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“Had to use my body to defend myself”: Amber Heard Admits She Hit Johnny Depp

The $50 million defamation trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard resumed this week. Under cross-examination, the 36-year-old Aquaman actress Amber Heard has lost her cool and finally admits to striking her ex-husband Johnny Depp. Though she admitted hitting Depp, she clarified by saying that every strike was in self-defence and has never assaulted him.

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in the trial

On 17th May, Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, grilled Amber Heard by addressing her as the physically aggressive party in the marriage as well as the lack of medical records for injuries she sustained and her claims regarding Depp’s severed finger. Depp’s attorney presented various recordings that demonstrated Heard taunting Depp’s age and career, calling him a “sellout.”

Amber Heard Accepted Striking Johnny Depp but claimed it as Defense

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Amber Heard admits hitting Johnny Depp

During the cross-examination on the fourth day of Heard being on the witness stand, she admitted hitting Johnny Depp. She said, “There are many times I had to use my body to defend myself, and that included slapping wherever I could,” She added, “If it meant I could get away, absolutely, or the difference between a sore face and a broken nose… I tried to defend myself when I could, but it was after years of not defending myself.”

When Heard was questioned about her domestic violence allegations against Heard’s ex-partner, Tasya van Ree in 2009, she stated, “I’ve never assaulted Mr. Depp or anyone else that I’ve been romantically linked to, ever.”

During the cross-examination, Amber Heard accused Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp of attempting to kill her. Though Vasquez played audio of a conversation between the former couple and showed love notes that Heard had written to Depp after he had allegedly abused her, she asked Heard, “You weren’t scared of him at all, were you?”  Heard responded, “This is a man who tried to kill me. Of course, it’s scary. He’s also my husband.”

The Defamation Trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in court during the trial
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in court during the trial

The 58-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard for $50 million for the defamation suit over an op-ed published in the Washington Post where she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp claims that the op-ed has ruined his career and cost him multiple film roles, including a $22.5 million payday for a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film.

Written by Priya Sharma