Moments In The Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Trial No One Will Forget

The following article includes allegations of domestic abuse, child abuse, and sexual assault.

In 2018, Amber Heard published an op-ed in The Washington Post detailing her perspective as a victim of abuse. Although she never called out anybody by name, she was sued by her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, for defamation, as he took the article to be about him and claims to have suffered losses as a result of the piece.

Now, the "Pirates of the Caribbean” star and his ex-wife are in the midst of a weeks-long trial, hashing out the details of their years-long relationship and 15 month-long marriage. Much of the trial has consisted of Depp's testimony, which Heard's lawyer warned would be a soap opera, per the AP.

Well, Heard's lawyer was incorrect. Depp's testimony has been far more intriguing than a soap opera, as he has shared bits of information more compelling than what we see on daytime television. The information has ranged from upsetting to comical, and nothing short of shocking. These are the moments in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial that no one will forget.

A recording revealed Amber Heard admitting to abuse

The defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been many things, but it's never been boring. Each witness has shared shocking information about the former couple's relationship, and certain pieces of evidence have given insight into how each partner allegedly treated the other.

One of those pieces of evidence was a recording of Heard admitting to physically abusing Depp. "I'm sorry that I didn't hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you. I was not punching you ... You didn't get punched, you got hit. I'm sorry, I hit you like this, but I did not punch you," Heard said to Depp in the recording. She later told Depp, "You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny."

Depp went on to describe the recordings as "the tone, and the aggression, and the attitude, and the need for a fight from Ms. Heard," adding that he had become accustomed to that behavior, and once blocked a bathroom door in an attempt to keep her from coming in.

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at their website.

Johnny Depp opened up about his childhood abuse

Unfortunately, according to Johnny Depp, he has seen abuse before. While on the stand, the actor recounted stories of his childhood, describing his now-deceased mother, Betty Sue Palmer, and the alleged abuse he suffered growing up.

"The verbal abuse, the psychological abuse, was almost worse than the beatings. The beatings were just physical pain. The physical pain, you learn to deal with," he said, noting that his father was essentially the opposite. "He stood there and just looked at her while she delivered the pain, and he swallowed it. He took it," Depp said of his parents' relationship.

This is not the first time Depp has shared about his mother. As he told Rolling Stone in 2018, "There were irrational beatings ... Maybe it's an ashtray coming your way. Maybe you're gonna get clunked with the phone." Despite that, though, he still had affection for his mother, noting, "Betty Sue, I worshiped her."

If you or someone you know may be the victim of child abuse, please contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453) or contact their live chat services.

Amber Heard claimed she was sexually abused

As noted, this defamation lawsuit was brought forth after Amber Heard published an op-ed in The Washington Post. In the article titled "Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture's wrath. That has to change," Heard wrote that she had been abused multiple times during her life. She specifically noted how the #MeToo movement has affected Hollywood, and, in turn, affected her, as she is a member of the entertainment industry.

Sexual abuse was again mentioned in the defamation case with Johnny Depp, though the information was shared by Heard's lawyers. 

The alleged abuse was described as taking place in Australia and claimed that Depp, while on drugs, physically abused Heard. "Then he penetrates her with a liquor bottle — that's the Johnny Depp you're going to hear about in this case," Elaine Beredhoft, one of Heard's lawyers, told the jury.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Johnny Depp shared that he's never seen Pirates of the Caribbean

There were dozens of shocking revelations that came to light during the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial, but one of the most surprising to learn was that Depp has never seen "Pirates of the Caribbean." The actor starred as Captain Jack Sparrow in each installment of the franchise, and even earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in the first film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl."

The movies have made hundreds of millions of dollars over the nearly 20 years since the film franchise began, and is to this day one of Depp's most notable roles. However, when asked how the film turned out, the actor revealed that he has not watched his portrayal of the infamous pirate.

What made "Pirates of the Caribbean" fans even sadder was learning that, according to Depp, Disney cut ties with him after Heard's op-ed was published, rendering him incapable of reprising the role one last time. "And I thought the characters should have a way out, to end the franchise on a very good note. And I planned on continuing until it was time to stop," he told the courts, per Yahoo.

Amber Heard reportedly pooped on Johnny Depp's bed

Anyone who listened to any of the witnesses in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation case heard allegations that were shocking, strange, and sad. But only one was downright disgusting. Depp testified that while Heard was at Coachella, he planned to return to their home to remove some of his things. "Then [Sean Bett, one of Depp's security guards] showed me a photograph on his telephone of ... It was a photograph of the bed, our bed, and on my side of the bed, was human fecal matter," Depp said.

