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Actress Amber Heard said her ex-husband Johnny Depp assaulted her on a plane after accusing her of having an affair with actor James Franco as he testified on Thursday at the trial taking place outside Washington. .
“I felt ashamed,” Heard told the jury following the multimillion-dollar lawsuit Depp filed against her for defamation.
“It was the first time I had gone through something like this,” he added, on the verge of tears.
The 36-year-old actress reported several cases of alleged physical abuse by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” protagonist on her second day on the witness stand at the ongoing trial in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard over a December 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which the actress described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.
Heard, who starred in the movie “Aquaman”, did not mention Depp in the article, but the actor has sued her for insinuating he was an abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.
The actress counter-sued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “unrestrained physical violence and abuse”.
“He was mad at me for taking the job with James Franco,” Heard said, recounting the incident on the plane, which took place in May 2014.
“I hated, hated James Franco and accused me of having a secret affair with him in the past, ever since we did Pineapple Express together,” he added, referring to the 2008 film he worked on with Franco.
“He called me a whore,” said the actress.
Heard said that Depp, who had been drinking, slapped her in the face and kicked her in the back as she switched seats.
Members of Depp’s security team and his assistants were on the plane at the time of this interaction, the actress said.
“I fell to the ground,” he recalled. “Nobody said anything, nobody did anything. It was like you could hear a pin drop on that plane.”
“And I remember feeling very embarrassed,” she added.
Three-time Oscar nominee Depp and Heard met in 2009 on the set of The Rum Diary and were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.
– “Like a baby” –
During the four days he spent giving testimony, Depp denied physical aggression and assured that his ex-wife was the violent part of the relationship.
Heard also testified about other occasions when Depp allegedly assaulted her, including one where he “suspected” that he had broken her nose.
The actress gave details about the actor’s ongoing drug and alcohol use and his recurring efforts to stay sober during their relationship.
He said a security guard once had to carry an unconscious Depp in his arms “like a baby” to his rented house in London.
“I remember thinking this had to be it. I was excited to feel that we were in a new chapter, that Johnny had finally hit rock bottom,” she said.
But despite “a million promises to get clean and sober,” couples therapy and rehab efforts, Depp kept returning to drinking and using marijuana and cocaine.
On Wednesday, the actress said her ex-husband was obsessively jealous and would punch walls and beat her when he was drunk.
“He was the love of my life,” Heard declared. “But it was also that other thing. And that other thing was horrible.”
She said that Depp first assaulted her after she laughed at one of his tattoos. “Slapped me for no reason.”
Depp’s lawyers brought in experts who testified that the actor lost millions due to the abuse allegations, including $22.5 million for the sixth film in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.