According to Heard, Depp had been up all night snorting cocaine and drinking whisky when he turned violent after becoming enraged by the sight of a painting by her former partner, Tasya van Ree, hanging on the wall of her apartment.
“I feel like I’m on a very fast train that’s about to explode but I don’t want to jump off and leave my love behind. So I stay on the train. Even though I know it’s about to explode,” she said in another text.
Asked to explain what she meant by that, Heard told the court: “I was so in love with Johnny at that time.”
She said that when he was clean and sober, he was generous and loving. “He’s a remarkable man when he’s like that. I didn’t want to lose that. I always held out hope he would get clean and sober.”
However, in other texts the same day, she told her mother that Depp had not hit her, that she was “OK physically”, and that he was “raging in general” rather than being violent with her.
Those texts appeared to contradict her sworn witness statement to the court, in which she said he had grabbed her, shaken her and shoved her against a wall during the incident.
Asked why she told her mother that he had not hurt her, Heard said that her father had been violent towards her mother throughout their marriage and that she became concerned her mother would tell her father about Depp’s violence towards her.
She said she feared her father’s possible reaction to that.
Heard also texted that “the crazy mood swings and binges are really difficult for me to handle”.
“My heart is broken,” she said. “It’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – on a binge.”
After Heard completed her testimony, the court heard evidence from her younger sister, Whitney Henriquez.
Henriquez recounted that on the day in March 2013, when Heard had been texting their mother, she had arrived at the apartment several hours into the incident to try to help Depp calm down.
“It was immediately apparent to me that Amber was upset and had been crying,” Henriquez said in a written statement, released as she began her oral testimony.
“Her face was swollen, but at that stage I didn’t know he had been physical with her. I noticed one side of her face was super-red and she had what looked like a split lip and I remember thinking to myself ‘that’s not from crying’.”
Henriquez rejected accusations by Depp’s lawyer that she was telling lies in order to back up her sister’s account.
The trial is set to conclude next week, although no ruling is expected immediately.
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