear charming and socially sophisticated, but they can also blow up and be unaware of problems in their thinking.
They’re very concerned with appearances, can be cruel, and may struggle to admit faults, prompting a lot of issues in close relationships. Reactions can be violent or aggressive and they can be abusive to their partner to physically stop them from leaving.
They may also use the legal system to stop their partner from leaving by threatening to file a restraining order or claiming that they have been abused.
“One of the most common tactics that they’ll use is actually physically assaulting and then getting harmed themselves, but mostly, we call this ‘administrative violence.’ Essentially this is saying that they’ll make threats using the legal system,” Dr Curry said. “So they might say that they are going to file a restraining order or claim abuse, or they might do these things to essentially try to keep their partner from leaving in the moment.”
Court told Heard has only given ACLU half of $3.5m from divorce settlement
Terence Dougherty, the chief operating officer and general counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), appeared at the trial on 28 April and spoke about the $3.5m Heard pledged to give the organisation from her divorce settlement with Depp.
Mr Dougherty said that $350,000 was paid directly by Ms Heard, $100,000 was paid through Mr Depp, $500,000 was paid through a donor-advised fund, and that $350,000 was also paid via a donor-advised fund – for a total donation of $1.3m.
He said Ms Heard was put forward as an ambassador for the ACLU following the pledge to provide such a large donation but he added that the full amount hadn’t been sent by the time of the deposition.
“Ms Heard spoke with such clarity and expertise on issues of gender-based violence, 那 [ACLU representatives] decided she would be an appropriate person to ask to become an ACLU ambassador,“ 他说.
It was at this point that the idea came up to write an op-ed, which later led to this trial.
Mr Dougherty said four lawyers at the ACLU reviewed the op-ed before it was sent to 邮报. He added that he wasn’t involved in this process and those lawyers were women’s rights specialists.
He was also shown an email which suggested Heard wanted to include more detail about her divorce from Depp in the op-ed, but lawyers took all references out.
Agent says Depp didn’t lost any film roles as a result of Heard’s op-ed
上 28 四月, Depp and Heard’s former talent agent Christian Carino testified that he wasn’t aware of any film roles that Depp may have lost as a result of his ex-wife’s 2018 专栏.
But Mr Carino added that he believes Heard’s allegations of abuse cost Depp the job of playing Captain Jack Sparrow in the sixth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean 特许经营权.
Heard’s lawyer asked Mr Carino, who previously represented both Depp and Heard, what specific legal case most affected Depp’s career.
“My opinion is that Amber’s accusations would have had the most dramatic impact on his off-screen reputation. I’m not talking about any one specific accusation,” Mr Carino, who began working for Mr Depp in late 2016, 说.
In the same testimony, Mr Carino stated that Heard dated Elon Musk while trying to reconcile with Depp.
Security describes Heard punching Depp in the face
Depp security guard Travis McGivern testified on 2 May and spoke of the actor’s shock when Heard allegedly punched him in the face during a fight in March 2015.
Mr McGivern said Heard had left during an argument and came back with her sister Whitney. 在那时候, the bodyguard said that he felt it was time to get Depp away from the situation.
Then he said he “heard and saw a closed fist contact Mr Depp in the left side of his face”, noting that it was Ms Heard’s fist.
“The initial look on” Mr Depp’s face was “shock”, the guard said, adding that he moved him and told him they were leaving.
Forensic accountant says Depp lost $40m after Heard op-ed
Forensic accountant Michael Spindler told the court on 3 May that he was tasked for this case with reviewing Depp’s lost earnings. He analysed the time between 18 十二月 2018, when Heard’s op-ed was published, 和 31 十月 2020.
“I concluded that Mr Depp suffered lost earnings of approximately $40m,“ 他说. Mr Spindler said Depp’s removal from the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film was one of the main reasons for his estimation.
Agent Jack Whigham testified on Monday that a $22.5m deal had been struck for the film.
Psychologist hired by Heard says she has PSTD from abuse
She also dismissed the claim that the couple was responsible for “mutual abuse”, as testified by their marriage counsellor earlier in the trial.
Dr Hughes told the court that her “main opinion” is that Heard’s “report of intimate partner violence” as well as the documents she was looked at in connection to the case are “consistent with what we know in the field” concerning intimate partner violence.
She also said that Ms Heard “demonstrated very clear psychological and traumatic effects” from statements made via Depp’s lawyer, which have prompted Heard to countersue Depp.
“I diagnosed Ms Heard with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder… and the cause was the intimate partner violence by Mr Depp,” Dr Hughes said.
