Depp, 58, is suing his ex-wife Heard, 36, in a $50 million lawsuit over a 2018 essay she wrote for the Washington Post, in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” but never mentioned the Pirates of the Caribbean actor by name. In court documents, his attorneys have argued that Heard’s op-ed was part of an “elaborate hoax” created “to advance her career.”
The defamation trial began in a Virginia courtroom on April 11. It is expected to resume on May 16 following a one-week break, with Heard continuing to take the stand for cross examination.
During his testimony earlier on in the court proceedings, Depp denied ever hitting Heard or reaching a point of striking her “in any way.” He also claimed that the Aquaman actress would “verbally decimate me or to send me into a kind of tailspin of confusion and depression,” among other allegations of abuse, during their marriage.
In her own testimony, Heard alleged Depp physically and sexually abused her throughout their relationship. “I struggle to find the words on how painful this is,” she said while on the stand. “This is horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything here with people that I knew-some well, some not.”