Amber Heard will fly in to London next month to testify against ex-husband Johnny Depp over claims he beat her
- It emerged last week that Depp vowed to ‘drown and burn’ her in ranting texts
- The actress will testify in the High Court against Pirates Of The Caribbean star
- Her decision means she will be breaching a non-disclosure agreement with him
Amber Heard is to fly in to London next month to testify against her ex-husband Johnny Depp over claims he beat her.
The actress will take to the stand at the High Court in what will be the first public showdown between the warring couple after it emerged in court last week that Depp vowed to ‘drown and burn’ her in a string of ranting text messages.
Sources close to 33-year-old Miss Heard say that she wants to do ‘what is right’, adding: ‘She will be there to tell the truth. It is her chance, her moment.’
Her decision to testify will put at risk the £5 million settlement she received from the Pirates Of The Caribbean star when they divorced in 2017. She received the payout on condition that she signed a non-disclosure agreement but it is thought to be unlikely that Depp, 56, would be successful in getting the money back, which she donated to charity.
Johnny Depp, who is suing The Sun newspaper, leaving the Royal Courts of Justice last week
Amber Heard is to fly in to London next month to testify against her ex-husband Johnny Depp over claims he beat her
Last Wednesday, Depp’s threat to kill Miss Heard in text messages to British actor Paul Bettany was disclosed at the High Court.
There were other texts read out detailing Depp’s wild booze and drug benders after 70,000 messages were disclosed in error to lawyers of The Sun newspaper as part of a libel case against the paper. The court was told that one from Depp to Bettany in 2013 said: ‘Let’s burn Amber. Let’s drown her before we burn her!!!’
Another rambling text to Bettany the next year detailed a wild drink and drugs bender. The court heard Depp wrote: ‘I’m gonna properly stop the booze thing darling… Drank all night before I picked Amber up to fly to LA, this past Sunday.
‘Ugly mate… No food for days… Powders… Half a bottle of whisky, a thousand Red Bull and vodkas, pills, two bottles of champers on plane.’
The court also heard Depp refuted claims from Miss Heard that he beat her. He claims she was the aggressor and now wants to clear his name after his ex-wife alleged she feared for her life after he choked her and ripped out her hair in more than a dozen violent rows.
These claims come as part of a libel case between The Sun newspaper and Depp after the publication printed an article questioning his casting in the Fantastic Beasts movie in 2018. Depp is also understood to want to be present at the case, which starts on March 23.
The couple met in 2011 when they co-starred in the movie The Rum Diary. They married in 2015 but split a year later and pictures were later published of bruises on Miss Heard’s face, which she claimed – and Depp denied – were caused by the actor throwing his phone at her. Miss Heard obtained a restraining order against Depp which she later dropped as part of the divorce settlement.
Miss Heard later dated billionaire Elon Musk but they split in 2018. Depp was previously married to French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children.