- Johnny Depp was all smiles this morning as he rolled up to court blasting War by Bob Marley to face Amber Heard in her second day of testimony
- Heard testified that Johnny Depp ‘hated’ actor James Franco and accused her of having an affair with him
- ‘He was mad at me for taking the job with James Franco,’ Heard said. ‘He hated, hated James Franco and he was already accusing me of kind of secretly having a thing with him in my past’
- She described a fight the couple had on an airplane in May 2014 and said Depp kicked her in the back
- ‘I feel this boot in my back. He kicked me. I was looking at the floor of the plane,’ Heard said. ‘And no one said anything. You could hear a pin drop on that plane’
- Depp is suing Heard for $50million, claiming she defamed him and ruined his career after a 2018 Washington Post article in which she described herself as a domestic abuse survivor
- Heard is countersuing for $100million, and after three weeks of sitting silently in the courtroom during Depp’s testimony, she is on the stand and ready to fight back today
Amber Heard testified that Johnny Depp ‘hated’ actor James Franco and accused her of having an affair with him. Heard, 36, was on the stand Thursday for her second day of testimony where she described a fight the couple had on an airplane in May 2014 and said Depp kicked her in the back. ‘He was mad at me for taking the job with James Franco,’ Heard said. ‘He hated, hated James Franco and he was already accusing me of kind of secretly having a thing with him in my past because we had done Pineapple Express together.’
Heard described the airplane incident, which Depp had testified about before, admitting that he had been drunk and taking drugs. Heard said that Depp was upset with her for not telling him about romantic scenes that she had with Franco. ‘He called me a go-getter, he called me a slut – this is happening with security and his assistants on the plane,’ she said. ‘I slowly get up and he starts throwing things at me. Ice cubes, utensils. He’s calling me an embarrassment, what an embarrassment I am. It felt like there was a blackness in his eyes, it didn’t even feel like him.
‘I feel this boot in my back. He just kicked me in the back. I fell to the floor and felt like I was looking at the floor of the plane for a long time. No one said anything. You could hear a pin drop. You could feel the tension but no one did anything.’ She said Depp continued to drink and ‘started howling like an anima’ before passing out in the airplane bathroom with the door locked. ‘I hit record on my phone. I knew Johnny would not remember what he’d done.’ Depp was all smiles this morning as he rolled up to court blasting ‘War’ by Bob Marley to face Amber Heard on her second day of testimony.
Fans lined up outside of the Fairfax, Virginia, courthouse Thursday holding signs to show their support for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor who waved to them as he drove by. Depp, 58, has appeared unbothered by the testimony of his ex-wife Heard, 36, who told the jury Wednesday that he was an abuser who assaulted her multiple times during their brief marriage. The court was shown photos of Depp passed out in 2013 on Thursday.
Heard had taken the picture and said she began taking photos to ‘say look this is happening.’ ‘I understood enough about addiction to know you have to hit rock bottom, have some consequence to get better,’ she said. ‘At the time I was already sensitive, Id’ been in the relationship for over a year. I’d already noticed there was this pattern of behavior changes that would make my life significantly more complicated or peaceful or difficult or wonderful dependent on what he was using.
‘I could tell what he was using because I’d have to look for clues. He’d pass out, get sick, and lose control of himself. People would pick him up and clean it and fix it. She said Depp wouldn’t remember any of his behavior or deny it happened. ‘There was no one to back me up, just his employees versus my word.’ Another picture showed Depp asleep in a chair in March 2013. ‘This was after a several-day bender, a binge of Johnny’s.
‘He tried to burn a painting, it was accusing me of having affairs with a musician, my ex-partner. He was on a drug binge, no eating, little to no sleep and he would use cocaine and drink all day long. That would go for a period of time. Then a major blow out and he’d get sick, pass out, feel really awful, and start a period of sobriety.’ Depp disappeared from his own engagement party to do drugs with his then-fiancee’s addicted father, Heard testified. The actress accused Depp of being absent for ‘almost the entire party’ and snapping at her when she asked him to greet guests.
‘We walk in together, we took some pictures and said a few hellos, and then Johnny disappeared upstairs,’ Heard told the jury Thursday. ‘He disappeared upstairs almost the entire party.’ ‘He came down at the end when we were leaving and he came down once because he was, at the time, sharing drugs with my dad,’ she added, alleging that her father was ‘addicted to the same thing Johnny was’. Heard, 36, claims the pair ran out of the substance and left the party because ‘they needed more of course’. She did not specify what drug the pair was allegedly using.
‘My dad actually left with Johnny’s security to get more drugs,’ she said. ‘They left…they came back with drugs and everything was ok, in terms of the withdrawal symptoms.’ ‘Shortly after that I tried to get Johnny to come downstairs and he just snapped at me, just verbally told me to ‘shut the f**k up,” Heard recalled. Heard testified that she and Depp briefly went to couples counseling together but Depp stormed out.
Heard said: ‘I don’t know how many minutes went on before he stormed out, knocked something off the table, and rolled a joint in the toilet before storming out the door.’ After one fight Depp sent an apologetic text to Heard. In the message, Depp said: ‘I always regret it when I jump. For my behavior, I’m a f**king savage.’ Heard took the witness stand for the first time on Wednesday in the widely followed trial and said the pair had a ‘magical’ relationship until it turned violent.
Depp’s first physical outburst, Heard said, came after she asked what was written on one of his faded tattoos. She said he replied ‘Wino,’ and she laughed, thinking it was a joke. ‘He slapped me across the face,’ Heard said. ‘I didn’t know what was going on. I just stared at him.’ Heard said he slapped her twice more and said ‘you think it’s funny, bi**h?’ Depp testified earlier in the trial that the tattoo fight ‘didn’t happen and that he never hit Heard. He argued that she was the one who was the abuser.
Under questioning by her lawyers, Heard said Depp assaulted her ‘several times,’ usually when he was drinking or using drugs. During a weekend away with friends in May 2013, Heard said, Depp, accused her of inviting what he perceived as suggestive advances from a woman. That evening, Heard said Depp ripped off her underwear and stuck his fingers ‘inside’ her in a ‘cavity search’ for drugs. Earlier, psychologist Dawn Hughes testified that Heard had told her Depp had put his fingers up her vagina in a hunt for cocaine.
The case hinges on a December 2018 opinion piece Heard authored in the Washington Post. The article never mentioned Depp by name, but his lawyer told jurors it was clear Heard was referencing him. The couple’s divorce was finalized in 2017 after less than two years of marriage. Depp, once among Hollywood’s biggest stars, said Heard’s allegations cost him ‘everything.’ A new ‘Pirates movie was put on hold, and Depp was replaced in the ‘Fantastic Beasts film franchise, a ‘Harry Potter spinoff. Heard’s attorneys have argued that she told the truth and that her opinion was protected as free speech under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.
A state court judge in Virginia’s Fairfax County, outside the nation’s capital, is overseeing the trial, which is expected to last until late May. Less than two years ago, Depp lost a libel case against the Sun, a British tabloid that labeled him a ‘wife-beater.’ A London High Court judge ruled he had repeatedly assaulted Heard. Depp’s lawyers have said they filed the U.S. case in Fairfax County because the Washington Post is printed there. The newspaper is not a defendant.