Amber Heard told jurors on Thursday that her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s harassment campaign has left her humiliated and afraid for her life due to several death threats, and that all she wants is for “Johnny to leave me alone.”
Heard testified as the final witness in Depp’s six-week libel trial against his ex-wife. Millions of people have watched the trial thanks to the cameras in the courtroom, and interest seemed to grow as the weeks passed and both Depp and Heard spoke about the horrific facts of their relationship.
Depp’s admirers have massively dominated the narrative online and at the courthouse, with groupies lining up overnight to get one of the few spots in the courtroom and wave at him as he walks in and out. Spectators on the street have booed Heard as she enters and exits the courthouse.
The trial was “agonizing” and humiliating, according to Heard. “I am harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day — even just walking into this courtroom and sitting here in front of the world, having the worst parts of my life things I’ve lived through used to humiliate me,” she added.
“People want to kill me and they tell me so every day,” Heard added, “People want to put my baby in the microwave. They tell me that. Johnny threatened, promised me if I ever left him, he’d make me think of him every single day that I lived.”
When Ms. Heard’s lawyer questioned how Mr. Depp’s claimed threats “continue to manifest themselves now,” she said: ” In the harassment, in the humiliation, in the campaign against me that’s echoed every single day on social media, and now, in front of cameras in this room. Every single day I have to relive the trauma. My hands shake, I wake up screaming. I have to live with the trauma and damage done to me.”
“My friends have to live with a set of unspoken rules about how to not scare me… how to not touch me, not to surprise me. My intimate partners have rules about how they can deal with me, how they can touch me. I have rules for doctors and medical professionals I see, gynaecologists I see.
“I live my life with these sets of rules that I have to follow, my friends have to follow, for me not to have a panic attack or triggering event,” the Aquaman actor told the jury.
Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez told Heard on cross-examination that “your lies have been exposed to the world” and questioned her about persons who contradicted parts of her story.
Heard said, “I know how many people will come out of the woodwork to support Johnny.”
She testified that “the damage that I have to live with every single day” impacted her ability to train for combat scenes in the DC movie, also starring Jason Momoa.
“If a combat scene, and a trigger happens, I have a meltdown and I have to deal with that, the crew would have to deal with that because of the damage I walk around with, every day,” she continued.
“I’m not sitting in this courtroom, laughing, making snide jokes. This is horrible, this is painful, and this is humiliating for any human being to go through,” Ms Heard said, adding that she “doesn’t deserve this”.
Heard then fought back tears as she discussed the death threats she’s received since the trial started. “I received hundreds of death threats regularly, if not daily, since this trial started — people mocking my testimony about being assaulted … I hope no one has to go through something like this. I just want Johnny to leave me alone. I’ve said that for years now.”
In Fairfax County Circuit Court, Depp is suing Heard for libel for an op-ed she published in The Washington Post in December 2018, identifying herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers claim the story defamed him despite the fact that his name was never stated.
Last month, Depp testified for four days before returning to the witness stand on Wednesday, alleging that Heard’s allegations are “all false.” He claims he never hit Heard and has testified that she was physically abusive to him.