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Infidelity accusations, a nightmare detox, and lots of cocaine: 11 highlights from Amber Heard's testimony in week 4 of the Johnny Depp trial


Actor Amber Heard reacts on the stand in the courtroom at Fairfax County Circuit Court during a defamation case against her by ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., May 5, 2022.

  • Amber Heard got to tell her side of the story in week four of Johnny Depp's defamation trial against her.
  • She took the stand and testified that Depp's drug addiction was far worse than he admitted earlier.
  • Heard described in graphic detail multiple occasions where she says Depp sexually assaulted her.
Depp tried to control what Heard wore and demanded to see the scripts for every movie she considered, she said

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Johnny Depp is seen in Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 3, 2022.

One of the themes of Heard's testimony was that Depp, who was around twice her age when they began their relationship, demanded control over her clothing and movie role choices. 

He'd refer to other actresses in similar places in their careers as "fame hungry" and "worthless whores," she said. If she wore a dress on the red carpet that he believed was too revealing, he'd withhold compliments and belittle her, according to Heard. On more than one occasion, she said, Depp implied she was only cast in movies because of how she dressed.

"Every time I was walking out of the house, he would tell me, 'That's what you're wearing, kid?'" Heard said.

The control extended to scripts, according to Heard. She said that whenever she worked on a movie, his team made sure to get photos of her wardrobe and copies of the script. Depp only "reluctantly agreed" that she could act in 2015's "Magic Mike XXL," she said.

"I wasn't going to be playing a sexualized character," Heard said. "I wore minimal makeup in the movie. No sexy clothing."

Depp frequently accused Heard of having affairs with her co-stars, she testified

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Actor Eddie Redmayne from "Cabaret" arrives at the Olivier Awards in the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, April 10, 2022.

Heard said she started to work less because Depp would give her grief about her co-stars, who he constantly thought she was cheating on him with. 

Heard said Depp asked to marry her shortly before filming started on "London Fields" in 2013, a film she starred in with Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess. But Heard said Depp threatened to call off the engagement when one of her co-stars invited her to attend a concert with him as part of a cast outing. 

She said Depp slapped and kicked her on a private flight in the spring of 2014 because he was convinced that she was having an affair with James Franco, who she was filming "The Adderall Diaries" with at the time. 

The accusations continued even after their marriage. Immediately after the wedding, Heard flew to London to film "The Danish Girl," while Depp flew to Australia to film the fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film. While in London, Heard said she received frequent calls from Depp and got the sense "that he thought I was sleeping with the director, and then it was the actor I was filming with." Tom Hooper directed "The Danish Girl," and she later specified that Eddie Redmayne was the actor she was referring to.

Heard believes Depp was unfaithful, too

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Actor Amber Heard reacts during the her defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 21, 2022.

Heard has denied all of Depp's accusations of infidelity. But, she said, she believed he was being unfaithful to her.

Not long after a bloody fight in Australia that has become a focal point of the trial, Heard and Depp were back home in Los Angeles. Heard was using an iPad that belonged to Depp, and saw iMessage texts pop up on the screen, she said.

She said she recognized that Depp was messaging someone who he previously "had this sexual relationship with." (It's not clear who the woman was, and a representative for Heard declined to specify.) Heard also observed that Depp was communicating with the woman on the day after their wedding in 2015.

"The date was right after our wedding," she said. "I had seen that he had gone to her house after our wedding."

During their worst fights, Heard said Depp got sexually violent

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Actor Johnny Depp reacts during a brief break amid a defamation trial against his ex-wife, actor Amber Heard, at Fairfax County Circuit Court, in Fairfax, Virginia, May 5, 2022.

During a trip to a trailer campsite in Joshua Tree in 2013, Heard said Depp got angry when an acquaintance started cozying up to her while starting to feel the effects of MDMA.  

Heard said Depp shouted at the woman, and then proceeded to go back to their trailer to have an argument with Heard. The fight took a turn, Heard said, when Depp started accusing her of hiding cocaine in her vagina and proceeded to do a "cavity search."

Depp "just shoved his fingers inside me," she testified. "I stood there staring at the stupid light. I didn't know what to do. I just stood there while he did that. He just twisted his fingers around."

 

Heard started sobbing uncontrollably on the stand on Thursday as she recalled an incident where she said Depp penetrated her with an alcohol bottle

Amber Heard.
Amber Heard.

During a fight in Australia, Heard said Depp shoved her onto a countertop and proceeded to penetrate her with an alcohol bottle. Heard said she had smashed an alcohol bottle earlier, and worried that he was using the same one on her. 

"I remember just not wanting to move because I didn't know if it was broken … I didn't know if he would know it was broken," Heard said. "I just remember thinking, 'Please God, please, I hope it's not broken.'"

Depp bonded with Heard's family. Maybe too much, she said.

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Actress Amber Heard and father David Heard attend Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry Event 2012 at Chateau Marmont on January 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

In the early days of their relationship, Heard said, Depp spent a lot of time building relationships with Heard's family members.

He was kind to her sister Whitney, gave jewelry to her mother, and was "buddy-buddy" with her father, who also had roots in the American south and was a "big personality," she said. Depp pushed Heard's father to persuade her to accept a colt as a gift, she said.

"I think my dad would have married him himself if I hadn't," Heard said.

