Amber Heard's acting coach explains why she believes her tears are real
She worked with Heard for six years.
An acting coach who worked with Amber Heard for several years has explained how she knew the actress' tears were real.
In a pre-recorded testimony played to the Virginia courtroom on Wednesday (18 May), Kristinia Sexton said that during her time working with Heard she would always have trouble crying on cue while performing.
Sexton, who worked with Heard from 2011 to 2017, added that Heard would often cry during their sessions because of the volatile and allegedly violent fights between her and her husband at the time, Johnny Depp.
Sexton told the court that Heard and Depp's relationship deteriorated during her time working with the actress and that she would often have to restructure their appointments because Heard would be "sobbing at the beginning of sessions, and we couldn't work until we got her together".
She added that she knew Heard's tears were genuine at the time because "ironically, she has a little difficulty crying, acting-wise".
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Sexton explained in her testimony that she had been close friends with Heard during their time working together.
Describing the actress' relationship with Depp, she said that the couple had been "incredibly lovey-dovey and passionate" at the start of their time together and were "always together in a positive way".
But Sexton said that as time went on she would often hear loud arguments inside their home when she was there for a session with Heard, and that eventually she had to start adding "cushion time" to their meetings because the Aquaman star would often be left in tears because of her fights with Depp.
"It went from being like a normal couple to very tension-filled, especially those last few months that they were together," Sexton said. "I would say that last year they were together, probably 80 to 90% of our sessions began with her crying."
Depp is currently suing his former wife Heard for defamation over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 in which she discussed the subject of domestic abuse.
Depp and his lawyers argue that the Washington Post piece falsely implies that Heard was physically and sexually abused by Depp while they were married from 2015 to 2017. He is seeking $50m in damages.
Heard is in turn suing her former husband, accusing him of orchestrating a "smear campaign" against her and labelling his lawsuit as a continuation of "abuse and harassment."
She has asked for immunity from Depp's complaint, and $100m in damages.
The court is now in its fifth week of hearing the case with closing arguments set to take place on Friday, 27 May. It will then be up to the jury to decide the outcome.