August 14, 2022

Amber Heard said the incident happened in March 2015 in Australia

Amber Heard was visibly shaken on the stand and broke down as she detailed how Johnny Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle during emotional testimony that the actor’s defense team later labelled the “performance of her life”.

Heard detailed the alleged assault that took place in Australia in March 2015 at their rented home Depp was living in while filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5. During the same incident, Depp’s finger was severed, with the actor claiming that his ex-wife had caused it by throwing a liquor bottle.

Depp is suing Heard over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 in which she discussed the subject of domestic abuse. Depp’s lawyers argue that the Washington Post piece falsely implies that Heard was physically and sexually abused by Depp while they were married from 2015 to 2017. He is seeking $50m in damages. Heard is counter-suing for $100m

In her testimony, Heard said she did not see Depp’s fingertip being cut off. “At some point he’s on top of me, screaming I f**king hate you, you ruined my f**king life,” she told the court.

“I’m on the countertop, he had me by the neck and was on top of me,” she continued.

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“I’m looking in his eyes and I don’t see him anymore. It wasn’t him, it was black. I haven’t been so scared in my life. He was looking at me. I was trying to get through to him, to say in some way it was me. Trying to get through to Johnny.”

Heard said her head was “bashing against the back of the bar and I couldn’t breathe”. She also said she “couldn’t get through to him. I couldn’t get up”.

It was at this point that Heard became deeply emotional.

“Next thing I remember I was bent over backwards on the bar, I was staring at the blue light,” she told the court. “My back was on the countertop. I thought he was punching me. I felt this pressure on my pubic bone and I could feel his arm moving. It looked like he was punching me. I could just feel this pressure.

“I don’t remember what I said, I just remember being really still, not wanting to move. I remember looking around the room, looking at all the broken bottles, broken glass and I remember not wanting to move because I didn’t know if it was broken, I didn’t know if the bottle that he had inside me was broken.

“I couldn’t feel it, I didn’t feel pain, I didn’t feel anything. I saw so much broken glass I didn’t know if he would know if it was broken or not and I remember thinking please go I hope it’s not broken. I don’t know how that ended. I don’t know how I got off the countertop.”

Heard later said her next memory was being in the bathroom, “I remember retching, the sound my voice was making. I lost control of my bladder. I remember just retching, there was blood on the floor.”

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In a statement, Depp’s team claimed that Heard’s evidence has evolved as the case has continued to contain “‘new and convenient details”.

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