Amber Heard says Johnny Depp threw a phone at her face, and yanked her hair in 2016 deposition video
It's been a few years since Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got divorced, but the ghost of their troubled marriage is making headlines across the world. The latest is a video from a 2016 deposition, where Heard can be seen giving a tearful and devastating description of the violent fight which prompted her to leave Depp.
The fight allegedly took place at their home in Los Angeles on May 21, 2016.
Heard even detailed the incident in a written statement she filed in court last week in a bid to counter the defamation lawsuit filed against her by Depp.
In the video, she said she had arranged to meet Depp at their home to discuss their relationship and had even texted their friends, Rocky Pennington and her husband Josh, who were their neighbors, to come over, as per the Daily Mail. She also called her friend, gay rights activist iO Tillett Wright, in the hope that she could "mollify" Depp.
Wright has always believed in Heard's innocence and claimed repeatedly to be a witness of Depp abusing her. She even was on the phone with Depp the night of the alleged fight, and that she yelled to Heard to get out of the home fearing her safety.
Heard recalled, "All I remember is him screaming these expletives at my friend iO and telling her that she could have me now, then he put his arm back and he threw the phone as hard as he could at my face. I said, 'You hit me.' I said, 'John you hit me. Honey you've hit me in the eye.'"
"I start crying and I, he approaches me.... grabs my head, takes a fist full of my hair and said, 'I hit your eye, huh? Let me see where I hit your eye. What if I pull your hair back?' He is smacking my face, moving my face and he's got me by the hair and he's, it's hard to describe it's almost like yanking me from side to side with my hair."
Crying, Heard continues: "He's still holding on to my head at this time and he said, I don't know if he's trying it grab my face but he's yelling at me, screaming, see how hard I hit you. I am screaming at the top of my lungs, help, help please help." She even screamed for help from Depp's security guards, she said, "even though they never respond".
When the couple's friend Rocky opened the door of their house with his own key, that was when Depp let go of the 'Aquaman' actress. Heard left their apartment in her scared state, and took shelter in the adjoining penthouse where her friends lived in next-door. While in hiding, she called her attorney to seek legal advice on the matter but chose to keep mum in front of the police to avoid an 'international media incident' for either her or Depp.
It was this alleged fight between the couple that prompted Heard to file a restraining order against her ex-husband. Heard's description of the violent fight comes in the wake of Depp's $50 million defamation lawsuit, where he alleged that by writing an op-ed about domestic abuse for The Washington Post, Heard defamed him.