The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing his ex-wife over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 in which she called herself a victim of domestic abuse. Although she never named Depp in the article, he believes it caused him to be blacklisted in Hollywood and lose several high profile jobs. Heard is countersuing him for $100 million.
James — who worked for Heard from 2012 to 2015 — testified to a jury via pre-taped video deposition on Thursday, April 14, calling her former boss "a very dramatic person" and insisting she would often fly into a "blind rage" at her over small mistakes.
In one part of the tape, she mentioned how Heard often asked her to buy two copies of every magazine she was in and hide them in the garage so Depp wouldn't know about it, noting the actress once got "very angry" when she saw them out.
"She went absolutely ballistic. Screaming, yelling, abuse. (It was a) blind rage," James told the court per DailyMail.
The former assistant also claimed the Drive Angry star would "scream over the phone" and send her "abusive text messages" while allegedly drunk.
"The middle of the night I think, between 2 and 4am the barrage would start," James reportedly explained of the unsettling incidents. "All incoherent, not making sense, just someone to lash out at. No apparent reason to it."
She also detailed a time when the actress got in her face and yelled at her while negotiating her salary.
"She leapt up out of my chair, put face four inches from my face, telling me how dare I ask the salary I was asking for," James reportedly recalled. "She felt that gave her the right to spit in my face," she continued, pointing out she was only asking her for half her usual salary.
Throughout the deposition, James never once mentioned any abuse from Depp. When asked if she had ever seen signs of abusive injuries on Heard — such as bruises, cuts or black eyes — James stated she hadn't, according to the publication.
As OK! reported, despite the high profile trial, Heard recently took to Instagram to claim she still felt "love" for her ex-husband.
"I have always maintained a love for Johnny and it brings me great pain to have to live out the details of our past life together in front of the world," she wrote in a post shared on Saturday, April 9. "At this time, I recognize the ongoing support I’ve been fortunate to receive throughout these years, and in these coming weeks I will be leaning on it more than ever."