Ms Heard took the witness stand for the primary time in an emotional look in a US defamation case introduced by Mr Depp, saying the 2 actors had had a “magical” relationship till it turned violent.
Mr Depp’s first bodily outburst, Ms Heard stated, got here after she requested what was written on considered one of his light tattoos. She stated he replied “wino”, and she or he laughed, considering it was a joke.
“He slapped me across the face,” Ms Heard stated. “I didn’t know what was going on. I just stared at him.”
Ms Heard stated he slapped her twice extra and stated: “You think it’s funny, b***h?”
Mr Depp (58) testified earlier within the trial that he by no means hit Ms Heard and that she was the one who was the abuser of their relationship.
The star of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is suing Ms Heard (36) for $50 million, saying she defamed him when she claimed she was a sufferer of home abuse. Ms Heard has countersued for $100 million, saying Mr Depp smeared her by calling her a liar.
The case hinges on a December 2018 opinion piece she authored within the Washington Post. The article by no means talked about Mr Depp by identify, however his lawyer advised jurors it was clear Ms Heard was referencing him. The couple’s divorce was finalised in 2017 after lower than two years of marriage.
Mr Depp, as soon as among the many greatest stars in Hollywood, stated he by no means struck Ms Heard or any girl and that Ms Heard’s allegations value him “everything”.
Ms Heard’s attorneys have argued that she advised the reality and that her opinion was protected free speech below the US structure’s first modification.
A state court docket decide in Virginia’s Fairfax County, outdoors the US capital, is overseeing the trial, which is predicted to final till late May.
Mr Depp’s legal professionals have stated they filed the US case in Fairfax County as a result of the Washington Post is printed there. The newspaper shouldn’t be a defendant. – Reuters