Amber Heard told her acting coach ‘Johnny Depp would rather destroy me than let me go’ High Court trial hears


AMBER Heard told her acting coach “Johnny would rather destroy me than let me go”, the High Court was told today.

Kristina Sexton claimed the 34-year-old actress had confided in her about the allegations of abuse at the hands of her then husband Johnny Depp.

The Aquaman star has claimed her ex Depp, 57, abused her 14 times over three years during their relationship – something the Pirates of Caribbean actor has denied.

Heard’s acting coach Ms Sexton, giving evidence via video link from Australia, said Heard had told her: “Johnny will never let me go, he would rather destroy me than let me go”.

And she claimed Heard had told her she was “embarrassed” at the idea of bad publicity over their marriage ending so soon after their wedding but that she “had to leave him”.

Ms Sexton today claimed that she had once tried to ask the actress about her concerns she was allegedly being abused by Depp after Heard was “trying to cover her face” as they spoke.

She said: “She would look away and wouldn’t answer me, so I had a feeling it [the violence]was happening.”

And she said Heard – who normally wore natural looking make up – had used an unusual amount of foundation for one audition, saying: “I remember seeing a great deal of foundation when she was auditioning for Blonde. That’s what led me to ask her what was going on, as she didn’t normally wear so much foundation.”

The High Court was today told:

It wasn’t until 2016 that Heard alleged to her that Depp had “slapped and tried to strangle her”.

Ms Sexton today told the court she had not seen Depp hit or kick anything at the actress.

However, she said she had been aware of “emotional violence” and said she would hear “actual arguments happening in the other room” including finding a “pretty messed up” trailer after one fight.

Giving evidence today, she described Heard’s 30th birthday as an “ugly” night after Depp is alleged to have arrived late at the April 2016 celebrations.

Ms Sexton said Depp was slurring and was “clearly inebriated” – stumbling so much that he had to be propped up and that he refused to come down to enjoy the event.

The three week trial has previously been told Depp threw a magnum of champagne at Heard after the birthday celebrations, leaving a note that read “Happy f***ing birthday”.

The actor later told the court he had been delayed after being at a financial meeting where he was told he had lost $650million.

The morning after, cleaners found faeces in the couple’s marital bed with Depp claiming it had been left by Heard.

Ms Sexton also said Heard was “not in a great mental state” in the week leading up to her wedding to Depp.

She claimed she first became aware the couple were fighting in 2013, saying: “It was passionate in both directions, both extraordinarily loving, but there were also screaming matches.”

She added: “At the time I was only aware of verbal fights, and them calling each other names… I thought it was only emotional abuse – them screaming and saying horrible things to each other.”

The acting coach, who is currently in Brisbane, claimed Heard told her that Depp tore a trailer apart while they were at a campsite in Hicksville in 2013.

She said: “Everything was strewn around, everything was in disarray… Broken things everywhere”, adding she heard Depp apologise and saying “he’d take care of it”.

It was also claimed that Heard was “stressed about the nudity” in a 2018 film called London Fields because “Johnny was angry about her doing this part”.

The High Court trial has so far heard evidence from both Depp and Heard as they revealed details of their marriage.

It has been claimed Heard was left fearing for her life after a number of attacks, including a “three day hostage” situation in Australia while Depp has claimed the claims are part of an elaborate hoax.

Ms Sexton today told the High Court: “She said that they had had a horrible time, they were fighting the whole time.

“Johnny had gone on a bender… They were fighting the whole time and she wanted to leave but wasn’t allowed to leave.”

Depp is suing The Sun for referring to him as a “wife-beater” in a 2018 article. The Sun, supported by Ms Heard, says the term was justified.

Heard’s younger sister Whitney Henriquez finished giving evidence today after making a series of claims about Depp being violent towards his then wife.

She this week claimed Depp almost pushed her down the stairs as he punched the actress multiple times in a rage.

Ms Henriquez this week claimed she had stepped in between Heard and Depp as they rowed on the stairs, saying the actor allegedly struck her on the arm to reach his ex-wife.

Ms Henriquez also claimed she “felt sick” when she learned Heard was going to marry Depp and “begged” her not to go through with it as it would not stop him “hitting her”.

The High Court this week was told:

Depp is accused of turning his “rage and frustration” on Heard when he “failed to control” his drug and alcohol abuse.

The actor “descended into physically destructive behaviour” – causing him to refer to his “drunken and violent persona as ‘the monster'”, it was said.

But in a series of explosive revelations, Depp has branded Heard’s abuse allegations “complete lies”.

Depp has accused her of “building a dossier” of false allegations as an “insurance policy”.

He has brought separate libel proceedings against Heard in the US.

The couple married in LA in 2015 after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary.

But they divorced two years later after Heard, who donated her £5.5million settlement to charity, accused Depp of abuse.

The case continues.

If you are affected by domestic abuse, please call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247


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