“Johnny and I refer to his other personality, the part of him that is present when he beats me up — we call that the monster and have called [that] the monster for many years,” Heard said during a deposition taken in 2016. “I was petrified of the monster.”
The 471-page transcript is just one of the documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, along with statements from Heard’s close friend Raquel Pennington and police officers who responded to an altercation in May 2016, after Heard’s friend called 911.
Heard also claimed that on May 21, 2016, at their Los Angeles penthouse, Depp threw her phone at her “as hard as he could” and it hit her in the face. She then claimed the Fantastic Beasts star grabbed her by her hair and she screamed for help.
Depp “broke a lot of glass things that left glass on the floor,” she stated, resulting in the floor being covered with damaged objects, including silver candlesticks and a lamp. Heard’s friend Raquel Pennington then arrived at the penthouse.
Pennington testified that she went to their residence after she received a text asking her to. She said her friend had told her that Depp had hit her with the phone and also said that he was “swinging around” a magnum bottle of wine and knocking things off the counter with it. Pennington testified that Depp’s screaming eventually prompted his security team to enter, and one of the guards convinced him to leave. She also said that she had taken “dozens of photos” of Heard’s bruises.
LAPD officer Melissa Saenz said in a July 2016 deposition that Heard refused to give her name and that, although the actress was crying, Saenz “had no probable cause to believe a crime had been committed.”
The testimony is said to be “a point of contention in a court battle” with The Sun, whom Depp is suing for libel after it published the headline “How can J.K. Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife-beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?” in April 2018.
Heard is thought to have asked to testify in the court case but THR insisted Depp’s team had refused to allow it. She’ll reportedly be allowed to testify if the Sun calls her.
In a July 2018 filing in the paper’s lawsuit, Depp accused Heard of being “aggressive and violent.”
The latest reports come after Heard addressed the aftermath of her domestic abuse accusations in an opinion piece for the Washington Post.