Amber Heard testifies Depp slapped her when she laughed at tattoo

“He grabs this teacup Yorkie and holds Boo out of the window of the moving car, and he’s howling like an animal while holding the dog out the window,” Heard told the court. “And everyone in the car — I’ll never forget it — everyone just froze. No one did anything.”

On Tuesday, a psychologist testifying on Heard’s behalf told jurors that Depp forced Heard to perform oral sex, and that Depp penetrated her with a liquor bottle.

Psychologist Dawn Hughes, Amber’s witness, testified that Depp performed a cavity search on the actress as he looked for a missing stash of cocaine.

Depp, 58, tested earlier in the trial that he never hit Heard and that she was the one who was the abuser in their relationship.

Actor Amber Heard speaks to her legal team during a lunch break.Credit:Elizabeth Frantz/Pool Photo via AP

The star of the Pirates of the Caribbean” films and others is suing Heard, 36, for $US50 million, saying she defamed him when she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. Heard has counter-sued for $US100 million, saying Depp smeared her by calling her a liar.

Heard said she stayed with Depp after the tattoo incident because he apologized and promised not to behave that way again.

“I didn’t want to leave him. I didn’t want this to be the reality,” she said.

But, Heard said, Depp became violent at other times, usually when he was drinking or using drugs.

He would hurl insults or accuse her of cheating, she said, and “it would escalate to the point where he would push me or shove me down.”

Actor Johnny Depp returns to the courtroom after lunch break at the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Actor Johnny Depp returns to the courtroom after lunch break at the Fairfax County Circuit Court.Credit:Elizabeth Frantz/Pool Photo via AP

“This happened several times,” she said.

At the start of her testimony, Heard said it had been hard to relive their relationship in the courtroom.

“This has been the most painful and difficult thing I’ve ever gone through,” she said.

The case hinges on a December 2018 opinion piece she authored in the washington post. The article never mentioned Depp by name, but his lawyer told jurors it was clear Heard was referencing him. The couple’s divorce was finalized in 2017 after less than two years of marriage.

Depp, once among the biggest stars in Hollywood, said he never struck Heard or any woman and that Heard’s allegations cost him “everything.” A new Pirates movie was put on hold, and Depp was replaced in the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise has Harry Potter spin off.

Heard’s attorneys have argued that she told the truth and that her opinion was protected free speech under the US Constitution’s First Amendment.

A state court judge in Virginia’s Fairfax County, outside the nation’s capital, is overseeing the trial, which is expected to last until late May.

Less than two years ago, Depp lost a libel case against The Sun, a British tabloid that labeled him a “wife beater.” A London High Court judge ruled he had repeatedly assaulted Heard.

Depp’s lawyers have said they filed the US case in Fairfax County because the washington post is printed there. The newspaper is not a defendant.

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