Amber Heard wrongly accused Johnny Depp that he abused her because he decided to divorce her, his lawyers claimed at the opening of a Blockbuster defamation lawsuit.
epp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, his ex-wife, for $50 million in damages over an article she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, in which she described herself as a domestic violence survivor.
She has filed a $100 million counterclaim, accusing Depp of tarnishing her reputation.
Ben Chew, Depp’s attorney, told the Fairfax, Virginia jury that the death of Depp’s mother acted as a “wake-up call” for the actor to end his relationship with Heard.
The next day, May 21, 2016, he went to their home in Los Angeles to “get his stuff,” the attorney said.
“Ms Heard’s actions were prompted by Mr Depp’s filing for a divorce,” Mr Chew said. “He wanted to find out what drove her to create a story that was meant to hold him in the first place.
“And then, when he made it clear that after everything he’d been through, he was finally done with recasting her as an abuse survivor with Depp as the alleged abuser.”
Depp’s lawyers claimed Heard “lied” about being abused to advance her career and made herself a face of the #MeToo movement.
Camille Vasquez, representing Depp, told the jury: “Ms. Heard is an actress. Ms. Heard took on the role of her life. She couldn’t back down.
“She has been living and breathing this lie for years and is preparing to give the performance of her life in the process.
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“She portrayed him as the villain in her heroic story.”
The couple sat 15 feet apart in the courtroom but never made eye contact.
Her attorneys described a “horrifying” litany of alleged physical, sexual and psychological abuse and Depp’s “destructive” alcohol and drug use.
It has been claimed that Heard once thought she was going to die when Depp attacked her.
Elaine Bredehoft, representative for Heard, said: “He started pulling her around the apartment by her hair, kicking her, hitting her, pulling her hair out. She gets up and he headbutts her and she gets two black eyes.
“He put her on the bed and put his foot and knee on her back. He says he’s going to ‘fucking kill her’.”
The force was so great that the bed frame shattered, she said.
Ms Bredehoft added: “She’s suffocating in the pillow, she firmly believes she’s going to die from this one. She wakes up because her friend is there.”
The next day, Heard went on James Corden’s chat show but was able to use makeup to hide the bruising on her face, Ms Bredehoft said.
It has been claimed that Depp first punched Heard in 2011 early in their relationship and hit her repeatedly and so hard that she was pushed off a sofa and her face landed on the “dirty carpet”.
Her lawyers claimed Depp then started crying as he told Heard, “I thought I put the monster away for good.”
At her 30th birthday party, Depp reportedly grabbed Heard’s phone and “slapped Amber in the face” with it.
On a trip to Australia, she was put in a “three-day hostage situation” when Depp took up to 10 ecstasy pills, it said.
Heard’s lawyers claimed she stayed with Depp because she thought she could “fix” him.
They claimed he was pursuing the defamation case because he was “obsessed” with “destroying” them.
Benjamin Rottenborn, representing Heard, said: “For years, Mr Depp just wanted to humiliate and haunt her, ruin her career.
“He’s an obsessed ex-husband out for revenge.”
“You will see who the real Johnny Depp is – behind the fame, behind the pirate costumes,” Mr. Rottenborn told the jury during the opening statement at the civil trial. “Because Johnny Depp brought this case up, this is all going to come out.”
In 2020, Depp lost a separate defamation case in London afterwards The sun The newspaper called him a “women beater”. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/amber-heards-claims-of-abuse-against-johnny-depp-were-made-up-when-he-sought-divorce-trial-told-41548470.html Amber Heard’s abuse allegations against Johnny Depp were fabricated when he filed for divorce, the trial said