23 Jul Johnny Depp libel trial: Amber Heard told mum she was ‘heartbroken this is who I love’ in texts, court hears | Ents & Arts News
Amber Heard told her mother she was “heartbroken that this is who I love” in texts sent during her relationship with Johnny Depp, the High Court has heard during her final day of evidence.
Heard also made more claims about what she alleges was a “three-day hostage situation” in Australia in March 2015, saying she found blood, broken glass and paint, as well as “mashed potato and gravy smeared” on a door – and raw meat on the floor – of the house Depp was staying in while filming Pirates Of The Caribbean in the country.
It comes on day 13 of the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century, with Depp suing NGN, the publishers of The Sun.
Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, is due to give evidence in the afternoon once the actress has finished in the witness box.
Earlier this morning, Sasha Wass QC, representing NGN, gave details of text messages from Heard to her mother, Paige, during her relationship with Depp.
“It’s terrible, mum. I don’t know what to do,” one read, while another said: “He’s nuts, mum. Violent and crazy. I’m heartbroken that this is who I love.”
Heard’s mother suggested that she tell her father, Ms Wass told the court, to which the actress replied: “I can’t tell dad.”
In court, Heard explained the texts, saying: “I felt safe to tell my mother, but I didn’t know how my dad would react. I had never been in this situation before and I didn’t know if he would react violently… to Johnny.”
She added: “I didn’t want to make it worse.”
In another text, Heard said Depp was “not being violent with me” but just “raging in general”.
She told the court she was not being truthful in this text.
In another message, Ms Wass said Heard described Depp as a “madman” and said: “I feel like I’m on a very fast train that’s about to explode, but I don’t want to jump off and leave my love behind.
“So I stay on the train, even though I know it’s about to explode.”
Heard then told the court: “I was so in love with Johnny at that time. We had had a wonderful year together where he was sober and clean and that is how I got to know him.
“And Johnny, when he was like that, (is) generous, loving, he is a remarkable man when he is like that.
“I loved him and I didn’t want to lose that… the other side of him was a monster, but I always held out hope that he would get clean and sober.”
Proceedings then moved on to the much-discussed incident in Australia, when Heard alleges Depp was taking MDMA and drinking heavily.
In court on Wednesday, Heard gave her account of part of the argument, accusing the actor of throwing bottles “like grenades”.
Today, Ms Wass asked her about the damage to the house in which they were staying – which included broken windows, graffiti on mirrors and blood and paint on the walls and floors.
Asked how much of it she was responsible for, Heard said she only broke one bottle.
Giving her account of the damage, the actress told the court: “When I first opened the door that last morning, there was what appears to be mashed potatoes and gravy or something rubbed all over the door… I remember there was a bird, which scared me to death… I guess it had flown in through a broken window.”
Heard continued: “I started seeing all this blood on the carpet… which I thought was (from) my feet, but there was drops of it. There was blood everywhere.
“There was paint, what I thought was paint because it was a brownish colour, on the walls and then it started to become clear to me that they were letters or messages, words. It was heavy at first and then it kind of faded into a, like, milky-brown colour.
“I started to make out words, English words, but it didn’t make sense. Then it appeared to be a different kind of writing next to it, but these are on the walls leading down this kind of covered stairwell.”
Heard told the court there was “blood, tonnes of, like, painting, blood on the walls”, that holes had been “burned” through cushions and lampshades and a couch was “flipped over”.
She continued: “I found raw meat, at first I didn’t know what it was, on the floor… not just on the floor, I continued to find it… that day, hidden in various places.
“He had taken my nightgown and ripped it into shreds. He wrapped pieces of food [in it].”
The actress said there was a “significant pooling of blood on the floor, on the steps leading to the stairs. I could see my own bloody footprints [from the night before] but I could also see what appeared to be dropped blood.”
Heard said that downstairs, Depp was playing “death metal, blasting really loud” and she could see “tonnes of broken glass”, and a ping pong table was “broken and on the ground”.
Depp is suing NGN and The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton over an article published in April 2018, with the headline: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”
Heard is NGN’s witness; the publisher is defending the article as true.
The trial continues.