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Actress Amber Heard is slated to climb into the witness field this week in Johnny Depp’s explosive $50 million defamation trial to supply her aspect of their doomed marriage.
Depp, 58, is suing her over a 2018 op-ed she wrote alleging she was a sufferer of home violence, claiming the abuse allegations had been an elaborate “hoax” to advertise her movie “Aquaman” and punish him for leaving her.
She countersued the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star for $100 million, accusing him and his former lawyer of conspiring to destroy her fame in a sequence of smear campaigns.
The “London Fields” actress, 36, has remained largely stoic, except for the occasional eye roll or smirk, as Johnny Depp and a parade of witnesses mercilessly picked aside her character through the trial that opened April 11 within the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia.
However this week it would lastly be Heard’s flip to reply as the primary witness within the protection’s case – simply days after she abruptly fired her PR group.
Heard was reportedly upset over a slew of detrimental headlines and axed Precision Methods on Thursday in favor of Shane Communications, in line with the New York Submit.
Her authorized group supplied a roadmap of her testimony in opening statements, describing Depp as a “monster” who bodily, emotionally and sexually abused her throughout drug-fueled rages.
BROKEN VODKA BOTTLE FIGHT
On a visit to Australia in March 2015, Depp allegedly spiraled uncontrolled after scarfing down at the least eight ecstasy tablets, Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft informed jurors in opening statements.
Bredehoft described the couple’s knock-down-drag-out battle that started over a postnuptial settlement as a “three-day hostage state of affairs” that left Depp lacking a chunk of his finger.
“He rips off her nightgown, he has her jammed up towards a bar, he has hurled bottles and bottles at her,” the legal professional mentioned. “He has dragged her throughout the ground on the damaged bottles and the liquor. He has punched her, he has kicked her, he tells her he’s going to f— king kill her.”
Heard is predicted to inform jurors that her ex-husband raped her with a liquor bottle– recounting publicly for the primary time the alleged sexual assault.
The “Black Mass” actor has accused Heard of throwing a vodka bottle at him that shattered on his hand, severing the highest digit of his center proper finger. Heard has denied it.
YEARS OF ABUSE
The Texas native, whose father was a development employee, is predicted to inform jurors she fell deeply in love with Depp after the 2 met on the set of “The Rum Diary” and commenced courting in 2011.
However that he became a “monster” when he used medication and, after years of abuse and fruitless efforts to assist him get sober, she lastly had sufficient.
Heard has mentioned that she thought he was going to kill her on quite a few events, and her legal professionals have mentioned she has the images and textual content messages to show it. He allegedly beat her, gave her black eyes and yanked out chunks of hair.
The display siren’s testimony will probably mirror the claims she made in 2020 on the witness stand throughout Depp’s libel trial towards The Solar newspaper within the U.Ok. for calling him a “wife-beater.”
Heard described 14 incidents of alleged home violence over a three-year interval. The decide dominated that Depp had repeatedly assaulted Heard, leaving her in worry for her life.
THE FINAL STRAW
Heard says the ultimate straw of their marriage got here Could 21, 2016, with their final blow-up that led to Los Angeles police displaying up at their penthouse.
It was the day after Depp’s mom died and one month after the notorious defecation incident when the housekeeper discovered what seemed to be human feces of their marital mattress April 22. Depp had blamed Heard and her buddies for the sick prank. Heard denied it, fingering her teacup Yorkies.
Depp had stopped by the penthouse to choose up garments and the 2 started arguing concerning the incident.
“He has it in his head that Amber has conspired together with her buddies to defecate on the mattress,” Bredehoft mentioned. Heard known as her pal to attempt to set the document straight and the pair began laughing, allegedly triggering a recent rampage.
“He began hitting Amber, grabbed her cellular phone from her, wound it up and bashed it into her face,” the lawyer informed jurors.
Her pal, who was nonetheless on the road, known as 911, however Heard refused to cooperate when cops confirmed up.
Three days later, Heard filed for divorce. Six days later she strode right into a Los Angeles courthouse to acquire a restraining order towards Depp, sporting outstanding bruises on her face, as a gaggle of photographers snapped her image.
Depp has claimed that when he informed Heard he wished a divorce, she made up the allegations and battered her personal face to punish him.
NOT A ‘GOLD DIGGER’
The pair finalized their divorce in 2017 with Heard getting a whopping $7 million payout for his or her 15-month union – a payout that she promised to donate in full to 2 charities.
Depp’s group has branded her a “gold digger” searching for an exorbitant payday.
Heard, who famously dated Tesla titan Elon Musk after the break up, might inform jurors the settlement was truly lower than she was entitled to. The one motive she hasn’t donated the sum as promised is that Depp retains embroiling her in costly lawsuits, in line with Bredehoft.
Heard’s authorized group says Depp will cease at nothing to destroy her and the detrimental publicity from their poisonous marriage has crippled her profession.