Yes, according to Depp, he found poop on his marital bed while his then-wife was away. Depp also added that Heard allegedly blamed the incident on the dogs. "I lived with those dogs for many years. It was not the dogs," he told the lawyers.

Depp noted that this happened after a fight between him and his then-wife, and that very soon after the pooping incident, he asked Heard for a divorce, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

Johnny Depp said it was Amber Heard who caused his finger to be cut

According to Johnny Depp, relations between him and Amber Heard became so violent that he suffered an injury from an incident. While giving his testimony, Depp detailed a moment where his finger was cut during a fight with Heard.

While in Australia, Depp claimed that Heard, under the influence of alcohol, threw a bottle of vodka at him, which cut his finger. "I felt heat and I felt as if something were dripping down my hand ... I don't know what a nervous breakdown feels like but that's probably the closest that I've ever been," Depp said of the moment.

Depp had previously stated outside of the courts that his injury was self-inflicted, but in court he stated that he lied, sharing, "There's no way I would cut my own finger off to ruin this beautiful opportunity to start playing guitar," as reported by Insider. Depp has played the guitar for many years, as he noted in his testimony, and has been in multiple bands throughout his life, most recently the Hollywood Vampires.

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at their website.

Johnny Depp described meeting Amber Heard for the first time

When hearing the allegations of abuse and stories of the rather tumultuous times in their relationship, it's easy to forget that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were married and were, at one time, two people who were very much in love.

Depp and Heard met on the set of "The Rum Diary," a film based on a Hunter S. Thompson book. Depp shared his memory of meeting Heard while on the stand during their defamation trial. "She came to my office. I took one look at her and I thought, yeah, that's the Chenault that Hunter wants. That's the one. ... We spoke and she was sweet as pie, pleasant ... intelligent, literate, very good taste," he said of their first interactions.

The two were both in relationships at the time of their initial meeting and did not begin dating until after filming had wrapped. In 2014, Depp and Heard became engaged and married in 2015 on Depp's private island. Just 15 months after exchanging vows, Heard filed for divorce and was granted a restraining order against Depp, as told by Time.

Lily-Rose Depp did not attend Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's wedding

Johnny Depp shared that his goal in his testimony is the truth, adding, "Since I knew there was no truth to it whatsoever, I felt it my responsibility to stand up not only for myself in that instance but stand up for my children," People reported, and that was not the only time the actor mentioned his children during his testimony. Depp also named his daughter, saying, "My daughter Lily-Rose did not come to the wedding. She and Ms. Heard were not on particularly great terms, for several reasons." The wedding he referred to was, of course, his with ex-wife Amber Heard.

The two wed in an intimate ceremony on Depp's private Bahamian island, and the entire day was reportedly a drug-fueled event, where Heard and her friends did MDMA, while Depp opted for marijuana.

Prior to his marriage with Heard, Depp was in a long-term relationship with Vanessa Paradis, and the former couple share two children, Lily-Rose Depp and Jack Depp.

Johnny Depp claimed to be a victim of abuse

On the final day of Johnny Depp's testimony for the defamation case, more recordings between him and Amber Heard were played. One in particular prompted a quote from Depp just before ending his time as a witness. "Tell the world Johnny, tell them Johnny Depp, I Johnny Depp a man, I'm a victim too of domestic violence ... see how many people believe or side with you," Heard said in one of the recordings.

When asked by his lawyer about his response to Heard's statement that he is a victim of domestic violence, Depp stated, "I said yes, I am." After making the statement, Depp wrapped up his testimony.

Before ending his time on the stand, though, another video of Depp and Heard was played where Heard encouraged Depp to remove his wedding ring and break up with her if that was what he desired. After minutes of back-and-forth between the two, Depp said to Heard, "I don't want to be with you."

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at their website.

Johnny Depp told stories of partying with Marilyn Manson

One of Johnny Depp's famous friends is Marilyn Manson. The musician is known for his distinct makeup look, for usually donning black duds, and for the very dark subject matter of his work.

In Depp's testimony during the defamation trial, Manson's name was dropped for another reason — drug use. While taking the stand during cross examination, one of Heard's lawyers asked Depp if he has ever done drugs with Manson. "We've drank together ... We've had cocaine together maybe a couple of times," Depp stated of his recreational drug use with Manson. When asked if they've ever taken illicit pills together, Depp said, "I once gave Marilyn Manson a pill so that he would stop talking so much," jocularly adding "sorry" at the end.

Although Manson has not detailed his and Depp's drug use together, he has shared the stories with Rolling Stone about getting matching tattoos that say "no reason." "People say to us, 'Why did you get that?' And we say, 'No reason,'" he said of their body art, as reported by Vanity Fair.