Amber Heard testifies that Johnny Depp assaulted her on their honeymoon

Amber Heard testifies that Johnny Depp assaulted her on their honeymoon

Actor Amber Heard watches the judge leave the courtroom during a break at Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday, May 16, 2022.Steve Helper/The Associated Press

“Aquaman” actress Amber Heard told the jury Monday that Johnny Depp bumped her into a wall and wrapped a T-shirt around her neck during her 2015 honeymoon on the Orient Express.

Heard is back at the witness stand in Virginia as jurors consider duel libel suits by the ex-couple.

The couple married in February 2015 and honeymooned on the Orient Express in July of that year after Depp finished filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean.

Heard, under questioning by her attorney, said the couple argued about whether Depp should drink during the flight. She said they were in love when Depp was sober, but he often turned violent when drinking or using drugs.

In a car sleeping on the train, Heard said, Depp slapped her in the face and repeatedly smashed her body against the wall. She told the jury that he took off his shirt and wrapped it around her neck.

“That’s how I woke up the next morning,” Heard said. “I woke up still around my neck and a giant knot in the back of my head.”

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star previously testified that he never hit Heard and said she was the abusive in their relationship.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50 million, saying she discredited him when she claimed she was a victim of domestic violence. Heard sued for $100 million, arguing that Depp sullied her by calling her a liar.

Depp said in his testimony that Heard once threw a vodka bottle that cut off the top of his right middle finger.

Heard denied cutting Depp’s finger and said she only hit him to defend herself or her sister. She told the jury in previous testimony that Depp assaulted her by inserting a bottle of liquor into her vagina while threatening to kill her.

On Monday, she denied Depp’s allegations that she left poo in a bed in one of his homes after a fight on her 30th birthday. One security guard testified that Heard told him that the stool was a “horrible practical joke”.

Heard said she didn’t make any kind of joke that day, adding that she “was not in a state of a joke.”

“I was just attacked on my 30th birthday by my husband, with whom I was so in love and knew I needed to leave,” she said.

Depp’s lawyers are expected to begin questioning Heard later on Monday.

The lawsuit hinges on Heard’s December 2018 op-ed that appeared in the Washington Post. The article never mentioned Depp by name, but his attorney told jurors that Heard was clearly referring him. The couple’s divorce was finalized in 2017.

Depp, who was among Hollywood’s biggest stars, said Heard’s allegations cost him “everything”. The new “Pirates” movie was put on hold, and Depp was replaced in the Fantastic Beasts series, a spin-off called “Harry Potter.”

Heard’s lawyers argued that she told the truth and that her opinion was protected by free speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Closing arguments are scheduled for May 27.

Less than two years ago, Depp lost a defamation case against the British tabloid The Sun which called him a “wife beater”. A London High Court judge ruled that he repeatedly assaulted Heard.

Depp’s attorneys filed the case in Fairfax County, Virginia, because the Washington Post is printed there. The newspaper is not a defendant. (Reporting by Lisa Richwin; Editing by Alistair Bell and Mark Porter)

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2022-05-16 15:18:42

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