Johnny Depp and Amber Heard news LIVE: Aquaman star begins day two of evidence as she takes the stand in libel trial

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  • July 21, 2020
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Today promises more fiery allegations…

Yesterday, Amber Heard denied she had “thrown everything possible” at her ex-husband.

She told the High Court: “I haven’t even scratched the surface.”

In one of seven witness statements produced for the trial, Ms Heard described Johnny Depp as being “very good at manipulating people”, and said he “lives in a state of weaponised victimhood”.

The actress, who met the actor – 22 years her senior – on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary, insisted she was never violent towards her ex-husband and would only “try to defend” herself when he “got serious”.

She said: “When I felt my life was threatened, I tried to defend myself and that started to happen years into the relationship, years into the violence.

“Before that, I didn’t even try to defend myself, I just checked out.”

She also said she threw things “only to escape him”, adding: “His employees didn’t see our arguments. These things happened behind closed doors.”

Ms Heard claimed Mr Depp’s doctor put her on “a long list of medications”, which were prescribed “in order to keep me sedated or keep me calm basically, to keep my body from responding to the world I was living in”.

In one of her witness statements, Ms Heard said that, at the start of their relationship, Mr Depp could be “intensely affectionate, warm and charming”.

“When Johnny puts his attention on you, with all his intensity and darkness, it is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” she said.

“When I say he was dark, he had a violent and dark way of speaking: the way he talked about our relationship being ‘dead or alive’ and telling me that death was the only way out of the relationship.”

She also said: “Some incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far.”

Ms Heard gave evidence about the couple’s trip to Australia – which she describes as a “three-day hostage situation” – and claimed Mr Depp went on a drug binge, attacked her, urinated in front of people then hid raw meat in a wardrobe.

She said: “Over the course of those three days, there were extreme acts of psychological, physical, emotional and other forms of violence.

“It is the worst thing I have ever been through. I was left with an injured lip and nose and cuts on my arms.”

Ms Heard’s evidence was initially due to conclude tomorrow but will now continue until Thursday morning, with her friends Melanie Inglessis and Joshua Drew expected to appear by videolink on Wednesday afternoon.