Actor Johnny Depp “threatened to kill” ex-wife Amber Heard “many occasions”, the US actress has claimed.
“He is superb at manipulating people,” stated Ms Heard, alleging he was violent and she or he feared for her life.
Mr Depp, 57, is suing the writer of the Solar over an article that referred to him as a “spouse beater” – however the newspaper maintains it was correct.
He denies 14 allegations of home violence on which Information Group Newspapers is relying for its defence.
Ms Heard took to the witness stand at London’s Excessive Courtroom on the 10th day of the case, and her written witness assertion was additionally submitted to the court docket.
In it, she accused Mr Depp of verbal and bodily abuse together with screaming, swearing, issuing threats, punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking her, in addition to “extraordinarily controlling and intimidating behaviour”.
“Some incidents have been so extreme that I used to be afraid he was going to kill me, both deliberately, or simply by dropping management and going too far,” she stated.
Ms Heard, 34, claimed Mr Depp had a “distinctive means to make use of his charisma to convey a sure impression of actuality” and “he is superb at manipulating people”.
“He would blame all his actions on a self-created third celebration as a substitute of himself, which he usually referred to as ‘the monster’.
“He would discuss it as if it was one other individual or persona and never him doing all these items.”
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She stated at first of their relationship, he can be “intensely affectionate, heat and charming” and it felt like she was “courting a king”.
Ms Heard stated Mr Depp had pursued her romantically whereas they have been filming The Rum Diary in 2009 and so they hung out collectively typically with the director “simply ingesting wine and speaking”.
However she stated nothing occurred between them at that time as a result of she was in a relationship.
“After that shoot, I did not hear from him instantly, though he would ship me items,” she stated.
The subsequent time they noticed one another was once they have been selling the identical movie in 2011. She stated his publicist invited her to fulfill Mr Depp and the director in a resort room for a drink, however when she received there it was simply Mr Depp. “Our romantic relationship then started,” she stated.
Her witness assertion added: “When Johnny places his consideration on you, with all his depth and darkness, it’s not like something I’ve ever skilled.
“Once I say he was darkish, he had a violent and darkish manner of talking: the best way he talked about our relationship being ‘lifeless or alive’ and telling me that demise was the one manner out of the connection.”
Ms Heard alleged that Mr Depp “capabilities off zero accountability” and it’s uncommon to see anybody say no to him. “I attempted to, however it did not go down nicely,” she stated.
She additionally stated she thought she might “repair Johnny”, saying: “I assumed he might get higher and that he would, and I needed that so badly proper to the tip.”
DiCaprio ‘nicknamed pumpkin-head’
Additionally in her assertion, Ms Heard stated Mr Depp accused her of getting affairs with fellow actors, and claimed she needed to justify to him why she accepted movie roles.
“He would insist each male actor was attempting to sleep with me and/or that I had had an affair with them, that he’d spoken to people and knew all about it,” she stated.
“He would attempt to catch me out by taking my phone or telling me somebody had informed him I used to be having an affair and act as if he had data proving it – once I actually hadn’t.
“He accused me of getting affairs with every of my co-stars, film after film: Eddie Redmayne, James Franco, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Costner, Liam Hemsworth, Billy-Bob Thornton, Channing Tatum; even ladies co-stars like Kelly Garner.
“He additionally accused me of getting affairs with stars I auditioned with, like Leonardo DiCaprio. He would taunt me about it – particularly when he was drunk or excessive – and had derogatory nicknames for each considered one of my male co-stars he thought of a sexual menace.
“For instance, Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘pumpkin-head’. Channing Tatum was ‘potato-head’.”
She stated: “His guidelines received tighter yearly we have been collectively about what nudity or scenes have been acceptable, wanting descriptions of each element, each side of scenes and the way they have been lined, putting growing restrictions on what I might and could not do.”
Ms Heard claimed that he would “obsess about how I dressed”, including: “Over time, I ended sporting revealing attire for crimson carpet occasions: it simply wasn’t definitely worth the verbal and psychological abuse.”
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‘Not inquisitive about cash’
Earlier, from the witness stand Ms Heard informed the court docket that she had been subjected to repeated and common bodily violence by the point of the couple’s marriage in 2015.
Mr Depp’s lawyer, Eleanor Legal guidelines QC, requested her about her allegations of an argument in January 2015, and instructed it was over discussions with attorneys a couple of pre-nuptial settlement between herself and Mr Depp.
“There was an argument in a resort room in Tokyo that resulted in Johnny kneeling on my again and hitting me on the again of the pinnacle,” Ms Heard informed the court docket.
She added: “However then Johnny was additionally accusing me of getting an affair with a co-star and that’s what led to the precise argument.”
Ms Heard stated Mr Depp informed her he didn’t need a pre-nuptial settlement however it was his sister, Christi Dembrowski, who needed the couple to get one.
Ms Heard added that she had employed a lawyer who labored on a draft pre-nuptial settlement and it was despatched to Mr Depp’s workforce however by no means signed.
She denied that she was inquisitive about Mr Depp’s cash, saying: “I by no means had been, I by no means was.”
The libel case centres on an article revealed on the Solar’s web site in April 2018 headlined: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely completely satisfied’ casting spouse beater Johnny Depp within the new Improbable Beasts movie?”.
The article associated to allegations made by Ms Heard, who was married to the movie star from 2015 to 2017. The listening to is predicted to final for 3 weeks.