Amber Heard took the stand for her first day of testimony on May 4 in the $50 million defamation lawsuit filed against her by former husband Johnny Depp.
“I struggle to find the words to describe how painful this is. This is horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything,” Heard said at the beginning of her testimony at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia as the trial entered its fourth week.
In her three-hour testimony, Heard, 36, described the first time she alleges that Depp hit her.
Heard told the jury that Depp “slapped me across the face” after she asked him, whom she believed was doing cocaine, about a tattoo on his arm during a “normal conversation.”
When Depp told her that the tattoo was a “wino,” she laughed and “thought he was joking because it didn’t look like it at all.”
“I laughed because I thought he was joking and he slapped me across the face… I just stared at him kind of laughing still, thinking he was going to start laughing too to tell me it was a joke. But he didn’t,” Heard told the court.
Heard said that Depp hit her twice more, leaving her stunned.
“I knew it was wrong and that I had to leave him and that’s what broke my heart because I didn’t want to leave him,” Heard said.
Heard said that Depp later apologized profusely and promised to “never lay a hand” on her again.
“I believed there was a line he’d never cross again and that was it,” Heard said.
But the violence in their relationship continued, Heard said.
It was unclear what year the alleged incident occurred.
Heard will return to the stand on May 5.
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