Amber Heard decided to divorce in May 2016, because she feared for her life that Johnny Depp’s violence would become “normal,” she said Monday, during her ex-husband’s defamation lawsuit, which resumed a week later. gap.
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The 36-year-old actress has spoken out about several incidents of violence in court in Fairfax, Virginia, including a fit of jealousy while living in France. According to her, Johnny Depp did not endorse that she portrayed a sex scene in a movie and did not believe her when she claimed that she was dubbed for that scene.
It was after a final violent argument, in May 2016, during which the actress allegedly threw a phone at her, and finally decided to file for divorce after only a year of marriage.
“It collapsed,” she said at the head of their union. “I knew I had to leave. I knew I wouldn’t survive it if I didn’t do it.”
“I was so afraid that it would end badly for me, and I didn’t really want to leave him, I loved him so much,” said the actress, holding back tears with difficulty.
But “the beast was that normal now, not the exception. Violence is now normal,” she explained, evoking the faces of her ex-husband who had become violent under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Her lawyers showed pictures of the phone showing bruises on the right side of her face.
She had filed a complaint against her husband for domestic violence and filed for deportation on 27 May 2016 in order to “change the locks” of his apartment and “sleep well”.
“I was losing my hair, I was losing weight, I was so sick, I had shingles, I couldn’t sleep, and I was waking up with panic attacks,” she said.
a ‘toxic’ relationship
The hostile debate led by Johnny Depp’s defense, which promises to be tough, could begin on Monday afternoon.
The star of the The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is accusing his ex-wife of ruining his reputation and career by claiming in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed that she suffered from domestic violence two years ago, without quoting Johnny Depp.
He is claiming $50 million in damages. She counterattacked and asked for a double.
This suit between two extraordinary celebrities. It is broadcast live on television and every day, fans of the actors gather in court in this small town near Washington.
“It’s like a TV series, and the (ex-couple) has struggled for Alethia Gnanakan, a student from Virginia,” Penn State’s Nancy Mowry told AFP.
The legal battle is also taking place on social networks between the two camps.
The first four weeks of the trial saw a “toxic” affair, with very raw details mentioned by the former couple.
Their arguments came to a head during a trip to Australia in March 2015, when Amber Heard claimed that she was beaten and then sexually assaulted by her husband.
The 58-year-old actor, who testified at the end of April, denies he ever raised his hand on Amber Heard and maintains it was violent.
Very calm and flirtatious at times, he admitted to his excessive use of drugs and alcohol, but claimed that he controlled his consumption most of the time.
According to financial experts presented by his lawyers, the platform would have lost him $22.5 million in fees for the sixth “pirate” author, who was fired after it was published.
The deliberations are scheduled to continue until May 27, after which the seven jurors will retire for deliberation.
The actor is suing his ex-wife in the US two years after losing his first defamation lawsuit in London. He had attacked the British newspaper “The Sun”, which described him as an “abusive husband”.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began an affair in 2011 before marrying in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized in early 2017.