Amber Heard can be heard admitting to hitting Johnny Depp on a recording played in court.
Heard and Depp discussed the physical altercation on the recording, in which she said she hit Mr. She also told Depp to “grow up”, calling him a “baby”.
The defamation trial between Depp and Heard began Monday, April 11, in Fairfax, Virginia, following Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Depp is arguing that she defamed him in a December editorial. 2018 published in The Washington Post titled “I Speak Out Against Sexual Violence – and I Faced the Wrath of Our Culture. That has to change”.
“You told me to do this. You told me ‘go do it,'” Heard said on the recording.
“You punched me in the fucking thing,” Depp said.
“You figured it all out,” Heard replied. “By the way, I didn’t punch you.”
“I’m sorry I didn’t hit your face with a proper slap,” he added. “I was hitting you, I wasn’t hitting you. You are not punched.”
“Don’t tell me what it’s like to be punched,” Depp said.
Mrs. Heard told Mr. Depp “you know you’ve been in a lot of fights, you’ve been around a long time.”
“You didn’t get punched, you got hit,” he added.
“I’m sorry. I hit you like that, but I didn’t punch you. I didn’t fuck you. I was hitting you. I don’t know what my real hand motion was. But you’re fine. I hurt you,” Heard said.
“What am I supposed to do? Do it? I’m not sitting here complaining about it, am I? You’re – that’s the difference between you and me. You’re fucking baby,” she added.
When Depp starts to respond, Heard can be heard raising his voice, saying “you’re a baby, grow up Johnny”.
Depp asked if she started a “physical fight”.
“I started a physical fight,” Heard said.
“Yeah you did, so I had to get out of there,” replied Depp.
“You did the right thing. The big thing. You know what – you’re admirable,” Heard said in a tone Depp described in court as sarcastic.
A photo of Depp was shown in court after he received what he called a “round punch” from Heard. The photo was dated March 2015. Depp said security Sean Bett took the photo.
In her 2018 editorial, Heard wrote in part that “like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted in college. But I kept silent – I didn’t expect the filing of grievances to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”
“Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women speaking out,” she added at the time.
Although Depp is not named in the piece, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Depp is seeking damages of “no less than $50 million.”