'Did he just hit me?': Amber Heard tearfully testifies about Johnny Depp's alleged abuse, drug use
Amber Heard took the stand for her first day of testimony Wednesday in the dramatic libel case Johnny Depp filed against her, speaking through tears as she described the first time she alleges Depp turned violent against her.
"I will never forget it. It changed my life," Heard told the jury, recalling sitting on the couch with Depp, having a "normal conversation" while Depp was drinking and smoking
(Heard also hypothesized later that Depp was using cocaine at the time) when she asked what the tattoo on his arm meant. Depp told her it meant "wino."
"I thought he was joking because it didn't look like it at all," Heard said. "I laughed because I thought he was joking and he slapped me across the face.
And I laughed. I laughed because I didn't know what else to do. I thought, 'this must be a joke.' I didn't know what was going on.
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 said Depp slapped her twice more. Though it didn't hurt, she said she was left stunned he would do something like that.
"God, did he just hit me?" Heard recalled thinking. "I didn't want to leave him … I know you don't come back from that.
I know you can't hit a woman, you can't hit a man. You can't hit anybody. 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."
Depp began crying in the aftermath, Heard said. She eventually walked out and sat in her car for a while before driving home.
He later apologized profusely and promised to "never lay a hand" on Heard again, she said. She "believed there was a line he wouldn't cross again" and therefore stayed in the relationship.