Amber Heard told jurors on Monday that Johnny Depp slammed her against a wall and wrapped a shirt around her neck during their 2015 honeymoon on the Orient Express. Heard returned to the witness stand in Virginia, where jurors are considering duelling defamation claims by the former spouses.
The pair married in February 2015 and took their honeymoon on the Orient Express train in July of that year, after Depp finished filming the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. In a sleeping car on the train, Heard said Depp slapped her across the face and repeatedly slammed her body against a wall. He then took his shirt off and wrapped it around her neck, she told the jury.
“That’s how I woke up the next morning,” Heard said. “I woke up with it still around my neck and a giant knot on the back of my head.”
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star testified earlier that he never hit Heard and argued that she was the abuser in their relationship.
Heard’s attorneys have argued that she told the truth and that her opinion was protected free speech under the US Constitution’s First Amendment. Closing arguments are scheduled for May 27.
Less than two years ago, Depp lost a libel case against The Sun, a British tabloid that labelled him a “wife-beater”. A London High Court judge ruled that he had repeatedly assaulted Heard.
Depp’s lawyers filed the case in Fairfax County, Virginia, because the Washington Post is printed there. The newspaper is not a defendant.
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