But Depp's love of alcohol and drugs was a problem, Heard said. In March 2013, as Heard's father was struggling with addiction after a period of sobriety, he poured a shot "in support" and sent a photo to him, which Heard said she found bizarre. And at their engagement party months later, Depp disappeared to do drugs with her father. At some point, Heard's father left to get more.

"My dad at the same was addicted to the same thing Johnny was," Heard said.

Abuse was followed by profuse apologies, Heard claimed

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Actor Amber Heard reacts on the stand in the courtroom at Fairfax County Circuit Court during a defamation case against her by ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, in Fairfax, Virginia, May 5, 2022.

Depp could be like Jekyll-and-Hyde when it came to the relationship, with incredible highs followed by physical abuse, Heard said.

The first time after he physically assaulted her, according to Heard, he got on his knees and apologized. Text messages entered into evidence in the trial also appear to depict Depp apologizing and calling Heard an "angel" following what she described were physically violent fights. 

Heard noted several instances of what she said was Depp being an irresponsible father

Johnny Depp, son Jack Depp, and daughter Lily-Rose Depp in 2013.
Johnny Depp, son Jack Depp, and daughter Lily-Rose Depp in 2013.

Heard shed light on Depp's relationship with his two kids, painting him as less than father of the year. 

During a vacation on Depp's private yacht in July 2013, Heard said Depp tried to hide the fact that he had started drinking again from his kids, but was unsuccessful. Heard said Depp's daughter, Lily-Rose, who was 14 at the time, started to cry when Depp jumped off the boat in a "scary" manner. 

"He jumped off in a face-chest forward way," Heard said. "It looked a little scary, like not something somebody would do if they're completely OK."

Heard said she had to comfort Lily-Rose, and left the vacation early with her. 

Heard also said a "sensitive" spot in her relationship with Depp was her expressing concerns over his parenting decisions. 

Heard said she disagreed with Depp's decision to let an older famous musician, who Lily-Rose had a crush on, stay at their home, and for "introducing" Lily-Rose to weed at the age of 14. 

Heard said Depp skipped out on Lily-Rose's 15th birthday as well, so she stepped up to take his daughter to a celebratory dinner at Benihana.

He wasn't a great pet owner either, she said

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Actor Amber Heard and her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, attend the Depp v Heard defamation trial, at Fairfax County Circuit Court, in Fairfax, Virginia, May 5, 2022.

After one night in their relationship, where Heard says Depp consumed copious amounts of cocaine and hard liquor and repeatedly accused her of infidelity, she accompanied him to a photoshoot the next morning.

Depp held his 4-pound teacup Yorkie, Boo, out the window of the moving car, she said.

"He grabs this teacup Yorkie and holds Boo out of the window of the moving car, and he's howling like an animal while holding the dog out the window," Heard testified.

Heard remembers freezing and then slowly pulling his arm back in. No one else around them reacted, she said.

"I didn't want to react to cause him to drop the dog," Heard said. "It was just this eerie moment where he's howling and holding this animal outside the car window."

Heard later gained ownership of Boo, as well as the couple's other Yorkie, Pistol.

Depp's detox strategy wasn't just for opioids, according to Heard

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A photo of what appears to be cocaine on a glass table at one of Johnny Depp's homes, was entered into evidence by Amber Heard's attorneys.

The scope of Depp's drug use has been pivotal to the trial. Heard alleges that Depp physically assaulted her while under the influence of drugs and alcohol and that he had a particular fondness for nightlong cocaine binges. Depp and members of his team have testified that his drug use was always under control and that it tended to mellow him out rather than make him aggressive.

In 2014, Depp hired a doctor and personal nurse to help him with his addiction. He said that it was just to break an opioid habit he developed after taking a prescription painkiller for a leg injury. But Heard testified this week that she was intimately involved in his addiction care, developing a plan with the doctor and Depp's sister to help him abstain from cocaine and other drugs — not just opioids.

"Johnny on speed is very different from Johnny on opiates," she said. "Johnny on opiates is very different from Adderal Johnny, which is very different from Quaaludes Johnny. But I had to get good at paying attention to the different versions of him."

She even spent a week with him on his private island in the Bahamas where he went through what she described as an anguish-filled detox. Heard described the experience as "terrifying" as Depp swung through moods and hallucinated another man in the house.

"He at one point told me I was hiding someone in the room, that I had another man with me," Heard said. "It was terrifying and strange."

Heard immediately rebounded from Depp with Elon Musk, but never really loved the billionaire

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Amber Heard and Elon Musk.

The jury also heard more about Heard's relationship with Elon Musk, who she started dating weeks after her separation from Depp in the spring of 2016. 

Heard told Dr. Dawn Hughes, a psychologist hired to perform an evaluation of Heard, that she connected with Musk at the 2016 Met Ball, according to patient notes entered into evidence this week. 

"I was heartbroken. My soul was dead. Felt nothing then," Heard told Hughes about the Musk relationship, according to Hughes' notes. 

Testimony in the trial is ongoing

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

The testimony from Heard was part of the fourth week of this ongoing trial. Depp and his attorneys previously presented his case, denying that he abused Heard and saying that he was in fact the victim of verbal and physical abuse.

Depp sued Heard in 2019, alleging she defamed him when she described herself as a victim of domestic violence. Heard has countersued, saying he repeatedly physically abused him throughout their relationship, which ended in 2016.

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