Johnny Depp introduced marijuana to his daughter when she was 14 years old, according to Amber Heard.
Depp’s attorneys have rested their case in his $50 million (£38m) defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, centred on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed which had the ‘clear implication’ he was an abuser, they’ve alleged.
Heard has since taken the stand alongside other witnesses to testify against the Pirates of the Caribbean star, including graphic descriptions of abuse allegations against him.
Yesterday, 5 May, Heard told the court how she felt ‘protective’ over Depp’s children during their relationship.
A number of fights and arguments have been cited during the trial. In this instance, the couple had clashed over Lily-Rose Depp, now 22, in November 2013.
As per the MailOnline, Heard said: “This argument happened because I didn’t agree that this gentleman – a famous musician over the age of 18 – spent the night at the house and I felt protective over Lily-Rose and concerned.
“Naturally, they were not my children, it’s not my place and I understand it, I know it’s a sensitive subject so I understand why Johnny got so upset with me.”
However, she continued to feel protective over Lily-Rose, particularly after he allegedly introduced her to weed when she was a teenager, she said.
Heard continued: “But that and the introduction of the weed with his daughter, she was so young, I felt protective. It’s not my place and I made him really angry by weighing in on that.
“I started to feel very protective. Johnny’s sobriety meant that he was there and then he wasn’t.
“The nature of our lives with the travel and the work meant he was there and then he wasn’t. She was so young, I just felt protective.”
During Depp’s earlier testimony in his 2020 libel suit against The Sun, which he lost, he said he ‘never encouraged’ his daughter to use marijuana.
He said: “My daughter was 13 years old and, as we all know, at 11, 12, 13 years old, when you go to high school parties you are approached by people who will want to give you drink because they’re drinking.”
Heard made the comments about Depp’s parenting of his now-22-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, during testimony in court on Thursday. Depp has taken Heard to trial on claims she defamed him with false allegations of domestic violence. Heard says the allegations were very much real, and she’s spent a good deal of her two days on the stand so far spelling out multiple incidents where she said Depp got physically violent with her.
The actress said she and Depp got into an argument in November 2013 when she took issue with Depp letting an older famous musician who Lily-Rose, then 14, had a crush on, stay the night at their house. Heard said she also took issue with “the introduction of the weed with his daughter” when she was “so young.”
Johnny Depp is seen at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on May 5, 2022.JIM LO SCALZO / POOL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Heard said she realized it wasn’t her place to make parental decisions about Depp’s kids, but she “just felt protective.”
“I made him really angry by weighing in on that,” she said.
Heard also spoke about taking Lily-Rose out for dinner on her 15th birthday, after witnessing a Depp go on a bender.
She and Depp were filming different movies on the East Coast in May 2014, when they decided to fly back to Los Angeles for Lily-Rose’s birthday.
At the time, Heard was shooting “The Adderall Diaries,” a movie with James Franco, in New York. Depp had despised Franco, Heard said, having falsely accused her of having a relationship with him.
“He hated, hated James Franco and was already accusing me of having a secret thing with him in my past,” Heard said. “Because we did ‘Pineapple Express’ together.”
Heard said she practically placated Depp by promising not to wear makeup for her role. But “The Adderall Diaries” involved a scene where Heard’s and Franco’s characters kissed, which Heard said infuriated Depp.
She said that, as the two flew back to Los Angeles together on a private plane after filming the movie, Depp fumed. He appeared to be intoxicated and made crude remarks about her body, she said. Depp’s harassment, according to Heard, escalated to a point where he slapped her in front of everyone else on the plane and kicked her to the ground.
Heard said she checked herself into a hotel room upon landing in Los Angeles because she was too afraid to be alone with Depp.
Later, she took Lily-Rose to dinner at a Benihana without Depp.
“Johnny was sick after having passed out on the plane, so I took her to dinner, we went to Benihana,” Heard said. “I put on my smile, took her out, tried to make her feel loved and celebrated for her birthday.”
Depp addressed the plane incident in previous testimony, claiming that he only drank a glass of champagne upon boarding the flight and passed out thanks to some medication he was taking at the time.
He also sought to preemptively downplay the closeness between his former wife and daughter by saying that Lily-Rose skipped his 2015 wedding to Heard because she wasn’t on good terms with Heard.
On Heard’s first day on the stand, on Wednesday, she also detailed an incident where she said she comforted Lily-Rose after Depp became inebriated in front of his kids on a family vacation.
Heard said Depp shoved her into a wall on his private yacht over the incident, accusing her of revealing to his kids that he was off the wagon again.
Representatives for Lily-Rose Depp did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Depp recalled telling her: “Listen, sweetheart, if you are at a party and someone hands you the joint, take the joint from that person and pass it to the next person… don’t experiment with drugs with people you don’t know.
“Please do me the honour of coming to me when you are ready, when you really feel you are ready.
“Because I don’t want your first experience in this world to be with people you don’t know, taking things you don’t know that I can’t trust, so it’s a safety issue.”