Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation case: Heard accused of spitting in assistant’s face over salary

A former personal assistant to Amber Heard said she never saw the actress suffer physical abuse at the hands of her then-husband Johnny Depp – but she says Heard once spat in her face when he asked for a higher salary.

Heard became very angry, sent incoherent text messages at 4 a.m. and was frequently drunk and on drugs, Kate James testified in a video deposition that played in court Thursday during the trial for Depp’s libel suit against Heard.

Depp, on the other hand, is very calm, almost shy, “like a total Southern man,” James said.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor accused Heard of indirectly defaming him in a 2018 opinion piece he wrote for The Washington Post.

Heard described himself in the article as a “public figure representing domestic violence”.

The work does not mention Depp’s name. But his lawyer argued that it was a clear reference to the restraining order Heard requested in May 2016, right after Depp told him he wanted a divorce.

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