“Johnny Depp was calm, almost shy,” says Amber Heard’s personal assistant

A former personal assistant Amber Heard said he never saw the actress suffer any kind of physical abuse at the hands of her then husband Johnny DeppInstead, he said Heard spat in his face when he asked for a higher salary.

Heard used to fight in a blind rage, send incoherent text messages at 4 a.m. and was often drunk or high on illegal drugs, Kate James testified in a video statement that was played in court during the trial of the filed defamation lawsuit. by Depp vs. Heard.

Depp, for his part, was very calm, almost shy “like a total southern gentleman,” James said.

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The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor accused Heard of indirectly defaming him in a 2018 op-ed he wrote for the TI have Washington Post. Heard refers to herself in the article as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

The article doesn’t name Depp, but his lawyers argue that it clearly references a restraining order Heard filed for in May 2016, just after Depp told her he wanted a divorce.

Depp denies abusing Heard, but lawyers say the evidence will show he did. The fact that the actor denies Depp’s accusations, they say, has no credibility because he used to drink and use drugs to the point where he could not remember what he did.

James’ video testimony presented another point of view: Depp was the peaceful one, he said, while Heard was frequently intoxicated and used to inflict verbal abuse, including abuse on her own mother and sister.

“Her poor sister was treated like a dog you kick, basically,” James said.

James, who worked for Heard from 2012 to 2015, said he was paid “very poorly.” She noted that she was hired at a starting wage of $25 an hour and that her duties ranged from picking up Heard’s clothes at the dry cleaners to speaking with the Hollywood actress’s agents.

James also said that it was his job to buy two copies of any magazine that featured Herd and store them in the garage to prevent Depp from seeing them. Heard unleashed his “blind rage” when James didn’t put the magazines in the garage, the witness said.

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Of the time Heard and Depp spent together, James said Heard was “a very dramatic person” who had a lot of insecurities in the relationship. Heard used to call James to cry and complain about Depp, she said.

“I remember one time she called me when I was alone in New York, and I was crying and walking the streets,” James said. She added that she told Heard to enter a building: “I was afraid the paparazzi would take a picture of her.”

Part of the statements also focused on a text message that Depp had sent to James after he and Heard separated. Depp’s text read: “Come get some purple and we’ll fix his fat ass nice and nice.”

An attorney asked if by “purple” they meant wine and if the “her” referred to Heard. James said he didn’t want to guess.

“So he writes,” James said of Depp. “It’s very weird and you don’t question it… he writes in a very abstract way.”

Lawyers also submitted a video statement from Laurel Anderson, the couples therapist who worked with Heard and Depp in 2015, when she was 29 and he was 52.

Anderson said they both suffered from childhood abuse. And as a couple they were involved in “mutual abuse,” she testified.

Heard’s father beat her, Anderson said, adding, “She was proud to start a fight if she felt disrespected.”

Heard would also rather be in a fight with Depp than see him go and “could punch him to keep him there,” Anderson said.

The therapist remembered when Heard told her that Depp was using a lot of drugs.

“And she slapped him because he was talking nonsense and talking about being with another woman,” Anderson said. She noted that Depp’s mother was in the hospital at the time.

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Anderson said Depp told him that Heard “punched as hard as she could.”

He also noted that in at least one session where he saw Heard alone, the actress told him that Depp hit her. She said Heard showed her bruises to her, in photographs and in person.

Anderson said Heard also told her that Depp at one point allegedly told her, “No one likes you. You’re having fame for me. I no longer feel in love with you. You are a prostitute.”

Anderson noted that Heard’s harsh manner of speaking and her habit of interrupting Depp weighed him down.

Heard “wanted to want a divorce,” but at the same time she didn’t want to and was trying to figure out what to do, Anderson said. “She loved him. She loved. She wasn’t stupid, she knew what they were doing wasn’t healthy.”

Depp and Heard are expected to testify during the trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court that is expected to last six weeks. Actors Paul Bettany and James Franco, as well as tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, could also testify.