Depp, who testified for three days this week, is suing his ex-wife for $ 50 million for a 2018 Washington Post report she wrote.
How they landed there – 13 years after the first meeting – is a story about how the spark during the filming changed a short marriage that broke down.
Depp and Heard met for the first time to shoot “The Rum Diary” in 2009.
Based on the book of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson in the film, Depp plays as a journalist Paul Kemp, who will accept a job in Puerto Rico. Heard played Chenault, whom Kemp falls in love with at first sight.
In a stand of witnesses in the defamation trial this week, Depp described the connection he felt with Heard as the scene urged their characters to kiss in the shower.
“That moment was, was, it was like something, it was like something I shouldn’t feel,” Depp said, explaining that they had a different relationship at the time. “I think there was something real about that kiss in the shower.”
Depp testified that the two saw each other two years later on a promotional tour of the film.
Depp and his longtime partner Vanessa Paradis, who have two children, Lily-Rose and John Christopher, broke up in 2012.
Heard and Depp started dating and later got engaged in 2014, according to a report by People magazine at the time.
Depp and Heard got married at a private ceremony in Los Angeles.
Heard filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage. She received a temporary injunction against Depp, who claimed to have abused her when he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Depp denied the allegations, and in August 2016, an out-of-court settlement of $ 7 million was reached. Heard donated money to charity.
The actors then issued a joint statement stating: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and sometimes unstable, but always bound by love. Neither side made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intention of physical or emotional harm.”
In December 2018, Heard wrote for The Washington Post about the treatment of women in cases of domestic violence. She didn’t name Depp by name.
Depp sued Heard for $ 50 million for defamation over her contribution to the Washington Post, claiming it cost him lucrative acting.
Heard was unsuccessful in seeking to dismiss the lawsuit. Her $ 100 million counterclaim case continues.
In 2020, Depp brought The Sun publisher to court in the UK for defamation over a 2018 article claiming to be violent against Heard.
Depp denied all allegations of abuse.
Heard testified in the case, claiming at one point that Depp had threatened to kill her “many times.”
The British court found the letter’s statement “essentially true” and Depp’s appeal was denied.
The trial for Depp’s defamation case against Heard began in Virginia on April 12.
Heard’s lawyer said in an introductory statement that Depp would “try to turn this case into a soap opera.”
Depp first took a stand on Tuesday. He testifies to his experiences growing up with a violent mother, his struggles with substance abuse, and his tumultuous relationship with Heard.
Depp acknowledged in his testimony that they had quarreled with Heard during their relationship, but said, “I have never reached the point where I have struck Mrs. Heard in any way, nor have I ever hit a woman in my life.”
Heard has not yet commented in the six-week trial.
Depp is expected to reopen the booth for another cross-examination on Monday.