Amber Heard, the actress best known for her roles in Aquaman and Justice League, recently testified in a widely followed U.S. defamation case brought by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. During her testimony, Heard said that she laughed at Depp’s “wino” tattoo, which prompted him to slap her three times.
The tattoo in question is a caricature of Depp as a wino, which he had inked on his right arm in 2013. Heard said that when she saw the tattoo, she couldn’t help but laugh, which prompted Depp to become angry and slap her three times.
Heard went on to say that their relationship had been “magical” until it turned violent. She said that the violence began shortly after they married in 2015 and that Depp had become increasingly jealous and possessive.
Heard’s testimony has shed light on the volatile nature of her relationship with Depp and has prompted many to question the legitimacy of his defamation case. Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for allegedly defaming him in a 2018 Washington Post article in which she described herself as a domestic abuse survivor.
Heard’s testimony has been met with both support and criticism, with many people arguing that her testimony proves Depp’s guilt and others arguing that it is merely hearsay. Regardless of the outcome of the case, Heard’s testimony has provided an important reminder of the prevalence of domestic violence and the need for victims to speak out.