Amber Heard takes the stand in day 2 of trial against Johnny Depp: Live Updates

Depp tried to keep Heard from working, she says

Depp tried to limit his former wife’s acting career during their relationship, Heard testified Thursday.

Heard described difficulties in her relationship with Depp while she was searching for a new project around November 2014, saying he would get upset when he learned about her taking meetings and audits.

“He found something that had been sent to me to consider auditioning for and he blew up at me for… what he said to me is that I didn’t tell him, that I didn’t ask him,” Heard said.

She ended up not taking the audition, Heard said, after Depp accused her of hiding it from him. Another time, Depp was allegedly furious with Heard for taking a meeting with a science fiction writer at his home.

“The man was very ill, like terminally ill, and not able to leave his bed or his home,” Heard said. “He was under home care.”

Depp oscillated between accusing her of trying to sleep with the writer for the part and accusing the director of having an ulterior motive for having her meet in a home, according to Heard.

“Nothing I said, no amount of explaining, apologizing, accepting, not accepting, agreeing to not go,” Heard said. “Nothing worked. Nothing changed.”

Heard: Depp struggled with detox in summer 2014

Amber Heard testified that Johnny Depp’s struggles with opioids led them to undergo a detox effort in the Bahamas in 2014, which added more stress to their already strained relationship.

Depp alternated between moments of being “calm and sweet” and fits of rage, which included a tearful slap to her face, according to Heard.

“He got so angry at me, he slapped me across the face — but he did it while crying,” Heard told jurors. “It was the weirdest thing. He was crying saying, ‘No woman had ever embarrassed him like that. No woman had ever made him feel like that.’ I heard that through the rest of the trip, on repeat.


Social media users rally around Depp amid Heard’s testimony

Many social media users have continued to defend Johnny Depp amid Amber Heard’s testimony this week.

On platforms like TikTok, many have mocked Heard’s delivery of her testimony, with many claiming she’s either a “bad” actor or deserving of “an Oscar” as she recalls her relationship with Depp.

Since Heard’s testimony began, videos have appeared on TikTok of users lip syncing to audio of her voice from the courtroom.

On Twitter, the hashtag “#AmberHeardIsALiar” has been used in more than 31,000 tweets, eclipsing the hashtag “IStandWithAmberHeard, which has more than 21,000.

On TikTok, the hashtag “#JusticeForJonnyDepp” has climbed to more than 7.6 billion views. The hashtag “#JusticeForAmberHeard” has also grown, but is still dwarfed by Depp’s. It has 26.5 million views.

‘He just kicked me in the back:’ Amber Heard recounts alleged assault by Johnny Depp

Heard alleges Depp kicked her in the back during plane ride from Boston

Amber Heard testified that Johnny Depp kicked her in the back during a 2014 private plane ride from Boston to Los Angeles, giving a conflicting account of the trip than Depp did while he testedified.

According to Heard, she had been picked up in New York and met Depp on the plane in Boston with the intention to travel to California together. Depp had been filming the movie “Black Mass” at the time, according to his own witness testimony.

Depp angry with her when he joined her on the plane and Heard said that she “just knew appeared in every cell of my body something was wrong.”

“I had already become really sensitive to these little changes, because my life changed depending on what he was on,” Head testedified.

At some point during the plane ride, Heard said that Depp began asking her questions about whether she had anything to tell him, about her time on set with a costar, and saying “sexually explicit” things about her.

“I already knew he was drunk…he reeked of weed and alcohol,” Heard said. “I mean his breath smelled so bad, and I could anticipate that there was a no-win situation here.”

Heard said that Depp slapped her, and when she attempted to walk away, kicked her in the back.

“I caught myself on the floor… I thought to myself, ‘I don’t know what to do,” Heard said. “I can’t believe he just, he just kicked me.”

She told the court she was embarrassed that he would do such a thing in front of others, and that no one said anything.

Depp previously testedified about the 2014 plane ride, denying being drunk and denied hitting Heard. He told the court that she was angry over a previous day’s fight and instigated an argument.

He told the court he did not recall having any alcohol before the flight except for possibly a glass or two of champagne. Depp was addicted to opiates at this time and told the court he took a “double dose” of a narcotic. He said that he locked himself in a bathroom during the fight and went to sleep.

