Amber Heard breaks down on the stand as she claims Johnny Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle in Australia just weeks after their wedding – and smeared walls, art and furniture with his blood
The alleged assault took place in March 2015 in Australia at their rented home he was living in while filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
‘At some point he’s on top of me, screaming I f**king hate you, you ruined my fucking life,’ Heard testified as she sobbed uncontrollably. ‘I’m on the countertop, he had me by the neck and was on top of me.
‘I’m looking in his eyes and I don’t see him any more. It wasn’t him, it was black. I haven’t been so scared in my life. He was looking at me. I was trying to get through to him, to say in some way it was me. Trying to get through to Johnny.
‘My head was bashing against the back of the bar and I couldn’t breathe. I remember trying to get up to tell him he was really hurting me. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t get through to him. I couldn’t get up.’
At this point, Heard became overwhelmed with emotion on the stand. ‘Next thing I remember I was bent over backwards on the bar, I was staring at the blue light. My back was on the countertop. I thought he was punching me. I felt this pressure on my pubic bone and I could feel his arm moving. It looked like he was punching me. I could just feel this pressure.
‘I don’t remember what I said, I just remember being really still, not wanting to move. I remember looking around the room, looking at all the broken bottles, broken glass and I remember not wanting to move because I didn’t know if it was broken, I didn’t know if the bottle that he had inside me was broken.
‘I couldn’t feel it, I didn’t feel pain, I didn’t feel anything.
‘I saw so much broken glass I didn’t know if he would know if it was broken or not and I remember thinking please go I hope it’s not broken. I don’t know how that ended. I don’t know how I got off the countertop.
‘I just remember being in the bathroom. I remember retching, the sound my voice was making. I lost control of my bladder. I remember just retching, there was blood on the floor.’
This is the same incident that saw Johnny Depp’s finger severed. He claimed Heard threw a liquor bottle which severed it. Heard testified that she did not witness Depp’s fingertip being cut off.
Amber Heard broke down on the stand Thursday as she detailed how Johnny Depp sexually assaulter her with a liquor bottle in March 2015 in Australia at their rented home
The alleged assault took place in March 2015 in Australia at their rented home he was living in while filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5
‘At some point he’s on top of me, screaming I f**king hate you, you ruined my fucking life,’ Heard testified as she sobbed uncontrollably. ‘I’m on the countertop, he had me by the neck and was on top of me’
‘Next thing I remember I was bent over backwards on the bar, I was staring at the blue light. My back was on the countertop. I thought he was punching me. I felt this pressure on my pubic bone’
This is the same incident that saw Johnny Depp’s finger severed. He claimed Heard threw a liquor bottle which severed it. Heard testified that she did not witness Depp’s fingertip being cut off
Heard said that when she woke up the next day she could hear Marilyn Manson music blaring out of the speakers of the house
It ‘became clear’ that Depp had not slept. Heard said she saw brown writing on the walls that was in dried blood – there was blood on the carpet and brown letters that were messages to her.
There was a ‘giant penis’ written on a painting and a table overturned. In the bar area where they had their fight the previous night there was broken glass everywhere.
Heard said: ‘He had his hand wrapped in these rags and I think he took them down or showed me, look what you made me do. Something to that effect. It was covered in paint. I put together he was using his finger – that’s what he was using as a paintbrush.’
Depp’s security turned up and Heard tried to get him coffee but he threw the cup at the TV, she claimed.
Heard said, ‘Johnny took his penis out of his pants and started trying to pee outside of the house saying he had more messages for me. His security looked at me and not laughed, played it off. It was like corralling a wild animal back into the house with his penis out of his pants.
‘He went to pee on the wall of the house, saying he had more messages for me.’
Heard added that there were ‘mashed potatoes smeared all over the bedroom window and the door.’
Later that night she found the steak she had been preparing for dinner when they got into their argument – pieces were all over the house.
She said: ‘I found the raw meat I’d left out, the steak, it was cut up and he’d ripped my nightgown into pieces and wrapped the meat up, wrapped the steak pieces up with my nightgown.’
