Amber Heard takes the stand for second day in Johnny Depp defamation suit

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in damages over a 2018 essay she wrote for The Washington Post.


Amber Heard took the stand for a second day Thursday in the defamation suit filed by her former husband, fellow actor Johnny Depp, who accused her of falsely alleging he abused her.

Heard took the stand Wednesday for more than two hours and described meeting Depp, the beginnings of their romantic relationship and when she alleges things turned abusive. She accused Depp of taking cocaine and abusing her, as well as performing a cavity search on her after he accused her of stealing his drugs.

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210d ago / 12:09 AM EDT

Court adjourns for a week; judge reminds jury no social media

Fairfax County Circuit Judge Penney Azcarate ended Amber Heard's testimony for the day at about 5:30 p.m. ET, adjourning the court for about a weeklong break.

Court will resume 9 a.m. ET on May 16 and continue until closing arguments scheduled for May 27. Azcarate reminded the jury not to read, watch or listen to anything about the case in the interim.

That includes television, news and social media sites, the judge emphasized.

"What you learn about this case is limited to what you learn in the four walls of this courtroom when proceedings are underway, OK?" she said.

Heard is expected to continue her witness testimony May 16, including cross-examination by Johnny Depp's legal team.

210d ago / 7:05 PM EDT

'I just decided to believe that it wouldn’t happen again,' Heard says of alleged violence

Amber Heard said she flew to the Bahamas for Christmas in 2015 with Johnny Depp's kids. Around that time, she said, the two spoke "with the understanding we were done."

She said she was heartbroken at missing Christmas with his family. She said experiencing domestic violence was like losing a piece of herself.

"For every hit, every instance of violence, every time I was choked, every single one of these instances, is like a heavy coin put into a piggy bank. ... It’s almost like, for each one of these things that happens, you lose the will or resolve to leave," she said. "You know, it’s like every single heavy coin you put in this piggy bank is like an investment into the future.”

Eventually, she said, the metaphorical piggy bank, full of future investments, became a weighted ball.

“This time was the last time, because it couldn’t be worse than this, right? It couldn’t be worse. And part of me thought: 'Well, maybe it just needed to get this bad to get, you know, like now we can’t go back. There’s no way this could happen again,'” she said.

“I just decided to believe that it wouldn’t happen again,” she said. “This is the last time, ’cause it couldn’t get worse than this, right?

210d ago / 6:59 PM EDT

Heard alleges she was head-butted, repeatedly punched by Depp in one instance

Amber Heard alleged she was head-butted and repeatedly punched in the face by Johnny Depp in an attack she believed was going to end in death.

Heard said Depp sounded a like "an animal in pain" as he kept screaming, "'I f----- hate you, I f----- hate you, I f----- hate you,' over and over."

"He was just pummeling me," she said, describing Depp on top of her in the alleged attack. "I thought: 'This his is how I die. He's going to kill me now. He's going to kill me, and he won't even have realized it."

210d ago / 7:00 PM EDT

Heard on volatile Australian trip: 'I felt destroyed'

Amber Heard told jurors that she was "destroyed" and that her marriage to Johnny Depp was irreparably harmed after a series of violent attacks in Australia.

"I felt destroyed, like my heart was broken," she told the court about the alleged March 2015 incidents. "I didn’t know what to do."

Heard said that as she was packing to leave, she saw evidence of massive cocaine use that she somehow hadn't seen before.

“I found all these empty bags, coke bags, dime bags with white residue on them and in them. They were in books, in the bedside table. There were so many I wondered how I didn’t see it before," she said.

"So I was worried he would die. I was worried that we couldn't come back from what happened. I was worried that there was just no way to turn this around. There was no going back. Shock."

210d ago / 7:02 PM EDT

Heard admits hitting Depp in defense of younger sister

Amber Heard said the first time she "landed one" on Johnny Depp in a fight was in defense of her younger sister, Whitney.

The argument was sparked when Heard accused Depp of cheating on him with a woman he'd been with years before, saying she found out he had been to the woman's home after she and Depp were married.

Depp and Heard were in their Los Angeles penthouse weeks after their dispute in Australia.

"I immediately, like, confronted him about it," Heard said. "I was ... I didn't care in that moment if he did kill me."

She told the court she yelled obscenities at Depp and at one point went into a neighboring penthouse, which Depp also owned, to see her sister, who had been staying there.

Heard alleged that Depp followed her there and grabbed at her. She returned to their shared penthouse and onto the top floor with her sister, she said. He threw a can up at them, then "bolted" up the stairs and grabbed the back of her head, Heard said.

"I just remember this brief struggle we had. ... Whitney, my sister, all of a sudden put herself in between," Heard said.

In that moment, Heard said, she feared her sister might fall down the stairs as she saw Depp raise his hand to assault her.

"And I swung at him," Heard said. "In all my relationship to date with Johnny, I hadn't landed a blow. ... For the first time I hit him, like actually hit him square in the face. But he didn't push my sister down the stairs."

Heard said she had previously fought back at Depp, flailing her limbs and trying to block any blows, but never once "landed anything."

"Johnny kind of looked stunned and then laughed at me," Heard said. "And then he hit me again."