JOHNNY Depp penetrated his ex-wife Amber Heard with an alcohol bottle after taking her hostage for three days, her lawyers have claimed.
Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft claimed the sexual assault took place in Australia in March 2015 während eines “three-day hostage situation”.
Ms Bredehoft told the jury at the defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia: “He has her jammed up against the bar.
“He has hurled bottles and bottles at her. He has dragged her across the floor on the broken bottles. He has punched her. He has kicked her.”
Sie machte weiter: “He has told her he’s going to f**king kill her, and he f**king hates her.
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“He’s pounding at her, pounding at her.”
As she spoke Depp shook his head as if to say “Nein”.
The defamation trial was sparked by a 2018 article Heard wrote for the Washington Post in which she called herself a domestic violence survivor.
Although never mentioned by name in the piece, Depp claims he was kicked off the Pirates of the Caribbean series because of the “clear implication” he was an abuser.
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Depp says her claims of abuse were fake, and that they ruined his career and were designed to boost hers.
His Hollywood future is on the line after he already lost a 2020 lawsuit against The Sun in the UK. EIN High Court judge ruled we were right to describe him as a “wife-beater”.
If he loses the six-week US trial, his acting career will be all but over.
Outside court, a spokesman for the actor, 58, sagte: “These fictitious claims were never made at the onset of Amber’s allegations in 2016, and only advantageously surfaced years later once she was sued for defamation after noting in her op-ed that she was a victim of ‘sexual violence’.
“Words are key in a defamation case and conveniently, this allegation only came after that. This follows a pattern of her elaborate, erroneous claims which have continued to change and evolve over time for the purpose of Hollywood shock value of which Amber has mastered and used to exploit a serious social movement.”
Depp’s sister Christi Dembrowski also spoke in court, claiming she saw Heard insult her brother “multiple times”.
She said that on one occasion, Depp told Heard about a business meeting he had with Dior, the French luxury fashion house.
Christi – who also served as Depp’s personal manager – sagte: “Her reaction was that she was in disbelief and she dismissed it because she said, ‘Why would Dior want to do business with you? They’re about class and style and you don’t have style’.”
She also told the jury that she saw Heard call Depp “an old fat man”.
Christi said she would book Depp an extra room at hotels when the couple went away together so he could escape arguments with Heard, something she claimed she had never had to do during Depp’s 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis, the mother of his two children.
“It was insulting. I have seen her be insulting multiple times.”
[Depp] has told her he’s going to f**king kill her, and he f**king hates her
jedoch, lawyers for Heard have accused Depp of a litany of alleged “verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse” which they claim was triggered by his “crushing drug and alcohol” Missbrauch.
Bredehoft, for Heard, described Depp as an “obsessed ex-husband hell-bent” on destroying the Aquaman actress.
She told the jury that the “charismatic and charming” Depp would become a monster when he was drinking or on drugs.
An einer Stelle, das Gericht hörte, a crying Depp admitted to his wife: “I thought I could put the monster away for good.”
A jealous Depp also allegedly accused Heard of “sleeping with every one of her co-stars,” and was also “besessen” with tech mogul Elon Musk, who had a relationship with Heard.
The Tesla and SpaceX boss has been named as a potential witness in the trial.
Ms Bredehoft said the court would hear about a “three-day hostage” situation Depp had inflicted on his ex-wife, as well as see evidence of the actor “scoring cocaine” while with pal Marilyn Manson.
She alleged that Depp told his therapist he has an “enormous amount of rage” und ist “like a demon fueled by alcohol and drugs”.
It comes after Depp’s lawyers accused Heard of preparing to give the “performance of a lifetime” as round two of their bitter legal war kicked off in Fairfax, Virginia.
The former couple were both in court as opening statements began.
Camille Vasquez, representing Depp, told the jury of eight men and three women: “Mr Depp will go to his grave knowing that whatever he does there will always be people who believe he abused a woman.”
She said of his ex: “She’s been living and breathing this lie for years. She is preparing to give the performance of a lifetime in this trial.”
Depp is suing Heard for $50million (£38million) and she has counter-sued him for $100million (£76million) over claims his lawyer made about her.
Ms Vasquez claimed Depp’s friends had seen “the real Miss Heard”.
The lawyer told the jury: “She would berate him, scream at him. He would try to appease… but it would always happen again.”
But Depp was accused by Heard’s lawyers of “verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse” triggered by drugs and alcohol.
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Ms Bredehoft said he would “accuse her of sleeping with every one of her co-stars”, and being obsessed with tech mogul Elon Musk, who had a relationship with Heard.
Der Fall geht weiter.