Actor Johnny Depp “threatened to kill” ex-wife Amber Heard “many times,” said the American actress.
“He is very good at manipulating people,” Heard said, claiming he was violent and feared for his life.
Mr. Depp, 57, is suing the publisher of the Sun for an article that called him a “wife beater”, but the newspaper claims it was accurate.
Denies 14 allegations of domestic violence that News Group Newspapers rely on for his defense.
Ms. Heard went up to the witness stand in London’s High Court on the tenth day of the case and her written witness statement was also presented to the court.
“Some incidents were so serious that I feared he would kill me, intentionally or simply by losing control and going too far,” he said.
He said that Depp had “a unique ability to use his charisma to convey a certain impression of reality” and “he is very good at manipulating people”.
“He would blame all his actions on a third party created by himself rather than on himself, which he often called” the monster “.
“He spoke of it as if it were another person or personality and not he who did all these things.”
“When I said it was dark, he had a violent and dark way of speaking: the way he talked about our relationship by being” dead or alive “and telling me that death was the only way out of the relationship.”
He added: “It could be very intense and dark. It was the polar opposite of the” warm glow “.”
Ms. Heard said it “works without zero responsibility” and it is rare to see someone who says no. “I tried, but it didn’t go well,” he said.
He also said he thought he could “fix Johnny” by saying “I thought he could improve and he would do it, and I wanted him so badly until the end.
“After violent incidents, his team would try to convince me to stay with him or to return, often saying that I was sorry and he would clean up for me.
“I think I stayed not only because I had the hope that he would clean up and things would change, but also because of the responsibility I felt, I was told that it was I who motivated him and helped him get back in order.”
Earlier, from the witness stand, Ms. Heard told the court that she had been subjected to repeated and regular physical violence at the time of the couple’s wedding in 2015.
The lawyer of Mr. Depp, Eleanor Laws QC, asked about her allegations of an argument in January 2015 and suggested that it was discussions with lawyers about a premarital agreement between her and Mr. Depp.
“There was an argument in a hotel room in Tokyo that caused Johnny to kneel on his back and hit me on the back of the head,” Heard told the court.
Ms. Heard said that Mr. Depp told her that he didn’t want a premarital agreement, but it was his sister, Christi Dembrowski, who wanted the couple to get one.
“He mentioned … it was more about Christi, his sister, who managed most of his affairs.
“He said it was Christi, who didn’t want him, who trusted me and, as he told me several times, the only way out was death.”
He added: “But then Johnny was also accusing me of having an affair with a co-star and that’s what led to the real topic.”
‘Not interested in money’
Ms. Heard added that she hired a lawyer who worked on a draft prenuptial agreement and who was sent to Mr. Depp’s team but never signed.
She denied that she was interested in Mr. Depp’s money, saying, “I’ve never been, I’ve never been.”
The actress also asked Depp’s attorney, Eleanor Laws QC, if she had “maximum control over the relationship”. Ms. Heard replied, “No, absolutely not.”
When asked if she made important decisions in the relationship, Ms. Heard said, “No, I had very little decision-making power in that relationship.”
The case focuses on an article published on Sun’s website in April 2018. It was titled: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ in casting his wife Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts movie?”.
The article related to allegations made by Ms. Heard, married to the movie star from 2015 to 2017. The hearing is expected to last for three weeks.