A crucial turning point in the defamation trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. For the first time, in fact, the actress is on the stand to testify. It happened on Wednesday 4 May, when her lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft asked her to retrace the beginning of the alleged physical abuse suffered by her ex-husband.
At that point, he declared, “my life changed”. And to think that that moment had started in a completely random way: the couple were on the couch chatting of this and that when she asked him about a certain tattoo (Wino forever) whose meaning he could not decipher. He explained it to her: initially it was a tribute to her ex Winona Ryder but then he edited the writing after the breakup.
The actress of Aquaman she found the explanation rather funny and laughed, because she believed it was a joke: «I thought he would laugh too and tell me he was making fun of me but he didn’t». And so, according to her testimony, Johnny Depp would have slapped her. “Nobody – she said – had ever hit me like that.” And she kept doing it because she didn’t react, so she would fall on the carpet, “but she didn’t hurt me, not physically. I didn’t want to leave him anyway.”
According to her, Johnny Depp cried when he realized what happened, but the actor said during his testimony that this never happened. Amber Heard has recounted the abuses and violence on various occasions by her ex-husband, listing the times she said she had been beaten to the point of bleeding on her face: “She wore many rings, you know”.
And during the various reconstructions the actress’s voice cracked: “He could have killed me, it’s embarrassing”. In that case Depp would have slammed her against the wall of a cabin of the yacht that he was about to sell to JK Rowling, Harry Potter writer.
The trial, which began on April 11, is expected to last five weeks.
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