Depp’s lawyers began questioning Heard on Monday afternoon.
Deep Heard was accused of defamation in 2018 in an opinion piece for The Washington Post. In the article, published nearly two years after their divorce, Heard described herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” Although Depp’s name is not mentioned in the article, he claims that it cost him lucrative acting roles.
Heard filed a counterclaim for $100 million.
On Monday, Heard testified about the opinion piece at the center of the case. She said she didn’t want to write Depp’s name, which was originally coined by the ACLU, but agreed to publish it under her own name because she believes in the need to raise awareness of the issues covered in the editorial.
“Every word of it is true,” Heard said.
Heard testified that she had no part in writing the headlines that eventually ran with the piece online and in print but was proud of the copy that appeared in the newspaper.
the end of their marriage
Heard testified that Depp’s drug use and alleged physical abuse led her to file for divorce from him in 2016, after just over a year of marriage.
“I knew if I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t literally survive. I was so afraid that it might end so badly for me, and I didn’t really want to let him go. I loved him so much,” Heard said. Violence is now the norm and not the exception.”
Heard also testified about why she did not cooperate with the police when they came to the couple’s Los Angeles home shortly after they had an altercation in May 2016.
“Why don’t you want to cooperate with the police?” Heard’s attorney Eileen Breedhoft asked.
Heard testified, “Because I wanted to protect Johnny. I didn’t want him to be arrested. I didn’t want to reveal this. I didn’t want him to be in trouble.”
‘I want to move forward’
Heard also testified about her counterclaim, which revolves around three statements made by Depp’s lawyer, the first in 2019, referring to Heard’s allegations of abuse, and each time she called her allegations a “hoax.”
“Unfortunately, this is all true,” Heard testified. “Johnny and I lived this. We lived this. I lived this and I narrowly escaped that but I survived it.”
Heard testified that her scenes in the upcoming Aquaman sequel, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” have been scaled back since the comments were made.
“I struggled so hard to stay in the film,” Heard said in his testimony. “I received a script and was given new versions of the script. They took a bunch out of my turn.”
CNN has reached out to Warner Bros. , the studio behind the “Aquaman” franchise, for comment. (CNN and Warner Bros. are both part of Warner Bros. Discovery.)
Heard testified that she did not want to be a part of the trial that forced her to relive the traumatic personal experiences she tried to keep private.
Heard said, “I have a baby; I want to move on. I want Johnny to move on, too.” “I just want him to leave me alone.”
The interrogation begins
During the beginning of the questioning, Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez began questioning Heard about her abuse allegations, sometimes zooming in on photos taken of the actress during public appearances after various alleged incidents of physical abuse and indicating that Heard had not. They have obvious injuries.
Heard accused Depp of physically and sexually assaulting her throughout their relationship. Depp denied hearing his beating during his testimony. Deb Heard’s legal team has accused him of being the abusive in the relationship.
“Mr. Depp is your victim, isn’t he?” asked Vasquez Heard.
Heard replied, “No, madam.”
Vazquez recalls several incidents in which Heard accused Depp of hitting her, sometimes in the face while wearing heavy rings. Heard testified that while the couple were in Russia in June 2013, Depp allegedly hit her in the face so hard that she thought she broke her nose and that there was blood “everywhere”. Vazquez retracted photos of Heard during the flight and after the alleged incident and questioned the actress about it.
“You don’t have any visible injuries to your face, do you?” Vasquez asked.
“Nothing you can see,” Heard replied.
“Even though Mr. Depp hit you in the face so hard that your nose is bleeding?” Vasquez said.
Heard replied, “He did.”
Before the trial ended, Vasquez questioned Heard about the charitable donations she had pledged to make with her $7 million divorce settlement with Depp, which was paid out in full to Heard.
Heard previously testified that she did not honor financial pledges she made to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, because Depp sued her.
“Sitting here today, Mrs. Heard, you still haven’t donated your $7 million divorce settlement to a charity, right?” Vasquez asked.
Heard began by replying, “Not true. I have pledged a total of $7 million to charity and intend to honor….”
Vasquez Heard sharply interrupted. “Mrs. Heard, that was not my question. Please try to answer my question.”
“As of today, you haven’t paid $3.5 million of your own money to the ACLU?” asked Vasquez Heard.
Heard replied, “I didn’t.”
“And to this day, you haven’t paid $3.5 million of your money to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles?”
Heard replied, “I haven’t yet; Johnny has sued me.”
The mass screening is expected to continue Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET.
Closing arguments at the trial are expected to begin around May 27, followed by jury deliberations.