Actress Amber Heard, who is currently the subject of a defamation lawsuit brought against her by her ex-husband, Pirates of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp, took a huge hit in her defense thanks to her former personal assistant testifying in court that she was verbally abusive and underpaid her while she worked for her between 2012-2015.
The former employee stated in court that she never witnessed Depp abuse actress, calling him a “gentleman.”
The video testimony was presented as part of Depp’s $50 million defamation case against Heard, whom Depp says publicly defamed him in a Washington Post opinion piece that seemingly derailed his acting career.
Kate James made the claim that Heard verbally abused her over the phone and then once in person.
“Between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., the barrage would start,” James stated, referring to text messages Heard would allegedly frequently send. “That’s what I would wake up to. All incoherent, not really making sense. Just someone to lash out at.”
“One time, the former assistant said, Heard got in James’ face over a salary dispute,” the Daily Wire reported.
“She leapt up out of her chair, put her face approximately 4 inches from my face — she was spitting in my face, telling me, ‘How dare you ask me for the salary you’re asking for?’” James went on to recall in her testimony.
“She paid me $25 an hour to start off with,” she stated. “And she finally agreed after screaming abuse at me that she would pay me $50,000 a year once I went to full-time. And this was after me working for well over ten years as a personal assistant.”
The former assistant also claimed that Heard was “dramatic” and that the actress’ own mom and sister were “terrified” of her.
Here are more details from the Daily Wire report:
When it came to Depp, James said she never witnessed any abuse or signs of abuse during her years working for Heard, praising the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star as a “gentleman.”
A alleged source with knowledge of the defense told Fox News that James is a disgruntled assistant who cannot be trusted.
Before the trial commenced this week, Heard took to Instagram with a message expressing her “love” for Depp and suggesting the explosive op-ed she penned at the Post wasn’t about her ex-husband after all.
“Johnny is suing me for an op-ed I wrote in The Washington Post, in which I recounted my experience of violence and domestic abuse,” the actress said. “I never named him, rather I wrote about the price women pay for speaking out against men in power.”
“I continue to pay that price,” Heard then stated, “but hopefully when this case concludes, I can move on and so can Johnny. I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world.”
This story syndicated with permission from Chad Prather