FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amber Heard told jurors Thursday that her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s campaign of harassment had left her humiliated and humiliated by multiple death threats. Scared, and said she just wanted “Johnny to leave me alone.”
Heard is expected to be the final witness in Depp’s six-week defamation trial against his ex-wife. There were cameras in the courtroom, millions watched the trial, and interest seemed to grow over time, with both Depp and Heard testifying about the ugly details of their relationship.
Online and in court, Depp’s fans overwhelmingly dominated the narrative, with groupies lining up overnight to grab one of the few spots in court and take over in Germany Pop waved to him as he came in and out. She was heard booing from spectators in the street as she entered and exited the courthouse.
“The harassment and humiliation, the campaign against me that echoes every day on social media, and now in front of the cameras in the showroom — every day I have to relive the trauma,” Hurd said, fighting back tears. “Maybe it’s easy to forget that I’m alone.”
In December 2018, Depp sued Heard for defamation in Fairfax County Circuit Court after a Washington Post op-ed that she was “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers said he was defamed by the article, even though it never mentioned his name.
Heard said she hopes the lawsuit will give her a new voice, saying she has the right “as an American” to publish an article describing her experiences and how they relate to the national debate on domestic violence.
“Johnny has had enough of my voice,” she said. “I have the right to tell my story.”
Depp has denied he ever hit Heard and said she was the abuser in the relationship. Hurd, who has testified about a dozen separate instances of physical abuse, said she suffered physical abuse at the hands of Depp.
The last witness to Depp’s side on Thursday morning was hand surgeon Richard Gilbert, who said he believed the injury to Depp’s middle finger could have happened just as Depp described it.
The couple had their fingertips severed during a fight in Australia. Depp said it happened when Hurd threw a large vodka bottle at him. Heard said Depp did it to himself in a drug-fueled rage when he sexually assaulted her with a wine bottle one night.
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