Emotional audio was played in court on Monday during Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s multimillion-dollar libel trial as the Aquaman actress said she begged her then-husband to stop calling her a “liar” about his alleged abuse.
In the audio clip, Ms Heard is heard speaking to Mr Depp in a conversation recorded in June 2016, a month after he filed for divorce from the pirates of the Caribbean actor.
“They call me a liar and a gold digger,” she is heard saying.
“I’m not lying about any of this shit and I’m not after any of your money.”
She told the court that she wanted him to stop calling her a “liar” and stop the “smear campaign” he had allegedly launched against her.
“He was trying to get Johnny to stop the smear campaign he launched,” he said.
Ms Heard claimed that Mr Depp told her he would “ruin” her and her career.
“Johnny told me it would ruin me. That no one would ever touch me, professionally, that no one would ever work with me again,” he said.
“That I would never work again. That it would ruin my career.
Ms Heard said her ex-spouse “refused” not to speak to the press about their breakup.
“He was calling me a liar and he was forcing me to try it and I knew that wasn’t going to be good for him and I kept saying don’t make me try it… but he was calling me a liar,” she said.
Other audio recordings were also played in court, where Ms Heard is heard crying and telling him “I’m just trying to point out the facts.”
Ms Heard told the court that she had never wanted to have to tell people about the alleged abuse, but that she wanted him to stop accusing her of lying about it.
“I was begging Johnny not to make me prove what I had to sit on this stage and I had to sit across from all of you to prove and talk,” he said.
“I didn’t want this, I don’t want to be here. So I didn’t want to be there.
“I was trying not to be called a liar because everything I’ve said to date and everything I’ve said now is the truth.”
Mrs Heard sobbed on the stand as she said she was trying to urge Mr Depp on.
“Just don’t call me a liar. Just don’t say this isn’t real because I am living proof of it,” she said of her conversation with him.
Ms. Heard returned to the stand for a third day of testimony as the trial resumed in Fairfax, Virginia, after a week-long recess on Monday.
Depp sues his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote washington post where she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The pirates of the Caribbean The actor is not named in the article, which is titled “I have spoken out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
However, Depp claims that it falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser, something he adamantly denies, and has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50 million.
Ms Heard is countersuing for $100 million, accusing Mr Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.