“He was the love of my life,” actress Amber Heard assured Wednesday, describing Johnny Depp as a man blinded by jealousy and turned violent by drugs and alcohol during the defamation lawsuit brought by his ex-husband for the crime. American court was filed.
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“I’m having a hard time finding the words to describe how painful, horrible it is for me to sit here and have to go through it all again,” she said at the beginning of her testimony in court in Fairfax, near the United States. Washington.
Dressed in a dark three-piece suit over a white-striped blue shirt and bright makeup, the actress then shared the “chemistry” of meeting an “intimidating” actor twice her age in 2009, shared literary tastes and beginnings. of a hidden affair, as Johnny Depp was in a relationship with French actress Vanessa Paradis at the time.
But insults and jealousy follow one another and from 2012, violent quarrels under the influence of drugs and alcohol alternate with episodes of sobriety, according to the actress.
“He was the love of my life, but he was also that other horrible thing,” she said.
“He grabbed me by the hair, by the arm, by the face, he yelled at me. He broke things next to me and then he hit me, it started with repeated blows’ before pushing him away, she said almost in tears.
The actor then disappeared for a while, “then he came back [disant] that he was done with drugs and alcohol for good.
But he quickly fell back into his addictions. “2012 was the beginning and I was just starting to see his tendencies,” she noted, explaining that “Johnny on amphetamine [était] very different from Johnny on opiates” and that “drinking was correlated with violence”.
She also said she was sexually assaulted by her husband who accused her of stealing his cocaine in 2013.
Despite this violence, she decides to stay.
“I didn’t want to leave him, I wanted him to get better,” she said, before telling emotionally about several other incidents and bouts of jealousy.
On his testimony, which will be continued on Thursday, on 14 . anxiously awaitedand day of this ultra-published trial broadcast live on television and on social networks.
Johnny Depp, 58, claims his ex-wife ruined his reputation and career after writing an op-ed in December 2018. Washington Postin which she claimed to have been a victim of domestic violence in 2016, without however mentioning her ex-husband.
He is seeking $50 million in damages, which is equivalent to his loss of income after being fired from the studios for editing.
The 36-year-old actress, who starred in major Hollywood productions Justice League and Aquariuscounterattacked and demanded $100 million.
She claims to have suffered “physical abuse and assault” since their first meeting and during their tumultuous marriage that lasted just two years, from 2015 to 2017.
The actor, who testified for four days in late April, denies ever putting his hand on Amber Heard and assured that it was she who was violent. He admitted to heavy drug and alcohol use, which he claimed was in control most of the time.
In particular, as a sign of the toxicity of their marriage, he explained that each of them had gotten into the habit of recording their altercations, many of which have been aired since the trial began. In one, used by the actor’s lawyers, we hear Amber Heard claim that no one would believe him if he said publicly that he was beaten by his wife.
In May 2016, Amber Heard sued her husband for domestic violence before dropping those charges during divorce proceedings.
In April 2018, the British tabloid published The sun accused Johnny Depp of being “an abusive husband”. The actor sued the newspaper and lost two years later in a lawsuit that revealed his drug and alcohol abuse.