Heard said that when she woke up the next day she could hear Marilyn Manson music blaring out of the speakers of the house It ‘became clear’ that Depp had not slept. Heard said she saw brown writing on the walls that was in dried blood – there was blood on the carpet and brown letters that were messages to her
Heard said, ‘Johnny took his penis out of his pants and started trying to pee outside of the house saying he had more messages for me’
This is the game table where the couple fought and Heard said Depp got on top of her and was pushing on her throat. Heard said at one point the table collapsed underneath her
Pictured are two bottles, one of which is Makers Mark with square bottom. ‘The bottle shape…it’s hard,’ Heard testified, ‘I had not remembered seeing the bottle Johnny was using on me I didn’t have a memory of seeing it and this picture, I wasn’t aware of until just the other day’
‘I saw so much broken glass I didn’t know if he would know if it was broken or not and I remember thinking please go I hope it’s not broken. I don’t know how that ended. I don’t know how I got off the countertop’
Heard said: ‘He had his hand wrapped in these rags and I think he took them down or showed me, look what you made me do. Something to that effect. It was covered in paint. I put together he was using his finger – that’s what he was using as a paintbrush’
A lampshade is seen with writing on it. It appears to say ‘Be careful at top’. It was submitted as evidence after the couple’s blowout fight in Australia in 2015
Blood and cans appear to be smeared on the floor of the bar area after the couple’s blowout fight in Australia
Heard detailed the lead up to the blowout fight. She said she and Depp had got married in February 2013 and that right after she flew to London to film The Danish Girl. Then in March she flew to Australia to join Depp while he was filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
She said: ‘I flew in all I wanted to do was see my new husband. He’d lost a ton of weight. I knew something was up.
‘At some point early in that evening he pulls out a bag of MDMA. I was surprised because at the time that was, there was no question mark as to how I would respond. Why would you even think that’s OK?
‘He’d already gotten clean and sober. He seemed to suggest we should do it together. I was absolutely not. I want to see you and spend time with you.
‘It was the exact opposite of what I wanted. It seemed delusional to suggest this. If you had been through what I’d been through it was crazy.’
Heard said that they got into an argument – the first of many. She said: ‘I shove past him, just stomp off. He grabs me. In my head I wasn’t thinking of leaving yet but that would later be going through my mind
‘I don’t remember the exact sequence of things. I have a lot of flashes.
‘The first night I distinctly remember at one point maybe I came back into the room but he shoved me. I went flying across these parakeet floors, just skidding. It looked so easy for him to throw me around like that. I just slid.
‘We had another argument that was a spin off from that, it was this on-off sort of thing
‘I remember he shoves me up against the fridge, he has me by the throat and was holding me there by my throat. He’s bashing me against the wall next to the fridge. At some point I’m in his face, I remember slapping him across the face, screaming at him, screaming at me.
‘I eventually barricaded the door. It wouldn’t stop him from coming in, he could come in the other doors. At least I’d hear it. I just wanted to know if he came in.’
Depp detailed the explosive fight he and Amber Heard had in March 2015 in Australia where the top of his finger was severed when Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him
‘She threw the large bottle and it made contact and shattered everywhere and I honestly didn’t feel the pain at first at all, I felt no pain,’ Depp said
Heard said she managed to go to sleep and when she came downstairs Depp was still up. He confirmed he had not slept, he had not eaten.
‘We get into an argument. He was accusing me of (sleeping with) Eddie Redmayne (her co-star in The Danish Girl). He thought I was working with Billy Bob Thornton but I’d already worked with him a year earlier. He was very upset about him.’
Heard said that Depp had taken 8-10 MDMA pills
She said, ‘He confirmed he took that amount and he could take that amount. 8 or 10’. Depp continued accusing her of cheating on him.
She said, ‘He calls his agent, he calls a few people and he’s screaming at them. I got a sense it was money, he got a sense people had been stealing from him.
He was calling himself a whore, he’d been whored out.
‘Next thing I remember is coming downstairs and looking for him. We had an interaction that I can’t really describe, it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Just belligerent, throwing things, screaming at me. I realised I was back on the chopping block.
‘He has me up against the wall, he slams me hard, I hit my head hard. This is the wall next to the kitchenette. There were these fridges and I remember being slammed up against those. I remember pushing him off of me. The name calling, the whore, the slut the fat ass.
