Content material warning: This story discusses sexual assault and abuse.
The previous couple is squaring off within the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia after Depp sued Heard over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the Washington Publish about surviving home violence. Whereas the 35-year-old by no means talked about Depp by identify within the article—entitled “Amber Heard: I spoke up in opposition to sexual violence—and confronted our tradition’s wrath. That has to alter“—her lawyer Ben Rottenborn now claims it was Depp who was the alleged abuser.
“Tragically, it is true,” Rottenborn advised the courtroom in Virginia in April 11 throughout his opening arguments. “Amber did endure sexual violence by the hands of Depp.”
He additionally mentioned the actress suffered home abuse by Depp that “took many kinds,” together with bodily, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse.
“You’ll hear in probably the most graphic and horrifying phrases in regards to the violence that she suffered,” Rottenborn mentioned about Heard’s upcoming testimony. “You may hear that straight from her. She’s going to get on the stand and she is going to inform you that. It occurred.”