- Amber Heard’s acting coach says the actress often arrives at their sessions in tears.
- In pre-recorded testimony, Kristina Sexton said Heard had “difficulty crying, acting wisely.”
- Sexton testified that she saw Heard and Johnny Depp’s relationship deteriorate.
An acting coach who worked with Amber Heard from 2011 to 2017 said she could tell when the actress was really crying because Heard often struggled to produce real tears while performing.
In pre-recorded testimony played for a Virginia courtroom on Wednesday, Kristina Sexton said she got used to seeing Heard cry during their acting lessons due to volatile fights between Heard and her then-husband, Johnny Depp.
“Like [their] The relationship was progressing and the fights were heating up, I had to build in time because she was sobbing at the start of the sessions, and we couldn’t work until we got her together,” Sexton said in a December deposition. 2019.
Sexton’s testimony was shown to the jury this week in Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife. At the center of the case is Heard’s 2018 Washington Post opinion piece, in which she insinuated that she was a survivor of domestic and sexual abuse. The piece did not name Depp.
Depp accused Heard of ruining her reputation and career by insinuating he abused her. A lawyer for the actor said in opening statements that the publication was “falsely and unfairly labeling Mr. Depp a bad guy.” Heard has denied Depp’s defamation allegations and says in a $100 million counterclaim that he repeatedly assaulted her before and during their marriage, which ended in divorce in 2016. Depp has denied the allegations.
On Wednesday, the Virginia jury heard Sexton describe his professional and personal relationship with Heard. In addition to being Heard’s acting coach, Sexton said she was also friends with the actress, who invited her on birthday trips and vacations.
Early in Heard and Depp’s relationship, Sexton said he saw the pair being “incredibly in love and passionate” and “always together in a positive way.” But over time, Sexton said she started seeing them less together and often heard loud arguments inside their house for drama sessions.
“He’s gone from a normal couple to a very tense couple, especially in the last few months they’ve been together,” Sexton said.
When they first started working together professionally, Sexton said Heard was never late for classes scheduled at his home studio. But gradually, Sexton said she needed to start adding “cushion time” to their meetings because Depp and Heard would have discussions or fights that would leave Heard in tears.
“I would say last year they were together, probably 80-90 percent of our sessions started with her crying,” Sexton said.
In her deposition, Sexton said she could tell when Heard’s tears were genuine because “ironically, she has a little trouble crying in order to act.”
During her four days of testimony earlier this month, Heard cried several times while discussing the assaults she says she suffered from Depp.
Sexton said she cared about Heard and tried to calm her down when she was distressed.
“I have a keeper personality, so I would prioritize the person in front of me over the job, which is why I ended up earning all that extra time,” she said.
The jury also heard from Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, who said she saw Depp punch Heard multiple times during a fight that took place shortly after they were married. Two of Heard’s former friends and her makeup artist also testified on Wednesday.