On July 7th, Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp and Aquaman actress Amber Heard began battling it out in a London court as they accused each other of committing domestic violence during their 1-year marriage from 2015 to 2016. The defamation case centers around the article “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?” published by The Sun in April 2018. With both ex-lovers providing harrowing testimonies, the intense trial continues this week.
On Monday, July 20th, Amber Heard appeared in court for her testimony. In the written testimony, Heard stated that multiple times during her relationship with Depp she endured “punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking”. She said some incidents were “so severe” she was “afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far”. Within the accusations where Depp “explicitly threatened to kill me [Amber] many times, especially later in our relationship”, Amber said he blamed his actions on “a self-created third party” that he referred to as “the monster”. Depp’s ‘the monster’, as Heard explained, was the centerpiece for Depp’s control, saying that Depp had a “unique ability to use his charisma to convey a certain impression of reality” and “he is very good at manipulating people”.
On Tuesday, July 21, Heard entered her second day of testimony where she was questioned by Depp’s lawyer, Eleanor Laws, who asked if Heard had ever “got violent” with Depp. Heard replied “no”, adding that although there were times when she “lost her cool” with Depp, it was only in self-defense and she would “try to defend myself when he got serious and when I thought my life was threatened, but I was never violent towards him”.
Depp’s lawyer also brought up the alleged incident that occurred on the night of May 21, 2016, where Heard said that Depp had “thrown her mobile phone at her face, hit her in the eye, pulled her hair and grabbed her face”. Laws said that Heard was “not injured at all” as a result of anything that happened on May 21, 2016, showing a photograph taken days after the May 21st incident and pointing out that “it doesn’t appear as if you have got any marks on your face at all there”.
A user on Twitter tweeted two photos of Heard taken just days after the May 21st incident. The first photo shows Heard on May 27th, 2016, getting a restraining order against Depp and is seen with a visible bruise on her face. The second photo, taken just a day later on May 28th, 2016, shows Heard without a bruise.
In response to the photos used in court, Heard denied ever fabricating her injuries, stating that the photo was a “paparazzi shot with long lenses”, adding: “If I went out in Los Angeles, I would wear makeup, except for my court appearance”. Laws then suggested that Heard had put bruises on herself “through makeup or lighting or any other means – it wasn’t any injury from Mr. Depp”. Heard said she disagreed “wholeheartedly” with this, and that she needed to “cover up many bruises” as it was “embarrassing” to be seen with them.
As the trial continues to develop, it will be interesting to see what the final verdict is. Who do you think is telling the truth: Amber Heard or Johnny Depp? Or, are they both guilty of domestic violence? Let us know in the comments below and follow What’s Trending for more of the latest celebrity news!