Amber Heard returned to the witness stand on Monday for the third day of her libel trial brought by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.
Heard broke down in tears several times inside a crowded and mostly mask-free courtroom as she recalled her relationship with Depp. At times, she described their relationship as “violent and chaotic.”
The court played clips of a conversation between Heard and Depp in which she can be heard telling her ex-husband that she doesn’t want to go public with evidence of his abuse because she doesn’t want to “hurt” him.
“I was begging Johnny to not make me prove what I’ve had to sit on this stand in front of all of you and prove and talk about. … I didn’t want this. I don’t want to be here,” Heard said.
“I was trying to point out how absurd it would be for him to keep making me prove this by calling me a liar.” the Aquaman actress added.
“I didn’t want to hurt him,” she continued. “I loved him. I loved him so much. That’s why I’m explaining to him why I didn’t file criminal charges. I didn’t file a police report even though it was being used against me. I didn’t want this to hurt Johnny. I don’t want this to hurt Johnny.”
Amber Heard changes parts of her previous testimony
Heard corrected herself about the timing of the first time she claimed Depp slapped her during her testimony on Monday, which revolved around her questioning him about one of his tattoos. Heard initially stated that it occurred in 2013, but she later clarified that it occurred in 2012.
She explained that her confusion stemmed from her desire to believe that the abuse hadn’t started so early in their relationship.
“I had kind of allowed myself to forget that the beginning was violent and chaotic as well,” she said.
In Fairfax County Circuit Court, Depp is suing Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers claim the 2018 article defamed him despite the fact that his name was never mentioned.