Heard describes ‘painful’ legal proceedings
Beginning her testimony on 4 可能, Heard was asked how she felt about the fact that Depp is suing her.
“I struggle to find the words to describe how painful this is,” she replied.
“This is horrible for me, to sit here for weeks and relive everything – hear people that I knew, some well, some not, my ex-husband with whom I shared a life, speak about our lives in the way that they have. This is the most painful and difficult thing I have ever gone through, for sure.”
Heard recounts alleged physical and verbal abuse
Heard alleged Depp would make comments about her wardrobe, and recounted what she described as “a blow-up”.
“At first, it was just he’d throw something, smash some things,“ 她说. “He loves to smash up a place, an apartment, 家具. That’s what it started with, a glass. He threw a glass at me. I remember, it was summer. And he just threw this glass across the kitchen. It didn’t hit me. It shattered behind me, and I remember thinking that it very easily could have hit me.”
Heard alleged Depp would use disparaging language with her, calling her a “whore”, 添加: “It didn’t start with using the ‘whore’ word, it was just comments, until it would escalate”.
She recalled what she described as a “pattern of escalation, where he’d throw a glass or turn over a table, then he would hit the wall and he would hit the wall really close to my head.”
“You know, 喜欢, when I’m standing there, 你懂, just hit the wall, screaming at me,”她补充道.
“Then he would disappear and get clean and sober, and he’d come back and tell me that he was done drinking, he was over it, it was done, he’d cleaned himself up, he had done it before and he would do it again. And then he would go back to this wonderful, almost unreal – real, but unbelievably nice, sensitive, 种类, warm, 慷慨的, interesting, funny man that I loved.
“And he would make me feel so loved. I would feel so distant from that thing that was so scary that I would not even recognise it. That was how our relationship kind of started developing that first year.”
Asked to recount the first time Depp allegedly hit her, Heard said: “It’s seemingly so stupid, so insignificant. I will never forget it. It changed my life.”
She alleged she and Depp were “sitting on the couch… 说 … having a normal conversation.
“There was no fighting, no argument, 没有,“ 她说. “He was drinking and I didn’t realise at the time but I think he was using cocaine because there was a jar – a jar of cocaine on the table.”
She said she asked Depp about a tattoo on his arm.
“And to me, it just looked like black marks,“ 她说. “I didn’t know what it said. It just looked like a muddled, faded tattoo that was hard to read.”
Heard said Depp told her the tattoo said “wino”.
“I thought he was joking, because it didn’t look like it said that at all. And I laughed. It was that simple. I just laughed, because I thought he was joking. And he slapped me across the face,“ 她说.
“And I laughed. I laughed because I didn’t know what else to do. I thought, ‘This must be a joke. This must be a joke.’ I didn’t know what was going on. I just stared at him, kind of laughing still, thinking that he was going to start laughing too, to tell me it was a joke, but he didn’t. 他说, ‘You think it’s so funny? You think it’s funny, ****? You think you’re a funny b****?’ And he slapped me again. I was clear it wasn’t a joke anymore.”
Heard alleges Johnny Depp sexually assaulted her while looking for his drugs
Heard alleged that Depp once sexually assaulted her while searching for his drugs, after accusing her of hiding his cocaine.
“He starts patting me down or saying he’s patting me down, I can’t recall – but he ripped my dress, the strap top part of my dress,” she told the court. “I had just dyed this thing myself, pink … He’s grabbing my breasts, he’s touching my thighs, he rips my underwear off and he proceeds to do a cavity search. He said he was looking for his drugs, his cocaine. His coke.”
Heard added: “I was wondering how somebody who didn’t do cocaine and was against it – that was in and of itself causing problems in our relationship. How could I hide, why would I hide his drugs? He was insinuating that I was doing it, or something? It made no sense. And he was telling me, ‘We’re gonna conduct a cavity search.’ He just shoved his fingers inside me. And I just stood there staring at the stupid light. I didn’t know what to do. I just stood there while he did that, he twisted his fingers around.”
Heard begs Depp to stop ‘smear campaign’ as court hears emotional audio
Ms Heard returned to the stand to finish her direct examination on 16 可能. Emotional audiowas played to the court as Ms Heard said she begged her then-husband to stop calling her “a liar” about his alleged abuse.
In the audio clip, Ms Heard is heard speaking to Mr Depp in a recorded conversation in June 2016 – one month after she filed for divorce from him.
“I’m being called a liar and a gold-digger,” she is heard saying.
