Depp and Heard first met on the set of “The Rum Diary” in 2009.
Based on the Hunter S. Thompson book of the same name, the film stars Depp as a journalist named Paul Kemp who takes a job in Puerto Rico. Heard played Chenault, whom Kemp falls in love with at first sight.
“That moment, it was, I just felt like something, I just felt like something I shouldn’t,” Depp said, explaining that they were in other relationships at the time. “I think there was something real about the kiss in the shower.”
Depp testified that the following two saw each other two years later on a promotional tour for the film.
Depp and longtime partner Vanessa Paradis, who share two children, Lily Rose and John Christopher, split in 2012.
Heard filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage. She obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, claiming he abused her while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The actors released a joint statement at the time saying, “Our relationship has been very passionate and at times volatile, but it has always been linked to love. Neither party made false accusations of financial gain. There was no intention of physical or emotional harm.”
Heard wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post in December 2018 about the treatment of women in domestic violence cases. Depp was not mentioned by name.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million for defamation over her Washington Post article, claiming it cost him a lucrative acting business.
In 2020, Depp took The Sun’s publisher to court for defamation in the UK over a 2018 article that claimed he was violent against Heard.
Depp denied all allegations of abuse.
The UK court found the newspaper’s allegations to be “largely true”, and Depp’s appeal was dismissed.
Depp’s libel trial against Heard began in Virginia on April 12.
Heard’s attorney said in an opening statement that Depp “will attempt to turn this case into a television series.”
Depp testified about his experiences growing up with an abusive mother, his struggles with substance abuse and his troubled relationship with Heard.
Depp admitted in his testimony that he and Heard had arguments during their affair, but said, “I myself have never gotten to the point of hitting Mrs. Heard in any way nor have I hit any woman in my life.”
What did I say in response when Mrs. Heard said, ‘Tell the world, Johnny. Tell them, Johnny Depp, me, Johnny Depp, man, am I also a victim of domestic violence?” asked Depp Myers.
Depp replied, “I said, ‘Yes, I am.’”
Heard did not take a position on the trial, which is expected to last six weeks.