Amber accuses Johnny of abuse
London: Amber Heard gave testimony at Britain's High Court against ex-husband Johnny Depp, who she accused of abusing her both physically and verbally during their tempestuous relationship.
Depp, 57, had recently sued 'News Group Newspapers', publisher of the 'Sun' and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, at the court in London over an April 2018 article that called him a wife-beater.
The Hollywood star strongly denied abusing Heard. He was at the court to hear Heard's evidence.
In the first session of her testimony that is expected to last for three days, Heard denied accusations that she was a heavy drug-taker and drinker as well as being controlling and abusive herself. She also described an incident in January 2015 in a hotel room in Tokyo over a prenuptial agreement between herself and Depp and suggested there was an argument about it.
"There was an argument in a hotel room in Tokyo that resulted in Johnny kneeling on my back and hitting me on the back of the head," she said.
In written testimony released as she took to the witness box, Heard said she worried that Depp would kill her at various times during their relationship that saw her enduring punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking.
She also said, "Some incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far."
"Depp explicitly threatened to kill me many times, especially later in our relationship and that he blamed his actions on a self-created third party that he referred to as the monster," said the 34-year old actor.
Heard has been present throughout the trial, watching the proceedings as her ex-husband gave evidence over five days. She is facing questioning over 14 allegations of domestic violence that 'The Sun's publisher 'News Group Newspapers' is relying on in its defense of the April 2018 article.
Depp and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the film 'The Rum Diary', which was released two years later. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the following year, and the divorce was finalised in 2017.
'The Sun's defense relies on the 14 allegations made by Heard of violence by Depp between 2013 and 2016, in settings including his private island in the Bahamas and a rented house in Australia.