Amber Heard testified against Johnny Depp during her first day in the witness box for his ongoing libel trial

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Associated Press/Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Art of Elysium
  • Amber Heard had her first day in the witness box on Monday, giving evidence against her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
  • Depp is suing News Group Newspapers over a 2018 The Sun article in which they called Depp a “wife beater” in relation to his marriage with Heard.
  • Heard is said to be the star witness in the News Group Newspapers case.
  • As reported by UK’s Press Association Media, Heard accused Depp of “screaming, swearing, issuing threats, punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting, and choking her.”
  • Heard also detailed an alleged incident in Australia in 2015 which she described as a “three-day hostage situation.”
  • Depp denies Heard’s accusations. The court case is ongoing.
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Amber Heard had her first day in the witness box on Monday, July 20, and gave evidence against her former husband Johnny Depp on behalf of The Sun.

Depp is currently suing The Sun’s owners, News Group Newspapers, over a 2018 article in which they referred to him as a “wife beater.” Heard – who alleges that Depp was violent toward her during their marriage and received a temporary restraining order against him in 2016 – is The Sun’s star witness.

As reported by UK’s Press Association Media, Heard said in court on Monday that Depp threatened to kill her “many times” during their relationship and marriage, and said that Depp would blame his abuse on the “monster” – a “self-created third party.”

In earlier testimony, Depp denied Heard’s allegations and says he has never been physically abusive toward her.

Heard told the court about an alleged incident in Australia during 2015, according to PA Media, which she described as “a three-day hostage situation.”

“We were due to be there for three days on our own, but it was only when I arrived that I realised I was trapped in this remote place without any means to leave,” Heard said in court, according to PA Media.

Heard then accused Depp of being on a “multiple-day drug and alcohol binge” and said Depp was violent towards her.

“Over the course of those three days, there were extreme acts of psychological, physical, emotional, and other forms of violence,” Heard said, according to PA Media. “It is the worst thing I have ever been through. I was left with an injured lip and nose and cuts on my arms.”

PA Media reported that Heard, in her written witness statement submitted to the court, accused Depp of “screaming, swearing, issuing threats, punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking her.” She also wrote that Depp demonstrated “extremely controlling and intimidating behaviour.”

Depp has denied these allegations and accused Heard of physically assaulting him. Depp’s barrister, David Sherborne, wrote in an outline of the case: “The claimant’s position is clear – Ms. Heard’s allegations are complete lies. The claimant was not violent towards Ms. Heard, it was she who was violent to him.”

Heard denies that she was abusive towards Depp. A spokesperson for Heard previously told Vanity Fair, “Amber never asked for these proceedings to take place. Amber obtained a domestic violence restraining order against Depp back in 2016 and has tried to move on with her life. It is Johnny Depp who brought these proceedings against a British newspaper and has dragged her to the UK courts to give evidence on some of the most distressing moments of her life.”

The case started on July 7 and has so far heard testimony from Depp, as well as from Depp’s famous exes including Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis.

Depp and Heard first met on the set of the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary” and were later married in 2015. Heard filed for divorce two years later in 2017.

Heard is due back in court at 10 a.m. GMT on Tuesday, July 21. The case is ongoing.

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