Amber Heard continues her testimony against Johnny Depp: “Nothing I did could stop him from hitting me”
Amber Heard continued her testimony this Thursday in her defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp, describing what the actor said was a series of physical abuses that had escalated to the couple abusing each other.
Heard testified that while filming a movie with James Franco in 2014, Johnny Depp threw objects at Franco and then kicked him in the back while fighting over romantic scenes with Franco.
“I feel that boot on my back. It just hit me in the back. I fell to the ground and I held on. Nobody said anything, nobody did anything,” he said. “I was so embarrassed that he might throw him down in front of people.”
Depp denied hitting Heard. In her statement, she mentioned that she was verbally and physically abused by her, including a detailed description of an incident that partially cut off her finger.
Heard said that shortly after the incident, Depp apologized for his behavior and then hired a medical team to help him get off the drugs.
“This is typical of the apologies he makes to me when he physically overdoes it,” Heard said in an apologetic text message. “He encouraged me because I thought that meant he understood that he could really hurt me. Sometimes he thought he didn’t understand how much he could hurt me physically,” she added.
Heard said Depp, who was undergoing drug treatment, asked him to come with him to his private island. It’s a period he calls “hell,” but at some point in the process he says he decides to leave.
“It was just more than he could handle. I don’t know how to detox someone,” Heard said.
Depp has already addressed this detox period in his speech at the beginning of the trial.
“There was a big part of me that was very uncomfortable that Miss Heard joined me for this rehab,” Depp said.
Before the court took a lunch break, Heard said the couple’s relationship was starting to deteriorate.
“At this point in our relationship, we were both saying terrible things to each other. We were shouting at each other. Unfortunately, Johnny won when he started hitting me.”
Heard is expected to continue to testify on Thursday and will likely not return to the stand until May 16, as the court is on recess.