Amber Heard has said she and Johnny Depp had a nickname for his ‘abusive alter ego’.
Heard and the Pirates of the Caribbean star were married in February 2015, but divorced just before hitting the two year mark in January 2017.
The couple spent months debating the terms of their break-up, and finally the 55-year-old agreed to give his ex-wife $7 million.
Heard accused Depp of domestic abuse, claiming during their divorce case he had been physically abusive to her and thrown a mobile phone at her face.
The Aquaman star made her claims against Depp in a 471-page deposition referring to their short marriage, the details of which have only just been made public in a story by The Hollywood Reporter.
Along with the deposition transcript, statements from Heard’s close friend Raquel Pennington and Los Angeles Police Department officers, who responded after the altercation between the couple on May 21, 2016, were also obtained.
Police responded to the incident after Heard’s friend Tillett Wright, who was on the phone with the 32-year-old before Depp allegedly threw the mobile at her, had called 911.
In the transcript Heard describes the events of the night in May 2016, explaining Depp had thrown the phone at her ‘as hard as he could’, and it hit her in the face. She claimed he grabbed her by the hair, causing her to scream for help, and ‘broke a lot of glass things that left glass on the floor’.
Pennington had received a text from the actor asking her to come to the penthouse where the couple were, and the deposition reports she heard Depp shouting when she arrived.
Heard’s friend continued to say the Edward Scissorhands star was ‘swinging around’ a magnum bottle of wine and knocking things off the counter with it.
She testified Depp’s yelling prompted his security team to enter, and one of the guards convinced him to leave.
Contradictory to Pennington’s story, LAPD officer Melissa Saenz, who was called to the scene, testified Heard was crying but that she didn’t see any marks, bruises, swelling or signs of injury to the actor’s face.
The officer also said she inspected the apartment and saw no signs of shattered glass or broken items.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp told his side of the story during a July 2018 filing in a defamation lawsuit against The Sun.
The actor explained he thew the phone on the sofa and it didn’t hit Heard, nor did he touch her. Depp claimed Heard started yelling at him after he walked across the room, and that’s when his security guards came in and she started crying.
He claimed the damage in any photos taken by Pennington was not caused by him, and that ‘hardcopy photographs were put in evidence, but neither the original images nor the associated metadata were produced.’
When discussing her relationship with Depp during the deposition, Heard said the pair had come up with a nickname for the star’s alter ego which was apparently present when he abused her.
Johnny and I refer to his other personality, the part of him that is present when he beats me up — we call that the monster and have called [that] the monster for many years.
I was petrified of the monster.
The testimony will be used by The Sun in the defamation lawsuit, which was filed by Depp after an April 2018 story was published with the headline ‘How can J.K. Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the women’s National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.
Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.