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Actress Amber Heard is set to take the witness stand this week in Johnny Depp’s explosive $50million defamation lawsuit to offer her part of their doomed marriage.
Depp, 58, is suing her over a 2018 op-ed she wrote alleging she was a victim of domestic violence, claiming the abuse allegations were an elaborate ‘hoax’ to promote his movie ‘Aquaman’ and punish him to have left her.
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She has sued the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star for $100 million, accusing him and his former lawyer of conspiring to destroy his reputation in a series of smear campaigns.
The ‘London Fields’ actress, 36, remained largely stoic aside from rolling her eyes or the occasional smile, as Johnny Depp and a parade of witnesses ruthlessly tore her character apart during the trial that erupted. opened April 11 at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
But this week, it will finally be Heard’s turn to respond as the first witness in the defense case – just days after he abruptly fired his public relations team.
According to the New York Post, Heard was upset by a slew of negative headlines and removed Precision Strategies on Thursday in favor of Shane Communications.
Her legal team offered a road map of her testimony in their opening statements, describing Depp as a “monster” who physically, emotionally and sexually abused her during drug-fueled rages.
BROKEN VODKA BOTTLE FIGHT
During a trip to Australia in March 2015, Depp allegedly spiraled out of control after swallowing at least eight ecstasy pills, Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft told jurors in her opening statements.
Bredehoft described the couple’s stunning fight that began over a postnuptial agreement as a “three-day hostage situation” that left Depp missing a piece of his finger.
“He ripped off her nightgown, he pinned her against a bar, he threw bottles and bottles at her,” the attorney said. “He dragged her on the floor over the broken bottles and the booze. He hit her, he kicked her, he told her he was going to kill her.”
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Heard is expected to tell jurors her ex-husband raped her with a bottle of booze – publicly recounting the alleged sexual assault for the first time.
The ‘Black Mass’ actor accused Heard of throwing a vodka bottle at him which shattered on his hand, severing the top finger of his right middle finger. Heard denied.
YEARS OF ABUSE
The Texas native, whose father was a construction worker, is expected to tell jurors she fell deeply in love with Depp after the two met on the set of ‘The Rum Diary’ and began dating in 2011.
But he turned into a “monster” when he used drugs, and after years of abuse and failed efforts to help him get sober, she finally had enough.
Heard said she thought he was going to kill her numerous times, and her lawyers said she had the photos and text messages to prove it. He allegedly beat her, gave her black eyes and pulled out locks of her hair.
The mermaid’s on-screen testimony will likely mirror claims she made in 2020 on the witness stand during Depp’s libel trial against UK newspaper The Sun for calling him a “beater of woman”.
Heard described 14 incidents of alleged domestic violence over a three-year period. The judge ruled that Depp repeatedly assaulted Heard, leaving her in fear for her life.
THE FINAL STRAW
Heard says the final straw in their marriage came on May 21, 2016, with their final outburst leading to LAPD showing up at their penthouse.
It was the day after Depp’s mother died and a month after the infamous defecation incident when the governess found what appeared to be human excrement in their marital bed on April 22. Depp had blamed Heard and his friends for the sick prank. Heard denied it, fingering his Yorkies teacup.
Depp had stopped by the penthouse to pick up some clothes and the two began arguing over the incident.
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“He has it in his head that Amber conspired with his friends to defecate on the bed,” Bredehoft said. Heard called her friend to try to set the record straight and the pair started laughing, allegedly sparking another rampage.
“He started hitting Amber, took her cell phone, pulled it up and punched her in the face,” the attorney told jurors.
Her friend, who was still on the line, called 911, but Heard refused to cooperate when the cops showed up.
Three days later, Heard filed for divorce. Six days later, she walked into a Los Angeles courthouse to seek a restraining order against Depp, sporting prominent bruises on her face as a group of photographers took pictures of her.
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Depp claimed that when he told Heard he wanted a divorce, she made up the allegations and fought her face to punish him.
NOT A “GOLD DIGGER”
The couple finalized their divorce in 2017 and Heard received a whopping $7 million payout for their 15-month union – a payment she promised to donate in full to two charities.
Depp’s team called her a “gold digger” looking for an exorbitant salary.
Heard, who dated Tesla titan Elon Musk after the split, can tell jurors the settlement was actually less than she was entitled to. The only reason she hasn’t donated the promised amount is because Depp continues to drag her into costly lawsuits, according to Bredehoft.
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Heard’s legal team says Depp will stop at nothing to destroy her and the negative publicity of their toxic marriage has crippled his career.
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