The 36-year-old actress also told a jury that she filed for divorce from the Pirates of the Caribbean star in May 2016 because she feared for her life.
American actress Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, May 16, 2022. Photo: Steve Helber / POOL / AFP
WASHINGTON – Amber Heard testified Monday that the multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed against her ex-husband Johnny Depp is “torture” and she just wants him to leave her alone so she can continue her life.
The 36-year-old actress also told jurors who were considering the case that she filed for divorce from Pirates of the Caribbean star in May 2016 because she feared for her life.
“I had to leave him,” Hurd said. “I knew I wouldn’t survive if I didn’t. I was so afraid it would end very badly for me. ”
Hurd said Depp would become a physically and sexually brutal “monster” if drunk, and her efforts to reduce his drug and alcohol use failed.
“The monster was this thing that has now become commonplace, not the exception,” she told a jury of seven people hearing the case in Fairfax, Virginia. “Violence was common now.”
For four days, Depp, 58, testified in the rostrum that he had ever beaten Hurd and claimed that she had often used violence.
Depp filed a lawsuit against Hurd over the article she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018, in which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic violence”.
Hurd, who had the lead role Aquamandid not name Depp’s name in the article, but sued her for hinting that she is a domestic rapist and is seeking $ 50 million in damages.
Hurd, who was born in Texas, filed a counterclaim, demanding $ 100 million and claiming that she had suffered from his “unbridled physical violence and violence.”
Hurd said the court forced her to live “again and again the most intimate, awkward, deeply humiliating and personal thing I’ve ever experienced.”
“I want to move on, and I want Johnny to move on,” she said. “I just want him to leave me alone.”
Filing for divorce was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” the actress said.
“It was hard because I loved Johnny so much,” she said. – I loved him so much.
Hurd said that the same week she filed for divorce, she demanded a temporary restraint after an argument, during which Depp threw her cell phone, hit her in the face.
During the cross-examination, Depp’s lawyers asked Hurd about the numerous incidents of alleged domestic violence she testified about, and then showed photos from the following days where no damage was visible.
“You have to see what it looks like under makeup,” Hurd countered.
They also talked a lot about her promise to donate $ 7 million from her divorce from Depp to charity.
Hurd admitted that she had not yet donated the entire amount, but said it was because she needed the money to fight the defamation lawsuit filed against her by Depp.
“I have not been able to fulfill these promises yet because I have been sued,” she said.
Judge Penny Azcarate has scheduled closing arguments for the case on May 27, after which she will go to a jury trial.
Depp’s lawyers sued experts who testified that he lost millions due to allegations of abuse, including $ 22.5 million in sixth-installment wages Pirates.
Depp filed a defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020. The sun for calling him a “wife-killer.”
Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Hurd met in 2009 on the set Rum Diary and married in February 2015. Their divorce was completed two years later.