LONDON (Reuters) – American actress Amber Listened to advised London’s Significant Court docket that her ex-spouse Johnny Depp experienced threatened to kill her, testifying on Monday as a witness in the Hollywood star’s libel action from a British tabloid.
Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publishers of the Sun newspaper, about a 2018 short article which labelled him a “wife beater” and questioned his casting in the “Fantastic Beasts and Where by To Locate Them” franchise.
The 57-calendar year-outdated actor – who attained a fortune from his job as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie sequence – told the court last week that all of Heard’s allegations of actual physical and verbal abuse ended up untrue. He denies ever currently being violent with her or with any other girl.
In a sworn composed assertion to the courtroom, produced as she started her oral evidence in the witness box, Listened to reported she had been severely abused by Depp.
“Some incidents were being so critical that I was fearful he was going to kill me, both intentionally or just by shedding manage and going far too far,” she mentioned in the statement.
“He explicitly threatened to kill me a lot of times, especially later in our partnership.”
Listened to, 34, said the actor would obsess about her physical appearance and would contact her “a slut”, “fame-hungry” and “an focus whore” if she wore selected outfits.
“The actual physical abuse provided punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking me, as very well as throwing me into matters, pulling me by my hair, and shoving me or pushing me to the ground. He threw points at me, primarily glass bottles.” she reported.
Heard also stated that following his rages had abated, Depp would blame his actions on an alter ego he would get in touch with “the monster”.
Listened to was asked by Eleanor Legislation, a attorney for Depp, about allegations from his facet that the couple experienced clashed around whether to signal a pre-nuptial arrangement and that she was inspired by money.
Listened to reported she was “not intrigued in Johnny’s dollars, in no way have been”. She said the actor had instructed her he would rip up any pre-nuptial arrangement and instructed her “the only way out is death”.
Depp says the accusations are a hoax, with some collated for years as element of an insurance policy coverage by Heard. Witnesses termed by his legal group have concurred with his edition of functions.
His former lengthy-time husband or wife Vanessa Paradis, the mother of his two small children, and actress Winona Ryder, to whom he was engaged in the 1990s, stated he was hardly ever violent and they do not imagine Heard’s allegations.
Reporting by Michael Holden Creating by Estelle Shirbon and Angus MacSwan