Amber Heard's attorney has alleged in court that Johnny Depp brutally attacked his then-wife during an alcohol and drug-fuelled trip to Australia.
Jurors heard shocking allegations about the marriage on Tuesday during the opening statements of a trial that will determine whether Heard was being truthful when she claimed to be the victim of domestic violence in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed.
The Pirates of the Caribbean alum, 58, is suing the Aquaman star, 35, for defamation and seeking $50 million in damages, with his ex-wife countersuing for $100 million.
The actor maintains that Heard was the real abuser in their relationship and claims that he lost out on big-money roles because of her allegations against him.[[imagecaption|| Depp and Heard in 2016. Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy]]
The trial kicked off on Tuesday in Fairfax, Virginia, with explosive opening statements from the actors' attorneys. Both sides agreed that the relationship was extremely violent and went to great lengths to paint a negative picture of the other party.
Per MailOnline, Depp's attorney Camille Vasquez described how Heard would allegedly "resort to physical violence, throwing things at him, hitting him, she would tell him he was a coward, he wasn't man enough because he wouldn't stay and fight with her."
Vasquez also said that Depp would lock himself in the bathroom to escape his wife and book a separate hotel room on trips so he could avoid her when she became enraged.In the tweet below, the jury hears how Depp allegedly "punched", "kicked" and told Heard he'd "f****** kill her":
Meanwhile, Heard's attorney Elaine Charlson Bredehoft described several instances in which Depp allegedly assaulted his wife, saying per BuzzFeed News: "She loved the side of Johnny that we see in the movies, the charismatic one, the charming one, the generous one, that’s the man she fell in love with.
"But sadly, the monster came in the way. And that monster would come out when he was drinking and when he would take the drugs."
Both attorneys touched on an apparently violent trip the couple made to Australia in December 2015. Depp's team alleged that Heard threw a vodka bottle at him which severed his finger.
Heard's team refuted this, claiming that the actor cut off his own finger and that he "penetrated her with a liquor bottle" after "punching" and "kicking" her.
Bredehoft told jurors:
"As you go through those three days of Australia, some pretty horrendous things happened to her. He rips off her nightgown. He has her jammed up against the bar.
"He has hurled bottles and bottles at her. He has dragged her across the floor on the broken bottles. He has punched her. He has kicked her. He has told her he's going to f****** kill her and he f****** hates her. He's pounding at her, pounding at her. And then, he penetrates her with a liquor bottle."
The trial comes less than two years after Depp lost a libel suit against The Sun - who he sued for branding him a "wife-beater".