Images of actor Johnny Depp allegedly passed out after lengthy drug binges have been shown in a US court as his ex-wife Amber Heard testified for a second day.
Today is the 15th day of the multimillion-dollar libel trial brought by Depp, with Heard detailing alleged sexual and physical abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Warning – this article contains graphic descriptions of abuse which some may find disturbing
In one incident, she said Depp accused her of flirting with another woman at the Met Ball, and said when they got home: “He just whacked me in the face… I suspected I had a broken nose… I remember my nose being swollen, discoloured, red.”
During another alleged attack, she said he kicked her to the floor on a private plane.
Depp apparently refused to sign a prenup with his then-fiancee ahead of their 2015 wedding, reortedly telling her: “The only way out of this is death.”
Heard told the court in Fairfax, Virginia, that she felt “like the luckiest woman alive” after the actor proposed, presenting her with a “massive diamond” ring.
But she said she began to think about a pre-nuptial agreement, mainly due to the fact that Depp earned so much more than her and she felt it would “eliminate doubt”.
However, Heard said Depp was strongly against having any sort of agreement.
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“He said if he ever got his hands on it he would tear it up. He told me, ‘the only way out of this is death’,” the actress told the court.
She said he took it as an insult, asking her: “Kid, are you already planning on leaving?”
The court was also shown images of Depp, allegedly taken after he went on various drug binges, including one “three-day bender”.
Heard later testified that Depp’s drug addiction was “maintained” with prescription pills while he finished filming Black Mass in 2015, before he went to detox on his private island.
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Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50m, claiming she defamed him in a 2018 article she wrote for the Washington Post in which she said she was a victim of domestic abuse.
He alleges he was the victim and has lost millions of dollars in work and been exiled from Hollywood as a result of her claims.
Heard is countersuing him for $100m, saying the actor smeared her by calling her a liar.
During at times emotional testimony, Depp has refused to look at the Heard, with his eyes concentrated on his desk.
Here are some of the key moments from Heard’s testimony on Thursday, the 15th day of the trial
• Heard said she began “negotiating” her career with Depp and stopped taking on jobs with romantic scenes and eventually only took on parts that required “minimal make-up”
• Depp sent threatening texts to Heard telling her “don’t test me”
• While filming in London, Depp would go on drink binges and miss work – including one incident where he had to be carried home “like a baby” by his security
• Court played recordings of Depp moaning and mumbling incoherently
• Heard said joining Depp on a detox on his private island was a “phenomenally dumb idea” as he accused her of having a man in the house and slapped her while crying
Heard began Thursday’s testimony by describing a press trip to Tokyo, where she claims Depp called her a “nagging b****”.
She said it was shortly after she met Depp’s children, Lily-Rose and Jack.
The couple had a loud argument in their hotel room during the tour, which she was very concerned about as it was in the room next to the children.
During this time he called her a “nagging b****”, and other “awful things” which she did not tell the court, adding: “I don’t think they need to be repeated here.”
Later, Heard said she was “so ashamed” of the names the couple would scream at each other: “It was so awful.
“It felt like nothing I could do… would make him stop hitting me.”
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On Wednesday, the actress choked back tears as she told the court about the first time Depp slapped her and said she knew she should leave him then, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it.