Amber Heard appeared to recoil as she came face-to-face with Johnny Depp in a tense stand-off after her harrowing testimony yesterday.
The actress, 36, was walking off the stand after telling the Virginia courthouse how her ex-husband had sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle and threatened to kill her in March 2015 in Australia.
At the same time, Depp, who is partially sighted, stood up and moved towards the Aquaman star.
Heard seemed to physically shudder and looked terrified, taking a step back as court officials immediately turned towards Depp and put their hands up, warning him to stay away.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor then turned away and appeared to shrug and smiled.
Amber Heard appeared to recoil in horror as she almost came face to face with Johnny Depp in a tense stand-off
The actress, 36, was walking off the stand after telling the Virginia courthouse how her ex-husband had sexually assaulted her
Heard physically shuddered and looked terrified, taking a step back as court officials immediately turned towards Depp
Heard was led to the side of the room by the court officials before Depp went through the rear door for a cigarette during the 15-minute recess.
The former couple have mostly avoided eye contact throughout the blockbuster trial.
During Heard’s testimony, Depp has been seen hunched over a notepad where he has been writing notes and doodling.
Before the tense encounter, the actress broke down as she testified that Depp had sexually assaulted her and threatened to kill her in what his defense team labeled the ‘performance of her life.’
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.
The former couple have mostly avoided eye contact throughout the blockbuster trial
Heard was led to the side of the room by the court officials before Depp went through the rear door
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor then turned away and appeared to shrug and smirk
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.
‘At some point he’s on top of me, screaming I f**king hate you, you ruined my f**king 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.
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
‘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.’
Depp’s team claimed the actress’ tales of abuse have evolved with ‘new and convenient details’ and plan on exposing her lies on cross-examination.
Heard said that leading up to the fight Depp confirmed he had not slept not had he 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.
‘At some point he’s on top of me, screaming I f**king hate you, you ruined my f**king life,’ Heard testified as she sobbed uncontrollably. ‘I’m on the countertop, he had me by the neck and was on top of me’
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
She said, ‘He confirmed he took that amount and he could take that amount. 8 or 10.’ She said 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 wh**e, he’d been wh**ed 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 realized I was back on the chopping block,’ Heard said.
‘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 wh**e, the slut the fat a**.
‘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?’
Heard said she was struggling with him and he threw her 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.
Pictured are two bottles, one of which is Makers Mark with a 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 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 f**king 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 f**king 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.’
He is suing his ex-wife for $50million for defamation, claiming she ruined his career with a 2018 Washington Post article which claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse.
She is counter-suing for $100million.