‘He was squeezing my neck. It got really nasty. It went from no-one likes you, everyone warned me about you. He said everyone had warned him about me and he wished he’d never married me. That no-one liked me.
‘At some point I shoved him and he shoved me back. He said: ‘Do you want to go little girl?’
I am in a struggle with him when I’m holding his shirt lapel and he throws me across the room
I land on a games table. He gets on top of me on the games table and is just whacking me in the face, repetitive. We struggled.
‘He’s taunting me to take the bottle from him. He’s holding out the bottle, the third time I get a hold of it, I slam it down on the ground between us. That really set him off
‘It was like a lightbulb switch went off. He starts screaming. I don’t know if he backhanded me or hit me. It sent me down to the ground. By the time I picked myself off the floor he’s got a bottle in his hand, he threw it at me, it missed.
‘He had a broken bottle up against my face, neck area and he told me I’ll carve up your face. It was terrifying.
‘I remember him having me by the nightgown. I remember him throwing me around, I’m flailing.
‘He’s throwing these bottles at me. There’s soda cans and they’re coming at me one after another. I keep pulling myself into the bar area. He’s standing in the only area you can exit.
‘I can feel glass breaking behind me. I can remember being terrified. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t go anywhere. He ran out of things to throw, I ran to the exit and we got into this struggle by the bar area
‘I remember my feet slipping on the tile as he was slamming me from the wall to the countertop. He had my nightgown and ripped it off my chest
‘He’s teasing me he has my breasts in his hand, my nightgown came completely off, it was ripped off of me, I was naked
‘He’s flinging me around. He’s screaming at me he fucking hates me, I ruined his life. Over and over. He starts punching the wall next to my head, holding me by the neck.
‘His energy shifted to the phone on the wall. He went from punching the wall, he picked up the phone – rahhhh! – screaming at the top of his lungs, I fucking hate you. He starts bashing the phone against the wall.
‘Every time he pulled his hand back it was breaking into pieces, he’s smashing it to smithereens.’
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s caustic relationship
February 3, 2015
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard marry in a private civil ceremony at their LA home, four years after they met as co-stars on the set of The Rum Diary. The couple celebrate with a lavish reception on an idyllic private island in the Bahamas that Depp bought in 2004 for $3.6 million.
April 21, 2015
Heard breaches Australia’s biosecurity laws when she and Depp fail to declare their two Yorkshire terriers when they arrive Down Under on a private jet for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Heard admits falsifying quarantine documents and is placed on a $1,000 one-month good behavior bond.
May 23, 2016
Heard files for divorce after 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Four days later a judge issues a temporary restraining order against Depp over domestic violence allegations. Pictures of Heard’s alleged injuries hit the tabloids but the LAPD finds no evidence of a crime.
August 16, 2016
Depp and Heard reach a $7 million divorce settlement which the actress promises to give to charity. Their marriage was ‘intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,’ the former lovers say in a statement. ‘There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm’.
December 18, 2018
The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Heard, an ambassador for women’s rights at for the American Civil Liberties Union, urging support for women who suffer domestic violence. ‘Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out,’ reads the headline.
March 1, 2019
Despite not being named in the article, Depp files a $50 million defamation suit in Fairfax Circuit Court, Virginia saying it implied he was an abuser and got him fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp dismisses Heard’s abuse allegations as a ‘hoax’ and claims he was actually the victim of her violence.
August 10, 2020
Heard countersues for $100 million, claiming vengeful Depp and his lawyer Adam Waldman targeted her with a vicious smear campaign, using media allies and internet trolls to amplify false stories about her and derail her acting career.
November 1, 2020
Depp faces an uphill battle to save his reputation after he loses a libel battle with a British tabloid that labeled him a ‘wife beater’. A judge in London’s rules that The Sun’s 2018 article was ‘substantially true’ and that the father-of-two had attacked Heard a dozen times, causing her to fear for her life on three occasions.
April 11, 2022
After lengthy delays due to the Covid pandemic, the former flames finally lock horns in Fairfax County, Virginia where the Washington Post servers that published the disputed op-ed are based. The trial is expected to last six to seven weeks and celebrities tipped to give evidence include James Franco, Paul Bettany and Ellen Barkin.