August 10, 2022

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Amber Heard testifies she was assaulted by Johnny Depp

By MATTHEW BARAKAT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Amber Heard stated she knew she ought to go away Johnny Depp the primary time he hit her, however she couldn’t carry herself to do it.

“I knew I couldn’t simply forgive him, proper, as a result of meaning it is going to occur once more. Like, I’ve seen the well being class movies,” Heard instructed jurors by way of tears as she took the stand in Depp’s libel lawsuit towards her. “I used to be heartbroken.”

In the end, although, she couldn’t carry herself to interrupt up. She walked away after being slapped, however a number of days later Depp got here again with an apology, a number of circumstances of her favourite wine, and a promise he’d by no means do it once more, Heard testified.

“I needed to imagine him, so I selected to,” she stated.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom after she wrote a December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Submit describing herself as “a public determine representing home abuse.” The article by no means mentions Depp by title, however Depp’s legal professionals say he was defamed nonetheless as a result of it clearly referred to accusations she made in 2016 throughout their divorce proceedings.

Heard took the stand for the primary time Wednesday afternoon within the now four-week trial. She described to jurors how they met filming a film and fell in love.

Regardless of their 22-year age distinction, Heard stated there was an on the spot connection when Depp met together with her as he thought-about her for a task in his movie “The Rum Diary.”

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“I used to be a no-name actor. I used to be 22. He was twice my age. He’s this world well-known actor and right here we’re getting alongside about obscure books, previous blues” music, stated Heard, now 36.

Whereas that they had chemistry throughout filming of the film, she stated they didn’t start courting till doing a press tour for the movie’s launch in 2011. On the outset, they saved their relationship a secret.

“We weren’t doing regular life stuff. … We had been on this bubble of secrecy, and it felt like a heat glow,” she stated.

She stated the primary act of bodily violence got here as she was taking a look at one among his tattoos and couldn’t learn it. She laughed when Depp instructed her it stated “Wino” — an alteration to a tattoo he had made when he’d been courting actor Winona Ryder.

Heard stated she laughed after he slapped her, considering it have to be a joke. He then slapped her two extra occasions, the third time knocking her off stability, Heard stated.

Depp, who has already taken the stand and testified for 4 days, instructed jurors a unique model of the story.

“It didn’t occur,” he stated of the alleged assault. “Why would I take such nice offense to somebody making enjoyable of a tattoo on my physique? That allegation by no means made any sense to me.”

Heard’s testimony got here after a psychologist employed by her legal professionals testified that Heard suffers from post-traumatic stress dysfunction from a number of acts of abuse, together with sexual violence, inflicted on her by Depp.

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Depp testified he by no means struck Heard and that he was the abuse sufferer. He stated he was punched and struck by her on many events, and that she threw issues at him. He described Heard as having a “want for battle.”

Psychologist Daybreak Hughes, in her testimony Tuesday, acknowledged that Heard at occasions perpetrated bodily violence towards Depp, however stated it paled compared to violence she suffered, which left her intimidated and fearful for her security.

Throughout cross-examination Wednesday, Hughes acknowledged that she wasn’t making factual determinations that Depp assaulted Heard on particular events. However she testified that Heard’s account of her experiences are according to accounts of these experiencing home violence.

Hughes stated the sexual assaults included Heard being pressured by Depp to carry out oral intercourse. On cross-examination, although, Depp’s legal professionals famous that, throughout psychological testing carried out as a part of Hughes’ analysis, Heard denied being pressured to carry out oral intercourse.

Hughes stated Heard initially was framing the encounters as consensual however “indignant intercourse.”

“She wasn’t framing them as bodily pressure,” Hughes stated.

The trial continues to seize public consideration. Greater than 100 individuals had been lined up Wednesday earlier than 7 a.m. — three hours earlier than proceedings started — exterior the courthouse for the 100 seats made out there within the courtroom. Most had been Depp supporters and followers.