The 34-year-old actress accused the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, 56, of being manipulative, controlling and intimidating in their two-year marriage, which ended in 2017.
As the case entered its third week, she said he subjected her to verbal and physical abuse, including screaming, swearing, threats, punches, slaps, kicks, head-butts and choking.
“Some incidents were so severe that I was afraid he was going to kill me, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far,” she said in a witness statement.
“He explicitly threatened to kill me many times, especially later in our relationship.”
Heard, who first met Depp on the set of the 2011 film “The Rum Diary”, said the actor blamed his actions on a “self-created third party” he sometimes named “the monster”.
But he never took responsibility for his actions, seeing himself as the victim, and surrounding himself with enablers who excused or did not challenge his behaviour, she alleged.
Depp is suing the publishers of British tabloid The Sun, News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the author of a 2018 article that labelled him a “wife beater” at the High Court in London.
He has denied 14 claims of violence that NGN said proves the claim, portraying Heard as a calculating, dishonest, sociopathic fantasist intent on destroying his life.