During the first day of the Johnny Depp’s multi-million dollars defamation lawsuit, Amber Heard’s attorneys have claimed Depp penetrated her with a liquor bottle in a “hostage situation” in 2015.
Mr Depp claims a 2018 article written by Heard in The Washington Post, in which the actress spoke about domestic violence towards women. That implied Mr Depp, her former husband, was an abuser.
The article was published in 2018, with the title: ‘I spoke up against sexual violence and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change’.
It did not mention Mr Depp by name.
Elaine Bredehoft, representing Ms Heard, detailed a number of alleged abusive incidents triggered by “crushing” drug and alcohol problems.
These included a “drug binge” with his “good friend” Marilyn Manson and a “blackout” in Australia, which Ms Heard had previously described as a “three-day hostage situation”.
Johnny Depp Reacts To Allegation He Sexually Assaulted Amber Heard
Ms Bredehoft told the jury: “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. He has told her he’s going to fu**ing kill her, and he fu**ing hates her. He’s pounding at her, pounding at her. And then, he penetrates her with a liquor bottle.”
As she spoke Mr Depp shook his head as if to say: “No.”
Mr Depp’s lawyers argued that the allegations by Ms Heard were false and the actress was “preparing to give the performance of a lifetime” during the proceedings.
Camille Vasquez, representing Mr Depp, said the actor would “go to his grave knowing that whatever he does there will always be people who believe he abused a woman”.
“Ms Heard took on the role of a lifetime, she couldn’t back down,” she said. “She has been living and breathing this lie for years now.
“She is preparing to give the performance of a lifetime in this trial.”
In a statement, Mr Depp‘s spokesman said: “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.”
Lawyers on behalf of the Aquaman actress said Mr Depp had sought to “destroy” her and that the situation was “disturbing, but not surprising”.