Heard says finding acceptable roles was a ‘constant battle and negotiation’ with Depp
Johnny Depp-getuie is uit die hof ontslaan in Amber Heard-lasterverhoor has told the court that Johnny Depp’s jealousy made her give up film roles with sex scenes and revealing outfits as she took the witness stand in the couple’s defamation trial on Thursday.
Telling how the couple’s relationship affected her career, Ms Heard spoke of feeling like she had to negotiate with Mr Depp when she received a job offer.
“I’ve always been really independent. I couldn’t imagine not working,” she told the jury on Thursday. “I never imagined myself having to explain or justify my job.”
“I had to bargain … every time I got a script,”Het sy bygevoeg.
Ms Heard testified that when she first entered the entertainment industry and arrived in Los Angeles, she would send half of her paycheck back to her family to support them, adding that this made her independence very important to her.
She said Mr Depp told her, “you don’t have to work kid, I will take care of you, my woman doesn’t have to work”.
Ms Heard noted this may appear to have been kind, but she said she felt it was controlling. She added that she soon grew hesitant about what roles to accept to avoid angering Mr Depp.
She said she was thinking about “how I was dressing, what kind of behaviour would I have, did I have a sex scene” in any film role she was considering.
Ms Heard testified that she started “minimising kissing scenes” and that she would “change the wardrobe”.
“I couldn’t have a sex scene,”Het sy bygevoeg. “It didn’t happen all at once of course, it was little by little.”
She said she began only taking roles that asked for “minimal make up” and didn’t include intimate scenes, adding that it was a “constant battle and negotiation” with Mr Depp.
When she saw sex scenes in scripts she was offered, sy het gese, “I’d look at it and I’d feel my gut tighten”.
She added that she would send the scripts to Mr Depp, as well as images of the wardrobe for a role, and share information with Mr Depp’s staff.
The defamation trial between Mr Depp and Ms Heard began on 11 April in Fairfax, Virginia following Mr Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mnr Depp voer aan dat sy hom in 'n Desember belaster het 2018 op-ed gepubliseer in Die Washington Post getiteld “Ek het teen seksuele geweld gepraat – en ons kultuur se toorn in die gesig gestaar. Dit moet verander".
In haar 2018 op-ed, Me Heard het geskryf dat “soos baie vroue, Ek is geteister en seksueel aangerand toe ek op kollege-ouderdom was. Maar ek het stilgebly - ek het nie verwag dat die indiening van klagtes geregtigheid sou bring nie. En ek het myself nie as 'n slagoffer gesien nie.”.
“Toe twee jaar gelede, Ek het 'n openbare figuur geword wat huishoudelike mishandeling verteenwoordig, en ek het die volle krag van ons kultuur se toorn gevoel vir vroue wat uitpraat,” het sy destyds bygevoeg.
Terwyl mnr Depp nie in die stuk genoem word nie, sy regspan voer aan dat dit 'n "duidelike implikasie bevat dat mnr. Depp 'n huishoudelike misbruiker is", wat hulle sê is "kategories en aantoonbaar onwaar". Mnr Depp eis skadevergoeding van “nie minder nie as $50 miljoen”.
Me Heard het 'n teeneis van $100 miljoen teen mnr Depp ingedien vir oorlas en immuniteit teen sy bewerings.