Johnny Depp accuses Amber Heard of instigating fights and violence in defamation trial

Johnny Depp accused his former spouse, Amber Heard, of instigating fights to fulfill a necessity for battle as he resumed his testimony Wednesday morning in the trial of the defamation lawsuit he filed in opposition to her.

Depp is suing Heard for over an essay she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, in which she mentioned she had turn out to be a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although the article by no means mentions Depp by identify, his attorneys mentioned it not directly refers to allegations she made in opposition to him throughout their 2016 divorce.

During his morning testimony, Depp alleged that Heard was in truth the instigator of their arguments and often escalated their fights to bodily violence.

“It was not meant to assist the connection it was meant to feed her want for battle,” Depp mentioned. “She has a necessity for battle, she has a necessity for violence. It erupts out of nowhere.”

According to Depp’s account of their relationship, Heard would choose fights and escalate them with demeaning language. He additionally mentioned that she would typically “strike out” whether or not it was a slap or a shove or throwing an object in his route.

“It’s arduous to clarify however the argument would begin right here however it will roll round and turn out to be this round factor of its personal,” Depp mentioned. “You’d get again to the start … now it’s heightened much more and it’s nonetheless round, there’s no method in or out.”

In court docket filings earlier than the trial, Heard mentioned she hit Depp solely in self-defense or in protection of her youthful sister, in accordance with The New York Times.

In a name again to his testimony from Tuesday, Depp mentioned he would typically be the one to stroll away from their arguments as a result of it was a method he discovered as a youth. He advised the court docket the day prior that his mom was bodily and verbally abusive, and this father would typically sit by way of it calmly till he ultimately left his spouse when Depp was a teen.

The trial in Fairfax County, Virginia, is anticipated to take weeks. A Fairfax decide dominated in 2019 that Depp was inside his rights to convey the case there as a result of The Washington Post’s on-line editions are printed by way of servers in the county.

Depp’s testimony on Wednesday was paused for a morning recess, after which Heard’s attorneys are anticipated to start cross examination.

Heard was granted a protecting order in May 2016 after she alleged that Depp hit her in the face with a cellphone. She introduced proof to the court docket — a photograph of a bruise to her face — and claimed he pulled her hair, screamed at her and hit her repeatedly.

“During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny Depp has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” Heard mentioned in a sworn declaration on the time.

She additionally mentioned she lived in worry of Depp, saying he had a “short fuse” and terrorized her.

Depp has denied the allegations, saying that he by no means grew to become “out of management.”

Diana Dasrath contributed.

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