Amber Heard decided to divorce in May 2016 because she feared for her life because of Johnny Depp’s violence became “normal”, she said on Monday, during the defamation lawsuit filed by her ex-husband, who resumed after a week. pause.
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The 36-year-old actress spoke about several episodes of violence in court in Fairfax, Virginia, including a jealous attack during a stay in France. According to her, Johnny Depp had not claimed that she had shot a sex scene in a movie and had not believed her when she claimed to have been dubbed for that scene.
Just after a recent violent debate, in May 2016, during which the actor allegedly threw a phone in her face, she finally decided to file for divorce after just one year of marriage.
Their union was “destroyed,” she said at the helm. “I knew I had to leave. “I knew I would not survive if I did not survive.”
“I was very afraid that it would not end badly for me and I really did not want to leave her, I loved her so much,” said the actress, holding back tears with difficulty.
But “the monster was what was now normal, and no exception. “The violence was already normal,” she explained, referring to the two faces of her ex-husband, who became violent under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Her lawyers showed photos where she appears to have the right side of her face bruised from the phone.
She had denounced her husband for domestic violence and had requested to leave him on May 27, 2016 to “change the locks” of the apartment and “to be able to sleep well.”
“My hair is falling out, I was losing weight, I was very sick, I had herpes, I could not sleep, I was waking up with panic attacks,” she said.
The controversial debate led by the defense of Johnny Depp, who promises to be ruthless, could start on Monday afternoon.
The star of the franchise Pirates of the Caribbean accuses his ex-wife of ruining his reputation and career by claiming in a column published in 2018 by Washington Post that she had suffered domestic violence two years ago, without mentioning however Johnny Depp.
He is seeking $ 50 million in damages. She has counterattacked and demands double.
This lawsuit between the two celebrities is extraordinary. It is broadcast live on television and every day fans of the two actors gather in court in this small town near Washington.
“It’s like a soap opera,” Nancy Mowery, from Pennsylvania, told AFP. [ex-époux] they have suffered ”.
The legal battle is also taking place on social networks between the two camps.
The first four weeks of the trial have created a “toxic” relationship, with many crude details reported by the former couple.
Their arguments came to the fore during a trip to Australia in March 2015, when Amber Heard claims to have been beaten and then sexually assaulted by her husband.
The 58-year-old actor, who testified in late April, denies ever raising his hand against Amber Heard and ensures it was what was violent.
Very calm and sometimes flirtatious, he admitted heavy use of drugs and alcohol but claims he had controlled his consumption most of the time.
According to financial experts presented by his lawyers, the forum would have made him lose $ 22.5 million in fees planned for the sixth opus Piratesfrom which it was dismissed after its publication.
The deliberations will continue until May 27, after which the seven members of the jury will withdraw to discuss.
The actor has sued his ex-wife in the United States two years after losing his first defamation lawsuit in London. He had attacked the British tabloid sunwho called him a “violent man.”
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had started a relationship in 2011 before getting married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized in early 2017.