finally took the stand on Wednesday in her defense against her ex-husband and in an ongoing at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse that began on April 11.
on Wednesday lasted approximately three hours. During that time, she testified about the early days of the relationship she had with
“I struggle to find the words to describe how painful this is,” Heard said at the beginning of her . “This is horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything.”
“When I was around Johnny, I felt like the most beautiful person in the world. He made me feel like a million dollars,” Heard testified. “It just felt very intense.”
At one point in her , was asked by her attorney if she could remember the first time she was hit by .
“I will never forget it,” Heard answered. “It changed my life.”
Heard testified that one day she asked Depp about a tattoo on his arm and that Depp told her the tattoo reads, “Wino.”
“I just laughed because I thought he was joking,” Heard testified. “And he slapped me across the face. And I laughed. I laughed because I didn’t know what else to do. I thought this must be a joke. I didn’t know what was going on. I just stared at him.”
Heard testified that Depp hit her twice more after which, she said, she tried to talk herself into leaving him.
“I knew it was wrong and I knew that I had to leave him,” Heard said. “And that’s what broke my heart. Because I didn’t want to leave him. I wish I could sit here and say I stood up and walked out of that house and I drew a line and I stood up for myself.”
According to Heard, Depp then got on his knees and apologized, saying “I thought I put the monster away.”
Heard was not clear in her as to the year in which the alleged incident took place.
Heard also claimed Depp committed acts of against her during her in on Wednesday.
reaches its 14th day in a Virginia with presiding. Since April 11, jurors have listened to from the plaintiff, Heard’s ex- , and his legal team’s panel of expert witnesses, including as the forensic psychologist Dr. Shannon Curry, family witnesses, security guards, the couple’s doorman, and others.
is suing ex- for $50 million over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post. In the piece, Heard describes herself as a victim and a survivor of . She further ascertains that she is now a “public figure representing .” Though ‘s name is never mentioned in the article, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor says it has cost him lucrative acting opportunities since it was first published. It is this claim upon which the entire lawsuit rests.
‘s legal team tried to have the case dismissed months before it ever began, but Judge Azcarate granted Depp the right to pursue the suit. After Heard’s attempt to have the case dropped proved unsuccessful, the Aquaman actress countersued Depp for $100 million.
On Tuesday, legal counsel for , as is required by Virginia law after the plaintiff has brought to the stand all of its witnesses. presented to Judge Azcarate a motion to dismiss the caseThe motion was quickly denied by Judge Azcarate, who said that if and his legal team have presented even “a scintilla” of evidence to support his claims, the trial should be permitted to continue.
“He was the love of my life,” Heard said in her . “But he was also this other thing. The other thing was awful.”
‘s will continue on Thursday.