Amber Heard Tells Court She 'Did Not Want To Expose' Johnny Depp

Written by on July 23, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Amber Heard insisted Thursday that she by no means needed the world to know the main points of her years of alleged abuse by Johnny Depp, as she concluded her proof in her ex-husband’s libel case in opposition to a British tabloid.

Taking the witness stand for a fourth straight day, Heard testified that all the pieces she had stated on the Excessive Courtroom in London was true.

She stated she simply needed to be “left alone” after the breakup of her and Depp’s tempestuous marriage and that she needed to “save him the embarrassment.”

“I didn’t wish to do that, I didn’t wish to expose this totality of what actually occurred to me,” Heard stated. “I didn’t wish to speak about all the pieces that occurred in our marriage and occurred in our relationship.”

She additionally advised that having particulars of her relationship with Depp dissected in open court docket had and would proceed to wreck her profession.

“What girl has ever benefited from being a sufferer of home violence?” she requested.

Heard was in court docket as a result of Depp, 57, is suing Information Group Newspapers, the writer of The Solar, and the newspaper’s govt editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that labeled him a “spouse beater.”

The Solar’s protection depends on 14 allegations made by Heard of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in settings as diverse as a rented home in Australia, his non-public island within the Bahamas and a personal jet.

In her testimony on Thursday, the actress-model reiterated allegations that Depp would go on a “bender” that always lasted days and abuse her when he was excessive on medicine or was drunk.

“Johnny, when he was clear and sober, could possibly be an exquisite particular person, beneficiant, loving,” she stated. “He’s a exceptional man when he’s like that and I liked him. The opposite facet of him was a monster however I all the time held out hope he would get clear and sober.”

In her first three days of testimony, Heard, 34, accused Depp of an array of acts of violence, together with throwing bottles at her “like grenades,” headbutting her and even of stubbing out a cigarette on his cheek. She has claimed that she typically feared for her life throughout their tempestuous relationship.

Sasha Wass, the lawyer representing NGN, learn out a sequence of textual content messages that Heard had despatched to her mom, together with one from March 2013 that stated: “He’s nuts, mum. Violent and loopy. I’m heartbroken that that is who I really like.”

Depp denies abusing Heard and claims she was the aggressor throughout their relationship. He missed Heard’s testimony on Thursday after arriving late to court docket.

Heard was adopted on the witness stand by her sister, Whitney Henriquez, who was quizzed by Depp’s lawyer, Eleanor Legal guidelines, about quite a lot of alleged incidents which are on the coronary heart of the case. Henriquez denied Legal guidelines’ suggestion that she was doing her “very best” to throw her sister a “lifeline.”

In written proof to the court docket, Henriquez stated she “felt sick” in September 2013 when she discovered her sister was going to marry Depp and informed Heard that “placing a hoop on her finger was not going to cease him hitting her.”

In the course of the first two weeks of case testimony on the Excessive Courtroom, decide Andrew Nicol heard from Depp and from a number of present or former staff who backed his model of occasions. In his testimony, Depp stated he was the one being abused by Heard and that she had a historical past of being violent in opposition to him.

In written testimony launched to the court docket, Heard stated that at varied instances throughout her and Depp’s relationship she endured “punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking.” She stated some incidents had been so extreme she was “afraid he was going to kill me, both deliberately or simply by shedding management and going too far.” She stated he blamed his actions on “a self-created third get together” that he known as “the monster.”

Depp and Heard met on the set of the movie “The Rum Diary,” launched in 2011. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the next yr, and it was finalized in 2017.

The case is because of end subsequent week with closing submissions from either side’ authorized groups on Monday and Tuesday.


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