Depp locked himself in bathroom to avoid Amber Heards violence, court heard04/20/2022
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Johnny Depp has told the £100million defamation trial how he would often lock himself in a bathroom to avoid being attacked by Amber Heard.
On the second day of giving evidence (April 20), the Hollywood star recounted a catalogue of violence he claims his then-wife carried out against him.
When asked why he didn't leave her, he said one of the reasons was because Heard had threatened to take her own life if he did.
Depp told how their arguments would escalate and that his former wife would "search for weaknesses" in him to berate him over, often calling him a poor father to his two children.
He told the jury: "It became ammunition for Ms Heard to either verbally decimate me or to send me into a tailspin of confusion and depression.
"It's not a happy day, week, it's not a happy month when you are constantly being told you are wrong about this and that and what an idiot you are. It became an endless circle.
"As it began to escalate, I went back to what I learned from youth to remove myself from the situation. There is only so much your ears can hear.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor added: “It's like you are pinned to a wall and have to listen to it and take it. So I found the way to find any peace was to try and walk away.
"If she didn't allow me to walk away, there were times I would lock myself in the bathroom or somewhere where she couldn't get into. That happened often over the years.
"If I stayed to argue that, I am sure it would escalate to violence which is often that. Ms Heard, in her hurt, in her frustration, in her anger, would lash out.
"It could be a slap, throwing a TV remote at me, throwing a glass of wine in my face.
"Too many lines were crossed. You couldn't see the lines anymore."
Depp, 58, is suing his former wife for defamation, saying her domestic abuse claims have harmed his career and reputation.
The actress, 35, has filed a countersuit against Depp seeking almost £78million in damages and saying his legal team falsely accused her of fabricating claims against the actor.
Heard's counterclaim accuses Depp of orchestrating a "smear campaign" against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of "abuse and harassment."
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247
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