For several weeks, the trial Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continues to react. The young woman has reportedly received thousands of death threats since the start of this trial in the United States. She would even have declared to the jury, in tears: “I just want Johnny to leave me alone”.
On May 26, the penultimate day of the trial, the 36-year-old actress spoke to discuss the humiliation and threats she suffered. Today is the last day of this media trial, where both sides present their final arguments.
Threatened since the start of the trial
The actress has highlighted the threats of which she is the victim. People reportedly told her they wanted to “put her baby in the microwave”. She then explained how she was coping with the trauma of the alleged abuse inflicted by Johnny Depp. Heard said the 58-year-old actor physically and sexually assaulted her, which he completely denies.
This May 26, the actress was back at the bar, questioned by her lawyer on how she had been affected by the statements of Adam Waldman, one of Johnny Depp’s lawyers in 2020. He claimed that the charges actresses were “fake” and a “hoax”. She then retorted: “I am harassed, humiliated, threatened, every day. Just walking into this courtroom, sitting here in front of the world, having the worst times of my life, the things that I’ve been through, humiliated me.” “People want to kill me, they tell me, every day. Johnny threatened me, promised me that if I ever left him, he would remind me of him every day of my life,” she added.
“I hope to find my voice”
His lawyer ends up asking him how the alleged statements and threats made by the actor on May 26 continue to “manifest today”. Thing to which she replied: “In the harassment, in the humiliation, the campaign against me that echoes every day on social networks and now in front of the cameras in this room. Every day I have to relive the trauma. My hands are shaking. I wake up screaming.” She went on to say, “I’m not sitting in this courtroom giggling. I’m not sitting in this courtroom laughing, smiling, making sarcastic jokes. I am not. It’s horrible. It’s painful. And it is humiliating for any human being. Maybe it’s easy to forget that – I’m a human being.
Testifying to the threats she has received since Waldman’s statement, the actress said, “I get hundreds of death threats on a regular, even daily basis. Thousands since this trial started, with people laughing at me.” In tears, she continued her testimony: “I just want him to leave me alone. I’ve been saying that for years now.” At one point in the trial, she is asked what she hoped to recover after it was over. Amber then replied, “I have the right to tell my story and I hope to find my voice”.
Several witnesses on the stand
During this trial, the court was able to hear several testimonies. The first witness was hand surgeon Dr Richard Gilbert, who supported Depp’s version of how his finger was severed in a 2015 incident in Australia. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor said: “The injury happened when Amber threw a bottle of vodka at me.” Faced with this, the actress retorts: “Depp injured himself by hitting a landline against a wall”.
Dr Gilbert said: “Heard’s version is highly unlikely as it would be rare for an injury like Depp’s to be caused in this way.” When asked why the injury matched Depp’s version, Dr Gilbert replied: “As Mr Depp described it, the bottle exploded, so it is certainly reasonable that the glass that exploded also resulted in loss of soft tissue. “No one can say definitively how the injury happened,” he added.
“I diagnosed Amber with PTSD”
This testimony was not the only one of the day. Clinical and forensic psychologist Dawn Hughes was heard on the stand. Earlier, she said, “I diagnosed Amber with PTSD as a result of Depp’s abuse.” Dr Hughes rejected the testimony of psychologist Dr Shannon Curry, an expert witness for the actor’s team, who said: “Victims of PTSD are effectively unable to function.” Faced with these remarks, Dr Hughes explained that it was a common misconception, even adding: “People dealing with trauma and PTSD are very strong, courageous and resilient people, even if they struggle”. The actress had submitted photos of herself with alleged injuries. They were questioned by the actor’s team.
On May 26, the court heard from computer forensics investigator Julian Ackert, an expert witness from Heard’s team. To him, the specific photos he had reviewed were genuine.
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