Amber Heard called Johnny Depp a “monster” in previously unreleased court documents published by the Hollywood Reporter.
Heard, 32, who made headlines in 2016 when she publicly accused her ex-husband of abuse, reportedly said: “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.”
The actress added during a deposition taken amid the divorce: “I was petrified of the monster.”
THR obtained the 471-page deposition transcript along with statements from Heard’s close friend Raquel Pennington and the Los Angeles Police Department officers who responded to an alleged altercation at the time.
The publication also stated the deposition transcripts included Heard telling how Depp had thrown a phone at her and grabbed her hair while she screamed for help.
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 U.K. paper 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.
She recalled how friends and advisers “told me I would never again work as an actress” and how she “would be blacklisted.”