‘It controlled my every waking second’: Depp details how allegations have affected his life
Johnny Depp is now being shown the cover of an edition of People magazine, featuring Heard on the cover with a bruise on her face.
He says he remembers this one and that he spoke to his sister, Christie Dembrowski (an earlier witness) and his children about it, to warn them that coverage might paint him as a “drug-addled… reprobate”.
Depp says he wanted to warn his children before they were approached with the stories in school. “I apologised to them that this was happening,” he says.
Again, he tells the court he had never before been accused of physically abusing a woman up to this point.
“I felt ill, I felt sick,” he tells the court. “There was no truth in it whatsoever and the fact it was coming down on me so hard and so quickly… and it gained momentum around the world.”
You notice people “looking at you differently” and calls from agents and producers stop, Depp tells the court.
This was before the #MeToo movement began, the actor says, but after that “then it just went into skyrocket mode, so you’re showered with… you’re running between drops of lava”.
The actor says he was very confused and very hurt by the allegations. He says he doesn’t know if Heard wanted him to be “erased” or “drop dead” or was going out of her way to “shame” him and hurt his children. “To say that it was unfair is about the largest understatement… it controlled my every waking second”.