Amber Heard Witness Statements: Depp blamed ‘the monster’ for physical, verbal abuse

Posted at 2:32 PM, July 20, 2020 and last updated 5:42 PM, July 7, 2023

By Court TV Staff

In multiple witness statements from actress Amber Heard, she accuses her ex-husband Johnny Depp of a history of verbal and physical abuse.

These statements along with a recorded conversation between the two were released on Monday by at Britain’s High Court in London during Depp’s libel case against The Sun newspaper over an April 2018 article that referred to him as a “wife-beater” for his alleged abuse against Heard.

During a two-hour recorded conversation, both Heard and Depp acknowledge many issues in their relationship.

Tape Recording of Claimant (Johnny Depp) and Amber Heard – Part 1

Graphic Warning: Recording contains mature language.

In this court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook, actress Amber Heard being questioned by Sasha Wass QC as she gives evidence at the High Court in London, Monday July 20, 2020.(Elizabeth Cook via PA via AP)


Heard, 34, describes her 57-year-old ex-husband’s physical abuse as: “punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking me, as well as throwing me into things, pulling me by my hair, and shoving me or pushing me to the ground.”

Witness Statements of Amber Heard


In addition to the alleged physical abuse, Heard claims her ex-husband would also verbally abuse her and even make her fear for her life.

“As I talk about in this statement, some incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far. He explicitly threatened to kill me many times, especially later in our relationship. ”

– Amber Heard, Witness Statement from December 15, 2019


Tape Recording of Claimant (Johnny Depp) and Amber Heard – Part 2

Graphic Warning: Recording contains mature language.


Heard said Depp would often shift blame for his abusive behavior on a third party he referred to as “the monster”. “He would speak about it as if it was another person or personality and not him doing all these things,” she said.

From extreme jealousy of other actors and actresses she would work and audition with, to extremely paranoid and controlling behavior, Heard recounts years of their relationship problems ahead of her testimony in court.

“He accused me of having affairs with each of my co-stars, movie after movie: Eddie Redmayne, James Franco, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Costner, Liam Hemsworth, BillyBob Thornton, Channing Tatum; even women co-stars like Kelly Garner. He also accused me of having affairs with stars I auditioned with, like Leonardo DiCaprio. He would taunt me about it – especially when he was drunk or high – and had derogatory nicknames for every one of my male co-stars he considered a sexual threat. For example, Leonardo DiCaprio was “pumpkin-head”, Channing Tatum was “potato-head” and “Jim Turd Sturgess.”

– Amber Heard, Witness Statement from December 15, 2019


Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court, in London, Monday July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Multiple witnesses accused Heard of a “twisted” story of sexual abuse accusations against her ex-husband.

Depp also painted a very different picture of the marriage during his testimony, where his ex-wife was the abuser. The Sun’s defense is based on a total of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016. He strongly denies all of them.