Heard’s legal team pushed Depp during cross-examination regarding his claims that he wasn’t drinking prior to the flight. They showed the court a test message he sent about the plane ride, in which he told a friend he “drank all night” before picking up Heard, consumed half a bottle of whiskey, Red Bulls and vodka, as well as “powders” and two bottles of champagne on the plane.

Depp wrote in the message he planned to “properly stop the booz thing,” describing his behavior as “angry, aggro” and that he was “too old to be that guy.”

During cross examination, Depp said the message was an exaggeration and that he’d have needed his stomach pumped if it was true.

Depp’s security guards allegedly carried him ‘like a baby’ when inebriated

Amber Heard described the moment she believed Johnny Depp hit “rock bottom” over his drug and alcohol use, describing a time when he had to be carried back home.

“I watched it,” Heard said. “Actually, I was shocked that he could do it. One of the security guards carried Johnny like a baby into the house.”

She said that the scene was watched by both guards and assistants. Depp felt “very, very sick” in the days after that moment, Heard testedified. In that time, she described having serious conversations with those in Depp’s inner circle.

“I felt encouraged that we were in a new chapter, that Johnny had finally hit rock bottom,” Heard said. “And finally, he felt like changing for good. And I felt really, you know, supported by the conversations I was having with these people that he was close to that he trusted.”

Amber Heard returns to the stand

Amber Heard picked up on her testimony Thursday morning by describing Johnny Depp’s changing moods through their relationship.

She told the court that she picked up on her former husband’s changed behavior by the second year into their relationship. He would often cycle between being wonderful and difficult depending on whether he was super or not.

Heard described him as often passing out, getting sick and losing control. In this time, Heard decided to take photos after Depp challenged her over whether certain events happened, she said.

“There was no one to back me up, just his employees and everyone who had been taking care of him versus my word,” Heard said. “And so I started to take pictures to say look, this is happening.”

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial: Summary and timeline

The defamation case brought by actor Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard is ongoing and will likely take weeks to conclude.

But what preceded the case? Depp and Heard’s relationship began more than a decade ago, and eventually devolved into what appears to have been a toxic marriage.

What to expect from Heard on Thursday

Amber Heard is expected to stay on the witness stand for all of Thursday, according to sources close to Heard.

“She’s in July of 2013 right now and we’re going to kind of go through the rest of the relationship with Mr. Depp,” a source told NBC News.

“I suspect and expect that it’s probably going to be all day long on direct, but I suppose they could be starting their cross. But it’s going to be Amber all day. And then we’re on a week break.”

‘It changed my life’: Amber Heard describes alleged abuse by Johnny Depp

Amber Heard took the witness stand Wednesday to detail her allegations of abuse against her former husband, fellow actor Johnny Depp, who filed a defense suit against her.

Heard described a whirlwind romance with Depp, saying the two bonded over blues music and literature while promoting the 2011 film “The Rum Diary.” Depp similarly characterized the beginning of their relationship, previously testingifying that Heard seemed to be his “perfect partner” at first.

In her retelling, Heard said that Depp shifted about a year into their relationship after breaking his sobriety after a period of abstaining from alcohol. She described him as jealous, often accusing her of having affairs.

She told the court about the first time Depp allegedly hit her, after she asked about a tattoo of his. Depp told her the tattoo said “wino” and slapped her when she laughed about it, Heard said.

“I will never forget it,” Heard said. “It changed my life.”

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OPINION: What the memes about the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial reveal

The case should provide a sobering look at domestic violence and how it affects both men and women. Instead, the trial has turned into a circus of misogyny and delusion. I am an abuser, and it’s negative to see social media pile-ons focused on a woman who didn’t even initially name her abuser. It reminds me that when women allege abuse, they’re often put through the wringer — famous or not.

Alongside the frightening level of sexism, there’s a jocular vibe surrounding this case that’s disturbing. These are two human beings talking about one of the darkest parts of their lives, and we’re treating it as entertainment. There’s the willful conflation of an actor, Depp, with his most famous and beloved role, Captain Jack Sparrow, the charismatic pirate — blurring the lines between his real life and the public’s fantasy. And there’s the toxic fandom gone amok as people mindlessly cheer on a man who has already lost a libel trial against the British tabloid The Sun after it called him a “wife beater.”

We don’t know the truth in this situation. Both sides have made upsetting accusations. The problem is the reflexive assumption that Depp is being wronged, along with the gleeful way of social media is harassing the woman who accused him of violence.

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