Depp v Heard trial: a quick recap
Depp, 58, sued Heard in Virginia for $50 million and argued that she defamed him when she called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Heard, 36, has countersued for $100 million, saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer called her accusations a “hoax.”
Heard wrapped up her testimony on Thursday saying she has been “harassed, humiliated, threatened” on social media since accusing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star of physical and sexual abuse.
“People want to kill me and they tell me so every day,” Heard said. “People want to put my baby in the microwave.” Heard adopted a baby girl in July 2021. She said the ongoing harassment was part of Depp’s crusade to publicly humiliate her.
Depp admitted to writing in a 2016 text that Heard was “begging for total global humiliation” and “she’s gonna get it.” He said it was written in anger when he learned she was alleging that he physically abused her.
“He wanted to ruin my career,” Heard told the jury. “The threats he made to humiliate me, globally, are being lived out in real time, in front of you … and the whole world.” Depp has denied hitting Heard or any woman and said she was the one who turned violent in their relationship. The pair met in 2011 while filming “The Rum Diary” and wed in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized about two years later.
“No human being is perfect,” Depp said on Wednesday. “But I have never in my life committed sexual battery, physical abuse.”