It was Amber Heard’s time to make a final presentation to the jury, after Johnny Depp’s. The 36-year-old actress entered the stand once more as the couple’s six-week defamation trial came to a close.
Since the defamation trial started on April 11, Heard has received “thousands” of death threats, including threats aimed at her 1-year-old daughter. Johnny “promised” her such “global humiliation” if she ever broke up with him, according to Heard, who also testified that she wasn’t lying about being abused.
“I am harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day. Even just walking into this courtroom, sitting here in front of the world, having the worst parts of my life, things that I’ve lived through used to humiliate me. People want to kill me and they tell me so every day. People want to put my baby in the microwave, and they tell me that. Johnny threatened — promised me — that if I ever left him he’d make me think of him every single day that I’ve lived,” she started.
Heard is suing Depp for $100 million, claiming that the actor’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, made false remarks to the press about her assault allegations. Heard said that the slander campaign she was subjected to had ended her career, per report.
“In the harassment and the humiliation, the campaign against me that’s echoed every single day on social media, and now in front of cameras in this [courtroom] every single day, I have to relive the trauma,” she concluded. “My hands shake, I wake up screaming, I have to live with the trauma and the damage done to me.”
Her friends and love partners have “unspoken rules” about “how they can deal with me, how they can touch me,” according to Heard. She testified to the jury that she is still triggered by Depp’s alleged abuse, such as while she was training for a combat sequence in Aquaman 2.
“I have a meltdown and have to deal with that, the crew I work with have to deal with that because of the damage I walk around with every single day,” she told the court.
Heard was critical of Depp’s demeanor in court.
“I’m not sitting here in this courtroom snickering… laughing, smiling, making snide jokes. I’m not,” she stated emphatically. “This is horrible. This is painful and this is humiliating for any human being to go through.”
Heard sobbed: “Perhaps it’s easy to forget that, but I’m a human being… I don’t deserve this. I want to move on.”
“As I stand here today I can’t have a career,” she continued. “People mocking, mocking my testimony about being assaulted.”