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Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp hit her for first time over tattoo: ‘It changed my life’


Amber Heard has spoken in court and made claims that Johnny Depp hit her, saying it “changed her life”.

The Aquaman actress, 36, took the stand in a court in Fairfax, Virginia to testify in the defamation trial between herself and her Pirates of the Caribbean actor ex-husband.

Amber has claimed Johnny, 58, “slapped” her when she asked him about a tattoo on his arm.

Speaking in court, Amber said: “I will never forget it – it changed my life.”



Amber Heard has claimed her life "changed" the first time her ex-husband actor Johnny Depp hit her
Amber Heard has claimed her life “changed” the first time her ex-husband actor Johnny Depp hit her

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Amber then claimed the first time Johnny hit her was over a conversation about a tattoo on his arm.

She said: “I was sitting on the couch, we were having a normal conversion, there was no fighting, no nothing. He was drinking and I didn’t realise at the time, but I think he was using cocaine, he had a jar of cocaine.

“I asked him about the tattoo he has on his arm, it looked like black marks, I didn’t know what it said… and I asked him what it said – he said ‘Wino’…

“I laughed because I thought he was joking, and he slapped me across the face…”

Johnny had a tattoo on his arm that read “Wino Forever”, previously for his ex girlfriend Winona Ryder.



Actress Amber Heard testified at Fairfax County Circuit Court during a defamation case against her
Actress Amber Heard testified at Fairfax County Circuit Court during a defamation case against her

Amber then added: “And I laughed because I thought ‘this must be a joke’ – I didn’t know what was going on.

“I just stared at him, kind of laughing, still thinking he was going to start laughing and was going to tell me it was a joke.

“He said: ‘You think it’s funny bi**h, you think you’re a funny bi**h?’

“It was clear it wasn’t a joke anymore. I stopped laughing but I didn’t know what else to do.”



Amber Heard alleged Johnny Depp "slapped" her amid a conversation over a tattoo on his arm
Amber Heard alleged Johnny Depp “slapped” her amid a conversation over a tattoo on his arm

Amber then claimed how when the Edward Scissorhands actor hit her the first time, the second slap soon allegedly followed and she later lost her balance and ended up on the carpet.

She went on: “He slapped me again. It wasn’t a joke anymore. I stopped laughing. I didn’t know what else to do. He slapped me for no reason.”

Amber continued: “Second slap I know he’s not kidding.

“It wasn’t a joke anymore. I stopped laughing. I didn’t know what else to do. He slapped me for no reason.”



Amber Heard and Johnny Depp were together from 2012 until 2016
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp were together from 2012 until 2016

She went on: “I lose my balance. I’m all of a sudden realising the worst thing has happened to me that could possibly happen to you. I wish so much he was joking. It didn’t physically hurt me.”

Amber then described what she claimed to be the moments immediately after the slap.

“I was sitting there on the carpet, looking at this dirty carpet…” She said. “I just sat there thinking how much time do I have because, God did he just me? No, I didn’t want to leave him, to have the man I was in love with leave. I knew it was wrong and I had to leave him and it broke my heart because I didn’t want to leave him.



Johnny Depp has denied ever striking a woman
Johnny Depp has denied ever striking a woman

“I wish I could sit here and say I walked out of that house and drew a line and stood up for myself but looking at the dirty carpet trying to will myself to get up and walk out the door. I stood up and looked at him in the eye and looking at him and before I know it he starts crying. I’d never seen an adult man cry.”

Johnny then began apologising, according to Amber, as she claimed: “He’s touching my knees, saying, ‘I’m sorry baby, I thought I put the f**ker away, I thought I put the monster away’. He’s on his knees.

“I just remember thinking he was crying, he seemed so sorry but I couldn’t forgive him because it means it will happen again. I got up in my car and walked to my car and didn’t say anything.



Amber is counter-claiming Johnny Depp for $100 million
Amber is counter-claiming Johnny Depp for $100 million



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“I was heartbroken. I turned the key and drove home.”

Johnny is suing Amber for $50 million (£40 million) over a Washington Post article, where she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. She did not name him in the article.

Amber later counter-sued Johnny for $100 million. The actor has already taken the stand and denied ever striking a woman.

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