Editor’s note: Some testimony may contain graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical assault.
Amber Heard returned to the stand Thursday, her second day of testimony in the civil trial for the $50 million libel lawsuit filed by her ex-husband Johnny Depp. She described their relationship and how they got engaged, and testified that Depp allegedly became more controlling about the work she could do. She also testified about his drug use.
Heard said Wednesday she knew she should leave Depp the first time he hit her, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it.
“I knew I couldn’t just forgive him, right, because that means it will happen again. Like, I’ve seen the health class videos,” Heard told the court through tears. “I was heartbroken.”
Heard also testified about Depp’s use of drugs and alcohol.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia after she wrote a December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The article never mentions Depp by name, but Depp’s lawyers say he was defamed nevertheless because it clearly referred to accusations she made in 2016 during their divorce proceedings.
Depp testified he never struck Heard and that he was the abuse victim. He said he was punched and struck by her on many occasions, and that she threw things at him. He described Heard as having a “need for conflict.”