“I’m not lying about any of this s*** and I’m not after any of your money.”
She told the court that she wanted him to stop calling her “a liar” and stop the “smear campaign” that he had allegedly launched against her.
Heard breaks down saying she filed for divorce from Depp as she feared she ‘wouldn’t survive’
Ms Heardsaid she filed for divorce from Mr Depp because she feared she “wouldn’t survive” if she stayed in the relationship.
“I knew if I didn’t I’d likely not literally survive,“ 她说, choking back tears.
Ms Heard told jurors that her decision to divorce her then-husband was “the hardest thing I ever had to do”.
But she said that she realised she had to do it because the “monster” and domestic violence had become the “normal”.
“The monster had been this thing that was now the normal and not the exception. The violence was now the normal and not the exception,” she sobbed.
“I believe he would have taken it too far and I wouldn’t be here.”
Heard recounts police being called after Depp attacked her as court shown photos of her injuries
Ms Heardshared her account of an incident during which she says police were called to her apartment after Mr Depp attacked her.
Ms Heard was asked about the alleged events of 21 可能 2016 and said she and Mr Depp hadn’t seen each other for about a month at the time. Ms Heard said she agreed to see Mr Depp following his mother’s death, and that she was under the impression that he had started drinking and using drugs again at the time.
“He said he really needed his wife. He had lost his mother and he missed his wife, he really needed his wife. He said it over and over again,“ 她说. “I felt torn, I felt conflicted. Obviously the situation hadn’t gotten better with Johnny, mentally, and I was afraid that all the work and progress and distance I had finally got on it, on the relationship for the first time I had a month of distance on it, I didn’t want that to be undone but I was also affected by the fact that his mother had passed.”
She said a plan was made for Mr Depp to visit her during the day, which she thought would help mitigate his drinking as “night is a little bit more dangerous”.
“He came over and we sat on the couch and it was relatively peaceful. I could tell that he was inebriated, but in my head it made sense. He wasn’t incoherent. It was peaceful,“ 她说, adding that Mr Depp started talking about feces, accusing one of Ms Heard’s friends of having left a “prank” for him in Ms Heard’s bed. Ms Head said she tried telling Mr Depp that didn’t make sense, but that he kept talking about it.
最终, Ms Heard said she called the friend she said Mr Depp claimed was responsible, iO Tillett Wright.
Ms Heard said her friend reminded her that she “wasn’t safe”.
“iO said, ‘Amber, get out of the house. Get out of the house now, you’re not safe. Get out of that house,’” she told the court.
According to Ms Heard, Mr Depp “heard this, turned around, came bolting down the stairs, grabbed the phone from my hand and really, really started screaming this time, laid into iO, called iO every imaginable horrible name that you can say to an LGBTQI person for one, and any person, any human being ever.”
“He just screamed at iO some really nasty stuff,“ 她说. “When he’s done, 他说, ‘You wanna have my woman now, you wanna have my b***h, you take her, you can have her.’ With that he pulls his arm back with the phone and throws it at my face.”
Ms Heard said she felt like the phone had hit her in the eye.
“I put my head in my hands and immediately start crying. I said, ‘You hit me with the phone. 约翰尼, you hit me.’ I’m sitting on the couch. I didn’t even have time to react. I didn’t even have time to put my hands up,“ 她说.
“I was still sitting cross-legged with my socks on the couch. I haven’t seen him for a month and the last several times now that I’ve seen him he’s hit me. I didn’t even have time to react to this.”
Ms Heard said Mr Depp verbally taunted her, then whacked her on the top of her head.
“This heavy ringed hand landed on top of my skull, grabs me by the hair, yanks me up off the couch. I’m struggling to stand up,“ 她说.
“I don’t know if he was intending to hit me in the face or if he was just trying to grab my face but he was making this gesture around my face to try to expose my face to him and he was like, '是的, let me see how bad I hurt you. Let me see it. Let me see how bad I hurt you this time. What if I pulled your hair back? What if I pulled your hair back?’
“And he yanks my hair back. I’m trying to prevent him from landing the blows to my face and trying to prevent my face from being exposed, and I just remember this mocking taunt he was doing with me as he’s yanking me around the room.”
Ms Heard said another friend, who lived in the neighboring apartment, came in and tried to protect her. She said Mr Depp’s two security guards eventually came in too. At some point, she said Mr Depp picked up a bottle and started “smashing things off the nightstand, the coffee table,” and “screaming.”
