Editor’s word: Some testimony might comprise graphic language and outlines of sexual and bodily attack.
Johnny Depp surrounded himself with an entourage of enablers to protect him from the results of his drug and alcohol use, Amber Heard testified as she returned to the stand Thursday, her 2nd day of testimony within the civil trial for the $50 million libel lawsuit filed by means of her ex-husband.
Depp is suing Heard for libel over a December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Publish she wrote describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His attorneys say he was once defamed by means of the 2018 article although it by no means discussed his identify.
Heard instructed jurors about footage she took of Depp beginning in 2013 by which he was once handed out. She mentioned she took the footage as a result of Depp could not take note what he’d accomplished when he was once under the influence of alcohol, and denied what had passed off whilst he was once blacked out.
“He wouldn’t remember, or he would deny it. There was no one to back me up,” she mentioned.
She additionally gave her description of an incident that has already arise at trial, a Might 2014 aircraft journey from Boston to Los Angeles. In step with Heard, Depp was once jealous and irate that she was once making a film with actor James Franco that integrated a kissing scene.
“He hated, hated James Franco,” she mentioned.
Once Depp stepped into the personal aircraft, he started berating her about Franco, she mentioned. She were given up and walked away, however Depp adopted her. At one level, she mentioned he slapped her. Later, she mentioned, she kicked him, and now not one particular person on board intervened on her behalf.
“I felt this boot in my back,” she mentioned. “I fell to the floor. And no one said anything. No one did anything. You could have heard a pin drop. I just remember feeling so embarrassed.”
Depp, who testified previous within the trial, described the incident another way. He denied that he’d drank excessively prior to getting at the aircraft, and mentioned Heard initiated a controversy and pursued him till he felt forced to cover in a rest room.
However jurors heard a recording Heard made towards the tip of the incident, by which it appears like Depp is howling and babbling incoherently. And the jury has observed a textual content message Depp despatched his pal Paul Bettany in a while after the flight, by which he says he will “properly stop the booze thing” for the reason that flight were given “ugly.” He additionally texted Bettany announcing, “I’m admittedly too f— in the head to spray my rage at the one I love for little reason as well.”
Heard has testified that she was once bodily and sexually assaulted on a couple of events by means of Depp, usually when he was once under the influence of alcohol or prime on medicine. Depp has denied ever hitting her, however Heard’s attorneys have mentioned his denials lack credibility partly as a result of he cannot take note what he is accomplished when he blacks out.
Depp has mentioned Heard a great deal exaggerates his ingesting, and that he tolerates his liquor smartly. Pals, circle of relatives and workers of Depp have taken the stand and sponsored up his competition.
However Heard mentioned that is a part of the issue: She mentioned Depp has a crew round him that cleans him up when he will get in poor health, and permits him to head about his trade with out acknowledging the results of his ingesting.
Heard is anticipated to be at the stand all day Thursday in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket.