“It was the love of my life,” assured actress Amber Heard on Wednesday, describing Johnny Depp as a man blinded by jealousy and abused by drugs and alcohol during his ex-spouse’s defamation lawsuit before a US court. .
“I struggle to find the words to describe how painful and horrible it is for me to sit here and relive it all again,” he said at the start of his court testimony in Fairfax, near Washington.
The actress, dressed in a dark three-piece suit over a blue white striped shirt and light make-up, then recounted the “chemistry” of meeting an “intimidating” actor twice his age in 2009, shared literary tastes and the beginning of a hidden affair because Johnny Depp was having an affair with French actress Vanessa Paradis at the time.
But insults and fits of jealousy follow one another and since 2012 violent quarrels under the influence of drugs and alcohol alternate with episodes of sobriety, according to the actress.
“It was the love of my life, but it was this other horrible thing too,” she said.
“He grabbed me by the hair, my arm, my face, yelled at me. He broke things next to me then hit me, it started with repeated slaps” before she pushed him away, a- he said, close to tears.
The actor then disappeared for a while, “then came back (saying) that he was done with drugs and alcohol forever”.
But he quickly relapsed into his addictions. “In 2012 it was the beginning and I was just starting to distinguish his tendencies,” he pointed out, explaining that “Johnny with amphetamine (was) very different from Johnny with opiates” and that “drinking was related to violence” .
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She also said she was sexually assaulted by her husband who accused her of stealing her cocaine in 2013.
Despite this violence, he decides to stay.
“I didn’t want to leave him, I wanted him to heal,” she said, before emotionally recounting many more incidents and bouts of jealousy.
His testimony, which will continue on Thursday, was eagerly awaited on the 14th day of this very high profile trial broadcast live on television and on social networks.
58-year-old Johnny Depp says his ex-wife ruined her reputation and career after writing an op-ed in the Washington Post in December 2018, claiming she was a victim of domestic violence in 2016, but did not mention her ex-husband.
He is asking for $ 50 million in damages, which is his loss of profit after he was fired from college because of the editorial.
The 36-year-old actress, who starred in the Hollywood blockbusters “Justice League” and “Aquaman,” has counterattacked and is demanding $ 100 million.
She claims to have suffered “physical abuse and assault” since their first meeting and during their tumultuous marriage that lasted only two years, from 2015 to 2017.
The actor, who testified for four days in late April, denies ever raising his hand to Amber Heard, claiming she was the one who was abusive. He admitted to heavy use of drugs and alcohol which he claimed to be in control of most of the time.
A sign of the toxicity of their marriage, he explained in particular that they had got into the habit, each on their own, of recording their quarrels, of which many tapes had been broadcast since the beginning of the trial. In one of them, used by the actor’s lawyers, we hear Amber Heard claim that no one would believe him if he publicly claimed that he was beaten by his wife.
In May 2016, Amber Heard sued her husband for domestic violence before dropping these charges during the divorce proceedings.
In April 2018, British tabloid The Sun accused Johnny Depp of being “an abusive husband”. The actor sued the newspaper and lost two years later in a trial that revealed his drug and alcohol abuse.