Amber Heard Claims She Kept "A Binder Worth Of Years Of Notes" Of Physical Abuse From Johnny Depp
Amber Heard claimed the notes from her therapist proved Johnny Depp abused her but the judge disallowed them to be shown to the jury in the high-profile defamation trial.
Amber Heard has "years' worth of notes" from her therapist which she claims proved Johnny Depp abused her.
The Aquaman actress claimed to have been reporting physical abuse within their relationship since 2011 and her counsellor had kept a record of their sessions, but a judge ruled them to be hearsay and refused to make them available to the jury in her and her former spouse's recent defamation trial.
Speaking in her sit-down interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, Heard said: "There’s a binder worth of years of notes dating back to 2011, from the very beginning of my relationship, that was taken by my doctor who I was reporting the abuse to...
“Her notes represented years of real-time explanations of what was going on."
According to Guthrie, in January 2012, Heard told her therapist that Depp “hit her, threw her on the floor”, and a 2013 note stated Depp had "threw her against a wall and threatened to kill her".
Elsewhere in the clip released on Thursday (June 16) and shown on Peacock, the Danish Girl actress recalled how daunting it was to go into court every day, resulting in extra security measures being implemented.
She said: “Every single day I passed city blocks lined with people holding signs saying things that I couldn’t repeat on television.
“They had to establish barricades to protect me so I could drive into a protected entrance of the courthouse. Every single day that’s how I walked in the court.”
Although the case was televised, Heard's legal team had made a bid to keep cameras out of the courtroom.
She said: “I didn’t want this to be a thing. I didn’t want it to be a trial. I didn’t want it to be a part of the public record but when someone sues you, you don’t really have a choice."
After a six-week trial, Depp — who had sued over an op-ed the actress wrote in 2018 about being a victim of domestic abuse — was awarded US$10 million (S$13.8 mil) in compensatory damages and US$5 million in punitive damages, which the judge lowered to US$350,000 because of a cap in the state of Virginia, while Heard was awarded US$2 million compensatory damages for her counter suit.
Meanwhile, Depp's legal team has accused Heard of "reimagining" the events of the trial in her interview with Guthrie.
They said in a statement: “It’s unfortunate that while Johnny is looking to move forward with his life, the defendant and her team are back to repeating, reimagining and re-litigating matters that have already been decided by the Court and a verdict that was unanimously and unequivocally decided by a jury in Johnny’s favour.”
Watch Heard's interview here:
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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