LONDON (AP) – Amber Heard began giving testimony at Britainâ€™s High Court on Monday against ex-husband Johnny Depp, who she has accused of abusing her both physically and verbally during their tempestuous relationship.
Depp, 57, is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of the Sun, and the paperâ€™s executive editor, Dan Wootton, at the court in London over an April 2018 article that called him a â€œwife-beater.â€ The Hollywood star strongly denies abusing Heard. He was at the court to hear Heardâ€™s evidence.
In the first session of her testimony that is expected to last for three days, Heard denied accusations that she was a heavy drug-taker and drinker as well as being controlling and abusive herself.
She also described an incident in January 2015 in a hotel room in Tokyo over a prenuptial agreement between herself and Depp, and suggested there was an argument about it.
â€œThere was an argument in a hotel room in Tokyo that resulted in Johnny kneeling on my back and hitting me on the back of the head,â€ she said.
In written testimony released as she took to the witness box, Heard said she worried Depp would kill her at various times during their relationship that saw her enduring â€œpunching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking.â€ She also said â€œsome incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far.â€
According to the 34-year-old Heard, Depp â€œexplicitly threatened to kill me many times, especially later in our relationshipâ€ and that he blamed his actions on â€œa self-created third partyâ€ that he referred to as â€œthe monster.â€
Heard has been present throughout the trial, watching the proceedings as her ex-husband gave evidence over five days.
She is facing questioning over 14 allegations of domestic violence that The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers is relying on in its defense of the April 2018 article.
Depp and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the film â€œThe Rum Diary,â€ which was released two years later. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the following year, and the divorce was finalized in 2017.
The Sunâ€™s defense relies on the 14 allegations made by Heard of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in settings including his private island in the Bahamas, a rented house in Australia and the coupleâ€™s downtown Los Angeles penthouse.
Depp claims Heard was the aggressor during their volatile relationship, which he has likened to â€œa crime scene waiting to happen.â€
In nine days of testimony at the High Court, judge Andrew Nicol has heard from Depp and from several current or former employees who have backed his version of events.