最终, she said Mr Depp exited the apartment, knocking things off and breaking things along the way. She said her friend’s husband brought her to his and his wife’s apartment, where she stayed for the next few hours.
Ms Heard said about an hour after Mr Depp left, she learned the police had been called. She said she was not the one who made the call.
Asked on 16 May why she didn’t want to cooperate with the police, Ms Heard told the court: “I wanted to protect Johnny. I didn’t want him to be arrested. I didn’t want him to be in trouble. I didn’t want the world to know. I didn’t want this to come out. I didn’t want him to be in trouble. I didn’t want this to be – I wanted to protect Johnny.”
Heard says her 2018 op-ed on domestic violence is ‘not about Johnny’
Ms Heardtold the court that the 2018 op-ed at the center of thedefamation trialopposing her and Mr Depp is “not about Johnny”.Ms Heard said that the article is actually about her and what happened to her “after I escaped my marriage”.
“The only one who made it about him ironically is Johnny,” she told the court.
Heard explains photos of herself with scars on the red carpet after Depp vodka bottle fight
The courtwas shown photos of Ms Heard’s scarred arm at a 2015 red carpet event.
“Those are scars that I obtained as Johnny was strangling and assaulting me on a countertop in Australia,” Ms Heard told the court.
Other photos from a second red carpet event were shown to the court, revealing several scars on Ms Heard’s left arm as she brushes her hair from her face.
Ms Heard said that she had tried to cover the scars with makeup but they were “a bit harder to cover as they’re rather fresh”.
Heard says Depp physically attacked her over London Fields sex scene
Ms Heardalleged that Mr Depp physically attacked her over a sex scene in the movie London Fields.
“There was another film I had coming out that I had previous shot, called London Fields,” she added on Monday. “It was a source of a lot of fighting between us because of the sexuality in the role. It was a constant negotiation between myself and the filmmakers.”
Mr Depp, 她说, became “unhappy” with some of what he had heard about the movie.
“He was unhappy with me having done a sex scene in it that he claimed I didn’t tell him about,“ 她说. “I did not actually film the scene he was speaking of. He demanded that we watch a screener of it, which is like a version of the film before it’s released. We got one sent to where we were at the time, Johnny’s chateau in France.”
Ms Heard said the film contained a sex scene with someone who “looked like [她]”.
“They had used a body double,” she told the court. “Unbeknownst to me, without my permission, they used a body double to do a sex scene. So I have an incredibly jealous man who already is 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.’”
According to Ms Heard’s testimony, Mr Depp became “upset” and “irate”, and called her “a liar, a whore, among other things.”
“That, combined with the fact that I had even entertained doing this job that involved James Franco, was a pressure cooker,” Ms Heard said.
“I called it a week of hell later. Johnny at one point slapped me in the face in our bedroom in the chateau that we were staying in. At another moment he punched me across the jaw. At one point he either pushed or threw, it’s hard to describe to you which of those two it is because I can’t tell you, I went flying into this old church furniture. I later thought I had a concussion. It was the first time I thought I had sustained a concussion.”
Heard denies lying about donating $7m from divorce
In a tense cross-examination on 16 可能, Ms Heard pushed back against the suggestion that she lied about making $7m in donations to two charities from her divorce payout from Mr Depp, despite damning video evidence played in court.
When the couple’s divorce settlement was reached in August 2016, Ms Heard pledged to split the entire payout equally between the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Terence Dougherty, the chief operating officer and general counsel of the ACLU, testified earlier at the trial that the charity had so far received less than half of the $3.5m promised.
Under questioning by Camille Vasquez, Ms Heard claimed that she had been unable to complete the payments because of the costs from her ex-husband suing her.
“I still fully intend on honoring all of my pledges,” she testified. “I would love him to stop suing me so I can.”
When Ms Heard said that she had been unable to fulfil her commitment to make the donations because her ex-husband was suing her during Monday’s testimony, Mr Depp’s attorney pushed back that 13 months passed between her receiving the full divorce settlement and the lawsuit being filed.
The court was shown a clip from Ms Heard’s appearance on Danish TV show RTL Late Night 在十月 2018, where she said that “$7m was donated in total”.
“I split the amount between the ACLU and CHLA. ACLU is a prominent non-profit organisation in the US and they work on the behalf of marginalised communities on the ground, and in legislative reform,” she said on the show.
“I wanted nothing.”
The final payment of $2.3m was paid on 1 二月 2018, 法庭听取了.
Ms Heard claimed that she uses the terms “pledged” and “donated” interchangeably.